The Difference between Dancing Despite Pain and Dancing to Heal Pain

By: Loolwa Khazzoom, Founder, Dancing with Pain

October 19th, 2010 • Dance for Natural Pain ReliefPrint Print

There are people who dance despite pain. They refuse to let life get them down, and through dance, they actively embrace and celebrate the joy of living. But they hurt while they dance. That’s a whole other ball of wax than dancing to heal pain.

In the Dancing with Pain® method, we never, ever do anything that jacks up our pain. To the contrary, we tap into the places in our bodies that are pain-free, dancing within and from them. This process of simply enjoying where we feel good effectively expands that space – until, one day, that space dominates our bodies.

In my case, the transformation was immediate. In the span of four days, I went from barely being able to walk, to tearing up a dance floor. The next day, however, I was back in pain again. I danced it away, but back it returned. It went on like this for the period of a few years.

What I noticed over time, however, was that as the weeks and months progressed, the level of pain that returned was significantly lower. And lower and lower. Until, as if caught by surprise, I suddenly realized that I was living with little to no pain at all and that my physical abilities had exponentially multiplied.

So here’s my takeaway lesson: The spirit of defiance totally rocks. But respect your pain. In my experience, I did not have to fight it in order to reduce and eventually eliminate it. Through a gentle and consistent practice of joy and self-love, the pain just danced its own damn self out the door.

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