When I attended a 4-year dance-movement therapy training, there was a performer in my group from a prestigious London Contemporary Dance school. Karen had a vast movement repertoire and a highly tuned body. This was her first real taste of dance-movement improvisation however.
During the first module she touched on something through free movement and began to cry. Something that had been buried in her subconscious for years was surfacing but she didn’t yet know what.
As she continued to explore over the months/years so too did she unravel memory of incest that had remained a family secret until now. The trauma now surfaced completely to be released, her shame located and healed through movement, simply by allowing her body to move of its own accord, at its own speed, with its own mode of expression. The result can be more immediate than any verbal analysis.
When Karen later turned her experience into a performance piece, her sister was in the audience. Without providing a verbal description of what her piece was about, Karen conveyed her story through the dance. Her sister received it - through her body - and remembered her own experience of incest that she too had buried.
I don't want to suggest this happens in every somatic movement or dance-movement therapy session. It’s just to illustrate how informed the 'soma' (the inner intelligent body) is.
Here's a more typical experience from Caroline, whose husband bought her a movement session as a present.
“Wow … I want to give a shout out to Mary Nondé. After a 2-hour movement session with her I feel like I’ve had a deep massage and my body is aligned in a completely new way; I feel freed up and relaxed at a whole new level.
“If you’re feeling stressed, stuck or want to be more in your body, I would highly recommend this. It does require you to be open to moving and really get into your body, and to park the old thinking brain for a while. But that was a relief to be honest!”
Caroline Burr, Your Relationship Coach.
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