Posted by: Dr Martha Eddy | December 15, 2014

Consider an end to war by 2025

Norm Eddy celebrating 100th StMy dad tells a story of being 6 or 7 and seeing a headline – An End to War and feeling elated. It was a peace accord that outlawed war back in the 1920s.

Whatever happened?

Here are some suggestions about what could happen

I would like to add what I recently posted on facebook :
There is so much to learn and its time to do it fast. How to self-defend without violence – aikido, how to see violence before its in your personal space – Laban Movement Analysis, how to envision a world where people respect all others implicitly and aren’t so traumatized themselves that they act reflexively from fear – somatic awareness. Here is where and how attention to our bodies can contribute to peace. It is great that multiple disciplines are working together more often now.

Posted by: Dr Martha Eddy | December 13, 2014

Why exercise IS good for you

You might like to know about a new research study that has to do with cancer and exercise – specifically aerobic dance and weight loss. Here is the abstract. The full article is published in the Journal of Cancer Therapy: Journal of Cancer Therapy, 2014, 5, 1031-1038
Published Online October 2014 in SciRes.
Purpose: Weight loss after breast cancer diagnosis has been associated with a decrease in risk of breast cancer recurrence and mortality. The purpose of this study is to examine the barriers, ac- ceptance, and sustainability of an exercise intervention program offered at our institution to over- weight women with newly diagnosed breast cancer. Methods: The Breast Cancer Database was queried for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer and a body mass index (BMI) ≥ 25 kg/m2. Eligible patients participated in the Moving for Life (MFL) exercise program for 16 sessions. Ques- tionnaires were administered. Statistical analyses included descriptives and paired t-tests to summarize patient characteristics and assess changes over time. Results: Of 40 patients, 22 de- clined, 18 consented and 13 (72%) completed the study. The mean age was 61 years (range: 38 – 76). The mean BMI was 31 kg/m2. After the intervention, there was a decrease in weight and BMI (p = 0.04). The average weight loss was 10 lbs. Participants reported greater enjoyment of exer- cise (p = 0.02) and decreased pain related to treatment (p = 0.05). These initial positive results were not maintained after 6 months and 1 year. Conclusions: The MFL intervention had a high rate of acceptance among overweight women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. These results dem- onstrated significant benefits of exercise immediately after cancer diagnosis and highlight the importance of developing sustainable lifestyle interventions. Interventions targeted at modifiable lifestyle factors in women with early stage disease may provide benefit that is comparable to cer- tain adjuvant systemic therapies. Therefore, adjuvant lifestyle interventions supported by clini- cians may improve breast cancer survival outcomes.

healthy living with cancer


Good news from The Doc:

There is more and more more evidence around the benefits of taking exercise when living with and after cancer is emerging. Researchers have been studying the impact of different types of exercise, from yoga, walking and dancing, to high intensity interval training and even extreme sports, on people during and after cancer treatment. Although most studies have focused on people with the commoner cancers like breast and prostate, some now include people with any type of cancer.

It’s clear that exercise can help the wellbeing and quality of life of people after their cancer treatment, and there’s some evidence that it can help to improve the symptoms that people can continue to have after their treatment, such as tiredness (fatigue), stress and anxiety, and discomfort. There’s also some early evidence that exercise can even reduce the risk of cancer coming back.

There’s a lot more…

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Posted by: Dr Martha Eddy | October 7, 2014

Global Water Dances – Solstice 2015

Tax Carbon, Protect Water.  Lets move forward – take action, big action – swooping, swirling, stomping, crying out for change.

 We Marched for Climate Change, we Blessed the Animal Kingdom with Paul Winter, NOW TAKE CARE OF WATER. 


Join us throughout the world and in NYC.


Global Water Dances is a world event first launched in June 2011. The second global performance occured June 15, 2013. Our next day of dance to protect the earth’s waters is June 20, 2015.  On a single day, a series of dances centered on water issues are performed beginning in the Western Pacific Rim, then encircling the planet. These dances are also livestreamed for 24 hours around the globe.

Where will you be?  Will you join us?

Global Water Dances uses free outdoor dance and music performances to blend local water issues with the global struggle to ensure safe water for all human beings.  (Read about our musicians)  Global Water Dances will start with performances in countries in the Pacific Rim, rolling westward through the time zones. Each group will produce a 4-part site-specific performance; the first two parts local and latter two global.

Global Water Dances is a bold visionary artistic initiative focused on the critical need for safe drinking water. Already today, there are an estimated 5 million deaths per year globally from polluted water. By 2025, over half the world’s population will be facing water-related problems. (See Water Issues page for more info.)

