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Belly Dancing, Could This Be your Dance of Choice? Christine Olfus

01 January 2010no comments Fitness

    Are you planning to begin a new exercise program?  “Belly Dancing” is an excellent choice that benefits women of all ages and fitness abilities.   The benefits are overwhelming:

  • Improves circulation
  • Releases neck tension
  • Mobilizes pelvis and spine
  • Strengthens abdominal structure
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Encourages fluid movement throughout the body
  • Strengthens the back
  • Improves posture
  • Provides a feeling of Euphoria (happiness, confidence and well being)
  • Is enjoyable & fun!

The term “belly dance” was translated from the French “Dance du ventre” which means, “dance of the stomach.”  Western Europeans began using this term after being mesmerized by a Middle Eastern women’s solo dance. Traditionally, this dance was considered sacred for women by women and only performed during family and social gatherings.  The dance was never intended to be sexual or displayed in front of men, but instead, a display of a woman’s femininity and grace, honoring the goddess within and celebrating the life she is blessed to give.

Through the ages, pelvic rocking and torso rolling movements continue to be practical methods for womb-health that in turn provide wonderful benefits for women beyond their child bearing age.  After my research and practicing this art form, I soon discovered “belly dancing” to be more than the mesmerizing hips sways, shimmies and belly rolls.  This ancient, beautiful, and feminine dance was created to celebrate how woman are “fearfully and wonderfully made.”

Reference:  THE WORLD’S OLDEST DANCE:
The Origins of Oriental Dance
By Karol Henderson Harding a.k.a. Me’ira (p.k.a. Cala of Savatthi)

 

 

 

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