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Welcome to Ebb Movement & Health

Updated: Apr 30

Welcome to the new site of Ebb Movement & Health. Please keep an eye on this page as, here you can find out all of our news as we begin to grow. But first... how did we start?

Growing up, I was always either found in the dance studio or dancing in my kitchen. I had dreams of pursuing professional dance, but also had dreams of working in healthcare. Both career choices felt like two different paths away from each other. Polar opposites. Yet, I realized the many benefits of dance for health purposes, as dance can benefit individuals physically, mentally, cognitively, and socially. My goal was to integrate dance into my practice as a health care practitioner.


In 2019, I received my Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy form the University of Toronto. Occupational therapy has been an excellent backdrop to my goal, as it is concerned with what people do. The objective is to help solve problems that interfere with a person’s ability to do the things that are important to them, increasing quality of life.


Living in Toronto afforded me the ability to attend courses, conferences, and workshops on dance and health. I learned to make dance accessible, interesting, and fun to those who may be hesitant to dance. I completed training in social arts intervention and adapted dance through Cirque du Soliel and the National Centre for Dance Therapy. I learned to combine circus arts and adapted dance into programming for at risk populations. I received training on how to create sensory appropriate dance classes for individuals with sensory needs. I completed the introductory and advanced level of Dance for PD and learned to create adaptable and accessible movement for older adults while focusing on artistic growth. I received training through Baycrest and the National Ballet School on sharing dance with older adults who have dementia. I learned to create classes at an appropriate cognitive level and to use music to engage older adults.


Last summer, I began training at National Centre for Dance Therapy of Les Grands Ballets. This is a three year program and is one of a kind in Canada. Through this training I will use dance and movement as a psychotherapeutic modality. This training will allow me to facilitate groups and work one on one with individuals who have physical or emotional challenges. Movement can help people explore what they want to say. It can help people work through problems, express emotions, develop self-esteem, and develop new movement patterns.


My goal is to share the power of dance and movement with Newfoundlanders and enable them to express themselves in ways words cannot. Thank you taking the time to check out the new website. I invite you to join me.


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Ebb Movement & Health 

St. John's, NL

hwalsh.OT@gmail.com

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