A multifaceted aquatic and subaquatic exploration, Dolphin Dance is a bodywork modality with multiple expressions, including passive receiving; interactive and alternative sessions; a series of intensive workshops teaching its healing form and principles; a movement-based group experience in warm water; and a performance tool for aquatic artists. It was developed by Lilia Cangemi, a professional dance teacher, massage therapist, Watsu instructor, and registered Healing Dance Therapist who also created Quantum Leap Healing. This modality offers individual sessions based on floating the client in warm water while applying the principles of Lomi Lomi and Deep Tissue Massage, the point work of Shiatsu, the muscle relaxation of the Trager Approach, the energetic connection of Reiki, the delicate work of Craniosacral Therapy, and the joint manipulation allowed by hydrodynamic movement impressed by the practitioner on the receiver above and under body-temperature water. The spine is naturally elongated and decompressed, while muscles and organs are massaged and invited to release toxins and habitual holding patterns. In addition, the therapy explores active ways of unwinding and interacting as underwater dance and contact improvisation become a part of the session. The whole process is designed not only to make individuals comfortable and relieve any fear of being in water, but to allow them to feel a new sense of connection with and gratitude for life.
An individual session starts on the surface of the water and then leads the receiver (upon request) into the world of the underwater universe, as nose clips enable effortless breathing between air and water, creating an easy interface between the two elements. A physiological dive reflex allows longer submersions and an almost magical breath suspension, which becomes the vehicle for deep states of relaxation and a profound healing space. The experience can generate a state of rebirth in which a prenatal womb consciousness may become available and past traumas are nurtured and integrated. Dolphin Dance Healing further explores non-passive individual unwinding and interactivity with the client’s movement, during which the receiver is in control of her submerging and surfacing, as well as alternative kinds of sessions like the triad and couples sessions. Emotional Freedom Technique, Contact Improvisation, and subaquatic dance are part of sessions, all designed to bring the client through any fear of being uncomfortable in water.
In addition, an aquatic and subaquatic group pool experience in body-temperature water, known as the Pod Experience, leads participants into a nonverbal space filled with music in which they can express themselves and move from their emotions in free-form improvisation and dance alone, in pairs, or as a group. Decreased gravity and the embrace of water with the safety of nose clips provides individuals with a joyful exploration as a “human pod” while they dive into the three-dimensional world of the dolphins. With creative movement, profound stillness, and playful, unfolding ease, this dive into “the inner dolphin” lends itself to heart-opening intimacy and a deeper soulful connection. A special version of this experience may be done for couples on a honeymoon or anniversary.
This modality comes from “Our Inner Ocean”, a book by Captain LeCain W. Smith: The author, LeCain W. Smith, learned early in life that his personal path to awakening was through ocean sailing, bodywork, and transformational energetic experiences. When living on the sea, making friends with the elements and with nature, he uncovered his passion for adventure, exploration, fitness, and health. He spent many years studying and experiencing bodywork and practicing yoga, qigong, breath-work, and meditation. This passion, combined with seeing numerous friends struggle with health problems, eventually drove Smith to reach out and help others through the writing of this book. If this endeavor changes the life of only one person, he will consider it a success.
Good health is something we all aspire to, but it’s so much more than just being free of disease. A perfectly functioning body, tranquil mind, and vibrant spirit working together harmoniously create the joy and happiness that put the good in good health and the worth into a life worth living. Our Inner Ocean describes ancient and new holistic modalities of practitioner-applied bodywork and revitalizing self-care practices.