Dancing brings people joy, it provides them with a means to escape, it is cathartic. For some people dancing is functional, it promotes finer and gross motor skills, for some movement is a method of communication. If you have danced before, you know it changed your mood for better or worse, but moving had an effect on the way you were feeling whether its an hour-long dance class or a brisk walk, you felt different.
That is basically what dance therapy is in its simplest terms - the awareness that the mind and the body, work in conjunction with each other. That a change in the body inspires a change in the mind and vice versa.
Dance/movement therapy (DMT) is defined by the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) 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.
In 2014, Swarali moved to New York after being accepted at Pratt Institute to obtain her masters in Dance/Movement Therapy. Since then Swarali has developed various applications of her dance therapy knowledge to assist individuals to meet their emotional, functional, physical and spiritual needs through the use of movement.
Swarali conducts individual and group sessions with kids and early adults on the autism spectrum to assist them with their functional, emotional, communicative and social needs.
She brings her dance therapy training and techniques into her individual and group dance classes to access deeper emotional states and create a sense of community and catharsis