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Movement Heals

By Bettina Rothe

“Each of us has the power to be our own medicine man or woman. Awakening our innate powers of being, loving, knowing, seeing and healing involves ongoing work at all levels and in all dimensions of our self.”- Gabrielle Roth

Healing is movement. If you put your body in motion, you will change.

When I began dancing the 5Rhythms in 1994 at Esalen Institute in California, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I loved movement, I loved dancing with other people, I loved music. I did not know that this practice, these maps to our innermost being would transform me the way they have. This path of healing means taking responsibility for being a whole person: for becoming embodied, for having a feeling heart, for possessing a brilliant and intuitive mind, for awakening our unique soul, for opening ourselves to spirit.

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“Song of the Body” by Bettina Rothe

by Hollyhock presenter Bettina Rothe
Hands dance

Your body is the ground metaphor of your life, the expression of your existence.
It is your Bible, your encyclopedia, your life story…”

— Gabrielle Roth (founder of the 5Rhythms® practice)

I am a body advocate… I listen to the nonverbal, the movement, the breath, the stories held in our bones, flesh and hearts. I value the intelligence of the body, its wisdom expressed in a myriad of shapes, sensations and rhythm. 

I know this: The body does not lie. I have experienced it over and over again in my own self and through witnessing thousands of students and clients over the years. The body is a library of our stories, our truths – nothing is forgotten in our tissues, muscles and bones. Our personal stories and the stories of our ancestors are held in the soma. Continue reading “Song of the Body” by Bettina Rothe

5Rhythms® Embodied Leadership

The 5Rhythms are an exhilarating and liberating approach to the exploration of improvised movement that is authentic, inspired and catalytic. It is a workout for body and soul, a moving meditation, a spiritual practice designed to release the dancer that lives in every body, regardless of age, experience or condition.

This movement practice is meditative, expressive, fun, and transformative. This work creates the opportunity to find freedom of movement, states of heightened awareness, profound healing and the inspiration for living a creative and fulfilling life. Continue reading 5Rhythms® Embodied Leadership

So you think this is about dancing?

by Bettina Rothe via bettinarothe.com

Jan 31:  A week ago I ruptured my achilles tendon. I had surgery and am home now with a cast in bed – horizontal, leg elevated.

A fellow 5Rhythms teacher from New York sent me a sweet email reminding me to keep up my practice, to keep moving. How might you ask would one dance in the bed, cast and all?

I remember a few years ago listening to Gabrielle Roth speak in front of a group of students about the 5Rhythms. She had a fiery way of engaging. Someone asked her where she would position the 5Rhythms compared to other dance practices. She turned around, laughed and replied: “Do you really think this practice is about dancing?

Bettina-Rothe-blogIf the 5Rhythms were simply about dancing, I would be pretty sad right now, since I probably won’t dance fully again until the summer when my leg is healed. No, this practice is about tuning in, being with, moving what can move (inside and out) and being present with one self. It is truly a meditation, an exploration of our human nature from moment to moment.

Today my spine wants to move, my hands, my shoulders. I follow my breath deep inside my body and send some loving down my injured leg. How kind and attentive can I be? How much can I rest in the Now? Can I allow the pain to be there, the physical and the emotional? What wants to be expressed?

In the 5Rhythms we show up as we are. As Mary Oliver says so beautifully: “You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.” And begin.


Bettina-RotheBettina Rothe is a licensed 5Rhythms® dance teacher and has studied healing movement arts, psychology, meditation, and shamanic practices around the world. She has been teaching movement and meditation classes nationally and internationally since 1998. Bettina is coming back to teach at Hollyhock to offer her wild dancing spirit along with her gentle encouragements and support in an open and loving environment. 5rhythms.ca

Join Bettina Rothe at Hollyhock on Cortes Island, July 3-7, 2013 for 5Rhythms®: Song of the Body.