If you are still wondering what Naked Movement is about, maybe this account from journalist Charlotte Grant-West published in Boots Health and Beauty magazine can help. Sessions are co-created by participants so all are different.
All workout and no knickers! by Charlotte Grant-West
‘I’m someone who feels so uncomfortable showing even a flash of my pants in a gym changing room that I strip off in the loo. Yet I’ve now danced naked with 15 total strangers, for two hours. Weird, huh? Actually, exercising nude is a growing trend, with fans claiming that working out in the buff improves form, because you’re so much more aware of your bod.
So what’s a nude dance class like? Well, my Naked Movement session, held in a yoga studio in suburban south London, began with a fully clothed meet and greet. There were people of all ages, shapes and sizes, and from all walks of life, including PRs and night-shift workers. Our instructor Calu kicked things off with a tribal tune, and encouraged us to move in any way we wanted (for me, that was awkwardly pretending to play the drums). Then, as we got more into the music and the dance tracks became soulful ballads, everyone around me began to shed their clothes. Feeling left behind, I nervously took off my dress. The class progressed from group work, where we danced in a circle of five, to pairings, in which one of us “observed” the other (less sexual than it sounds, I promise!). And while there was no Full Monty moment, people started to peel off their final layers.
The turning point for me was a classical ballet piece (cue men pirouetting around the room). Everyone was so relaxed in their own skin that it was genuinely infectious, and before I knew it the gloves were off (and the bra and pants) and I, too, twirled like an extra from Swan Lake. By the end, people were even rolling around on the floor – but I was worried about splinters in my nethers…
To sum up, Naked Movement is quite the workout – you’re dancing non-stop for two hours, after all. But more importantly, it’s about body acceptance. It reminded me that fitness shouldn’t be about how many reps you can do – it can be something that makes you feel good in body, mind and soul. I may sound like an Instagram Inspo post, but it made me feel genuinely #blessed to have a healthy body. Now I’m working on getting changed in the changing rooms!’