Have you been feeling anxious lately? Or felt a sudden neck or back pain? A body movement therapy session with us may be just what you need to achieve overall wellness. Here’s what you should know about body movement therapy for functional medicine.
What are Body Movement Therapies?
Body movement therapy is the blanket term for several different types of therapy that use movement as a way to achieve body, mind, and spiritual wellness. These include:
- Tai chi
- Dance movement therapy or DMT
Body movement therapies are low-intensity and non-invasive forms of psychotherapy that can be practiced by patients of all ages and fitness levels. Trained therapists utilize the different forms of movement therapy to not only improve your range of motion but raise your levels of self-awareness and balance your physical, emotional, and mental well-being.
What Are the Benefits of Body Movement Therapies?
Body movement therapies like yoga and dance movement therapy offer patients a way to treat symptoms of illness by making use of their body and mind. The benefits of body movement therapies include:
- Reduce stress
- Improve cognitive function
- Increase self-awareness
- Regulate mood and behavior
- Improve coordination and flexibility
- Improve the quality of life in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
What to Expect During Body Movement Therapy Sessions
A body movement therapist at Next Level Medical Centers will ask you a comprehensive set of questions regarding your current health. Any symptoms of chronic pain or illness will be discussed, as well as your interests and current lifestyle. From there, your therapist will recommend a movement therapy that’s right for you, which could include a single method practice or a combination of techniques such as yoga, massage, tai chi, or dance therapy. During your session, your therapist will evaluate your movements and assess your emotional and bodily reactions, and use this information to respond to you by recommending other movements or incorporating additional forms of movement therapy.
Movement therapy sessions can be one-on-one or in a group and vary in length. You may feel benefits from your treatment in as little as one session, though regular treatments are recommended to maintain your level of wellness.
For more information about body movement therapies contact Next Level Medical Centers at (815) 708-6195.