Global Water Dances is a model of how to use participatory art-making to raise consciousness about environmental problems and how to bring people together to work on solving these problems. Participants and viewers of Global Water Dances learn about the critical role of humans in protecting water supplies. It is

Dr. Martha Eddy has lead Will participate in NYC Global Water Dances this year.

All are welcome to inquire

We hope you will check out the website and find a location near you!


Posted by: Dr Martha Eddy | December 7, 2009

Community Development, Women and Dance in Northern Pakistan

From the moving desk of Deborah Heifetz

Dance to connect

Embody Peace Update

By Deborah Heifetz,  Ph.D., CMA

October 20, 2009

Tel Aviv, Israel



In Pakistan, we are developing a mentoring/coaching program as well as a Learning and Training Center.  I’m working directly with the woman who is in charge of the Local Support Organization – a graduate from the University of Karachi – who introduces herself as “a radical feminist”.  My work with her at this point is via e-mail and phone via our local Pakistani staff since there are many impediments for me to get back to Pakistan at this time.  We were together over the summer and the work of the community is focused on basic issues of women’s empowerment – home financing, self-awareness and encouraging entrepreneurial enterprise.  Body-related issues are particularly related to health and hygiene – but not only.   There are traditional skin products the older women use and you can see a glow in their faces that lack in the younger women, who have been soaped and store-bought creamed out.  The older women are filled with stories of traditional medicinal remedies and beauty traditions – but do not see themselves as a resource because of their illiteracy, and thus, their sense of self-deprecation.   But that said, there is no running water in this Valley of 4000 meters!   So the cold does not make cleanliness via water very conducive during the freezing winter. 


Girls in the Chipursan Valley are better off than most – but this is due to the overriding impact of the Aga Khan and the homogeneity of the Ismaeli community, which is conducive for social change in the direction of enhanced well being. 


Additional reflections: Nov 2009

I would like to add a few observations about the dance, given that the Ismaili’s are Sufis and the ecstatic movement of repetitive circling and increasing speed is present.  However I must qualify my comments as cursory and but an initial analysis.  I need both video and more time studying, dancing and watching the dance to more fully describe the movement, its meaning and the experience of the movement for me and for the people.  In the meantime I can offer some descriptions by memory.  Men dance in a consistent choreographed  progression, beginning in lines and rows facing the musicians and gradually sequencing into a larger circle dance, twirling on their own vertical axis at increasing speed and as the music intensifies both in volume and rhythm.  Their movement range is both large and individually expressive, gentle hand gestures, at times with level changes. Their chests open and hands and arms extended to middle and far reach.  The men take up space for they do not dance touching each other.  As the men create a circle, one man leads and the leadership alternates so that eventually all men have a chance to lead the dance initiating movement qualities and sequences that the other men should try to follow. They are free to adapt to each other’s movement with wonderful variations in the range of motion, flow patterns, integrated movement, effort life. They are fully present in space – reaching out towards the musicians, keeping attentive to each other, carving and directing into space. Little pelvic movement but full bodied in expressiveness. Although patterned, within the dance’s structure men express nuances of poise, skill, power and joy.  Many songs bring men to the dancefloor, but only one song does so for the women.   The women’s dance, as far as I currently know, is limited to one dance – at least in the public space. The song and dance called “simisai’ is a wedding dance and song.  In contrast to the open circle, women create a closed circle, facing inward towards each other, slowly slowly ever so slowly moving counter-clockwise, drawing from a minimal range of footwork.  You can see in the picture that women’s movement range is very condensed.  I have not yet danced with them, so I can’t really describe what it feels like.  However, in the several occasions where I witnessed the performance, I was struck by how the embraced women kept all body parts in near reach space, including each other and that they seemed to exert a grounding – sinking their weight down gradually, an effort/time pattern fortified by the strength and tightness of their circle.  Their hands are also expressive, giving a very Persian-like hand gesture, lightness and indulged time from the wrists and fingers.  That said, their expressive range was so remarkably limited particularly in contrast to the men that it was painful for me to watch.   I’ve asked our Pakistani team to send me the words of the song ‘simisai’ in order to better understand the meaning and implication of the dance for the people dancing.   My sense is that there is sadness in the words – a longing and loss since the dance reinforces the condensing inward of women’s lives and lacks reaching out into the future.  But I must be cautious not to project what I know about their lives and their hardships onto their dance.  Posted by EmbodyPeace for Deborah Heifetz

Posted by: Dr Martha Eddy | April 21, 2008

Dancing can heal broken lives

Learn about a group of emigres who dance to heal from occurences of torture and abuse. href=””>

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