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3 Ways that dancing can boost your brain power

When we think of dance class more as a rite of passage for young girls than as movement therapy for any gender and any age. But, there are many benefits to engaging your body and your mind with some music and movement. Here are three ways that dancing can boost your brain!

1. Dancing strengthens neuroplasticity

Long term dance practice improves the brain’s ability to form new neural connections to change and adapt. Learning new steps, coordinating with music, moving hands and feet, repeating steps on the right and the left, all of this boosts the connectivity between both cerebral hemispheres.

Learning new choreography from week to week, and engaging in a social activity, keeps your neuropathways constantly changing and forging new connections. Proteins are produced within brain cells that spur the growth of new neurons and new cell connections, actually making the mind more supple.

2. Dancing boosts memory

Dancing works with spatial memory, a cognitive process that enables you to remember different locations as well as spatial relations between objects. It requires you to remember steps, combinations, and rhythms. Several studies have shown that dancing is linked to a reduced risk of dementia. In a study by researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, they found that dancing is associated with 76% reduced risk of dementia among the participants.

Dancing increases muscle memory, the ability to do something without being able to explain how to do it. Think of riding a bike. The processes that are important for learning and memory of new skills occur mainly in the brain, not in the muscles. The motor cortex, responsible for controlling movement, develops strong connections between neurons that serve as the representation for motions, and these connections make memory better and easier to access.

3. Dancing makes you happy

In general, physical activities from running to ballet, release endorphins, brain chemicals that increase feelings of euphoria and increase our pain tolerance. However, research at the University of London indicates that dance boosts your mood more than exercise alone. You can burn 300-800 calories per hour dancing, and dancing to music provides a rhythm and satisfactory patterning. Listening to music that we like is an enjoyable experience; moving to it is even better.

Dancing is a way to bond with others. When one dancer’s movement and music expresses joy or sadness, others experience that as well, boosting our emotional regulation and feelings of empathy. Dance is a form of expression and can help process feelings. People who dance together or watch a dance performance feel connected with a group.

Dancing has always been an important part of my physical and mental health. Since I can remember, going to the dance studio was a way to destress. It’s one of the few places where you can drop your baggage at the door and drop into your body, completely focused on the music and the movement.

Legendary psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi investigates the “optimal experience,” proving that what makes an experience genuinely satisfying is a state of consciousness called flow. Flow is a state of happiness we experience when we are in complete engagement in a creative or playful activity. Dance is my flow! And the friends I have made at the studio have been friends for life.

If you are in the Rhode Island area, and you want to dance with me, sign up for my upcoming workshop that kicks off in September at Distinctive Dance, Etc. North. Here are the details!

Sources

https://www.news-medical.net/health/Is-Dancing-Good-for-the-Brain.aspx

https://www.popsci.com/what-is-muscle-memory/

https://www.news-medical.net/news/20170308/Can-dancing-improve-your-mental-health.aspx

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-08-reverse-aging-brain.html?fbclid=IwAR195zhSrYvZgXrWIzGkpkuhXKDLaytvKzGnTIYNfij9jM5kntFZwOaVtRE

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Virtual Ostara Class: the Magic of the Spring Equinox

Ostara is a celebration of the Spring Equinox, when the sun hits zenith, the point on the celestial sphere directly over the equator. It is the official start of Spring! From now on, the days will grown longer (if you’re in the northern hemisphere, that is).

A spoken word poem for Ostara:

This is a time to focus on the world that is blossoming outside of ourselves. During this virtual gathering, you will learn about some Gods and Goddesses associated with Springtime, rebirth, and renewal. We’ll share ancient folklore and stories.

  • Estore
  • Dionysus & Persephone
  • Rati
  • Osiris
  • Cernunnos

We will discuss modern ways to practice seasonal magic, and set new intentions for Spring. Your host, Jamie, will share traditional Ostara rituals, recipes, and spells. You will be guided on a special meditation, and bathed in reiki energy. Connect with a supportive group of like-minded people who are finding magic in the modern world.

Astrology Updates

Carter from Success in the Stars Astrology will share all of the latest astrology updates for the season. Where we came from, energies of the present, and where we are headed, according to the power of the celestial bodies.

Carter is incredibly knowledgeable, she holds a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree from Emory University with certificates in Women in Theology and Ministry and Clinical Pastoral Counseling. She received the Zen Buddhist Jukai ordination from Roshi Joan Halifax at Upaya Zen Center in 2011 and is a 2nd Degree Reiki practitioner.

