How does it work?
Biodanza draws from many ancient tribal dances and practice, it can be a very spiritual experience for many. An additional beauty of Biodanza is that it also scientifically designed – based on known and defined neurological pathways which effect the psychology of the mind and physiology of the body. The basis in science adds a level of trustworthiness because it’s effects are tried and tested.
Underlying Biodanza is an in-depth theoretical model and so training to become a teacher takes about a minimum of 3-4 years. Participants can just enjoy the effects of Biodanza without needing to understand any of it, however, a brief summary of one of it’s main actions is as follows:
It could be said that our brains really consist of 3 individual brains working together: our primal reptilian brain, our mammalian mid-brain and our newer cortical brain. As well as working together, each have a specific and important functions.
Culture and society have a tendency to work to develop the outer (cortical) brain through conditioning - this is fantastic for conscious action and intellectual and abstract thought but awful at regulating the needs of the body – because this is the job of the inner brain.
Unfortunately due to the pressures of life the outer brain overrides the wisdom of the inner brain: not sleeping when tired, introducing stimulants, not eating food that is good for the body, not allowing the expression of natural impulses and instincts. The result are human beings who are stressed, ill, under nourished, lonely and isolated (recognises any of these?).
The good news is that this damage can also be un-done, un-learned and the best method for this is through Biodanza, which uses music, dance and exercises to relax the overly ambitious outer-brain and help stimulate the mid-brain during a session. The results of this start a sequence of effects that work all the way down to the cellular and genetic level to help brings the body back into balance and to allow the best environment for our innate potential to grow.