Born and brought up in Mumbai, Dilshad Patel, a Mumbai-based movement therapist trained at the Harkness Dance Center, New York. She has worked with people from varied backgrounds to include street children, corporations, prisoners in the Byculla Women’s Prison, with a view to enhancing and improving their physical and psychological wellbeing as well as patients with chronic illnesses.
She has taken Movement Therapy to the medical realm where she conducted a pioneering research study on Movement Therapy for lung patients at Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai under the guidance of Dr. Farokh Udwadia and Dr. Khyati Mehta. She has also worked with heart patients at the Asian Heart institute under the guidance of Dr. Ashish Contractor and has recently addressed and introduced Movement Therapy sessions to 400 Parkinson’s patients at Kokilaben Ambani Hospital.
Apart from making some important strides in effective use of Movement Therapy as a supplement to medical needs for patients, her contribution to the field is highlighted by her ground-breaking innovations to movement therapy with her pioneering MTS™ program (Movement Therapy for Sports). The first ever movement therapy program adapted as a training method for performance enhancement by sports professionals.
Dilshad is the first movement therapist to have successfully taken Movement/Therapy into an unexplored realm with elite sports.
Briefly, it is a sports training method to enhance potential abilities and skills through strengthening the mind-body connection. MTS™ sessions are part interpretive, therapeutic, team-building and performance enhancing using a completely scientific approach. MTS™ can also lend itself as an effective tool in working with injuries and helping athletes take their game to newer and greater heights. Her training method has been adopted by elite sports teams like the Rajasthan Royals IPL Cricket team for seasons three and five and the Canadian National Cricket Team during their training for the 2011 world cup.
She was appointed as movement therapist by McCann health for a project
which is India’s first health related dance fitness video “Pump Start”
which is choreographed by Remo D’souza and performed by Bollywood’s upcoming star Mr. Varun Dhawan.
Dilshad recently represented India at the 47th ADTA International conference where she presented her pioneering work on the MTS™ (Movement Therapy for Sports) training method for sports professionals and her pioneering research in the medical context through her study on lung patients at Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai, India.