The story of my hips

Lee la versión en castellano aquí. Hips have always drawn my attention. I still remember the first years going out dancing during my adolescence, how much I felt “unconsciously not permitted” to move my hips too much, as otherwise we would draw the attention of other teenage boys behind us. Similar thing happened with myContinue reading “The story of my hips”

Dance is only for my “real life”

I miss dancing. One thinks that having a profession as dance movement therapist would allow me to dance enough, but it is not always the case. Having this profession is also slightly or quite unsafe (there are not many vacancies in general), so I decided to buy an appartment in Amsterdam in the beginning ofContinue reading “Dance is only for my “real life””

Women that leave the arms of their men

It is long time since I do not wirte in my own language, Spanish and long since I have not read in my language. And today by chance, by pure virtual and modern chance, I have encountered a very old friend, Bihotz, Salva. I found his articles online and I could read in my ownContinue reading “Women that leave the arms of their men”

9 months ago

It has been 9 months without words. Complete silence. Just work, pushing hard, jumping the precipice from the student life to the working life. No words. Only work. And decisions. I have been half year on the air. Ipsy-Intercultural Psychiatry’s Arts Therapy Department opened its doors to me in the summer. Suzie, Mar and Martine. AnContinue reading “9 months ago”

The dream has become true. Now the real work starts.

I have finally accomplished the first step of a dream I have since 4 years, create a non profit organization to empower communities through dance. Last 28th of April we signed the statutes in the notary, making it a legal and official entity. Now the real work starts. I am proud to present Libraz. OurContinue reading “The dream has become true. Now the real work starts.”

No me lo creo. This is becoming true.

I can’t believe it. This is starting to take shape. I could never imagine I would enjoy so much writing and editing a business plan. Writing and editing, and re editing, and finding the best words. I discovered what “track changes” means and I am starting to feel less panic about excell sheets and budgets…Continue reading “No me lo creo. This is becoming true.”

Oxid & Oil or how does self-touch help my self regulation in dance movement therapy

This is an excercise to learn how to write a critical literature review based in a personal experience. Oxid & Oil How does self touch help my self regulation in DMT Love is the harmony of two souls and the contact of two epidermes.  (Anom)   Abstract This paper is based upon my experience ofContinue reading “Oxid & Oil or how does self-touch help my self regulation in dance movement therapy”

From postcards and feet to poems and dance – Reflection on the module “Body in Therapy” from the master of Dance Therapy

I keep thinking people need to know a bit more what we do. So here I share a reflection about a module I had in April 2013 with Ann Helgesson, part of my studies in the Master in Dance Movement Therapy. The module title was “The body in Therapy”, and here a description of myContinue reading “From postcards and feet to poems and dance – Reflection on the module “Body in Therapy” from the master of Dance Therapy”

Damn that ocean for turning rock into sand

Some extracts from Daria’s Halprin book: The expressive body in life Art and therapy. The creative play of the life force lies in the flux between creation and death, harmony and conflict, like elements and opposite elements forming in relationship to another. Observing the presence of this creative  play in the natural world can beContinue reading “Damn that ocean for turning rock into sand”

TRIANA. TRIANA. And how things come together in a marvellous conjugation.

Amazing. Triana. Triana. Triana. Last day in my internship of Dance Movement Therapy in the psychiatric centre. Last day before travelling to Sevilla to finally dance Flamenco in a school in Triana, the NEIGHBOURHOOD. It is early in the morning. Me, as therapist, excited because it is my last day, sitting in the morning meeting withContinue reading “TRIANA. TRIANA. And how things come together in a marvellous conjugation.”

Effectiveness of Dance Movement Therapy techniques when working with PTSD – V Conclusion & Bibliography

CONCLUSION Despite relatively wide use and application, the efficacy of the creative arts therapies has not been established through empirical research (Foa 2010 – 586) Case studies, personal experience and interviews is the main source of research in DMT. However, the selection of three DMT techniques and the subsequent support with similar concepts from other fields of therapyContinue reading “Effectiveness of Dance Movement Therapy techniques when working with PTSD – V Conclusion & Bibliography”

Effectiveness of Dance Movement Therapy techniques when working with PTSD – IV Anger release in movement

 ANGER RELEASE TECHNIQUE IN MOVEMENT   Alice’s case: I used to bite my arms a lot when I was a child. Not when I was growing up, because I didn’t want to be angry – I recognised I had a lot of anger inside me that I needed to deal with. I started dealing withContinue reading “Effectiveness of Dance Movement Therapy techniques when working with PTSD – IV Anger release in movement”

Effectiveness of dance movement therapy techniques when working with PTSD – III Metaphoric use of Space

  Bust of a woman an self portrait – Pablo Picasso METAPHORIC USE OF SPACE Alice created metaphorical “pockets” in the green cushion and when she was able to connect a physical sensation to her story she would put it into her pocket. “For later” she said. (…) We identified Alice’s diagonal pathway across the space asContinue reading “Effectiveness of dance movement therapy techniques when working with PTSD – III Metaphoric use of Space”

Effectiveness of Dance Movement Therapy techniques when working with PTSD – II Body Awareness

BODY AWARENESS TECHNIQUE To avoid direct contact at first, I started by placing several objects on various parts of his body, to see if he was aware of all parts of his body and whether this contact wouldn’t be too threatening. I had also noticed that he laid his hands on his bottom and thatContinue reading “Effectiveness of Dance Movement Therapy techniques when working with PTSD – II Body Awareness”

Effectiveness of Dance Movement Therapy techniques when working with PTSD – I Intro

