Category: Dance/Movement Therapy

Getting Comfortable With One’s Own Skin Through Dance Movement Therapy

Ladies Dancing in relation to views of the body Many people with eating disorders struggle to connect with their bodies [1], but can dance movement therapy help with this? The disconnect between mind and body is what mental health professionals call “dissociation.” Dissociation can look a little different for everyone. Some signs of dissociation include feeling your surroundings aren’t real or that your body [...]
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Dance Movement Therapy & Eating Disorders

Ladies Dancing in relation to views of the body The concept that Dance Movement Therapy can be emotionally healing is not revolutionary. What is less commonly understood are the neurological mechanisms and psychological functions behind this. A recent study delves deep into how the physiological impacts the psychological through movement and dance and what role this plays in eating disorder thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Dance [...]
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Excessive Exercise & Eating Disorders – Movement of Recovery – Part V

Women doing yoga to help with anxiety Developing a Movement Group in Inpatient Treatment – Part 3 Week 1: Balance The first week focuses on introducing the idea of balance as a part of sustainable and healthy physical activity. In this, we focus on psychoeducation of what balance in nutrition and movement looks like on a typical day, what it looks like [...]
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Excessive Exercise & Eating Disorders – Movement of Recovery – Part IV

Woman in Movement Therapy and showing Gratitude in Eating Disorder Recovery Developing a Movement Group in Inpatient Treatment – Part 2 What is “Appropriate” Movement? It is imperative for us to consider what appropriate movement is for someone in recovery. We want individuals to engage in Movement Therapy that helps them increase flexibility in the way that they view or think of physical movement. As such, we [...]
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Excessive Exercise & Eating Disorders – Movement of Recovery – Part III

lady doing Movement therapy in Movement Group for binge eating disorder Developing a Movement Group in Inpatient Treatment – Part 1 One research study showed great guidelines for movement in eating disorder recovery, and that was helpful for us in basing our movement group. Basic Guidelines for Movement Group For dance therapy or movement group, first and foremost, it talks about the importance of having a [...]
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Excessive Exercise & Eating Disorders – Movement of Recovery – Part II

Girl dancing in Movement Recovery A pattern began to emerge of individuals having both disordered eating behaviors and some pathology or pathologized behaviors or attitudes around physical activity. Studies indicate that between 50 to 80% of individuals with eating disorders have a skewed attitude toward physical activity as a part of the symptomatology of their eating disorder. For these behaviors [...]
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Excessive Exercise & Eating Disorders – Movement of Recovery – Part I

Lady taking a break from Excessive Exercise As we both worked on this project, the first thing we made sure of was that we didn’t call it “exercise” recovery, instead, we use the word “movement.” There are a lot of negative connotations around the word exercise, whereas movement is a more flowy word that gets across what we are calling for in [...]
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Expressing Disorder: Journey to Recovery

“Expressing Disorder: Journey to Recovery” was once but a vision for filmmaker David Alvarado, who sought to instill hope for sufferers of eating disorders and their loved ones. Following this vision, he brought to life a unique and touching documentary that features eating disorder recovery stories utilizing two creative arts therapies Dance/Movement Therapy and Drama [...]
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Staying Active: How to Find Pleasure in Movement with Binge Eating Disorder

Runner finding Pleasure in Movement Contributor: Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC For many individuals who are recovering from an eating disorder, exercise is often something that needs to be renegotiated.  Exercise may have been something that was done excessively and for weight control purposes only or something that was dreaded and avoided altogether. There are often many negative associations with [...]
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