What is Movement is Medicine?
"Designed to connect your mind and body through the medicine of
music and dance."
Movement is Medicine® is a movement and dance therapy created by Emma Marshall combining neuroscience, indigenous wisdom and rave culture.
As has been confirmed recently by trauma specialists like Dr Gabor Mate, the body and cellular memory holds onto experiences that have not been processed, which can affect our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
The body has an innate wisdom of being able to release and let go. Shaking, or trauma release exercises. It's what animals do in the wild to release stress and trauma. Humans can access this too as an effortless and fun way to feel healthier and lighter. Healing doesn't have to be heavy!
Movement is Medicine is designed to get participants out of the head. This way they can feel more, get in touch with their bodies, become more present and let go of any repressed emotion or trauma.
Every part of this method is specifically curated from start to finish, from the pressure points we touch and in what order, to the music selection, order and BPM.
The method starts with a somatic meditation created by Emma, using a combination of pressure points, tapping, breath work, nervous system regulation techniques, sensory activation, vagal toning and more to come out of the mind by creating body awareness. This part of the method is seated and slow, getting in tune with the rhythm of the music played. Here we observe where we might be storing stress or trapped emotions, and we create a positive relationship with our body.
Once in the body, feeling safe and present we stand up and begin movement and body release exercises, including shaking, that eventually lead into freestyle dance. Anything brought to the surface during the meditation we shake off and let go of any stress or tension we may have been carrying.
The dance part is not choreographed. You just move... Each person is different, which is what makes it so special, there is no wrong move, just your move! This can be really empowering and causes our bodies to release a lot of feel-good hormones, as well as being great for your fitness and health.