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Dance Movement Therapy

A lesson in therapeutic dance movement

TextDazed Beauty

Take a therapeutic dance and movement class with Ekin Bernay

Welcome to the Dazed Beauty Digital Spa, a space where you can come to escape the stresses of everyday life. In this section, we'll be hosting a series of interactive classes designed to make you feel calmer, happier and more at peace.

As a performance artist, dance psychotherapist and movement director Ekin Bernay knows first hand the healing qualities of movement and dance. Born and raised in Ankara, Turkey, Ekin has 20 years of dance experience as well as a master’s degree in Dance Movement Psychotherapy from the University of Roehampton, under her belt.

In her role as a dance psychotherapist, Ekin works with children with Autism and adults with severe and enduring mental health problems. “Dance Movement Psychotherapy meets us where we are, through the empathic creative process using body and movement. In my practice, I also use music regularly. Just like in other psychotherapy practices it's through the therapist-client relationship we can go deeper.”

In her class for Dazed Beauty, Ekin guides and encourages viewers to work on a new relationship with their reflection in the mirror. “These exercises fall between my performance work and my therapy work. It's about bringing a new awareness to the judgements we put on our image and to think about building self-awareness wherever we are at that point in time. There is also an element of remembering the body since we tend to detach from it because of the realities of our times.”

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