Got pain? Try Dance.

By: Loolwa Khazzoom, Founder, Dancing with Pain

October 10th, 2010 • Dance for Natural Pain ReliefPrint Print

The floor of the living room in my new house has no give, so even with a pad, a rug, and a Swedish mattress cover on top, it can still hurt when I dance.  That in itself is interesting, regarding energy, but I’ll leave that for another time.

The point is between that and all kinds of overwhelm, I basically stopped dancing over the past three weeks.  When I moved here, I was in great shape and started biking regularly, up to 25 miles at a shot.  But since I stopped dancing, my body started being in increasing levels of pain, until it was once again difficult to move.

So I rearraanged crap in my office (upstairs — floor has give), put a Swedish matters cover on the floor, and started dancing there.  Two half-hour sessions into it, and voilà — pain levels are dramatically reduced, energy is boosted, and mobility is increased.  The set-up is such that I can’t bounce around like I did in my living room back in Los Angeles, but it doesn’t matter.  I’m still feeling better, with gentle movements rolling around on the floor.

So remember this: No matter what your pain levels or physical ability, you can dance — whether on the floor, in a chair, on your feet, or in your mind. Dance works. Dance heals.

And on that note, I’m off to a drum and dance circle in the park. Later!

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