Dance Movement Therapy employs dance as a remedy for psychological trauma. Dance Movement Therapy allows for physical, rather than verbal, expression of emotions and thoughts. This deviation from traditional talk therapy offers a solution to those individuals who have difficulty articulating and verbally sharing their feelings. Further, the combination of physical movement with emotional therapy allows for a restorative connection between the body and mind to be formed.
Dance Movement Therapy was developed in the mid 1900s by Marion Chase, a professional dancer, performer and choreographer. Integration of Dance Movement Therapy into hospitals and treatment centers showed promising results for treatment. Since then, Dance Movement Therapy has been incorporated in a wide range of settings, offering a creative alternative to conventional therapies.