All attendees receive 50% off the Ostara Spell Kit on Esty!

Everything you need for your Ostara altar, step by step instructions for a ritual, and prompts for journaling, meditation, and sigil work. Attract rebirth, renewal, and manifesting abundance as we move into Spring!

The kit is not required for the class, just a delightful compliment. Available while supplies last! You will receive a 50% coupon code, and the zoom link for the class, when you register.

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Benefits of a Reiki and Halotherapy session

One of my absolute favorite offerings for my clients is a 45 minute reiki and halotherapy session at Saltitude in Lincoln, RI. Reiki can also be done long-distance, if you are not near Rhode Island. Learn more about distance reiki.

What is halotherapy?

Halotherapy comes from the Greek word “halos,” which means “salt.” Saltitude has an active salt room that filters dry aerosol micro-particles of salt into the air. Halotherapy is believed to improve respiratory issues such as asthma and allergies. It also has a positive effect on asthma, acne, COPD, sleep disorders and more. Learn more about halotherapy at Saltitude on their website.

What is reiki?

Reiki is often called, “energy healing.” It is a form of alternative medicine that originated in Japan. Reiki practitioners use hands-on healing to transfer universal energy through the palms of the practitioner, to the patient, in order to encourage emotional or physical healing. I am certified in the Usui Shiki Ryoho method, which addresses the whole person on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. Learn more about The Usui System of Reiki Healing.

What does reiki feel like?

After a reiki session in the salt cave, clients report feeling lighter, often saying that, “a weight has been lifted.” Some experience change in body temperature, tickling, butterflies, or pins and needles. Some report seeing visions or hearing messages. Sometimes it can be emotional, other times clients relax so deeply that they fall asleep. Just like every person is unique, so is every reiki experience.

salt cave reiki antigravity chair

What should I expect?

When you come in for a reiki session, you’ll want to wear something comfy and cozy. Bring white socks to wear inside of the salt cave.

Inside, you will settle into an antigravity chair, and you have the option to remove your mask. You will listen to a guided meditation to help you drop into your happy place. I will call reiki energy in, and seal the four corners of the room to create a safe space.

Then I will scan your aura and to get a sense for any blockages or problem areas. I will work with the energy of your chakras to help you feel deeply relaxed while I clear your energy using reiki, sage spray, crystals, etc. The guided meditation will bring you back to consciousness and we will discuss the experience together. I might make recommendations to improve the state of your energy moving forward. After your session, you should drink plenty of water and take more time to rest.

Pricing & Availability

To treat yourself to this service, email me or text/call 401-744-5644 and set up an appointment. Follow Arrow Tarot and Saltitude on Facebook for upcoming events! Learn more about my story here.

All appointments are 45 minutes long. COVID regulations require youto wear a mask in main areas. Your mask can be removed during halotherapy. Private groups from the same household or social pod can share a session.

  • Individual: $85 total
  • Couples: $150 total
  • Trio: $65 per person
  • 4-5 people: $55 per person

If you want to know more about having a virtual reiki session, contact me directly! I will work with Saltitude to reserve our appointment.

Jamie reiki session salt cave
Events, Holidays

Online Magic Workshop: Imbolc Fire Festival

Join me in my Zoom Room on Monday, February 1st from 5:30-7:00pm to celebrate Imbolc, a time to emerge from the darkness of winter in preparation for the Spring. If you want to create new plans, sweep away old energies, and plant the seeds of abundance for the season, then don’t miss this event!

Imbolc is an ancient Pagan holiday based on Celtic traditions; it marks the halfway point between winter solstice and the spring equinox in Neolithic Ireland and Scotland. This is the time of year when we start to emerge from the darkness of winter in preparation for the Spring. Learning about ancient traditions can help us connect with the seasons of the Earth in the modern world.

  • During this online workshop, you will learn all about the Goddesses of the season: Celtic Goddess Brigid, Roman Goddess Juno, and Egyptian Goddess Renenutet.
  • You will discover some ways to celebrate Imbolc in the modern world – check out my board on Pinterest.
  • You will get a tarot reading that helps you set an intention for something you want to plant this Spring – a new project, a new job, a new relationship, a new energy, etc.
  • Then you will be guided through a meditation to plant your fire seed of intention so it can grow in the coming months. Manifest something great and connect with some amazing people.

Register before January 25th for a $20 discount! Upon registration, you will automatically receive an email with the zoom link. Email jamie@arrowtarotreadings.com if you have any questions!

Register Here