Create Your Own Personal Dance Studio for Natural Pain Relief Grooves

By: Loolwa Khazzoom, Founder, Dancing with Pain

November 7th, 2011 • Dance for Natural Pain ReliefPrint Print

If you’re interested in dance for natural pain relief, keep in mind that you can do it from anywhere, at any time. So go ahead and create your own personal dance studio for natural pain relief grooves! This dance “studio” can be in your bed, on your living room couch, on the floor near your baby’s crib, hell, even under the dining room table, where you are writhing around in pain after dinner. Turn that wiggle & jiggle into a dance!

The idea of dance for natural pain relief is, in a nutshell, radically different than that of dance for performance – which is how our culture generally relates to dance. You don’t need a hard body, wicked cute clothes, sex appeal, or moves to write home about. You just need to respond to the music – whether in your pain-free zones in your body (never ever go into your pain zones!) or in your mind (if, you know, your entire body is a pain zone).

Slowly and gently explore your comfort zones. Get curious: How can your shoulder move without pain? Up and down? Side to side? Back and forth? In circular motions? The basic idea is replacing the “pain-pain-pain” soundtrack with a pleasure soundtrack. In essence, we’re reintroducing the idea that movement can be comfortable and a source of joy.

So go ahead: Dance under-cover in your fashion forward BedQuarters, in your ratty-tatty pajamas or buck-naked. Dance in your chair near the computer, while tweeting with your pain buddies. Dance with your kids, your partner (or partners, for you naughty polyamorous types), or your dog. Just dance.

Want to learn how to dance with your pain? Be sure to check out the Dancing with Pain store, for the “Breakfast Mix,” the first in our series of downloadable audio classes.


Jillian March 8th, 2011

Dear Loolwa, I just read about you in the Barnard Magazine Winter 2011 issue, and jumped leaped smiled with joy at your journey and offering to the world and to people to DANCE WITH PLEASURE FOR PLEASURE AND TO PLEASURE – that is dancing with pain is also dancing with pleasure.  I am a 1980 graduate of Barnard and studied dance for my first year there and loved dance all my life.  I have enjoyed studying dance and movement in many cultures.  Is there a human culture that DOESN’T dance???  Fundamentally, at the atomic level isn’t it all vibration and movement?  Is there a cell in our bodies that is ever still?  Each of us has an inner rhythm, a personal tempo I believe as unique as DNA and fingerprints.  And to move our bodies expressively is truly a compassionate act of gratitude for our lives.  Thank you for all you do.

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