Dance for health

A.V.Satyanarayana, dance therapist, with a student.

A.V.Satyanarayana, dance therapist, with a student.  

YOU COULD dance your way to fame, as is the case with many of our noted performing artistes. But you can also dance your way to good health, be it to the accompaniment of jazz, rock, or Indian classical music.

At least that is what A.V.Satyanarayana, dance therapist in the City, believes. He will vouch that the performing arts can do wonders to your body and liberate you from your ailments. He has been conducting dance therapy for people from various walks of life to improve their health. Well, some time ago expectant mothers were dancing to the tunes of Satyanarayana, literally, to ensure a comfortable delivery. Through his Shristi Centre for Performing Arts and Institute of Dance Therapy, Satyanarayana has been conducting dance therapy for IT professionals from June 15. Those suffering from diabetes, stress, hypertension, cervical spondylitis, arthritis, and obesity can benefit through this unique therapy. We all know that techies sit in front of the computer for long hours, which often leads to back, neck and shoulder problems, and stress and it also affects the eye. According to Satyanarayana, "dance movements strengthen wrist, arms, neck and shoulder, as these parts have to go through the strain of repetitive movements when working on a computer. Dance has eye movements, which provide relief to tired eyes, due to looking at the screen for long."

He will tell you that a person who can walk can dance, so there is no restriction. "Dance therapy is not just a series of movements but is a choreographed story. The dance involves emotions and once the performer gets immersed in the movements, he starts enjoying it," says the banker, who is also a dance therapist. Satyanarayana is trained in Kathak and Bharatnatyam. And although the therapy is based on Indian classical and folk dance forms, he is of the belief that any form of dance is all right as long as it is accompanied by instrumental music.

Well the benefits are many. Dance therapy gives a person substantial exercise, strengthens the heart, lungs, circulatory system, and burns calories and cuts down fat. It increases metabolism and is considered better than brisk walking or jogging, says Satyanarayana.

Well, what better way to keep fit than swaying to the music of your choice?

By Sahana Charan

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