An Introduction to Medical Dance Movement Therapy: Health by Sharon W. Goodill, John Graham-Pole

By Sharon W. Goodill, John Graham-Pole

Featuring dance/movement remedy (DMT) as a doable and invaluable psychosocial help carrier for people with a scientific sickness, Sharon W. Goodill indicates how operating creatively with the mind/body connection can motivate and increase the therapeutic approach. This publication represents the 1st try to assemble, synthesize, and submit the paintings that has been performed over fresh years in clinical DMT. The rising program of scientific DMT is grounded in the context of demonstrated viewpoints and theories, resembling arts cures, overall healthiness psychology and clinical views. in addition to reading its theoretical foundations, the writer deals real-life examples of clinical DMT operating with humans of other a while with assorted health conditions. This complete ebook offers an organization beginning for exploration and perform in scientific DMT, together with options for pro instruction, study and software improvement. Interviews with dance/movement therapists convey clean and intriguing views to the sector and those and the author's tales aspect to the prospective destiny purposes of clinical DMT. With a growing number of expert dance/movement therapists operating with the medically unwell and their households, this can be a well timed and well-grounded examine a thrilling new self-discipline. it is strongly recommended examining for DMT scholars and pros, complementary therapists, and all people with an curiosity within the therapeutic strength of operating innovatively with the brain and physique.

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This is connected to having a sense of control over the disorder and (in chronic conditions) one’s life. 259). In an overview of the field of health psychology, Taylor (1990) summarizes the knowledge about self-care as follows: Specifically, we now know that people are most likely to practice a good health measure when (a) the threat to health is severe; (b) the perceived personal vulnerability and/or the likelihood of developing the disorder is high; (c) the person believes that he or she is able to perform the response that will reduce the threat (self-efficacy); and (d) the response is effective in overcoming the threat (response efficacy).

It is important for patients who use imagery for healing to understand that they did not cause their own illness through negative imagery or pessimistic thoughts. The unfounded sense of guilt that may accompany such a belief could itself compromise efforts towards adaptive coping (Harpham 1994). Dance/movement therapists routinely employ imagery in their work with mental health and medically involved patients, usually allowing imagery to arise from the group’s or individual’s psychophysical expression (Mendelsohn 1999; Serlin 1993, 1996b).

Stress A stressor is an event, a physical or psychological threat or trauma, that occurs outside the individual. Stress is the individual’s response to that threat, and depends on the way the stressor is perceived, or appraised. Shock, grief and fear are all manifestations of the stress response. 653). 658). The transactional perspective of stress emphasizes the interface between the person and his or her environment. 513) or, simply put, when demands outstrip resources. Thus, two people may experience the same event quite differently as a function of the resources they each bring to the situation and how they each appraise it.

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