The Physical Health, Mental Health and Well-Being Benefits of the Nia Technique

Robin List, Julie Anne Laser


This article presents the first evidence-based research study to analyze the physical health benefits, mental health benefits, and well-being benefits of the Nia TechniqueⓇ, an experiential movement therapy, on class participants. The aim of the research project was to capture the thoughts of Nia participants immediately after their class experience to best understand Nia’s physical health benefits, mental health benefits, and well-being benefits both quantitatively and qualitatively. The sample collected was a total of 56 healthy adults voluntarily attending Nia classes at 5 different, local YMCA facilities or private studios geographically located near a large city in the mountain west. The results showed that Nia had a positive effect on the health and well-being of almost all participants. Overall, 98% of participants agreed or strongly agreed they felt better in their physical body after participating in Nia. All participants (100%) agreed or strongly agreed their mood improved at the conclusion of participating in Nia. Almost all participants (96%) agreed or strongly agreed they creatively expressed their unique selves during class. All participants (100%) agreed or strongly agreed they released stress during class. Most participants (89%) agreed or strongly agreed they connected with at least one other person during class. The vast majority, 69.3% of participants reported using Nia class skills in their daily life between classes. A larger, more diverse sample size post COVID would be beneficial to further illuminate the benefits of Nia.

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