As one of five dance / movement therapists registered in Indiana, Breanna Davis is a big supporter of the benefits of DMT.
Davis, who is registered with the American Dance Therapy Association, will lead the Mindfulness and Movement, a wellness program designed for adults, at the Monon Community Center in Carmel.
“This is my first summer teaching this course at the Monon Community Center, but I have taken parts of this course and have been using the ideas in other ways for years,” said Davis, who also works as a therapist. in motion dance at Riley Hospital. for kids. “Participants will work through goal setting and expression activities that will help them connect their emotions to their movements to build self-awareness and confidence. It will be different for each person, but each person will leave knowing more about themselves and feeling more connected to the world around them.
The eight-week program, for ages 15 and over, runs from August 3 to September 21, with classes from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Registrations are open.
“This program is for anyone who wants to go out there and learn something new,” Davis said. “It can be for anyone who is trying to understand themselves better or who has a particular goal that they want to achieve. Any body and any amount of movement will be welcome.
Davis said the benefits of DMT include decreased anxiety and depression, increased body awareness, understanding and creating boundaries, working the breath, understanding self and others, etc.
According to the American Dance Therapy Association, DMT is “the psychotherapeutic use of movement and dance to support the intellectual, emotional and motor functions of the body. As a modality of creative arts therapy, DMT examines the correlation between movement and emotion.
Davis received a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in dance from Cleveland State University. She then studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, and obtained a Masters in Dance / Movement Therapy. Davis said dance / movement therapists must have continuing education to maintain their registration or board certification status.
Davis, a resident of Indianapolis, said about 10 people would be an ideal class size.
“But there is also power in having smaller and larger groups,” Davis said.
To register, visit carmelclayparks.com/programs.