White Matter Integrity Declined Over 6-Months, but Dance Intervention Improved Integrity of the Fornix of Older Adults

gray matter and danceArticle written by Agnieszka Z. Burzynska, Yuqin Jiao, Anya M. Knecht, Jason Fanning, Elizabeth A. Awick, Tammy Chen, Neha Gothe, Michelle W. Voss, Edward McAuley, and Arthur F. Kramer Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience on 16 March 2017.


Degeneration of cerebral white matter (WM), or structural disconnection, is one of the major neural mechanisms driving age-related decline in cognitive functions, such as processing speed. Past cross-sectional studies have demonstrated beneficial effects of greater cardiorespiratory fitness, physical activity, cognitive training, social engagement, and nutrition on cognitive functioning and brain health in aging. Here, we collected diffusion magnetic resonance (MRI) imaging data from 174 older (age 60–79) adults to study the effects of 6-months lifestyle interventions on WM integrity. Healthy but low-active participants were randomized into Dance, Walking, Walking + Nutrition, and Active Control (stretching and toning) intervention groups (NCT01472744 on ClinicalTrials.gov). Only in the fornix there was a time × intervention group interaction of change in WM integrity: integrity declined over 6 months in all groups but increased in the Dance group.

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Doctors in the U.K. Will Soon Be Able to Prescribe Dance Classes

Article written by Lauren Wingenroth November 30, 2018

It's become a colloquialism—or, we admit, a cliche—to say that dance can heal.

But with a new initiative launched by British Health Secretary Matt Hancock, doctors in the U.K. will soon be able to prescribe dance classes—along with art, music, sports, gardening and more—for patients suffering from conditions as various as dementia, lung problems and mental health issues.

Termed "social prescribing," these interventions aim to complement more traditional treatment methods and offer an alternative to overprescribing medications. "We've been fostering a culture that's popping pills and Prozac, when what we should be doing is more prevention and perspiration," said Hancock in a speech earlier this week, as reported by Smithsonian.

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Dance as therapy: Dance your way to health and happiness

dance as therapyWritten by Dancessense Studios March 1, 2017 

What do you picture when you hear the word “therapy?” An office with a couch? A physical therapy facility where people do exercises to rehabilitate from an injury?

Many people don’t associate therapy with dance, but it is indeed a form of physical and emotional therapy. Aside from the exercise-related benefits you get from dancing–improved circulation, weight loss, muscle tone, etc.–dancing can help your brain, too. Learning different styles of dance actually can aid coordination, focus, and mood.

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Music Therapy Can Heal Cancer and Autoimmune Diseases, Science Confirms

musicArticle written by Mariya M. on 29 May 2016

Music therapy, or sound therapy, is the therapeutic practice of applying specific sound frequencies to the mind or body of a sick person.

If you are familiar with the law of attraction, you will know that every single organism and every single object in the universe vibrates at its own unique frequency. The general idea is that using selective audio tones, sound therapy can rebalance a person’s low frequency that is caused by sickness and absence of full health. Playing tones that promote happiness and peace will actually cause DNA strands to repair themselves.

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Hold Me Tight

hold hugDr Sue Johnson has transformed the way couples and relationships are understood.  Her research on the science of love offers an understanding for why we crave connection with an intimate partner and how these connections change/heal us.  Much of my healing began when I understood why I needed to be held tightly--meaning I needed my partner to "hold me tight" in the sense that I could feel safe, secure, and that if I reached out to him, he would reach back for me.  This is based in attachment theory, the core of our early developmental years as infants.  This article gives an overview of Dr Sue's work.  It also talks about sex and how it is enhanced when a partner "holds you tight."  

Article written by Dr Sue Johnson on 01 January 2009
Psychology Today

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