From Ancient to Today: The Ageless Wisdom of Prenatal/Postpartum Belly Dance
Found as cave drawings in Northern India, dating back to prehistory, Belly Dance is the oldest recorded form of dance in the world. At its roots, Belly Dance or Raqs Sharqi (Oriental Dance) compliments and celebrates the natural form of the female body. This dance has practical uses for pregnant and postpartum women. The movements in Belly Dance prepare the body for labor and delivery by simulating contractions - without inducing them. It builds muscle memory in the areas that engage during labor. Lastly, it empowers Mommy to trust her instincts during labor by becoming more comfortable with sensations in her body and knowing how to move with them.
I am trained in 'Dancing for Birth' a method of prenatal dance that seeks to "energize, enlighten and empower" every woman as she goes through her pregnancy and birth process. Stephanie Larson is the founder of this practice and has successfully delivered four children of her own and has been a Doula for many healthy births. The class I teach at Enso is also great for Postpartum Mommies! Wear your new little one to class and enjoy dancing in the community of sisters again. All of the movements taught in classes are great for helping return Postpartum Mom to her pre-pregnancy body.
My aim in teaching Prenatal/Postpartum Belly Dance is to
1) Create much needed community for Mommies
2) Educate Mothers on how to trust their Birth Instincts
3) Empower each individual to choose her best birth
"Dancing For Birth TM prenatal/postpartum dance classes incorporate dance moves from around the world that best prepare you to give birth. Birth can be like a marathon, and Dancing for BirthTM classes prepare you for the challenge. You'll become stronger, more agile, more at ease with your body and both mentally and physically ready to embrace your unique birth experience. Weekly classes are offered to keep you dancing thru pregnancy, and postpartum with your baby."
Dancing for BirthTM prenatal/postpartum dance class participants report experiencing low levels of discomfort, few or no interventions, brief labors and high levels of satisfaction during their births.
You'll learn birth dancing moves inspired by Belly dance, African dance, Latin dance and Caribbean dance. It's a feel-good workout that challenges yet relaxes and uplifts you. No experience necessary!
Read more on their website.
My classes focus heavily on belly dance movements during class, because this dance form is my specialty. I have been belly dancing for 11 years!
See you soon,
This blog is not intended to be a source of medical information or advice. Please discuss all of your concerns with your care provider.