Episode 43

Published on:

21st May 2021

Healing through Dance/Movement Therapy

Welcome back, friends! It's Mental Health Awareness Month and today we're shedding light on dance/movement therapy. We had the pleasure to interview Erica Hornthal, CEO of Chicago Dance Therapy, the premiere dance/movement therapy practice in the Midwest. She has 10+ years as a board-certified dance/movement therapist and licensed clinical professional counselor. Known as “The Therapist Who Moves You,” Erica has truly changed the way people see movement with regard to mental health. She has worked with thousands of patients aged 3-107 and is passionate about bringing awareness to the field of dance/movement therapy to mainstream culture.

What we discuss

  • Debunking dance/movement therapy and how it differs from other types of therapy, specifically talk therapy;
  • The mind-body connection vs. mind-body communication;
  • Being mindful of our relationship to exercise relative to our varying nervous system states;
  • Learning how to "invite the body in" — into the conversation with ourselves, into the self-reflective/awareness space;
  • How the need for our bodies to be "comfortable", "familiar", "safe" can actually keep us in unhealthy patterns, because we are unwilling to withstand discomfort in service of improving our well-being;
  • Moving our bodies is the bottom-up approach we need to address imbalances with our mental & emotional health;
  • Finally, Erica leads us through a few movement practices you can implement right away to tap into your mind-body connection and shift your energetic state!

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This Thing Called Movement
Welcome to This Thing Called Movement! Join us as we expand our understanding and awareness of the multi-faceted, often unspoken, ways movement influences and heals us. From the physical to the mental, emotional to the spiritual, there is so much movement richness in the world that we aren't aware of. We'll debunk myths, share expert advice and gain insight into our guests' personal movement experiences and the transformations that resulted. Step in for inspiring conversations that empower you to cultivate a healthy relationship with your body and experience the powerful benefits movement has to offer.