Dance has always brought joy and been an integral part of human societies - a way for individuals and groups to express themselves. It’s ability to bring health benefits to body and mind inspired dance artist Hannah Creighton to qualify as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist (DMP) in 2009.
‘Your body stores memories and dance and movement helps release these held emotions. Unlike traditional psychotherapy, where individuals are expected to talk, it’s a gentler and more positive way of expressing oneself and accesses places that words can't reach.
DMP, either with groups or individuals, has enormous benefits for those who need a way to channel negative energy. If you’re not feeling physically or emotionally well or experiencing stress, it can help. More specific issues include Dementia, Loss, Anxiety, Depression and Autism.
‘It’s a creative process – we use dance, music, colour and props like hoops and balls and even stillness, finding the method that best suits the individual. We work on building trust so that the relationship can be explored.’
Based in Box, Hannah has also recently qualified as a Creative Clinical Supervisor. This means she can help fellow practitioners improve their offers while continuing to assist people and their wellbeing through dance.
I was welcomed to Wiltshire at the tender age of 5, departing for University studies and a little soul searching, but always returning. Now preparing for a family of my own, I am in awe of the beauty that surrounds me on a daily basis. The opportunities to walk with nature and admire the morning mist lifting from the hills from my kitchen window is such a gift. The nearby towns provide a feast of creative talent from fine food and wine, to homemade wares, dress and music, enabling the local community to thrive and lightly nod to how we used to survive, living and supporting one another.
A great way to get energised for the day with a trek up the hill and into nature. Met by woodland Pigs and landscapes of beauty, Box Woods takes you into a maze of ….. and leads you to an array of treasures, including The Greenhouse Restaurant. At the heart of the unique complex for older populations, The Greenhouse serves exquisite dishes in a light, yet warm and cosy environment as well as offering spa, health and beauty treatments. A must!
A fabulous and tastefully decorated pub in the heart of the village, The George serves delicious pub grub by friendly and welcoming staff in the midst of the hustle and bustle of locals and passers by. A quaint little bridge over waters that home the resident ducks greet your arrival before nestling by the log fire for homemade soup and hot cups of tea.
Be it rain or shine The Kennet and Avon Canal is a great opportunity to take a leisurely stroll and get a breath of fresh air whilst watching the world go by. A haven for those who like to capture a photo or two, the canal is lined with beautiful barges and wildlife. The path can take you to a number of pubs and coffee shops or to a feast of quirky gift, art and craft shops alongside the stunning Thithe Barn.