Health Benefits of Belly Dance

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The Health Benefits of Belly Dance

Raks Sharki, also called belly dance, is a form of dance that many are familiar with.  But few understand the effects it has on the human body.  The graceful hip drops, rolls, and pivots of this dance form utilize muscle groups in the abdomen, pelvis, trunk, spine, and neck, working with the body instead of against it.  Unlike ballet, which can potentially alter and deform the skeleton, or other dance forms that work agains rather than with the body’s physical inclinations, raks sharki is based on movements that come naturally to the female form.  There is a wealth of health benefits awaiting those who practice this form of dance.

Improved posture and muscle tone

Weight loss

Preparation for childbirth

Stress reduction

Stay tuned for upcoming blogs for more information about each of the above benefits.

Mary, pictured above, find relief from arthritis through belly dance.