Healing Through Movement

Tanja Djelevic by Tanja Djelevic | August 14th, 2008 | 6 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth

Our body heals through movement. It is a bold statement to print without backing it with references to studies, which would rather be my style and desire, but then there is something to say about the innate intuition of something that feels right (and of course there are tons of studies done).

All Sunday I spent in a seminar where my good friend and colleague Scott Kuhagen with Functional Evolution teaches a revolutionary way to heal tender muscle tissue and actually reverse aging of cells and thus slow down our own aging process. I know, now THAT sounds like a very BOLD statement without studies cited, but broken down into physiology it makes all the sense in the world. It does matter that the new tissue healing system has two specialized research and practicing MD’s who have helped develop the program.

In simplified language, our physical movement is our metabolism. When we move, we use energy in the form of nutrition, and expel toxins and waste products. That is what gives us energy to move. We are a moving, detoxifying organism just by doing what we were born to do: Move!!! So what happens when we DON’T move? Disease, depression, over and under weight, aches and pains in back, joints, and this accelerates the older we get. Not a fun story at all.

There is also a somatic response to emotional trauma, which resides in our muscle tissues. I have in my career encountered many incidents where the actual trauma of someone’s childhood has impaired their range of motion, and where psychotherapy together with movement therapy has made them live again. It is a studied fact, but we don’t need the studies to know that it is true when we feel it in our own life.

Let’s look at emotional release and as a natural part of the healing process. Can we let ourselves connect to our bodies and mind again, through allowing movement to be not only a guide, but a therapeutic tool? You may have heard of NIA, and Danza Terapia which are both movement systems used in cases of eating disorders and other types of body dysmorphic disorders, to help the individual learn how to trust their bodies again and, through movement and sensation, feel themselves and slowly heal.

Next time you choose to move, train, or workout, try to use all your senses, and just start exploring what is really going on. Maybe you will cry, maybe laugh out loud. I invite you to feel whatever it is, and start the healing process.

Live Life Loud!



  1. For me, it’s enough to feel endorphin flow after workout :)

    Alex | August 16th, 2008 | Comment Permalink
  2. Very moving piece! I have found the same proof in my senior aqua aerobics classes that I teach in my small rural area in South Georgia. I see a transformation take place as my 20 + students ages 50 to 80 move to music in our local pool. Even those who have difficulty moving on land become beautifully active and full of joy as they move through gentle excercise. I am inspired by their rewards. Your article has helped me to feel even all the small movements are doing much for their spirits as well as their joints and overall health! Thank you.

    Giana Eden | August 16th, 2008 | Comment Permalink
  3. Hi
    Thank you for the notes guys! I really appreciate your feed back and excitement :)

    Tanja D | September 7th, 2008 | Comment Permalink
  4. Tanja,

    I just purchased a Balance Ball and it came with one of your videos. So naturally, I had to Google you and found this blog. I couldn’t agree more that movement heals body, mind and spirit. I absolutely love your presentation and energy.

    Thank you for sharing and keep up the fantastic work!

    Tracey | October 1st, 2008 | Comment Permalink
  5. These are such wonderful words. Thank you. I am one of those individuals who had a very tramatic childhood that left me very physically impaired. It is so painful to move. I do still move. I will continue to move. I dream of being able to move more. I do find that on those days when I move the least I am down the most, I feel the worst. So, move I shall until I am no more.

    Laurie LaMarre | October 16th, 2008 | Comment Permalink
  6. Thank you for sharing this wonderful article! I, too, am passionate about the healing power of movement and dance, and am currently studying to become a certified dance/movement therapist. Currently, I am interning as a dance and movement therapist with hospitalized mentally ill and eating disorder patients and see how quickly and miraculously movement can empower, improve mood, release tension and stress, connect with others, and promote embodiment and body image awareness.
    Please, post more info! Keep it coming!
    In gratitude…

    blair | September 22nd, 2009 | Comment Permalink

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