Yeah, there is such a thing as dancing but your belly. Sounds weird but it is in fact very normal. It just that not that many people know about it and what it is all about or even if it’s a thing. Well, it is and if you are a fan of Bollywood movies, you may have seen it somewhere in between their mid-movie songs which have great colors and great dancers.
Originally, it was a Middle Eastern form of dance but it has evolved, spread and has been incorporated into many cultures which have changes the costumes and the style to suit their music and all that.
So far, it has spread globally and people who perform it have increased over the years.
The Style– The dance is given its name from the fact that you need to have really great hips and torso movement that will make your mid-body move in definitive movements that are structured, formulaic and just to the beat.
All this is emphasized by not moving your head while dancing to make it look natural and make the movements on the hips and torso more pronounced.
The Significance of It All
- The Posture and Muscle Tone
When you belly dance, you are exercising the muscles around the stomach are and the body start to gain a certain balance to it making you a well postured body. When you do this for a long time, you will find that you use more than just your torso to dance. The arms are involved and this will help your body make better muscle tone for you.
The hips will become flexible and the muscle built here will help with other body movements too.
- Weight Loss
When you are practicing this form of dance, you can burn in excess of 300 calories in just 60 minutes. When you combine this with a good diet, you can use belly dancing as a weight loss program that will lead you to a better and healthier body.
These exercises will make a lot of muscles work all at the same time making the strength coordination and the burning of fat effective as you move.
- Childbirth Preparation
When you are dancing; you will be using and strengthening the muscles that are used during childbirth. This will ultimately make the process of having a baby easier than you imagined it would be. As prenatal exercises go, this one is ranked high up there with the others.
Not only do you get prepared but even after you have given birth, you get excellent post natal exercises by working the muscles gently and smoothly to help you get toned again and excellently in shape. You will lose the baby fat faster than you expected.
- Relief From Stress
These exercises are known to provide a certain calming effect that you will find quite useful when you are stressed. The reason behind this is; when you are dancing, these movements are rhythmic and can allow you to close your eyes and do the whole thing just by feel.
This act of closing the eyes and just feeling the movements calms the mind and puts you in a state of tranquility that you will find most useful.
Other Significances of Belly Dancing Include;
- Even back muscles building
- Arms exercising
- Building up of the legs
- Digestion is aided here
Belly dancing has much significance that you will find very useful. The health implications and the culture celebration will just intrigue you once you get to learn this form of dancing.