Since January of this year, dancer, Meena Watts has been working with service users and staff at Tigh na Drochaid NHS Resource Centre in Portree every week.
Her Movement for Health sessions have gone down a treat!
The aim of the sessions is to get participants moving, improve their suppleness, build up confidence and boost well-being. Meena incorporates music by Blair Douglas as well as pop and Bollywood songs.
Many of the participants have begun practising the movements at home as well and some have noticed improvements in their health since the sessions began.
At the final session, Ann MacRae read out the poem she wrote about the sessions, which she has kindly allowed us to share:-
Indian Dance Class
by Ann MacRae
Life has taken on a new dimension
We all have found a remedy for tension
Meena comes on a Tuesday morning
Dressed in glitter, all adorning
Music starts to fill the air
Supplied and played by Skye man, Blair
Gently start our upper body exercise
Then the music quickens to our surprise
On our feet we all do rise
Gliding and swirling, swaying and thrusting
Now we are feeling rather frisky
Who is he with hand on hips? Oh, it’s Angie
Acting like a proper “Dandy”
John is leaping very high
Giving laughs and joyous cry
Breath gets short, so sit a while
We all join in again and smile
Now that I am ninety-one
It seems my life has just begun
Instead of walking like a log
I’m looking out a pair of shorts
And taking up a ten mile jog
Thank you to Ann for sharing her poem, to Meena for all her hard work and the positive energy she brings to each session, and to the staff and participants at Tigh na Drochaid for their enthusiasm and effort.
Tha Seo Math Dhuibh! This is Good for You!