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Article: Regaining balance within: Dance movement therapy with Chinese cancer patients in Hong Kong

TitleRegaining balance within: Dance movement therapy with Chinese cancer patients in Hong Kong
Authors
KeywordsBalance
Chinese cancer patients
Dance movement therapy
Emotional control
Holistic health
Impulse control
Issue Date2005
PublisherSpringer New York LLC. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=0146-3721
Citation
American Journal Of Dance Therapy, 2005, v. 27 n. 2, p. 87-99 How to Cite?
AbstractBalance is an important concept in Chinese culture. Holistic health in Traditional Chinese Medicine is defined by a balanced and integrated body, mind and spirit. Although the importance of living in a state of balance is implanted in Chinese people, the concept moves into the background, becoming ignored or disturbed, when an individual overwhelmed by physical and psychological distress, such as a diagnosis of cancer. Dance Movement Therapy (DMT), which works at both the physical and psychological levels, also asserts that total well-being is a function of the interconnected body, mind, and spirit, making it a particularly suitable and potentially powerful intervention for Chinese clients who find themselves out of balance. This paper demonstrates how a mix of eastern approaches such as meditation and tai-chi like movement, eastern philosophy such as living in the moment and nonattachment, and DMT's western emphasis on spontaneous movement and expression, can help Chinese clients, accustomed to containing expressive behavior, regain and embody the traditional wisdom of balance. Steps in this approach include acknowledging the influences of Confucianism and traditional education, loosening the established controls and disciplines, awakening the traditional wisdom of mind-body interconnectedness (as well as the 'sentimental side' that lies inside), and regaining the sense of balance of body, mind and spirit. © Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/133648
ISSN
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.175
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dc.identifier.citationAmerican Journal Of Dance Therapy, 2005, v. 27 n. 2, p. 87-99en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0146-3721en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/133648-
dc.description.abstractBalance is an important concept in Chinese culture. Holistic health in Traditional Chinese Medicine is defined by a balanced and integrated body, mind and spirit. Although the importance of living in a state of balance is implanted in Chinese people, the concept moves into the background, becoming ignored or disturbed, when an individual overwhelmed by physical and psychological distress, such as a diagnosis of cancer. Dance Movement Therapy (DMT), which works at both the physical and psychological levels, also asserts that total well-being is a function of the interconnected body, mind, and spirit, making it a particularly suitable and potentially powerful intervention for Chinese clients who find themselves out of balance. This paper demonstrates how a mix of eastern approaches such as meditation and tai-chi like movement, eastern philosophy such as living in the moment and nonattachment, and DMT's western emphasis on spontaneous movement and expression, can help Chinese clients, accustomed to containing expressive behavior, regain and embody the traditional wisdom of balance. Steps in this approach include acknowledging the influences of Confucianism and traditional education, loosening the established controls and disciplines, awakening the traditional wisdom of mind-body interconnectedness (as well as the 'sentimental side' that lies inside), and regaining the sense of balance of body, mind and spirit. © Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherSpringer New York LLC. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=0146-3721en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofAmerican Journal of Dance Therapyen_HK
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dc.subjectBalanceen_HK
dc.subjectChinese cancer patientsen_HK
dc.subjectDance movement therapyen_HK
dc.subjectEmotional controlen_HK
dc.subjectHolistic healthen_HK
dc.subjectImpulse controlen_HK
dc.titleRegaining balance within: Dance movement therapy with Chinese cancer patients in Hong Kongen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s10465-005-9002-zen_HK
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