'Bellydanceforbirth' describes the movements of the bellydance in its role as a birthing dance.
It is a safe and effective dance expression that supports women throughout pregnancy and labour providing a natural birthing technique that encourages active birth at its most feminine - Bellydance For Birth Arabic Style -
Middle Eastern Dance has evolved over time, transversed many lands and has been labelled, restructured, extended, and fused with other dance styles. A predominantly woman's dance it would have been passed from mothers to daughters to preserve its sacredness and honour its connections to birth and fertility.
'A Bedouin Arab girl learns a pelvic dance during the puberty..and will belly dance, when she is in labour. The belly dance represents the power of women to produce life.' - Sheila Kitzinger1
BELLYDANCEBIRTH® AND MAHA AL MUSA ARE PROUD TO PRESENT MAHA'S AWARD WINNING WORLD FIRST 280 FULL COLOUR PAGE BOOK
'DANCE OF THE WOMB'
AND MAHA'S FOLLOW ON DVD
DANCE OF THE WOMB- A GENTLE GUIDE TO BELLY DANCE FOR PREGNANCY AND BIRTH
MADE WHILST SHE WAS PREGNANT AND HOME BIRTHED AT 46 YEARS OF AGE…
ENDORSED BY THE AUSTRALIAN DOULA COLLEGE AND THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CHILDBIRTH EDUCATORS AUSTRALIA 2009
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The smooth undulating movements of Bellydancebirth® aid a woman's ability to deal with her labour in an opening rather than restrictive fashion. The soothing rocking motions of the circular and figure eight movements set the scene for a birthing woman to flow with the natural rhythms of her labouring body and become connected to Nature and the Universe.
Emotionally the birth dance opens up a well of feelings that cannot be easily locked away in pregnancy. A woman's birthing heart centre resides within the pelvis and hip area. This region is often fraught with locked up painful, sexual memory. Many women find that they are very tight and rigid here and when they begin to bellydance they may find it difficult to loosen up the area or even to make connection with this part of their body. It is as though the dance beckons a woman to stand in the light of her truth and feel her conscious presence within her birthing body. It is a wonderfully relevant birth preparation because of this dual acceptance of emotion and physicality.
'Arab women, Tahitians and Maoris knew instinctively that they would help themselves if they kept moving through childbirth..they swayed their bodies and swung their hips and pelvis in large circular rotations' - Wendy Buonaventura2
In our twenty- first century world, many women have become estranged from their primal birthing brain and the knowledge that lies within it. An empowered birthing journey asks us as women to get back to a sense of life basics where intuition and instinct are normal. Women too often hand their power over to the medical world long before they enter labour and have the idea that someone else will do it for them. I strongly encourage women to take birth into their own hands by becoming informed of their choices and by finding out as much as they can about what will be happening to their body and mind during the pregnancy and childbirth journey.
Bellydancebirth® can act as purposeful tool to help a woman before she steps into the gateway of birth. It can help bridge the gap between the primal brain (which knows how to give birth) and the modern woman (who may need to be reminded of her instinctual capacity) assisting her to claim back her most basic and inherent right as the Deliverer of Life.
It is not too late for any woman to take up bellydancebirth® if only for a few months at the end of her pregnancy. Any understanding and experience of the dance is advantageous. I have facilitated classes where women have only come at the latter stages of their pregnancy. They have recounted, after their birth experience, how pleased and grateful they were to have had the opportunity to practise the bellydance movements in a pre-natal setting. Being aware of the moves enabled them to effectively flow into the sensations and thus rhythm of labour with a strong sense of purpose rather than fear.
You can help yourself towards a wonderful birth experience by learning the movements of bellydancebirth® , described for the first time in my WORLD FIRST 280 colour page book 'Dance of the Womb' - Revealing The Ancient Arabic Art Of Bellydance As A Pre Natal And Birthing Exercise ….as well as my beautifully presented instructional DVD that brings all the movements in the book to life!
- Maha teaching bellydancebirth® and with her book Dance Of The Womb
1. Sheila Kitzinger, Rediscovering Birth, Little, Brown and Company (UK) 2000
2. Bellydancing - The Serpent and The Sphinx- Wendy Buonaventura 1983
Maha will be offering "Bellydance For Birth - The Al Musa Method® practitioner training one day bellydancebirth®shops" from mid 2010/2011 for those who hold a certificate as a birth attendant such as a midwife, doula, childbirth educator, fitness/yoga for pregnancy, hypnobirther etc and are interested in learning bellydancebirth® to teach and use with pregnant women. This workshop will include gentle dancing so come prepared to move your beautiful bodies!!
Maha's training is designed to be another potent and powerful modality to add to your birthing kit.
If you are interested in attending or hosting this one day workshop please go to my contact page and leave your name, state and country.