Music & Motion

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Ready? Set. Dance!

My heart speeds up whenever I hear music. Whether it’s a popular song on the radio, an acoustic guitar player at a café, or the raucous made-up songs my husband belts our while cooking dinner…the beat, the rhythms, and the melodies instantly makes my heart lighten up and my soul come alive!

With song comes motion. First it begins with my fingers. A tap here. A double tap there. Then my head. A nod here. A sassy sway there. Then I embrace the music and let my body lead the way. Shoulders to chest to hips to legs. Everything starts moving and I feel all my stress and troubles melt away as I let the music guide my whole being into a dance of carefree joy and merriment!

Music and dancing has continually been a source of healing for me. For weeks I had to stay home to recuperate from an ankle injury or from my lumpectomy or from chemo treatments. Photography and other activities helped to keep me occupied most of the time. But during the times when I was too sick to move about, and watching television or reading got to be too boring, I would play some music through Pandora and close my eyes. In my mind I would imagine myself dancing to the different types of songs playing…doing ballet to classical music or hip hop moves to top hits. Even though I couldn’t physically move, I was still able to let my mind take me away from my boring sofa and into a world of motion and liveliness.

During the times when I felt good enough to be up and about, I would play my music even louder and get some blood flow action going! The best part about dancing at home? If ever I felt pooped out from moving about I could just plop back down on the sofa for a few moments…then get back up and dance again! There was no one around to criticize my techniques or judge how grungy I looked in my pajamas and tussled hair. I wasn’t concerned with anything but letting my body move how it wanted to depending on the music playing and how I was feeling. When I felt sad, my movements would be slow and soothing…sometimes I would just let my tears roll. When I felt excited or angry, my movements would be explosive and chaotic. When I felt happy and silly, I would skip and jump and twirl in a circle…laughing out loud!

I am sooooo excited to be starting a new class where I can share my love of music and motion with everyone. I hope to teach that dancing isn’t something to be intimidated about. It’s not something that you need formal training for! Dancing is about carefree movements to express your thoughts and emotions. There is no right or wrong. Only the love of self and awareness of how music can do so much to relieve stress, encourage self-strength and promote self-healing.

 

To view class dates for the Motion and Music class visit: http://wellnesswithin.org//programcalendar/music-motion/

Jaymie Smith About Jaymie Smith

Jaymie 'Pyxie' Smith is a full-time portrait and wedding photographer based in Roseville, CA - Pyxie Studios. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 and has kicked cancer in the tush with the same gusto she puts into her work. Pyxie also has had a lifelong passion with music and dancing. She found that the combination helped greatly with healing her physically and spiritually during and after her bout with cancer.

Comments

  1. Cynthia Sanders says:

    Hearing about this center on Darkness Radio…. I can identify with dance as an expression of thankfulness to God. when I was a small child, I took ballet, I absolutely loved to danc, and felt like I was taken out of my day to day routine, lifted above my troubles. I felt a presence of joy, peace and hope.
    As the years passed, I can now look back and acknowledge. That presence was the Spirit of the living God. He made Himself known to me, before I knew of Him and His love and purpose to my life.
    Dance and praise is part of …. Who I am in Christ. It’s a powerful tool to bring fourth healing, hope and joy. I’ve brought dance near and far, from my local church, and all the way to India. The source of power is the same in all places ! The Spirit of God. I know, that the times I’ve shared my gift of dance, that God has done his work in others , he’s given hope, joy and peace. To me, dance is a prayer in movement. <3

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