Nature-Based Dance/Movement Therapy

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Thesis - Open Access

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MS in Dance/Movement Therapy


Dance/Movement Therapy Graduate Program


This paper examines how a therapist’s embodied experience of the natural world can provide a foundation for utilizing a nature-based dance/movement therapy with medically fragile children in long term care. Beginning with a reflection on her childhood experiences in nature, the author then discusses the literature on the impact of nature on human development and the implications of loss of contact with nature. The final section presents examples of how the integration of natural elements and embodied experience was used to provide dance/movement therapy to medically fragile children at Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center in Yonkers, NY.

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