Though there are no clear records on the history of belly dancing, it is considered a dance of the Middle East. Egyptian dance, Oriental dance, Middle Eastern dance and Arabic dance are some of the terms that are associated to belly dancing. Belly dancing involves improvised movements based on torso articulation. Belly dance takes many different forms depending on the country and region, Both in costume and dance style, and new styles have evolved in the West as its popularity has spread globally.
The costume is really a must for belly dancing. The outfit is not merely made to look enticing but it is actually part of being able to perform the right movements correctly and to be able to feel good in your movements. Though it is used as entertainment in the some places, many are now adapting belly dancing as a fitness exercise. There are a lot of instructors and videos in the internet that teaches the basics and different movements for belly dancing.
Worried about your big belly? Well, you’ll really need a belly to do belly dancing so there’s no need to worry. It would difficult at the start but with the proper basic training you’re sure to do it. Aside from that, you’ll surely love the benefits of doing. If you keep going, you’ll see how belly dancing can shape you and change you for the better both inside and out.
Belly dancing is a form of exercise that is good for the body. Its physiological benefits include improved fitness, better circulation, suppleness and correction of postural alignment. On a body confidence level, many women feel they have regained their ‘feminine self’ and become more comfortable with their bodies through belly dancing.
The suppleness and fluidity of movement necessary for belly dancing can help relax and lubricate joints and can be helpful in cases of arthritis, particularly in the wrists and shoulders. The dance, practiced gently in the beginning stages, usually produces beneficial results for muscle and joint conditioning. Participants, who had suffered uncomfortable back pain or shoulder stiffness for years, have reported improvement after several weeks of belly dancing.
In a gentle and powerful way, belly dancing can help boost your confidence. The movements are artistic and feminine, creating a positive feeling of sensual expression and freedom. With sensuality being a desirable quality of belly dancing, the dancer feels safe to explore the soft, beautiful ways the body can move.
Some participants who actually did belly dancing stated that belly dancing eases their pregnancy especially at giving birth. The body also gets into shape quickly, the pelvic floor is toned, incontinence is avoided due to strong pelvic floor muscles and the general condition of health is better with regular dancing sessions.
Belly dancing can also help regulate menstrual flow and relieves Post menopausal syndromes (PMS). Soothing belly dance movements such as rolling the hips, figure of eights and undulations can help to alleviate congestion in the pelvic area. Circulation to the pelvic area improves and at the same time, the feeling of relaxation alleviates stress.
So why not try it now?