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Ballet therapy


Ballet therapy

The idea of Ballet being an art form only within the abilities of the physically and mentally healthy is - despite all evidence to the contrary - false. Yes, Ballet is a demanding activity for not only the body and mind, but also the cause of high-rate injuries for even the most experienced dancers. So how this activity could be used as therapy for the mentally or physically challenged?

It is exactly because this dance form enhances not only strength and flexibility but also coordination and balance that Ballet therapy is an effective treatment for several society sectors that practice this art form not to acquire the fame and glory of ballerinas and dancers or for the recreational factor inherent to this performance art but to improve their health.

Unlike many other dances like hip-hop, tap dance or ballroom dancing, Ballet does not require strength or coordination but develops it in the dancer and does not have the high-impact motions of other dances.

Ballet therapy is used with patients of cerebral palsy (a condition that affects the patient's physical ability), those that qualify to take this kind of treatment are prone to gain a control over their bodies they never thought possible.

The afore mentioned inherent recreational quality of this dance form makes Ballet therapy work as a mood enhancement treatment for depressed individuals, in which the patient releases endorphin hormones during the Ballet exercises and is praised for his or her effort regardless of the success accomplished.

This group therapy allows for a great deal of entertainment during classes that only add to the release of more happy hormones.

These are just a couple of examples in which Ballet therapy can be used. Ballet has been known not only to deter diseases like osteoporosis but to keep pain syndromes at bay as well.