Grief Education

How The Body Releases Grief Through Dance

Ashley Waite

Martha Graham, an American modern dance pioneer once said, “the body says what words cannot”. Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) is defined as the “psychotherapeutic use of movement to promote emotional, social, cognitive, and physical integration of the individual, for the purpose of improving health and well-being.”

DMT is a holistic, evidence-based practice based on the assertion that the mind, body, and spirit are interconnected. When combined with other traditional treatment methods, studies have shown that DMT has been shown to decrease depression scores in adults up to age 65.

If you are currently seeking professional support to help you move forward in your grief journey, Dance/Movement Therapy might be a helpful holistic consideration. To find a trained therapist near you, visit Psychology Today.


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Karkou, Vicky, et al. “Effectiveness of Dance Movement Therapy in the Treatment of Adults With Depression: A Systematic Review With Meta-Analyses.” Frontiers in Psychology, Frontiers Media S.A., 3 May 2019,

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