- The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Wellbeing
- About the Companion Website
- Part I Dance and the Body
- The Dancing Queen: Explanatory Mechanisms of the ‘Feel-Good Effect’ in Dance
- Dance in the Body, the Mind, and the Brain: Neurocognitive Research Inspired by Dancers and their Audience
- Subjective and Neurophysiological Perspectives on Emotion Perception from Dance
- Evidence-Based BIODANZA Programmes for Children (TANZPRO-Biodanza) in Schools and Kindergartens: Some Effects on Psychology, Physiology, Hormones, and the Immune System
- Dancing to Resist, Reduce, and Escape Stress
- Body Memory and its Recuperation through Movement
- Listening to the Moving Body: Movement Approaches in Body Psychotherapy
- Authentic Movement as a Practice for Wellbeing
- Authentic Movement and the Relationship of Embodied Spirituality to Health and Wellbeing
- Reimagining Our Relationship to the Dancing Body
- Part II Dance within Performative Contexts
- A Greater Fullness of Life: Wellbeing in Early Modern Dance
- Therapeutic Performance: When Private Moves into Public
- Portals of Conscious Transformation: From Authentic Movement to Performance
- Butoh Dance, Noguchi Taiso, and Healing
- Flow in the Dancing Body: An Intersubjective Experience
- Common Embrace: Wellbeing in Rosemary Lee’s Choreography of Inclusive Dancing Communities
- Wellbeing and the Ageing Dancer
- Being in Pieces: Integrating Dance, Identity, and Mental Health
- Writing Body Stories
- (Im)possible Performatives: A Feminist Corporeal Account of Loss
- Part III Dance in Education
- Provoking Change: Dance Pedagogy and Curriculum Design
- Pedagogies of Dance Teaching and Dance Leading
- Creative Dance in Schools: A Snapshot of Two European Contexts
- Moving Systems: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Enhance Learning and Avoid Dropping Out
- Dance/Movement and Embodied Knowing with Adolescents
- Movement Therapy Programme with Children with Mild Learning Difficulties in Primary Schools in Saudi Arabia: Links between Motion and Emotion
- Dance Movement Therapy, Student Learning, and Wellbeing in Special Education
- The Wellbeing of Students in Dance Movement Therapy Masters Programmes
- Cultivating the Felt Sense of Wellbeing: How We Know We Are Well
- Part IV Dance in the Community
- Free To Dance: Community Dance with Adolescent Girls in Scotland
- Methods of Promoting Gender Development in Young Children Through Developmental Dance Rhythms: A Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP) Dance/Movement Therapy Approach
- Together We Move: Creating a Laban-Style Movement Choir
- Touching Disability Culture: Dancing Tiresias
- Building Relations: A Methodological Consideration of Dance and Wellbeing in Psychosocial Work with War-Affected Refugee Children and Their Families
- Reconstructing the World of Survivors of Torture for Political Reasons through Dance/Movement Therapy
- Haunted by Meaning: Dance as Aesthetic Activism
- Cultural Adaptations of Dance Movement Psychotherapy Experiences: From a UK Higher Education Context to a Transdisciplinary Water Resource Management Research Practice
- Capoeira in the Community: The Social Arena for the Development of Wellbeing
- The 5Rhythms® Movement Practice: Journey to Wellbeing, Empowerment, and Transformation
- Part V Dance in Healthcare Contexts
- Dance Movement Therapy in Healthcare: Should We Dance Across the Floor of the Ward?
- Dance as Art in Hospitals
- The BodyMind Approach: Supporting the Wellbeing of Patients with Chronic Medically Unexplained Symptoms in Primary Healthcare in England
- Dance Therapy: Primitive Expression Contributes to Wellbeing
- Dance Movement Therapy: An Aesthetic Experience to Foster Wellbeing for Vulnerable Mothers and Infants
- Dance Movement Therapy and the Possibility of Wellbeing for People with Dementia
- Emotions in Motion: Depression in Dance-Movement and Dance-Movement in Treatment of Depression
- (Dis-)Embodiment in Schizophrenia: Effects of Mirroring on Self-Experience, Empathy, and Wellbeing
- Dance/Movement Therapy and Breast Cancer Care: A Wellbeing Approach
- Attending to the Heartbeat in Dance Movement Psychotherapy: Improvements in Mood and Quality of Life for Patients with Coronary Heart Disease
Abstract and Keywords
A research team from the German National Project Body Language of Movement and Dance conducted a feasibility study on the influence of mirroring interventions on the self-experience and interaction skills of patients with schizophrenia in a psychiatric hospital setting (N = 14). They investigated how a manualized dance movement therapy (DMT) intervention influenced (1) body awareness, (2) the sense of wellbeing, (3) empathy, and (4) social skills in the patients compared to a control group. In this chapter, the authors define the terms, briefly describe the method of therapeutic mirroring, compute the results, and discuss the findings. The results suggest that wellbeing and empathy were strengthened through mirroring in movement. The intervention further increased positive affect (and coping), and decreased depressed affect and anxiety as aspects of wellbeing. Future studies should improve the DMT intervention for schizophrenia, integrate changes in body image, body self-efficacy, embodied intersubjectivity, expression of emotion, and increased numbers of participants.
Sabine C. Koch, PhD, MA, BC-DMT, is a psychologist and dance/movement therapist, and a researcher and lecturer at the University of Heidelberg and the University of Alanus in Alfter. She is a specialist in Kestenberg Movement Profiling (KMP), movement analysis, and dance/movement therapy, and her current work includes ‘Embodiment: The Influence of Movement on Affect, Attitudes and Cognition’, and a national research project on ‘Language of Movement and Dance’ (BMBF). She has worked with children, and with depressed, psychotic, autistic, psychosomatic, elderly, trauma and dissociative identity disorder patients. Her research interests include embodiment, personality, social psychology, observational methods, psycholinguistics, non-verbal communication, gender, health psychology, phenomenology, body psychotherapy, movement analysis, and creative arts therapies.
Astrid Kolter, Dipl. Psych. (University of Marburg), is a dance/movement therapist (Institute of Frankfurt, 2014). She is a dance teacher, and was a research assistant on the project Body Language of Movement and Dance (University of Heidelberg, 2009–11).
Thomas Fuchs, MD, PhD, is a psychiatrist and philosopher, and Jaspers Professor and head of the section ‘Phenomenological Psychopathology and Psychotherapy’ at the Department of Psychiatry in Heidelberg, Chairman of the Section ‘Philosophical Foundations of Psychiatry’ of the German Psychiatric Association (DGPPN), and Fellow of the Marsilius-Kolleg (Centre for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies) at the University of Heidelberg. His major research areas are phenomenological psychopathology, psychology and psychotherapy; coherence and disorders of self-experience, phenomenology and cognitive neuroscience, and history and ethics of medicine and psychiatry.
Heribert Sattel is Scientific Assistant at Klinikum Rechts der Isar, Munich, Germany.
Janna Kelbel, Master Student at the University of Heidelberg, Department of Psychology, Heidelberg, Germany.
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