Your Body as an Art Form

 

To use your body as your art form invites you play a piece of music and move spontaneously to your own truth. Try dancing to one song a day to open up your innate body-expression. Even dancing for five minutes a day can incite new body-led courage to express yourself honestly in other areas of your life.

 

To use your body as your art form invites you play a piece of music and move spontaneously to your own truth. Try dancing to one song a day to open up your innate body-expression. Even dancing for five minutes a day can incite new body-led courage to express yourself honestly in other areas of your life.

 

1. When we are repressing emotion pain, our bodies can forget how to move authentically. You may feel self-conscious when you first start dancing. Go first to where your body feels stiff and move that body part into fluidity.

 

2. Move through all of your body parts from head to toe. Allow each body part to move and express something honest about itself.

 

3.  We travel through life holding our emotions in. We repress many things - our sexuality and our passion, our grief, our anger and our hurt. We put barriers in front of our heart and we hold our repressed feelings in our muscles. Over time, we become stiff, contracted and tense.

 

4. The aim of authentic movement is to allow your body to be your primary tool of expression. The beauty of using your body as your art form is that as you dance, you dislodge the body armouring that keeps your emotional pain stuck in place.

 

5. Dancing spontaneously opens you to becoming more fluid emotionally. If you are going to express your emotions through poetry, drawing or collage, it helpful to release your body tensions through spontaneous movement first.

 

Benefits of Authentic Movement

 

1. Spontaneous dancing softens the body's defensive armoring so that emotions can come forward for release and healing.

 

2. Authentic movement expresses emotions nonverbally. We do not always have to find words to express how we feel. 

 

3. Authentic movement can be emotionally cathartic and provide a way to release difficult emotions.

 

4. The psyche can heal itself when it is in motion. Dancing breaks up the stagnation of stored emotional patterning, and helps us to feel in new ways and think new thoughts.