Psychology Today - Slow Movement with Awareness: Better than Exercise?
By Alan Fogel, Professor of Psychology at the University of Utah | Psychology Today :: July, 2010
"Nia uses elements of tai chi, aikido, modern dance, Feldenkrais, and yoga, among other methods. Using the sounds and silences of music, students experience feeling the sense of joy in movement in a way that encourages an embodied self-awareness of agility, mobility, stability, flexibility, and strength. Nia teachers encourage students to actively listen, feel, and observe their bodies in motion."
"There is mounting evidence that slow movement, with body sense awareness, has astounding health benefits by itself and in combination with regular exercise routines. According to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, there are a growing number of pain clinics and integrative medicine centers that offer slow movement, awareness-based therapies... for pain in a wide variety of conditions including 'pain caused by cancer and cancer treatments, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and other diseases and conditions.'"