Mental health matters

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Psychologist Natasa Vasic instructs us on the importance of mental health and announces our new WORKSHOP OF PHYSICAL THERAPY AND DANCE, which will be held on May 16, at 1 pm, at the address Resavska 28 in Belgrade.

The concept of our class, which will last from 13-15h, includes: heating; light dance exercises; stronger tempo dance exercises; five physical therapy exercises; free dance; stretching; meditation. For all categories of participants! Applications by e-mail:

The current evidence base in favor of physical psychotherapy is quite extensive and encouraging for people with a variety of problems. If you like to be in shape, physically healthy and look good and have fun, a combination of physical therapy and dance is an ideal way to work on your emotional and mental problems, achieve balance, satisfaction, increase your emotional and mental capacity, improve your memory and release at least a good part of the stress, which is more and more woven into our everyday life these days.

In a short text by Nataša Vasić, find out how the body and the mind are connected and what emotional and psychological problems you can solve through working on the body:

Natasa Vasic: “Although it took decades for physical psychotherapy in the domain of charlatanism and a topic that had no place among the elite in scientific circles, to break through and take its place under the sun, the development of neuroscience and new research are increasingly in its favor. Dance therapy is just one of many types of physical therapy.

In recent years, physical therapy in the West has increasingly made its way into clinical practice, health care institutions, day hospitals, schools and scientific congresses, where it was an uninvited guest until about twenty years ago. Research shows that this type of therapy gives excellent results in a wide range of psychological and health problems, so the list includes psychosomatic disorders, anxiety and depressive disorders, PTSD, eating disorders, personality disorders, schizophrenic disorders, cancer and even dementia. . Bessel van der Kolk, a renowned trauma expert, stated that it is almost impossible to effectively treat trauma without the use of body-oriented psychotherapy.

Therapy can be carried out in groups, when it mainly involves dancing, dance movements and concentrative movements, or individually, and is suitable for all age groups. The Association for Dance Therapy and Movement Therapy in the UK says that through dance movement therapy a person can creatively initiate the processes of improving their emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration. As a consequence of the increasing use of body-oriented psychotherapy, more is said and written about the essential role of the body in thinking, feeling, perceiving and acting.

One of the basic assumptions made in physical psychotherapy is that each person’s basic beliefs are embodied and until we begin to physically experience repressed emotions through the pain that builds up in our bodies, they will continue to live and manage our lives, no matter to make them mentally aware and intellectually processed.

Sandel and co-workers conducted a study in 2005 that showed positive effects on patients with breast cancer. While 3 more studies report an improvement in the quality of life of these patients, well-being, partially increased mobility, self-esteem, reduced anxiety and depression, coping with stress, but also a significantly smaller number of side effects on chemotherapy.

Body psychotherapy and dance therapy are creative, exploratory work on the body that uses improvised and authentic movements, as well as “body dialogue”, which aim to strengthen one’s own potentials, mobilize forces and create space for resolving internal conflicts.”

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Autorka teksta Nataša Vasić

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