Dance/Movement Therapy

"Opening the channel between inner sensation and physical action is the essential first step (in healing)." -Mary Whitehouse, Dance Therapy Pioneer

Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) is defined as the psychotherapeutic use of movement to further the emotional, social, cognitive, and physical integration of the individual, for the purpose of improving health and wellbeing. DMT holds that the mind, body, and spirit are interconnected, and that movement can be functional, communicative, developmental, and expressive.

Dance/movement therapists observe, assess, and intervene by looking at movement through these lenses as it emerges in an individual and in the therapeutic relationship. DMT utilizes both verbal and non-verbal communication to create and implement therapeutic interventions and holds that transformation is a physical, as well as an emotional, process.

DMT techniques include the following processes: bodily integration; appropriate affect; insight into behavior; and social interaction.

Movement allows feelings and actions to emerge that are not always “socially acceptable” in more verbal situations. DMT values moment-to-moment interaction with movement behavior and attempts to make changes on this level. This direct experience can bring great insight and change through the methods of attuning, forming relationship, exploring, and integrating.

DMT can look differently depending on the lens of the therapist and the needs of the client.

Generally, it involves a sort of warm-up or movement check-in, followed by supported interoceptive processes whereby people listen for an impulse from the body, a period of following impulse and imagery, and then a time to close and make meaning of the experience. As it addresses activation as well as relaxation (the main visceral activities that regulate the Autonomic Nervous System), DMT has the incredible potential to heal trauma.

DMT incorporates methods to deepen into the experience of the body, rediscover vital resources, and to feel nourished through reengagement with the parasympathetic (rest & digest) nervous system. DMT holds room for what arises internally in the body and mind, and for what is ready to be externalized through movement. This therapeutic modality can help to establish a loving attitude toward the self by cultivating unconditional acceptance, as well as the capacity to experience and express what arises from within. DMT exists for us all to begin to more deeply hear our own bodies, and thereby ourselves.

Meet our Practitioner

Cynthia St. Clair

Cynthia St. Clair and Wild Moon Integrative Therapies draws from developmental patterning as well as Authentic Movement practice to craft customized sessions for individuals and groups. Cynthia holds a non-judgmental space for clients as they discover new terrain within and without. She holds that this work has the potential to incite an unprecedented sense of agency and change in our lives. Contact her to schedule your complimentary consultation: 718.974.6645/