Boosting our Brains through Dance: Biodanza and Neuroplasticity
with Nicole Schwalb
Saturday May 11th,18th & 25th 10:30-12:00
$80 All 3 classes
$30 Each class
WeMove members Free
Corner Stuart Street and Tincogan
A Series of three Special Biodanza classes with a guest teacher
Over three workshops Nicole Schwalb will take us through a journey of dance, movement, music and human interaction that will stimulate your bodies and brains to rejuvenate, leaving you feeling more vital and sharper, more in focus and with all the tools you need to continue expanding your horizons with new skills and experiences. Learn to rewire your brain and discover the elixir of youthfulness.
For 400 years it was believed that our brains stop developing around the age of 15, and after that any injury is irreparable. In the last few decades scientists have discovered that they were completely wrong. Our brains continue to develop and evolve throughout our lives, are repairable after injury and adaptable till our last breath. Our brains have the characteristic of plastic – changeable, malleable – and thus they call this phenomenon neuroplasticity.
This dramatic discovery was made by Donald Hobbs in 1949. Since then scientists have been deepening their understanding of exactly how the brain develops and changes, and especially mapping which stimuli influence positive changes, and which hinder development. It is understood that our environment has a large bearing on how our brains develop and function, and not only during childhood. It is also understood that we have enormous influence over our own brains through the activities we engage in; on all levels of our being – physical, cognitive, emotional and spiritual.
I looked at the Biodanza system as a paradigm of change and transformation and asked the question: “Does Biodanza promote neuroplastic modulation and change?” My research produced astounding results. I found that all the conditions currently known to science to promote neuroplastic rewiring are included in the Biodanza paradigm. Furthermore, together they create a perfect “enriched environment” that systematically advances neuroplastic growth and development.
Biodanza is a paradigm for personal development, authentic human connection and expression of our highest potentials. Based on deep knowledge of the human sciences and the expressive arts, Biodanza harnesses music, movement, dance and shared encounters in a progressive process of growth, restoration and opening to the pleasure of life. Accessible to everyone, young and old, Biodanza requires no previous dance experience nor fitness.
Born in South Africa. Moved to Australia at age 15. Undergraduate studies in sociology, international relations and Law (Melbourne Uni). Interdisciplinary Masters in Law & Sociology (Tel Aviv Uni). Worked for a decade in Constitutional Law.
Twenty years ago, I embarked on a journey of learning and practicing body-mind techniques. I studied anatomy and physiology, trained and worked in rehabilitation Pilates, Shiatzu Meridian Paradigm, Biodanza and Group Therapy (Wingate Uni). I did my first of many Goenka Vipassana courses, and practice daily. I conduct medium term group processes for people recovering from serious illnesses or surgery: cancer; heart, kidney and lung transplants; hip and knee replacements; shoulder surgery; liver diseases such as Hepatitis C in a method I have developed which includes Pilates, meditation techniques, Shiatzu meridian exercises, Biodanza and group dynamics. I also facilitate Biodanza Groups in Israel, lecture and give Biodanza workshops in Europe and Israel and am finishing Didactic Training in Biodanza. I share my time between Israel, Australia and Europe.
Contact Alona: 0424476767