10 Steps to Starting Your Daily Therapeutic Dance Practice: A Journey of Self-Expression and Healing

Therapeutic dance is a powerful practice that allows you to tap into the transformative potential of movement and self-expression. It’s a journey of self-discovery and healing, where you can cultivate a deeper connection with your body, emotions, and innermost self. If you’re ready to embark on this enriching path, here are some steps to help you start your therapeutic dance practice:

1. Create a Safe and Sacred Space:Find a comfortable and private space where you can move freely without any distractions or judgments. Create a sacred atmosphere by lighting candles, playing soft music, or surrounding yourself with objects that hold meaning for you.

2. Set Your Intention: Before you begin, take a moment to set your intention for your dance practice. Whether it’s to release stress, explore emotions, or simply enjoy the joy of movement, having a clear intention will guide your experience.

3. Start by Connecting to Your Body: Begin your practice with a few minutes of being present with your body. This could be through a body scan, or breathwork.  Focus on your sensations and emotions, notice what is alive in this moment. Allow yourself to compassionately listen to what’s present in your body right now. 

4.Let the Music Guide You: Play music that resonates with your emotions or the intention you set. Let the rhythm and melody guide your movement. There are no right or wrong moves; simply surrender to the music and let your body lead.

5. Explore Movement: Engage in a range of movements, from gentle stretches to dynamic and expressive gestures. Let your body express what words cannot. Be curious about how your body wants to move and embrace its uniqueness.

6. Embrace Emotional Expression: As you dance, emotions may arise. Allow yourself to express them through movement. Dance can be a safe container for emotional release and processing.

7. Journal Your Insights: After your dance session, take a few moments to reflect on your experience. Write down any insights, feelings, or sensations that emerged during the practice. Journaling can deepen your self-awareness and understanding.

8. Be Gentle with Yourself:Therapeutic dance is a personal practice, and there’s no right or wrong way to do it. Be kind to yourself and let go of any self-criticism or judgment. Embrace your unique journey.

9. Consistency is Key: Make therapeutic dance a regular part of your routine. The more you practice, the deeper your connection with yourself will grow, and the more profound the benefits will be.

10. Consider Seeking Guidance: If you desire additional support or want to explore therapeutic dance in a group setting, consider joining our dance therapy group Dancing into Wholeness here or working with me on a one-to-one basis, learn more here.

Remember, therapeutic dance is a journey of self-expression and healing. It’s a process of embracing your authentic self and connecting with the wisdom held within your body. Enjoy the transformative power of movement, and let dance be a tool for self-discovery, joy, and emotional well-being.