Natural Pain Relief through Dance: Exploring the synergistic effect of the elements

By: Loolwa Khazzoom, Founder, Dancing with Pain

May 22nd, 2010 • Dance for Natural Pain ReliefPrint Print

As those of you following my blog and story know, the Dancing with Pain® method of natural pain relief was organically grown from within — an intuitive approach to healing my own pain from the inside out. It is now interesting to have conversations with people who are curious about the nitty-gritty of how and why the method works. I enjoy hearing these individuals think about the various elements involved in the program and postulate on why these elements together create such a powerful blend.

For example, I just got off the phone with Vijay Vad, MD, who recently published a book on pain management, called Stop Pain. After I described the Dancing with Pain® method to him, he talked about the “synergestic effect” of combining multiple elements that each individually promote natural pain relief. He alluded to the practice of tai chi, which combines movement and social support.

I really like this idea of “synergy.”  I have referred to the magical practice of dance as “alchemy,” which feels like a similar way of thinking about it. Numerous elements of the Dancing with Pain® method probably interact with and feed off each other, strengthening their individual impact and creating something brand new and powerful in its own right. As noted by David Brogan, the manager for Marty Rossman, MD’s new book, The Worry Solution, “The sum is greater than the parts.”

Here are some of the elements involved in the Dancing with Pain® method. A number of these elements have been proven, in rigorous scientific studies, to lower pain levels. Others have been anecdotally observed as being effective. Still others have net yet been formally recognized as having an impact, but I know from my own experience and that of other people in pain that they do. And isn’t it true that science is always playing catch-up to reality?

Some elements involved in a Dancing with Pain class. In a future blog post, I will write about how each one weaves through the class.

  • Autonomy
  • Body awareness
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Community
  • Compassion
  • Conscious breath
  • Connection (to Divinity, Spirit, Universe, Self)
  • Creativity
  • Distraction
  • Emotional release
  • Encouragement
  • Energy healing
  • Faith
  • Freedom
  • Guided imagery
  • Harmony
  • Joy
  • Love
  • Meditation
  • Movement
  • Personal empowerment
  • Play
  • Positive expectant faith
  • Prayer
  • Relaxation
  • Safety
  • Self-expression
  • Silliness
  • Sound healing
  • Transcendence
  • Understanding
  • Visualization

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