What is Dance and Movement Therapy?

Apart from Drama and Music Therapy, Dance and Movement Therapy (DMT) is one of the pillars of Expressive Arts Therapy. It is an experience and body oriented form of therapy with an emphasis on the connection between body and mind.

The things we experience in our mind, become tangible and visible in our bodies. An example of this can be a headache caused by stress, feelings of panic due to traumatic experience or fatigue and dreariness as a consequence of burn-out or depression. In DMT our body is the key to recovery. We emphasis experiences and action and reaction in the moment, with the body and its body signals as our most important compass.

Working with dance and movement can help to unveil/unravel specific questions/issues by experiencing their effect on the body. With this effect in body and mind, you can start making contact in movement towards your environment.

Expressing feelings and emotions through movement can help you to stop turning experiences into introverted feelings. Too many of these introverted feelings and emotions can cause muscular blockades in the body and have a negative effect on social and emotional wellbeing.

Through dance and movement feelings and physical signals are examined in the moment by using experienced oriented techniques. By doing so, body awareness increases, difficult emotions can be expressed more easily non-verbally, and new experiences are explored whilst being in contact with yourself. For instance, by learning to find peace in ourselves and hereby improving our self-care, confidence or emotion regulation.

By engaging the body and using movement subtle, but essential changes are initiated. These changes are reflected through the entirety of our behaviour and day-to-day functioning. Expressing a movement in response to a certain situation or life-event can give rise to a new perspective on day-to-day life. In this way, DMT can offer support when you are coping with a specific problem or question.

You will engage in a creative and body oriented search that will offer an amplitude of possibilities for you to let new learning-, fun-, and succesful experiences flourish and integrate in your day-to-day life.

Make yourself visible and audible, with your body in mind.

About the author:

Fanny Bekx is a dance- and movement therapist at Centrum Vaktherapie in Maastricht, who is experienced in working with different targetgroups. Her focus is within the field of stressmanagement. She has researched the use of dance and movement in the reduction of stress. Rather than esthetics and choreographies, her emphasis is on movement in its purest form. Learning to listen to your own body, and creating space for personal expression and development is what she wants to bring forward in her therapy.

Fanny Bekx – Independent Dance therapist