1. Improve Posture
Perhaps the greatest benefit of belly dance is the fact that it improves posture! The most important part of belly dancing is maintaining a good, neutral posture to facilitate the movements and range of motions. Over time. your posture will improve in all aspects of your life.
2. Muscle Strengthening
It's a well-known fact that belly dance strengthens your core by targeting muscles for the isolated movements. What about other muscle groups? You'll be surprised to find out that belly dance targets your feet, calves, glutes, torso, shoulders, and forearms. It's a full body workout, and it will tone everything!
6. Opening the Hips
With so many hip movements in belly dance, your hips will become looser and more open. This aids in correcting muscle imbalances or even preparing for childbirth.
7. Weight Loss
Depending on the intensity of your dancing, belly dance can burn up to 300 calories per hour! Combined with a healthy diet, belly dance is a great and fun way to lose weight.
8. Memory and Brain Function
Belly dance requires focus and concentration. Whether you're doing a choreography, or following along in class, your mind is at work. You mind must allow your body to do several things at once - your feet are following one rhythm, while your hips are twisting, and your arms are going in every 4 beats. There's a lot going on and it's a mind workout!
12. Relieve Back Pain
The shimmy is a like a massage to your back. You'll feel that your back muscles will loosen, become more even, and eventually stop causing you pain. Belly dance movements also increase the flow of synovial fluid, which is nature's lubricant. The improvement to your posture alone will take pressure off your spine and tone your back muscles appropriately.
13. Relieve Menstrual Symptoms
Say goodbye to cramps! Belly dance will massage these muscles that are causing you pain.