The creative process of organizing and creating ‘Holding the Body in Mind’, a performance platform in collaboration with the Mental Health Foundation, has taken me back into the studio and away from my regular blogging!
A rare moment of stillness allows me to enter back into the reflective space, to create words instead of movements, and so here I am back on the blog and its May already!
The month of May is acknowledged as Mental Health Awareness month, aiming to bring about understanding, change and support within the public domain.
As 1in4 of us suffer from periods of ill mental health its startling really, that only 1 month, out of 12, is dedicated to its awareness. To put it in perspective, could you imagine only 1 month being dedicated to our physical health awareness?
As I am sure you’ve noticed, physical health tips, pros and cons, signs and symptoms, are constantly pumped through our media, bombarding our consciousness, directing our life choices, when it comes to our physical well being. Do we not have the same regard and prioritization of our mental health? Or are we merely focused on our aesthetic appearance of the ‘healthy body’. A healthy mind bares no visual difference to a unhealthy one, so why bother with its attendance…right?!
As a Dance Movement Psychotherapist, no matter what setting I work in, the split between our mental and physical health is disturbingly present. In Mental Health treatment, the body is often ignored and in some case muted by medication as a side affect of restoring ‘chemical imbalances’ within the brain.
Similarly unexplained medical symptoms often prompt no further investigation into a persons mental states, to establish why the body is responding in certain ways, when no ‘medical’ reason can be detected.
As a psychotherapist who’s main therapeutic goal is to support a person to integrate the splits between body/mind by developing their relationship with their whole self, I am amazed that this way of working is still widely unrecognized.
The myth that Dance Movement Psychotherapy is solely for the ‘Dancers’ out there is, exactly that… a Myth!
One of my past clients, a 65 year old man presented as psychically and mental ‘stuck’ within his grief and management of Bi-polar. Even though other therapies had offered support he had not been able to move out of this ‘stuck’ state.
His engagement of DMP needed some encouragement but as result of his courage to take that first step, I am pleased to say, he found his flow. Evidence shows that perhaps his change was due to having a space to move what was on his mind, and find his way through it all.
Either way we cannot afford to continue to split our physical and mental health in our process of well being, neither should be priortised above the other
If you feel you would like to learn more about the realities of Dance Movement Psychotherapy, not the myths, please join us on Saturday the 16th of May!
Your whole presence, Body&Mind would be most welcomed.