The end of life process is filled with emotion, grief, discomfort and uncertainty. In this honest and informative ADTA Talk, dance/movement therapist Susan Orkand highlights the importance of fostering a holistic, comfortable, supportive and integrative palliative care approach for individuals and their families, as they are confronted with end of life issues.
Dance/movement therapy (DMT) as a non-verbal and complementary modality can provide much needed comfort and support for these individuals. Orkand notes that the focus of DMT for this population includes reflecting changes in breathing patterns and using gentle touch while meeting individuals wherever they are physically, emotionally and spiritually in the here and now.
Orkand shares how DMT and palliative medicine interventions work in harmony to effectively promote solace, enhance quality of life and provide support to individuals and their families at a difficult time.