I visited my physio, Mike, last Thursday and he dismissed me from his care, with glowing approval about how far I’ve come and how seriously I’ve taken my own responsibility for improving the symptoms of my T4 syndrome (for the uninitiated, it means I suffered terrible pain and numbness from my fingers right up my arm, into my shoulder and down to my ribs.)
Hoop dance as rehabilitation and self discovery
Mike didn’t even raise an eyebrow when I told him that I’ve made hoop dancing part of my rehabilitation, bless him. I was thrilled – not only am I doing a pretty serious workout, I’m moving muscles I didn’t even know I had (rhythmically and with joy!) And posture mindfulness, well that plays an enormous part.
It’s a real turnaround for me, who was not doing any physical workout this last year or more. It is huge fun and I’m feeling an enormous benefit in a really short time.
Always thinking about the bigger picture, I have also been exploring my thoughts about hooping as a form of active imagination, a la CG Jung – and the hoop dance as a physical expression of the mandala archetype.
This has all come about as part of my journey on the Great Round of Mandala, which I’m leading this year with twenty other gorgeous women. I’m constantly amazed about the revelations I’m uncovering as a result of this work. It’s a journey into our unconscious, our inner worlds and dreamscapes. That it has so much impact on our daily, conscious lives continues to amaze me.
Hooping resources to explore
If hoop dance is something you feel you might wish to explore further, don’t let yourself be intimidated by all those glorious videos of gorgeous experts on YouTube;
- Join a group especially for beginners, like Hooptacular
- Get started with some really clear lessons from Hooplovers
- Order some specially designed hoops from the Hoop Dance Co
Not only will you get fitter and have loads of fun, you’ll be honouring the call of the sacred circle – a feminine way towards wholeness. Sounds delicious, hey?
Julie you just might have come up with the answer I was waiting for.
2 yrs on from smashing my ankle and both bones in my left leg, I am still finding it hard to walk very far, and previously being a serious walker this has been quite a disappointment to say the least. Hooping might be the one thing I can do at home, so am on a mission to investigate. Many thanks for sharing. 🙂
Let me know if you give it a try, Margaret – go carefully, though! xo