‘Wellness through dance and movement’, an introductory session to Dance Movement therapy was organized by Navhind Times on Sunday, January 12 at Dempo House. The session held with the objective of helping participants experience their inner rhythm and create a sense of balance and well-being, was open to those above 13 years of age. Nearly 80 children and adults participated in the unique session which was described by all attendees as ‘fun and very energetic’.
Resource persons for the 3-hour session were certified Dance Movement Therapeutic (DMT) practitioner from TATA Institute of Social Sciences, Cliszma DaCosta and Ayurvedic doctor, DMT practitioner and TO (theatre of the oppressed) facilitator, Sujata Samant.
“Dancing and moving together has its roots in rituals and traditional healing of cultures around the world. Before we start talking, we move. We communicate through our bodies but as we grow older, we rely more and more on a verbal mode of communication,” explained Samant in the introduction. “Movements bypass the conscious mind and directly access subconscious mind thus allowing us to express directly through the body without hindrance of the critical mind,” added DaCosta.
In the session that followed, each participant introduced himself/herself with a movement which was then replicated by the rest. There was a lot of hesitation initially but soon with encouragement and synergy of the group, every participant was more than happy to participate. Their creativity and individualism were exhibited in their moves and from there began the fun and frolic. As the session progressed, inhibitions fell off and all were seen moving without thinking, rationalizing or acting consciously. Movement seemed to flow naturally and spontaneously from the group which comprised senior citizens, educators, children and parents. Each moved with their own energy and enthusiasm, freeing their body and increasing their movement vocabulary with the aid of some relaxing and engaging music.
This was the followed by group sessions which brought out the group dynamics along with the connections that were developed between the group members.