I Recommends- Dance & Health Resources

“Are you still dancing?”

That’s one of the first questions my homeopath – Dr. Vladmir Shmitsman- asks me when I come in for an appointment.  I look forward to the question every time.  It relaxes my whole body from any stress I might feel from anyone that counters that kind of thinking.

I  see the question as a reminder of the kind of medicine I really believe in- medicine of the whole self, not just the outer physical body, but that which helps our inner peace and balance and happiness as well.  I believe that type of medicine manifests itself in our appearance, in our cells, and in our overall energy for life.  And that can be deeply transforming in so many positive ways. It makes me feel like I am being treated like an individual and not a statistic or a formula.

Dr. Shmitsman’s question is not being asked just to make conversation; it’s not something light he brings up just to take my mind off the health issue at hand.  He sees it as actually being part of the solution, as do I.  I am grateful for the reminder to focus on the healing, not on illness.

Activities such as dance and other art forms stir up something inside of us that we need in order to fully help our bodies and hearts heal. They are therapeutic, on such a profound level, and can often be the best medicine if we open ourselves up to seeing the depth and beauty of these art forms.

It can be a challenge to find health practitioners who are supportive of this type of medicine, individuals who take it seriously enough to see that it matters.   What a relief it is when I do get the pleasure of meeting another doctor, or fitness instructor, or chiropractor who encourages the idea that we trust and listen to our bodies.

They are fully aware that doing what brings us joy can transform us from the inside out. This page is dedicated to all the healers, websites, books, studios, coaches, and other resources that support the body’s ability to heal itself.  Those who support the power of the arts – movement, painting, singing, music, and creativity in general- to give us an outlet to express, free, and heal ourselves back into balance.  To make us feel more fully alive.

Thank you to all of you.


Health Practitioners:

Homeopath Dr. Vladmir Schmitsman– of Dinas Homeopathic Clinic– 1678 Kingsway Street, Vancouver, BC.  Tel: 604-298-2982

Acupuncturist – Dr. Sunghyun Tjen – Holy Family Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine – #102- 120 West 16th Street, North Vancouver, BC.  Tel: 604-770- 4325

Dance and Fitness Studios:

Baza Dance Studios – 1304 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC. Tel: 778-379-2292

iDance Vancouver–  119 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC. Tel: 604-558-4622

Boogaloo Academy – 101- 8410 Ontario Street, Vancouver, BC. Tel: 604-326-0100

The Bar Method

Websites/Youtube Channels:

Hay House– Natural Healing, Holistic Health, Spirituality, Mind/Body/Soul Connection, Art Therapy, Inspiring Speakers, Videos, Books, Workshops

SwayD Dance Shoes

Relationships, Dating, Personal Growth

Esther Perel – Therapist, Author, Speaker- Relationships, Intimacy,

Jack Butler – Relationships, Authenticity, Self Growth, Life Coach

Helena Hart – Relationships, Personal Growth, Manifestation, Certified Life and Relationship Coach

Matthew Hussey – Relationships, Self Development, Life Coach


Komi Olaf

Daudi X


Books related to dance and/or written by dancers:

The Witch of Portobello- By Paulo Coelho

Kiss and Tango– by Marina Palmer

The Five Elements- Understand Yourself and Enhance Your Relationships With the Wisdom of the World’s Oldest Personality System- by Dondi Dahlin

Books about Manifestation and Energy Clearing:

The Alchemist– by Paulo Coelho

Clear Home, Clear Heart– by Jean Haner- about clearing the energy of people, emotions, places, and more to get into balance in all areas of life

Books about Health and Healing:

You Are the Placebo- by Dr. Joe Dispenza-the best book on healing I have read.  Powerful and life changing.

The Body Keeps the Score- Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma– by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself- How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One– by Dr. Joe Dispenza

You Can Heal Your Life– by Louise Hay

How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body– by David R. Hamilton PhD- great for learning about the power of placebo as well as visualizations

Mind Over Medicine- Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself– Lissa Rankin, M.D.

You Can Heal Your Heart– by Louise Hay

Medical MediumLiver Rescue– by Anthony William

Medical Medium- Celery Juice- by Anthony William

Vision For Life10 Steps to Natural Eyesight Improvement– by Meir Schneider, PhD

Between Heaven and Earth- A Guide to Chinese Medicine– by Harriet Beinfield and Efram Korngold

The Tapping Solution to Manifesting Your Greatest Self- by Nick Ortner

The Tapping Solution to Create Lasting Change- A Guide to Get Unstuck and Find Your Flow– by Jessica Ortner

Books about authenticity and self development:

Simple Abundance– by Sarah Ban Breathnach

Something More– by Sarah Ban Breathnach

Archetypes– Audio Book- by Caroline Myss

Books related to music and creativity:

Sounds Like Me- by Sara Bareilles

Writing Better Lyrics- by Pat Pattison

The Talent Code– by Daniel Coyle

Big Magic– by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles- Julie Edwards

Books about healing grief, and life after death:

Through My Eyes– A Medium Reveals the Reassuring Truth About the Afterlife- by Gordon Smith

Crescendo – by Amy Weiss

Mediumship Made Easy- An Introductory Guide to Developing Spiritual Awareness and Intuition– by Gordon Smith

Destiny of Souls- New Case Studies of Life Between Lives– by Michael Newton

Journey of Souls– by Micheal Newton

The Grief Recovery Handbook– The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses including Health, Career, and Faith- by John W. James and Russell Friedman

Books About Relationships

Are You Ready for Lasting Love?– by Paddy S. Welles, PhD.

Love in 90 Days- The Essential Guide to Finding Your One True Love- by Diana Kirshner, PhD

Real Sex- Why Everything You Learnt About Sex is Wrong– by Mike Lousada and Louise Mazanti, PhD (a great book to remind us of the beauty, spirituality, meaningfulness and depth behind sex and how to get back to that kind of sexual experience)

Favourite Fiction Books

The Rosie Project- by Graeme Simsion- topics brought up in this books- Autism, relationships, genes, genetics, individuality, humor

The Rosie Effect– by Graeme Simsion- topics brought up- Autism, individuality, marriage, relationships, humor, wit

The Rosie Result– by Graeme Simsion- topics brought up- Autism, school, having children, parent-child dynamics, authenticity, humor, wit

Everything, Everything- by Nicola Yoon

My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologizes– by Fredrik Backman

The Desirable Sister– by Taslim Burkowicz


2 thoughts on “I Recommends- Dance & Health Resources

    • Thanks Ashley! I will check out the website.
      And, I need to add you to my site! You’re such an awesome bellydance instructor. I’m so glad I found you. I’ll post your link and info on here soon.

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