Ebb Movement & Health 

Ebb Movement & Health offers dance movement therapy, adapted dance and dance interventions for health in St. John's, Newfoundland. Hilary Walsh (Registered Occupational Therapist, and Dance Movement Therapy intern) facilitates individual sessions, group sessions, and workshops.

Movement and dance can benefit individuals physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, cognitively, and socially. It can help people work through problems, express emotions, and develop self-esteem.

Dance Movement Therapy is a creative arts therapy that focuses on the connection between body and mind. Dance movement therapists have specialized training in analysis of movement and psychotherapy. They use dance and movement as a tool to achieve wellbeing through communication, body awareness, motor function, creativity, expression, and self-esteem. Objectives of therapy are determined in a client centred way between individual and practitioner.                                                                                            

Adapted Dance are classes that focuses on adapting to specific needs, abilities, and strengths of dancers within a class. It can still be therapeutic in nature and have similar outcomes to Dance Movement Therapy, however the goal is to develop dance skills and artistry.

Both Dance Movement Therapy and Adapted Dance:

  • Are holistic; dance covers social, emotional, physical, psychological, spiritual, and cognitive domains of living 

  • Includes light exercises to improve mobility, muscle coordination, and can reduce muscle tension

  • Can help improve self-awareness, self-confidence and provide an outlet for communication and expression of feelings

  • Increase body awareness, spontaneity, creativity, and a healthy self-image

  • Can help to gain sense of control and success through mastery and discovery of new skill

Dance Movement Therapy