Biodanza’s therapeutic, educational and transformation success is due to the seven powers of Biodanza to rehabilitate life in the organism as a whole.
These powers to rehabilitate life come from the combination of:
- The power of music
- The power of integrative dance
- The power of vivencial methodology
- The power of caress
- The power of trance
- The power of expanded consciousness
- The power of the group
Each one of these powers has a transformational effect. If linked to each other, following a scientific theoretical model, they constitute eco-factors with extraordinary powerful effects.
Powers of Biodanza: #1.The Power of Music
Music has been known throughout the ages to have a soothing and healing effect. Even in ancient cultures, this fact was recognised. And this throughout both Eastern and Western cultures. Musical power is a common element in religion, philosophy and natural healing therapies. It has been recognised and used by shamans, Tibetan monks and Sufi dancers alike for centuries in their pursuit of spiritual healing and enhancement.
In the Western world, studies by numerous renowned researchers have shown that music can have a profound effect on human beings. But not only, it also have profound effect on other life forms. It has been used successfully in a number of different therapeutic endeavours.
In Biodanza, music is selected to stimulate the eco-factors linked to the five lines of vivencia. “Organic music” is that which presents biological attributes:
- a sense of unity
- cenesthetic effects (harmony in internal organs)
It has the power to create integrating vivencias.
Because music can evoke intense vivencias, the selection of music in Biodanza follows a carefully structured gradient. This structure holds specific thematic, with vivencial and emotional significance and implications.
Music can awaken
Powers of Biodanza: #2. The Power of Integrative Dance
Biodanza encompasses about 250 exercises and dances whose purpose is to activate human movements in a harmonic and integrative way. There are no dissociative movements in Biodanza.
We have several
- motor and sensory-integration dances / exercises
- affective motor dances / exercises
- cenesthetic sensibility dances / exercises
All of which restore the individual’s sense of inhabiting his own body
Yet another series of Biodanza exercises is composed of simple dances that evoke the vivencias of
- transcendence (a state of higher understanding of oneself and of life).
During a Biodanza session, the music becomes a physical movement and the dancer enters into a state of vivencia. The combination of music and movement in vivencia brings about subtle changes in many of the body’s systems and ecologies, restoring balance and general health.
Powers of Biodanza: #3. The Power of Vivencial Methodology
A vivencia is an intense feeling of being alive and present in the moment and in full possession of one’s physical and emotional perceptions. Vivencias have various emotional nuances, including
- a sense of internal peace
All of which aid in the expression of the individual’s authentic identity.
The Biodanza methodology is aimed at bringing about powerful vivencias. Through the vivencias, the individual is able to reconnect the disjointed or fragmented facets of him or herself that result from the disconnection so common in modern living.
Vivencias allow us to be ourselves in a way that is generally prevented by our cultural norms. Our native inclination and ability to connect with others and with our surroundings are inhibited by social boundaries and these can be restored through the experience of vivencias.
Powers of Biodanza: #4. The Power of Caress
Restoring the connection between people is essential to any process of rehabilitation into life. Human development cannot occur in solitude and neither can the restoration of health. Contact with his or her fellow human beings is what allows the individual to grow.
Verbal connection alone is not enough. It is necessary to introduce physical contact, as in a dance between a couple or in a group, which entails an enjoyable and reciprocal physical element.
There is no shortage of scientific evidence of the power of gentle touch. Numerous researchers and authors have discovered that physical contact has a therapeutic and enhancing effect on the human psyche.
Naturally, touch on its own is insufficient as a therapy and must be accompanied by the establishment of a mental and emotional connection in order to be truly effective.
Caress is not only contact, but also an emotional connection. Therapies that don’t include corporal engagement are dissociative, because they work only on a conscious level and not in important vivencias of love and communion.
Powers of Biodanza: #5. The Power of Trance
A trance is a modified state of consciousness that takes the individual deep into a primal mental state. It is a sort of retracing of the initial steps of a person’s existence.
Trance in Biodanza is a light state with no side effects. It does not contain or condone any state of trance induced by any form of hypnosis, use of drugs or other ways used to induce potentially destructive forms of trance.
The state of trance induced through Biodanza brings about a biological shift. In this specific conditions the individual’s original biological characteristics are contacted. The first needs for protection, nutrition and contact are again accessible.
For this reason the exercises of trance allow the individual to experience a rebirth within a context of love and care. Many adults bring within them an injured child, without love. These exercises help them to access and start to heal childhood issues around the absence or lack of love through trance and rebirth ceremonies.
The deepest form of trance induced by Biodanza is known as a trance of suspension. This allows a participant to reach a deep state of trance in a progressive way and with a soft abandon in a safe and supportive space.
Powers of Biodanza: #6. The Power of Expanded Consciousness
Expanded consciousness is a condition of amplified perception. It is induced in Biodanza through music, dance and ritual ceremonies. To accede to the “supreme experience”, it is necessary to be prepared and to possess a superior level of integration and maturity. The processes we use to induce progressive changes in levels of consciousness are:
- exercises to amplify the perception of nature and people through the five senses
- reading of the soul through the perception of companions’ faces after the trance
- exercises of cenesthesic pleasure to decrease the ego intervention
- exercises of slow fluidity with abandon
- exercises of ecstasy and intasy (connection with oneself)
Powers of Biodanza: #7. The Power of the Group
Biodanza works because it is a group. There is no ‘solo’ Biodanza. The connection to the other is the essence of Biodanza – “I am because of you.”
Biodanza does not support an individualistic view of life. biodanza does not make use of verbal communication for its effects. Biodanza power lies in the mutual induction of vivencias between the members of the group. These vivencias have the power to transform people’s attitudes and relationships.
In Biodanza the integration of the group follows a very different form from the traditional group dynamics. Through their experiences of vivencia and the greater levels of consciousness and awareness that these vivencias awaken in group members, they share inter-connectedness with one another. The like of those cannot be found anywhere else and it forges a profound bond between them.