Switch2Move EDUCATION is offering specific education programs for professionals interested to expand their knowledge and practice in parallel with the Switch2Move philosophy, methodology and practices. Our aim is to offer solutions through a holistic approach in to the art of moving that can change people’s perspectives about their bodies, capabilities, their overall health state and wellbeing.
Switch2Move Practitioner training is aiming to embrace the professional development of movement experts as dance teachers, physiotherapists, movement therapists under the philosophy, methodology and practice of Switch2Move by Andrew Greenwood.
Focus: Art of movement toward health and wellbeing | The Foundation
Through a journey of theory, practice and self-discovery you will explore the art of movement and how it is related to health and wellbeing. You will be introduced to Switch2Move methodology and core principles. You will be guided in how to design your own movement sessions with an artistic and biopsychosocial approach. On complication of the course you will be introduced in a comprehensive teaching of the Switch2Move foundations. This will entitle you as a Switch2Move practitioner and will provide you with the appropriate knowledge and skills to provide movement sessions with Switch2Move methodology. As a Switch2Move practitioner you will be able to extent your education in other specific programs as Multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s, seniors and dementia.
This training guides you to create movement sessions that offer a holistic approach and enhance health, vitality and wellbeing through artistic movement. It teaches you to develop body literacy – the ability to listen to your body, making choices that lead to health and total body wellbeing.
Switch2Move Multiple Sclerosis by Andrew Greenwoodis the first movement program especially designed specifically for Multiple sclerosis and it is commissioned by Genzyme (Sanofi Company) in collaboration with Dance for Health Foundation. The program has been under scientific study from the VU University Amsterdam in collaboration with Dance for Health and Het Nationale Ballet (Amsterdam).
The program is designed with the aim to enhance the physical and mental state of people with Multiple sclerosis based on a biopsychosocial approach. People can experience the art of movement from their wheelchairs or not, and feel more energetic, less fatigue, less pain, more aware and confident of their capabilities. The aim is to provide opportunities in going beyond what ones considers as limitations in Multiple Sclerosis and learn to experience ones’ best self.
This education program for Switch2Move practitioners offers the appropriate knowledge, guidance and instructions in how to create and apply movement sessions in a structured fusion of dance, meditation and movement therapy.
Switch2Move Parkinson’s This program is suitable for people that have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
In this program the participants can expect to feel better with their physical condition through a series of movement combinations and music that is especially designed to address issues like: focus, memory, balance, stiffness, freezing, walking and a lot more. Our approach is not symptom based. Which means that any benefit comes from our intention to create a positive experience for the person that in result enhances the general physical and mental wellbeing.That means that we are focusing into creating a positive experience for the person where the participants can regain confidence, trust and motivation to re-learn their bodies and their movement skills.
The method is based on dance, movement analysis, bioenergetics and mindfulness.
Switch2Move Dementia This program is suitable for people in early stages or more progressed stages of Dementia and eldelry.
There has been substantial research into the effects of dance therapy and music in people with and without dementia. The benefits of dance include improved cognition (through increasing neurogenesis and neural pathways via many mediators including BDNF), memory, mood, stress relief, self-confidence and social and psychological well-being. Dance integrates several brain functions simultaneously including kinaesthetic, musical and emotional, which enhances neuronal connectivity. The combined power of dance, music and physical contact provides a proven, positive and cost-effective intervention for people in care homes and the community.
The method is based on dance, music for dementia, movement analysis, bioenergetics, neurocognition, positive psychology and aptonomy.