What Should I Expect in a Dancing with Pain® Class?

By: Loolwa Khazzoom, Founder, Dancing with Pain

June 4th, 2011 • Dance for Natural Pain ReliefPrint Print

In a Dancing with Pain® class, You will be invited to dance from wherever your body is comfortable, even if that place is just in your right pinky toe or only in your mind. And you will be invited to dance lying down, sitting down, or standing — whatever works for you, at any given moment, as the class progresses.

In this workshop, your body is the boss, not the facilitator. So you are safe to move, or not to move, however feels good to you. The only rules of this workshop are that you stay within your comfort zones, ie, you never move in a way that exacerbates your pain, and that you are mindful of the body space of others, so that everyone has room to dance safely.

For more information about the method, see this ABC News clip:

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What to wear/bring:
Wear clothing that is comfortable for moving around — sweats, dance pants, t-shirts, dance tops — whatever makes you comfortable. Be sure to bring a sweatshirt or sweater in case you feel cold. You might also want to bring a blanket for extra warmth and pillows for extra padding/support. Lastly, you might want to bring some colorful scarves, just for fun!

Here are some of the things students have said about these workshops:

“I felt safe in Loolwa’s Dancing With Pain® class. Her voice guided me gently throughout the session – reminding me of the power I have inside. I had severe pain at the beginning of class, and I thought I would only dance in my imagination. Instead, I was surprised to find my body moving organically, without even realizing I had started moving! I felt significantly less pain by the end of the class.” – Cynthia

“The Dancing With Pain® class was a real blessing. I felt much better when I walked out than when I walked in. Perhaps most importantly, Loolwa shared mind and body tools for transforming pain that I have been using since the class and that have had a very positive impact on my life. If you’re at all hesitant to attend a class, don’t be. The atmosphere is safe and nurturing.  Thank you Loolwa!” — Daniel

“Loolwa gave us the permission to move without self-criticism. The experience was releasing and elevating, and I had significantly less pain and greater mobility by the end of class.” – John

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