CHRONIC ILLNESS SUPPORT PROGRAMS
Studies on chronic illness show that can dance improve adherence to physical exercise, boost mental health, raise the quality of life, boost endurance, increase physical fitness, and reduce weight (Heliyon. 2019 Jul; 5(7): e02104).
Chronic conditions can disrupt a person’s life in a myriad of ways. In addition to disease-specific symptoms, patients often experience pain, fatigue, sleep issues, and mood disorders. Challenging emotions of anxiety, uncertainty, frustration and loss of control may arise.
Learning how to manage stress and maintain a positive emotional, spiritual and physical perspective are key.
The Syzygy Dance Project classes for people living with chronic illnesses offer gentle exercises and ways of moving that bring awareness to the body, enhance circulation, ease pain, calm the mind, relieve stress, and help to release difficult emotions. The support of peers, patient education on wellness and lifestyle modifications, and learning new coping skills through movement exercises are important aspects of this class.
Participants often feel less fatigued and depressed, and more inspired and relaxed after class. They often experience greater self-acceptance, improved ability to manage stress, and find encouragement in the knowledge they are not alone in their illness.
Syzygy Dance Project has offered a monthly moving medicine class for people with diabetes as part of the Community Wellness Program at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.
SDP is dedicated to exploring the many health benefits of movement and dance.
Please consider supporting our work with people suffering from chronic illnesses. Every dollar helps. Whether it’s a one time donation or on-going support to the SDP Chronic Illness Outreach Program, you can help us continue our work on helping people feel better.