Dance is an ancient and modern form of healing. In this podcast, I talk with Michael Lerner from the Arts and Healing program at Commonweal about the power of dance and embodiment to heal. Dance has been used since ancient times to align humans with the cosmic energies of the elements (water, earth, fire, wind), the seasons (solstices, equinoxes), rites of passage (births, weddings, funerals); to harmonize individuals into the community, and to bring communities and generations together.
In more recent times, dance movement therapy has been used to help individuals access and express deep emotions, to heal from cancer and illness, to work through trauma, and for personal growth. As a national association, it was founded in 1966, and is gaining attention as a primary nonverbal psychotherapy, and in hospitals and clinics nationally and internationally.