Bellydance Benefits
Excerpt taken from" Bellydance By Dolphina"

"Bellydance is a total workout for the body, mind, and spirit. Not only does it provide a thorough, non impact, and fat- burning exercise that tones and sculpts your muscles, it actually promotes a positive mental attitude about your body. Women who bellydance feel more confident and at ease with their- figures and you don't need to be slim to begin bellydancing. Goddesses come in all shapes and sizes. The numerous physical benefits of bellydance make it an ideal stand - alone workout, regimen. It is an excellent cardiovascular exercise that also improves flexibility and muscle tone. Most women have concerns about their abdominals, buns, and thighs and these muscles can be effectively sculpted with regular bellydance. Unlike any other exercise, bellydance isolates specific muscle groups. As you move one set, you hold other muscle groups completely still. This dynamic lengthens your muscles, eventually toning and strengtening them. For example holding your chest still while your hips move in serpentine Figure Eights, sculpts the muscles at the sides of the torso(your obliques) and defines the waist. Because much of the movemtnt is generated from the torso rather than the arms and legs, bellydance is also very effective at the building "core" strength. It works the muscles in the upper body, abdominals, and pelvic area, which can help promote good posture.....an hour-long of bellydance session provides a feeling of freedom and release that will be a totally new and revitalizing experience for many.
Women today lead busy and hectic lives, but a bellydance session provides an opportunity to claim time for yourself and escape from the mundane. You'll find that performing these intensely femnine movements helps you leave behind the stresses and strains of modern day life and reawaken the woman within.