Following the popularity of the session in December, ‘Biodanza’ will be offered in the 2pm Relaxation room slot on the last Thursday of the month (for a 3-month trial period), by Brendagh O’Sullivan.
You may not have heard about Biodanza before, yet for the past 50 years people all over South America and parts of Europe have revelled in its joyful festivity. It translates as ‘dance of life’ but is not dance in the sense of choreography and performance. It’s more about the joy and connection. There have been clinical studies that show that regular participation in biodanza can bring beneficial effects with the pain levels of fibromyalgia, and substantial improvements for people with depression, low self-esteem, asthma, diabetes and long term pain conditions.
Biodanza uses gorgeously infectious music which speaks directly to our bodies. There are no steps to learn and everyone works at their own pace. We may not be Oti Mabuse, or even Bill Bailey, but we do have our very own body and it thrives through movement, especially if it is enjoyable movement.
Even if you have the idea that you can’t dance or believe that you have no sense of rhythm you are warmly welcome. You may well surprise yourself and you’ll almost certainly have great fun.
If you are not feeling energetic and would like to sit in a comfy chair for the session, that is perfectly fine, just allow the music to flow through your body.
- Please wear layers of loose clothing.
- Clear a little space where you can move a little (or a lot!) and where you won’t be disturbed.
- If you have an external speaker or sound bar to play the music with more volume and clarity that would be a great advantage, but by no means essential.
- Have some water handy!
Frequently Asked Questions
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from Zoom containing information about how to join the session.
For the comfort and safety of everyone joining our online groups we have a few room rules we ask everyone to observe.
- Try and arrive on time for the start of the session if you can, if you do join late please mute yourself on entry to avoid disturbing others.
- In general it makes for a better group experience if people can see each other, but do feel free to turn your video camera off if you are not feeling up to being visible that day
- Make yourself comfortable and join the meeting from your favourite cosy space, but if your video camera is on, please check what can be seen by others. Although pyjamas are fine if you’re currently bed-bound, do dress in a way that is appropriate for a group gathering.
- Please keep yourself on mute unless you are talking, especially when there may be distracting noises in the background.
- Take part in discussions and question-and-answer sessions, if you want to, but please listen to others and help the meeting host to ensure everyone has time to speak if they wish. The group lead may suggest using the hands up icon or typing questions into
the chat box.
- If group participants share personal stories and sensitive information, please treat this as confidential and avoid disclosing anything outside of the group without their permission.
- Should a group participant share information that raises a concern for their personal safety, we will follow this up privately in line with our safeguarding responsibilities.
- Technical failures and internet problems are quite common with online platforms, if the facilitator or another participant experiences problems please be understanding.
- In the unlikely event that a group participant says or does something inappropriate in a session, we will immediately remove them from the room and may take further action.
Advice given by Penny Brohn UK does not replace advice given by your healthcare professional or medical guidance.
Online group meetings are not suitable for discussing individual medical treatments or concerns, please note that we offer integrative doctor consultations and other therapeutic support by phone or video consultation for Penny Brohn UK clients requiring tailored advice and support.