Dance class proves therapeutic for Parkinson’s disease patients, an article in April 6, 2012 the independent florida alligator is about the inspiration that Julie Brannen, a graduate of University of Florida, found as a student who volunteered in a dance class for people with Parkinson's Disease.
"Brannen said it was amazing to see the Parkinson’s patients’ progression of being comfortable with movement and initiating their own movement even while they’re in pain.
Unlike physical therapy, dance movement therapy focuses on psychological recovery through movement, Brannen said.
For most participants, however, it’s the relationships that make the class an unforgettable experience."
Somehow the writer, Chabell Herrera, misunderstands that psychological recovery is dependent upon relationships. I suppose that historically psychologists may not have focused on the importance of the relationship on one's psychological recovery. However, dance/movement therapists know and build upon the relationships within a group. That is what we do.
"Lindsay Head, a 20-year-old dance sophomore who volunteered last fall, said a special moment for her was seeing the effect her touch had on a patient. Head was surprised to find that the tremors in her partner’s hand would cease under her touch during an activity in class.
The sense of belonging to a group, the physical activity and the interaction with a different generation has been proven to help alleviate the symptoms of Parkinson’s, said Irene Malaty, assistant professor in UF’s Department of Neurology and medical director of the National Parkinson Foundation Center for Excellence at UF."
To learn more about dance movement therapy, go to www.adta.org. To learn more about dance movement therapy and Parkinson's Disease, go to http://bit.ly/HKGpbS and click on Dance with Parkinson's Disease.