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Dance therapy for depression

It has been suggested that depression is one of the top three public health problems in China.  This does not so much reflect an increase in mental illness; but rather an increase in awareness of depression as a serious condition.  In addition, rapid changes or losses in one’s environment, work, family or social circumstances can invite situational depression.  Depression is an illness that is deeply rooted in the body.  In it’s physical manifestation, depression registers as a loss of energy, fatigue, aches and pains in the body, and disturbances in eating and sleeping.  But more often, it can first be recognized in major changes in the appearance of the depressed person.  When we look at a depressed person, right away we can see noticeable changes in posture, energy level; and in the gestures and facial expressions of the person.  We see a loss of interest that is reflected in every aspect of the physical experience.

Traditional Chinese medicine teaches that the body functions as a system in which change in one component affects the equilibrium of others.  This workshop will examine the role of the body in recognizing and treating depression.  We will begin with an exploration of the physical manifestation of depression, and will also examine the use of the body and movement in treating depression.  

Workshop participants will be introduced to the use of movement and body-focused interventions to address symptoms of depression.  Methods will include use of structure in movement, the use of playfulness and joy; mirroring; increase of range of movement to increase range of expression.  Participants will use movement to explore their own awareness of countertransference as a treatment tool.




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