Last week, Claire Mahy joined Spirit Therapy’s Full Moon Ecstatic Dance Session to bring you the inside scoop on this musical movement experience.
For those that don’t know (scratches head), Ecstatic Dance is a form of ‘dynamic meditation’. A moment when we are called to abandon ourselves to rhythm whilst moving freely as the music takes over. There is no structure, nor steps or pattern to follow. You are meant to let your heart and body lead you to move around to the sound. Why you may ask?
We all know dancing is good for the soul. Throughout human history, it has been known to have numerous health benefits, mentally physically and emotionally. Ecstatic Dancing is no exeception. You are challenged to feel connected to your own emotions in a completely sensory way.
Couple and hosts Tom (aka DJ Spirit Therapy) & Joanne have organized Ecstatic Dance events both in Malta & Gozo under the name Ecstatic Dance Maltese Islands and have played at various events across the islands such as The Bubble Festival. The events are usually alcohol-free and feature renowned Ecstatic Dance DJs playing anything from Reggae, to Trance and everything in between.
When Corona hit, Tom and Joanne decided to use Facebook as a means to hold their event online and Gozo In TheHouse’s very own Claire was keen to see how that was working out for them.
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Claire: How has the pandemic affected you?
Tom: I really like to go out and hang around with people and that is not possible anymore. Even just walking in the supermarket is scary for me. I also don’t like that I can’t go back to Belgium to visit my family.
Joanne: It’s really hard. I don’t have the freedom that I normally had. I have a lot of restrictions. My son can’t go to school and I can’t take him to the playground to play.
Claire: How has it affected your profession? Are you able to give some examples of what has changed for you and why?
Tom: Last summer I decided to leave Belgium and start a new life in Malta. The pandemic gave another direction to my original plan to DJ and organize events. I just started to organize Ecstatic Dance in Malta at Freedom Hub and already had a few DJ gigs, but I had to cancel everything and had to find other ways to work, hence streaming Ecstatic Dance sessions on Facebook Live.
Joanne: I’m lucky I work from home now!
Claire: What current challenges have you had to overcome?
Tom: I have to face my own fears and things that I can’t control. A good time to sit back and feel what is really going on in my body and soul. I’m still working on overcoming this, but accepting, breathing and especially loving yourself helps a lot!
Joanne: Working from home and having Jackob my son with me and finding a balance in that so I make a time plan and try to accept the situation. I’m finding it hard missing friends and family.
Claire: How are you currently spending your time?
Tom: Playing piano, doing marketing for Joanne’s side job and working on our Ecstatic Dance page and events which actually takes more time than you think!
Joanne: Working, playing with Jackob, going for walks (with social distancing of course) and doing yoga and Ecstatic Dance.
Claire: What lessons has the corona virus taught you so far?
Tom: A strong signal that things need to change in the world and that’s positive!
Joanne: Not to take anything for granted and to spend more quality time with my son
Claire: Once this is over, what changes do you think we will see in our community?
Tom: More appreciation and respect for each other and for our environment.
Joanne: I think people will travel less and do more video conferencing. There will be more sense of community.
Claire: What words of wisdom would you like to share with the community right now?
Tom: Love yourself and trust! Don’t let bad thoughts make you sick!
Joanne: I think it’s really important that everyone takes responsibility seriously and that we work together to overcome this situation.
It certainly does lend itself to our new normal and Claire was sure it has its plus points. First and fulmost, you really don’t have to be good at dancing – if the music is up your street, then it is simply about letting go and having some fun. Overall, she was completely up for burning calories at a sober rave in her pyjama’s with no queue for the loo.
Catch their next event on 7th MAY on their Facebook Page