Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) “… is the psychotherapeutic use of movement and dance to support intellectual, emotional, and motor functions of the body. As a modality of the creative arts therapies, DMT looks at the correlation between movement and emotion.”
American Dance Therapy Association
Benefits of DMT for Healthier Aging and Improved Quality of Life
- Complements and supports a multi-disciplinary team approach
- May promote the feeling of control over one’s own body
- Increases sensory engagement
- May increase social engagement and self-expression
- Provides a safe space for expression of thoughts and feelings
- Promotes nostalgia
- Cultivates a support system
- May promote overall relaxation
- Often encourages physical exertion
Common session themes include:
- Relationships and support systems
- Sessions are inclusive and held with individuals of all ages, races, cultures, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and gender identities.
- Each member is encouraged to participate at his or her own pace/comfort level.
- Sessions may take place with either one individual or a group of individuals.
- Memories and feeling states that may be held in the body and mind are expressed playfully through movement (and often also through verbal sharing) and supported by the therapist.
- Groups are most effective with 12-15 individuals. Smaller or larger groups may be beneficial as well.
- Sessions may be held in many different types of settings (therapeutic day rooms of various healthcare establishments, wellness centers, rehabilitative settings, community centers, etc.).
- The entire session may be seated based upon participant comfort and ability.
- Appropriate music selections are often played in the background to help “set the scene” and promote rhythm and nostalgia. See my sample playlist below.
The Sounds of Music
Sample DMT Session Playlist