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Tango as an exercise

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The therapeutic force of dance

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Tango as an exercise

Talking about the biological structure, tango improves mobility and physical abilities; its practice improves several aspects of health.
Also, it develops the superior cognitive functions because it is necessary to pay attention to the steps.

Tango is an exercise of slight to moderate intensity, similar to that which is recommended to prevent cardiovascular diseases. This was a study made by Dr. Roberto Peidro, chief of Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Ward at the Favaloro Foundation (Buenos Aires, Argentina). A measurement that, according to the World Wide Organization of Health, improves the cardiovascular activity and prevents ill health, if one practices in regular form. Continue reading

Tango Therapy in PDS YorkshireTango dancing is beneficial to the elderly because it incorporates elements found in standard neurological rehabilitation programs: forward, backward and side to side weight shift; one leg stance; walking on a straight line both backwards and forwards; increasing step length in all directions; and turning within a narrow space, says Patricia Mc Kinley. An added benefit to tango is that its movements are performed to music, which is known to facilitate performance of ambulatory activities.

Dancing Tango also can benefit patients with Alzheimer’s disease, precisely because the dance is an activity with an emphasis on coordination that forces the patients to use their memory in order to remember the steps

A research in Australia suggests that tango may help people fight depression.
An University of New England researcher, Rosa Pinniger , has been running a trial to see if concentrating on dance steps keeps negative thoughts away.
Psychologists use it to try to help people fight negative thoughts and see situations more positively.
Ms Pinniger says many studies have shown that meditation can be helpful in learning to do this.
While studying the benefits of meditation she realised the brain works in a similar way when dancing the tango.
“While you’re doing tango you can only be in the present – you really have to focus, concentrate, and it doesn’t allow your thoughts to drive into your mind,” she said.
“The same with the tango – everyone walks and as long as you can walk you can tango, and this is the truth.
Ms Pinniger says the participants in her trial have kept coming back to the tango classes because they can see results.
“If people can have a break from their negative thoughts for three minutes – which is the time of the tango – they can realise that it is possible,” she said.

Recent research has shown that dance, specifically tango, may be an appropriate and effective strategy for ameliorating functional mobility deficits in people who are frail and elderly.

Individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD) experience declines in functional mobility that may be even more pronounced than those experienced by frail elderly individuals without PD.

This is the first study to systematically investigate and compare the effects of dance and strength/flexibility exercise on functional mobility in people with PD.
We have demonstrated the feasibility of tango movement sessions for individuals with PD. While some significant changes in measures were noted, these changes were small and may not be clinically meaningful. Future studies with a larger sample size are needed to confirm and extend the present results. This work may ultimately lead to improved therapeutic movement approaches employing dance as an enjoyable and effective strategy for addressing functional mobility deficits in individuals with PD. These preliminary data suggest that dance may be a beneficial group activity to address balance and gait problems specific to PD.

For downs syndrome and disabled children we can observe a clear motor response to rhythms. One way of rehabilitation of these children is through the sensory motor adaptation to different types of rhythm and seeing when they are able to pass from rhythm towards the melody, which is a great evolution. The Tango music with its particular rhythms and sweet melodies helps this rehabilitation ,also, the process of learning the steps and figures with a partner is a nice challenge. The strong rhythm can give them a sense of identity, of feeling good and the softer melodies a creative push. The AMAR (Association Dance Group of Argentina), say that downs syndrome people can absolutely be devoted tango dancers. It is absolutely true, it just takes patience and passion on the part of the teacher!

Dr McKinley has a primary focus in the development of leisure based activities for vulnerable populations as well as age-dependent changes in balance and skill acquisition in both children and the elderly in McGill University, school of physical and occupational therapy in Canada
Rosa Pinniger is an honours student at the University of New England (Sydney – Australia), where she is studying cognitive and behavioural therapy.
Madeleine E. Hackney, BFA, Svetlana Kantorovich, BS, Rebecca Levin, DPT, and Gammon M. Earhart, PT, PhD – Program in Physical Therapy (M.E.H., R.L., G.M.E.), Department of Biology (S.K.), Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology (G.M.E.), and Department of Neurology (G.M.E.), Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri

The therapeutic force of dance

“You use the floor as earth, the pelvis as centre, holding torso and legs together. You work for fluidity, moving like a goddess, undulations like water, like the ocean. High leaps for men. You elongate the muscles, creating a hidden strength”

Katherine Mary Dunham

Dance therapy was developed through the genre of modern dance. Continue reading

The modern dance pioneers known as Martha Graham, Doris Humphreys, Isadora Duncan and also Katherine Dunham broke away from the traditional ballet repertoire and created movement that encouraged creativity, spontaneity, individuality and personal expression.

The psychoanalytical philosophy movement developed by thinkers such as Sigmund Freud, Alfred Adler, Carl Gustav Jung encouraged using dance for therapeutic purposes. In fact Carl Jung in one of his last books said that the psychotherapy of the future needed to be of the body, needed to have a corporal dimension. The therapeutic benefits of dance that is authentic, free, that encourages opening and interjection from the emotions from the heart is many:

  • – self esteem and confidence in oneself, in ones body
  • – proprioceptive awareness
  • – greater awareness of how our bodies reflect our lives
  • – intense sensation of feeling alive
  • – integration of mind, body and spirit
  • – musical sensibility
  • – a sensitive connection with ourselves, our couple, our world
  • – balancing of the nervous system
  • – boosting of health of the immune system
  • – improved posture
  • – awareness of universal gestures
  • – courage to create

Dance is movement and movement is created by the human body. In order to understand our body we need to move it. Our whole life is encased within our cells, our bodies hold our life, express our life.

We have the gift of a mortal, tangible body that makes our lives on earth a physical experience yet many people spend so much time focusing on their intellectual and emotional needs that they forget to experience life physically.

This is something so ingrained into our culture that people have become so disconnected from others, from themselves, from the mystery of living itself. We have become a culture of consumerism and we need to enter into the culture of the body.

Used throughout time to connect with the inner life force, evoke higher power, lead one back to one’s self and to invoke deep truth and wisdom dance integrates the mind, body and spirit. The physical, emotional and spiritual in a joyous celebration of life.

Through the unity of mind, body and spirit, dance as a therapy provides wholeness, a sense of integration and balance.

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