Benefits of belly dance: You won't believe its countless benefits!
The main one, for me, is the deeper connection you will feel with your inner femininity: it connects you with the feminine essence in you, awaking your sensuality, your creativity, your intuition, your true values and your true way of being, without judgement, just for being connected with your belly and with your womb (source of creation inside you) through the dance.
Belly dance is a form of dance that you offer to your soul as an intimate gift. It's not to please others, but to please yourself and give you the attention you deserve.
Belly dance utilize muscle groups in the abdomen and pelvis, muscles that you don't see but feel, working with the body instead of against it. Unlike other dance forms that work against rather than with the body's physical inclinations, belly dancing is based on movements that come naturally to the female form, allowing your true essence to express, while strengthen and winning flexibility in the pelvic and abdomen muscle groups... Something that will allow you (and your intimate partner) to better enjoy your intimacy! ;-)
During the dance, the movements of hip drops, circles, figure eights, and shimmies put the joints and ligaments in the lower back and hip through a full range of gentle, repetitive motion. This movement helps increase the flow of synovial fluid (nature's lubricant) in these joints. When movements are done properly, the pelvis is tipped forward, or tucked somewhat; a neutral position that can help prevent lower back problems.
Furthermore, in this age of almost continuous stress, the subtle rhythms of belly dance and its traditional movements are calming. The concentration needed to do belly dance and to stay connected with your pelvic area will help a mind filled with daily stress to "let go" for a while and relax... Belly dance for stress reduction, a sexy way to equilibrate the body-mind connection.
To end with, belly dance is considered a low-impact exercise, meaning the risk of injury is minimal when movements are done correctly. Belly dance welcomes all women, men and children of all ages without discrimantion. The benefits of belly dance can be enjoyed by all human beings without limitations!
? Did you know...
The movements of belly dancing make an excellent prenatal exercise regimen that strengthens the muscles used during the childbirth process. The toned abdominal muscles and natural hip tucks, which are similar to the "pelvic rocking" taught during prenatal classes, teach the expectant mother how to move her pelvis. For women who desire natural childbirth, this form of exercise through dance, with its emphasis on muscle control not only facilitates natural childbirth, but also makes an excellent post-natal exercise that helps encourage abdominal tone.