Meet Leoni Epiphaniou. The Boston resident has been a psychotherapist for over 20 years, helping hundreds of clients deal with stress, anxiety, traumatic events, depression, and so much more. As if that doesn’t keep her busy enough, Leoni also has a side job – she’s been a licensed Zumba® Instructor for the last 5 years. If you think her two career paths are not connected, think again.
“My passion for therapy and for dance go hand in hand,” says Leoni. “Exercise, especially dance, allows one to let go and achieve a deeper layer of healing that is difficult to do with talk therapy alone.”
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Because of this finding, Leoni recommends group exercise – specifically Zumba® classes – to about 85% of her clientele as a substitute for medication. She firmly believes that movement is correlated with good health, while stagnancy leads to disease.
“There’s a magic that happens when you’re moving around,” says Leoni. “You may not even be aware of it, but learning a new choreography and being in the moment enables your mind to interrupt negative thought patterns. And that’s where healing begins.”
Many clients reach a point where stress, anxiety, and emotions become too overwhelming. There are a number of reasons why Zumba classes create a perfect environment for getting rid of emotional stress.
“The Zumba program is so much more than a way to get in physical shape,” says Leoni. “The joy and the actual mind shift that my clients experience after taking classes are little miracles that I get to witness every day.”
Ready to fill your prescription? Find a class now. Warning: Zumba classes may cause extreme optimism, confidence, weight loss, and permanent smiling.
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