Why Niio Dance?

reclaim your Youth

‘the opposite of play is depression’

 

Professor Simon Sutton-Smith [1]

When we dance all of our physical systems get a workout: our fluids flow better, we flush out toxins, we get less pain; faster recovery times from injury, a stronger immune system, better hormone function.

We have better bone density, posture and alignment and more efficiency in our joints. Improved mobility gives a sense of ease and freedom in our bodies. In addition we get an energy boost which means that we relax and rest better.

We become more confident in our bodies, comfortable in our own skin, fully present, vital and alive.

'It's something for me, 

to kind of be me,

with no one watching me,

observing me,

judging me'

 

Jenny, Gloucestershire

creative Play for brain health

More than other physical activities such as yoga or sports, Niio Dance has the element of creative play.

 

It is a dance of improvisation and spontaneity, qualities children have which play an important part in our social development and soft skills.

Critical thinking skills are developed by creativity and innovation learned through play.

However as we mature and enter formal education, arts and creativity become deprioritised and we are pruned to develop our conceptual and analytical skills to the detriment of our health and wellbeing.

'Play disarms fear,

builds connectedness,

teaches social skills,

and social competencies for life'

Dr. Karyn Purvis, Institute of Child Development[2]

develop a Growth mindset

Dancing means taking a risk, and at first it may well mean getting out of our comfort zone, but we need this in order to grow. From school we are conditioned to not make mistakes, and we do everything to maintain this homeostasis.

 

When we open up to the idea of moving freely without an agenda, we become more willing to see what happens, rather than trying to think through the outcome before we make a move.

‘Your clear and focused guidance has shown me new, different ways on how to think about my body and express myself while dancing,

helping me to release from rigid movement patterns and tension.’

Luis, Lisbon 

Release blockages and tension

Modern life and education prioritises advancement of the brain. 

 

Our body is a physical record of the thoughts, emotions and behaviours that have shaped our lives. All of our stories and memories have a corresponding place in our bodies. And these ‘issues’ can show up as tension, rigid movement patterns, stiffness, blockages, numbness and weak links in the body’s energy flow.

 

As we learn to move more freely we start to thaw, and just like an onion the layers of our memories start to peel, which is also why when we begin a new movement practice, it can uncover unexpected feelings or long forgotten memories such as longing, sadness, hope and love.

references

1       Sutton-smith, S (2001), ‘The Ambiguity of Play’, Harvard University Press

2       Karen Purvis,  Institute of Child Development, Fort Worth, TX, USA

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