- 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
Depression is a disabling medical illness characterized by persistent and all-encompassing feelings of sadness, loss of interest, or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities, as well as problems in emotion regulation. Medication, sometimes in combination with verbal psychotherapy or counselling, is the predominant method of treatment for depression. This article argues that body movement, being fundamental to the perception and production of emotion, should also be considered in approaches and methods utilized in the treatment of depression. This chapter introduces motion capture technology as a method for studying dance movement, and provides a short overview of related studies. Recent findings about the effect of depression on a person’s movement expression, as well as possibilities of using dance/movement therapy (D/MT) as a therapy intervention for depression, are presented. Finally, this chapter gives a voice to one of the clients with depression who participated in a recent D/MT study carried out by the authors.
Marko Punkanen, PhD, is a music therapist, dance/movement therapist, and trauma psychotherapist who currently works as a music/dance-movement/psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice. He is actively involved with music therapy and dance/movement therapy training. Previously, he was a researcher in the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Music Research at the University of Jyväskylä. He was part of the research team which investigated the perception and preferences of emotions in music of depressed patients and the efficacy of improvisational, individual music therapy for depression.
Suvi Saarikallio, PhD, works as an Academy of Finland Research Fellow at the Department of Music, University of Jyväskylä. Her research focuses on the psychosocial aspects of musical behaviour, including mood and emotion, personality, adolescent development, and wellbeing. She is an internationally acknowledged expert, particularly in research on music as emotional self-regulation, and has presented invited lectures and published articles in international peer-reviewed journals.
Outi Leinonen, MSc (Sports Science), trained in dance from childhood, within a variety of groups, and has performed and competed in Finland and internationally. As a dance teacher she has worked in youth camps in Finland, Brazil, Germany, and Croatia. ↵Currently, she is teaching in the Christian Dance School of Jyväskylä and dancing in the Campuksen Koonto Dance Team of yje University of Jyväskylä. Her Master’s thesis was a research project at the Department of Music, University of Jyväskylä, entitled ‘Movement analysis of depressed and non-depressed persons expressing emotions through spontaneous movement to music.’
Anita Forsblom, PhD, is a music therapist, supervisor, dance/movement therapist, and Fellow of the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and music, granted by the Association for Music and Imagery (USA). She is a private practitioner of music therapy and dance/movement therapy in Finland, and is interested in people’s experiences of music listening, and therapy processes in music therapy and dance movement therapy.
Geoff Luck, PhD (Keele University), has worked at the Department of Music of the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, and latterly as an Assistant Professor. In 2008 he was awarded a five-year Academy of Finland Research Fellowship to study the kinematics and dynamics of musical communication. This interdisciplinary project incorporated elements of biomechanics, psychology, and neuroscience to examine the role of body movement in both rhythmic and expressive musical communication. During his tenure in Jyväskylä, he carried out an extensive range of human-centred scientific studies on a range of topics, and has published more than fifty scientific works. A large proportion of his research has focused on quantifying, classifying, and predicting music-related behaviour using a wide range of statistical techniques.
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