i typed “planet drum” into pandora and started dancing and hooting like a maniac to the afro/cuban/tribal drum beats that they were playing. it was great fun, i was grinning and laughing and surprisingly i got a catch in my throat and tears welled up. i got areal senser of freedom and it was so good to feel rhythm in my body again.
also i wanted to tell you about TRE Trauma releasing Exercise, it uses the bodies natural reaction to trauma, ie. shaking, to release old trauma. like when a zebra gets away from a lion, they will tremble or skake for a while and then go on about their business. or your dog shaking during a thunderstorm. you can check it out at. http://www.traumareleaseexercises.com.au/
I’ve had that kind of music on my computer for years and I’ve forgotten how much I like it! I used to dance more and for the last several years have hardly ever danced. 🙁 It was relaxing to me, I felt very connected in my feet. I did it just before bed and I expect I will sleep well. Nite nite…
Hah! That was great! Closing my eyes was an important detail for me – helped turn off (or at least turn down) my inner, highly critical, observer, the one that’s there to make me self-conscious even when there’s nobody else around.
I had to laugh at myself, in my bedroom, door locked (even though I’m home alone!), still had to close my eyes. This was great fun. But then I realized I was just dancing, having a great time. No wonder I like to dance. We go dancing with friends probably once a month, many times more. I always have a great time. It’s an endorphin and epinephrine boost!