Men are from Mars,
belly dancers are from heaven
Belly dancing is believed to be one of the most beautiful dances in the world, for a good reason to! In fact not only is belly dancing a sensual, unique dance, but practicing the art of belly dancing has also been found to have amazing benefits. Below are four benefits of belly dance that will encourage just about anyone to take up this the artistic dance.
Benefit No. 1: Belly Dancing Actually Improves Memory!
When practicing belly dancing, and any form of dance really, they are enabling the healthy oxygenation of internal organs, including the brain; this means one’s mental alertness is sharpened and mental functioning is aroused. To further encourage memory improvement when practicing the art of belly dancing, it is recommended that the dancers challenge themselves by switching up their routine, creating new choreography, or attending a class which teaches a new or different style of belly dancing. Memory is not the only brain function improved through belly dancing, in fact, studies show that those who practice regularly seek emotional benefits as well. Research shows that belly dancers, (as well as those who practice any kind of dance in general) are cultivating a healthy body image, greater self-confidence, and encouraging positive social interactions.
Benefit No. 2: Belly Dancing Promotes Healthy Digestion!
Being that belly dancing revolves around precise movements of the core, pelvis, and gluteal muscle groups, it’s really no wonder that regular belly dancing has been found to improve digestion. The very muscle groups listed above surround internal digestive organs; movement of he muscles essentially massages these organs and naturally promotes proper digestion. Keep in mind, as with any physical activity, it is best to wait an hour or so after eating before belly dancing; failure to do so can result in stomach cramps and nausea.
Benefit No. 3: Belly Dancing Reduces and Relieves Back Pain!
Today, it is estimated that four out of every five (80%) American adults either currently have back pain, or previously reported back pain. Research shows that with Americans living less active and more sedentary lifestyles, more and more people are complaining of chronic and temporary back pain. Well, surprise, surprise… Being that belly dancing is a core strengthening activity, it encourages reinforcement of the deep core muscles which support the spine; this means that belly dancers are able to prevent and relieve back pain with regular practice. That being said, it is extremely important to practice the dance with good posture, for if good posture is not used, there will be unwanted, adverse effects.
Benefit No. 4: Belly Dancing Can Aid in Skin Clearing and Improve an Uneven Complexion!
When practicing the art of belly dancing, one is not only getting an aerobic exercise, the dance also includes the conditioning of balance, coordination, and flexibility. In doing so, dancers are increasing the skin’s circulation as well as boosting the oxygenation of skin cells, resulting in a clearer, brighter, more even complexion. Of course, skill will gain the maximum benefit when it is properly taken care of when not belly dancing as well. One can ensure their skins potential by keeping hydrated before, during and after practicing belly dancing. Additionally, it is wise to exfoliate regularly to rid the body of dead skin cells.