|For over fifty years,
Dance/Movement Therapists have been pioneers in the in-depth understanding
of how the body and mind interact in health and in illness, be it an illness
of the mind which is embodied or an illness of the body that impacts on
mental functioning and spirit. Whether the issue is the will to live, a
search for meaning or motility, or the ability to feel love for life, for
dance/movement therapists healing has always meant mobilizing resources from
that place within where body and mind are one.
|As defined by the
American Dance Therapy Association, "Dance/Movement Therapy is the the
psychotherapeutic use of movement as a process which furthers the emotional,
social, cognitive, and physical integration of the individual."|
therapy emerged as a distinct profession in the 1940's.
|The American Dance
Therapy Association was formed in 1966. It maintains a code of ethics and
has established standards for professional practice, education and training.
approximately 1203 dance/movement therapists in 46 states and 29 foreign
therapy is an effective treatment for people with developmental, medical,
social, physical and psychological impairments.
therapy is practiced in mental health rehabilitation, medical, educational,
forensic, nursing homes, day care, disease prevention and health promotion
therapy is used with people of all ages, races, and ethnic backgrounds in
individual, couples, family, and group therapy formats.|