The Fusion of Fabric, Color & Chakras
Denise E Williams/Subtle Woman,
Occupational Therapist/Wellness Counselor,
Healing Touch Certified Practitioner &
Psychic/Intuitive Empath & Medium
As the seasons change, so do my fitness and well-being needs. One of the last warm days in November prompted my idea to highlight the seven colors of the chakras through my Hooping videos. Red denotes the color of the Root Chakra and my corresponding costume. The Root Chakra represents safety, security, stability and foundation. Red is the beginning of a seven blog-series which examines my self-regulation and stress reduction techniques via music, movement and prop usage during my Weighted Dance Hooping videos.
Costuming is everything to a performer. It ramps up the Ode to Joy of stage production. As Shaman & an Occupational Therapist, I know the value of weight, texture, color & compression of elements and material. The fabric, leather bottom boots, satin gloves, sateen performance fans, music and weighted Hoop evoked a Parasympathetic Nervous System (calm and relaxed) response and the benefit of grounding through the Tactile, Proprioceptive and Vestibular input. My firm grasp on the fans for the sudden downward flick fed my Spirit each time. Creativity flowed for my choice of the rhythmic and auditory patterns. This afforded the listening ears of the other dancers and me, mini neuro-taps to our Nervous Systems. We yelled, laughed, smiled and connected with the unexpected usage and frivolity of the two fans. I was so happy during a post-video production. Upon viewing and reliving the feedback of the multi-sensory input, I was bemused and amused by the titillation to my visual cortex. My PNS response was organic. The joyful lyrics & vocal stylings by Blossom Dearie, Swing dance tempo and November's unusually warm air added to the elation.
The transition of Summer into Fall/Winter requires my intentional navigation to eschew the adverse imprint of Seasonal Affective Disorder & the social-emotional constraints of Covid-19 on my physical, emotional, mental and Spiritual well-being. Aha—I will now employ a major wellness technique & coping strategy i.e., a daily regimen of Weighted Dance Hooping to various rhythms & musical genres.