- 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
This chapter discusses Primitive Expression—a form of dance therapy— and its effectiveness as a therapeutic tool. It combines physical, neuropsychological, and social aspects, and involves ethologically and socially-based forms which are offered for re-enactment, as well as an incentive for successful performance and a challenge to ‘transcend’. In Primitive Expression, play, rhythm, dance, and song work on a symbolic level. The aim is to alert the participants to act and to express themselves, while orienting their drives in a positive way. In this chapter, the specific tools of Primitive Expression, such as rhythm, percussion, voice, movement, to name a few, are described and discussed. In addition, preliminary results of a Primitive Expression-based protocol with a small group of psychiatric patients are presented. A relatively short duration of Primitive Expression treatment led to observable changes in psychological state, behaviour, and brain physiology.
Alexia Margariti, PhD (University of Peloponnese and University of Athens Medical School), is a teacher of dance, a dance therapist, and past President of the Greek Association of Dance Therapists. She studied at the State School of Dance in Athens, and at the Sorbonne, France, where she obtained a Maitrise de Danse. She has worked at several institutions in Greece with psychiatric populations, children with special needs, ↵drug addicts, and other special groups. Her research interests involve quantification of body movement and neurophysiological parameters in dance therapy.
Periklis Ktonas, PhD, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Houston, and a senior researcher on biomedical engineering applications with the Department of Psychiatry, University of Athens Medical School. He has conducted several funded research activities, many of which have focused on the development of methodologies for the accurate and efficient analysis of bioelectrical signals, in particular the electroencephalogram (EEG), with clinical applications in neurology and psychiatry. He has been an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering and chair of the IEEE EMBS Technical Committee on Neuroengineering. He received the IEEE Third Millenium Medal for his contributions to biomedical engineering.
Thomas Paparrigopoulos, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Athens Medical School. His clinical and research activities have focused mainly on sleep medicine, alcoholism, psychoneuroendocrinology, neuropsychiatry, disaster psychiatry, and clinical studies in psychiatry. He is member of several Greek, European, and international medical societies, and is co-chair of the WPA section on psychiatry and sleep/wakefulness disorders. He is currently heads the Inpatient Alcohol Detoxification Clinic, the ATHENA Outpatient Detoxification Service, and the Neuropsychiatry Unit at the First Psychiatric Clinic of the Department of Psychiatry, University of Athens Medical School, at Eginition Hospital, and is co-director of the Sleep Study Unit at the same hospital. He is the author or co-author of numerous publications.
Grigoris Vaslamatzis, MD, is a physician and Professor of Psychiatry at Athens University Medical School (Eginition Hospital). He is a training member of the Hellenic Society of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, where he acted as a President 1998–2002 and 2009–13. From 2001 to 2012 was Director of the Department of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of Athens University Medical School, and since 2011 he has been Director of the Psychotherapy Centre, the Director of the Department of Personality Disorders, and Director of the Unit of Group Analytic Psychotherapy. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry, and a member of the editorial board of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. He is the editor of four psychoanalytic books, and his work is widely published in international journals.
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