Tango & Science
OUT OF THE FOG
Psychological and Physiological Benefits of Argentine Tango
Argentine Tango arouses the psyche drawing the mind out of melancholic reverie or dissociation (sometimes associated with PTSD) and into the present - the present is a time that is perceived directly, not as a recollection or a speculation. The prolonged effect of a sustained focus in the present can be mood elevating.
The metaphysical aspect to Argentine Tango involves focus on individual existence, spatial awareness, causality and possibility, leading to opportunity and improvisation. Argentine Tango heightens our perception and cognitive reaction.
The science of kinesiology is the assessment of movement, performance and physical processes leading to rehabilitation through the prevention and management of disorders. Physiologically Argentine Tango enhances movement, performance, and function including balance, alignment and proprioception (the sense that indicates whether the body is moving with required effort, as well as where the various parts of the body are located in relation to each other).
The physiological learning process creates new pathways for the brain to function while kinesthetically developing tools for alignment, motion and dexterity. Training in Argentine Tango has been shown to improve the movement and mobile functionality of patients with Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's and the general adverse effects of ageing.