  WHAT IS THE EFFECTIVENESS OF DMT TECHNIQUES WHEN WORKING WITH PTSD Critical Literature Review Abstract This review is a first attempt to show the effectiveness of three techniques from the treatment of PTSD used in DMT with the help of articles from other fields of psychotherapy that use similar principles. Keywords: effectiveness, dance movement therapy, body-orientedContinue reading “Effectiveness of Dance Movement Therapy techniques when working with PTSD – I Intro”

My first session of Dance therapy with people diagnosed with Depression

Enthousiasm of beginner. I wrote everything down. Initial plan. What happened. Everything. I will not do this with every session.  I guess in the beginning everybody is enthousiast and writes everything down. However is impossible. And not necessary. Well. Here I explain my first session with people that come for a day treatment with the diganosis ofContinue reading “My first session of Dance therapy with people diagnosed with Depression”

A session of Dance therapy in colours: Painting my patients as a way of keeping notes.

Yes I do Dance Therapy. Another way of approaching our inside. Through movement. And I sometimes use some other medium to write my reports after the session. Colours. Words are slowlier. Lines and colours express faster. To me. And I just found this two pictures I did in the beginning of my internship and IContinue reading “A session of Dance therapy in colours: Painting my patients as a way of keeping notes.”

New York Times is with us! Psychomotor approaches to healing trauma…

Starting the article with an amazing   “Revolutionary approach to treating PTSD”, The New York times article defends the use of the body. Even if it has been used since the forties by dance therapists and psychomotor therapists, is still not fully accepted in the medical world. Psychomotor therapy is neither widely practiced nor supported by clinicalContinue reading “New York Times is with us! Psychomotor approaches to healing trauma…”

Where is the mind? Reflection after seeing a japanese psychiatric medication advert of 1970

This is a Japan advertising of 1970 for a psychiatric medication. I like it because the BODY appears on it. Not only the HEAD. If you type “Psychiatric” word, most of the images will show basically the head, the brain. Psyche is in the brain. We only think with your heads. Well I don’t believe so. IContinue reading “Where is the mind? Reflection after seeing a japanese psychiatric medication advert of 1970”

Flaméncame, empowering women through Flamenco and dance therapy techniques

The project “Flaméncame” is the first project I developed in the Netherlands. I am currently developing a model with Flamenco dance as a framework combined with dance movement therapy methods to help women sufferers from domestic violence to: BODY -Reinhabit again their bodies and foster kinesthetic awareness EMOTIONS – Release anger and sadness feelings and supportContinue reading “Flaméncame, empowering women through Flamenco and dance therapy techniques”

Dance in Psychiatry

I have just started my internship in a Psychiatric Centre as a dance therapy intern. I work and dance with people diagnosed with depression and mood disorders, schizophreny, youngs sufferers of a first psychosis… And because the field of Dance Therapy need people that write, I will try to write some exercises and examples ofContinue reading “Dance in Psychiatry”

What is Dance Movement Therapy for me

  Expression, movement, communication, creativity, feelings, thoughts, actions, body and mind, healing, exploring, support, being seen, beyond words, embodiment, presence, listening, analysis, research,  breathing, playfulness, curiousity, imagination, non-judgement, creative process, attunement … For who? As a form of therapy we accompany individuals that suffer from mood disorders, anxiety, burn out, PTSD or complex trauma, eatingContinue reading “What is Dance Movement Therapy for me”

“Aire”

Creative -Therapeutic process of creating “Aire”  I just decided I am going to share some of my findings and papers I do for my class of Dance Movement Therapy. It may be intimate, yes, but if something needs our field is people writing. Writing our experiences. Sharing. So here it is. My journey through creativityContinue reading ““Aire””

Danza terapia con gitanas de Rumanía y sus niños

Danza Terapia materno infantil: Gitano rumanas y sus bebitos Hace más o menos un año ya, bailé con un grupo mujeres rumanas y sus bebitos. Fue la primera vez que llevé a cabo una sesión así. Sí, ya había dado clases de danza, pero aquí ni siquiera podía mencionar que se trataba de danza, las trabajadorasContinue reading “Danza terapia con gitanas de Rumanía y sus niños”

La depresión y el cuerpo

Hay una realidad innegable en la vida de toda persona y es su existencia física y corporal. No existe perturbación mental que a la vez no lo sea física. La creencia de que “todo está en la cabeza” es la gran ilusión de nuestro tiempo, ignorando la realidad de que la vida en todas susContinue reading “La depresión y el cuerpo”

One billion rising

Una de cada tres mujeres en el planeta será maltratada en su vida. Mil millones de mujeres violadas es una atrocidad. Mil millones de mujeres danzando es una revolución. Próximo 14 de Febrero, vamos a movernos. Busca el evento más cercano: onebillionrising.org/ – One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten inContinue reading “One billion rising”

“Dance-Walking Fitness”

I never like running. Definetely, it is not for me. But probably this variation could fit me better. It is called “Dance Walking”.  A viral phenomenon suppossedly arose from a video of Ben Aaron, an American reporter, although surely people have dancewalked always in history… When I am happy and there is nobody in theContinue reading ““Dance-Walking Fitness””

Este fin de semana, he aprendido a gatear.

Gracias a Sabine Dahrendorf con quien he conocido el Método Feldenkrais: Bebé Feldenkrais Video “Recognizing our insignificance, the unimportance of what we think, do, or cannot do, we find ourselves in full mastery of ourselves to the potential limit of our ability. That sort of unstable equilibrium that is abandoned in each action and recovered forContinue reading “Este fin de semana, he aprendido a gatear.”