Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

MS in Dance/Movement Therapy


Dance/Movement Therapy Graduate Program


Both Mystical Judaic teachings and Body-Mind Centering discuss the spiritual and psychological meanings of the body‘s organs, beyond their physical function. Using the biblical story of Hannah‘s prayer as a starting point, this thesis discusses each discipline‘s approach to the organs, with a specific focus on the heart and lungs, and investigates how these can be used as tools toward body and soul integration. The body and the journey of embodiment, central to dance/movement therapy, allow access to the experience of the organs as performing vital physical functions, providing meaningful structural support, opening a gateway into the emotional world and the possibility of touching upon the more esoteric and spiritual aspects of experience.