Since, as therapists, we spend so much time sitting in our offices, listening to the world’s troubles, it’s unsurprising that we sometimes feel our creative juices drying up, our capacity for fun and imaginative flight diminishing. In this workshop, we’ll do creative exercises, movements, and dance steps that free the body, rouse the spirits, and awaken the mind. We’ll move and dance to infectious Latin rhythms, pulsing African beats, and wild Balkan melodies--music that enlivens the right hemisphere (conceptual, holistic, intuitive, imaginative, and nonverbal), evokes the limbic brain (emotional life), engages the mirror neurons (perception and action), and stimulates the cerebellum (mind and body information processing, and coordination). All fitness levels are welcome, and absolutely no dance experience is necessary. Invigorate your body and mind--and burn calories in the process.
Daniel Leven, R.S.M.T., is founder and director of the Leven Institute for Expressive Movement, where he trains practitioners in two systems of body-mind healing and wellness. He’s on the faculty of Kripalu Center and the Hartford Family Institute for Body-Centered Gestalt Therapy.