“Somebody just gave me a shower radio. Thanks a lot. Do you really want music in the shower? I guess there’s no better place to dance than a slick surface next to a glass door.” ― Jerry Seinfeld
Haha. Please do not try dancing on the slick surface of a shower. You might seriously hurt yourself and that definitely would not do much to promote self-care.
On the other hand, it is so important to embrace dance and movement to promote wellness for the body and soul. You do not need to put on a penguin suit, have a svelte body, or be young to enjoy and reap the benefits of dance. Rumi said it well, “Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.”
Dancing and movement are keys for many people, including those with medical and physical conditions, to improve and sustain their energy and wellness. Clinical reports suggest that dance therapy helps develop body image; improves self-concept and self-esteem; reduces stress, anxiety, and depression; decreases isolation, chronic pain, and body tension; and increases communication skills and feelings of well being.
Recently, I was introduced to Susanne Liebich, a wonderful expert who is a nurturing, talented leader in the field of “dancing wellness.” I am thrilled to have Susanne join us as a guest on the next Caregiving Power Hour this Sunday, July 20th at 8pm ET, 5PM PT to discuss the ease of incorporating dancing wellness into our lives. Secure you free pass at http://www.caregivingpowerhour.com.
Practice Tip: Take some time to get up and move/dance at least once per day. This is especially important for those of us who spend a lot of hours sitting and working in front of a computer. It’s even better if you can do it outdoors.
For a little musical inspiration, here is one of my favorite outdoor dance songs. Click here for BAREFOOTIN’ and enjoy! Get on your feet and do the dance that can’t be beat!