1. Eurythmy Therapy
Eurythmy Therapy was developed in 1921 by Dr Rudolf Steiner. It is based on Eurythmy and, as a therapeutic exercise, is an essential element of the system of anthroposophic medicine. This integrates both natural scientific and anthroposophic-humanistic knowledge.
It is the aim of Eurythmy Therapy to help the patient to activate his self-regulating powers and to find the way to his own health.
The means of eurythmy therapy are the sounds of speech and the tones of music, manifested in movement. Each sound of speech has a corresponding form in movement, which is created by the upright human being, principally by means of their arms. The consonants appear as plastically mobile forms, the vowels as geometric forms.
In the same way, elements from music in Sound Eurythmy can be reshaped into Sound Eurythmy Therapy exercises.
2. Functional Method
The eurythmic sound/tone movements are connected with the formation processes and functions of the organs. In Eurythmy Therapy, these movements are reorganized in such a way as to react upon the person making them and to stimulate the energies, which form the basis of the formation and functions of the organism. They are brought into action specifically as therapeutic media to stimulate health-promoting processes to counteract the specific illness.
In Eurythmy Therapy, the eurythmic movements to sound are modified under the following points in order to be therapeutically effective:
- Repeated movements of the therapeutically-indicated sound or a sequence of single sounds (sound series).
- The arm movements are accompanied by specific leg movements. Gaps, rhythms and various tempi make an increased intervention in certain organ functions possible.
- By the particular form of the exercises, the temporal is transformed in to the spatial and the spatial into the temporal.
- The break between the exercises, and also the night’s rest, take on a central significance.
In a treatment by Eurythmy Therapy, movement sequences are used which are adapted to each syndrome and to the individual constitution of the patient, whereby the prescribed sound can act like medication through its reinforcement by Eurythmy Therapy.
Eurhythmic exercises can be used additionally when used by a Eurythmy Therapist for the support of the therapeutic aim.
3. Indications, Target Group
Eurythmy Therapy can be used for all age groups and in almost all cases of constitutional, chronic and acute illnesses. Among others, for acute and degenerative nerve, metabolic, heart and circulatory diseases, in psychosomatics and psychiatry, with child development disorders, eye complaints, teeth displacement and muscular disorders.
Eurythmy Therapy takes place as a rule as single therapy with a doctor’s prescription and is carried out after drawing up an individual therapy plan, which the therapist and patient agree upon in each situation. A session can last from 30 to 60 minutes.
In the therapy, the patient learns the movements and their sequences and can use and practice them regularly on his or her own. As a rule, the patient is not touched. In special cases, the patient can be supported or led in the movements. The exercises can be adapted to the patient’s condition and can also be carried out sitting or lying. The desired aim is for the patient to integrate the exercises into his or her everyday life and to practice them regularly.
5. Areas of Practice
Eurythmy Therapy is offered in free practices, clinics and sanatoria, old people’s homes, institutions of remedial and of social education, Waldorf schools and kindergartens.
Precondition of training as a Eurythmy Therapist is a four-year basic training in Eurythmy, concluded with a recognized diploma. Following this is the 1½-year Eurythmy Therapy training, which, with a diploma of the Medical Section of the School of Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum in Dornach, qualifies the holder to practice Eurythmy Therapy and to gain the trademark AnthroMed®. Particulars of individual training schemes worldwide can be found at www.heileurythmie-medsektion.net
AnthroMed® is a charitable limited company with the aim of securing and developing further the quality of anthroposophic medicine by the use of this Label. See www.amthromed.de
The use of the trademark is at the disposal of all Eurythmy Therapists with a recognized training in Eurythmy and Eurythmy plus diploma and who are members of a national professional association of Eurythmy Therapists when such an association has a contractual connection with AnthroMed® GmbH.
The professional associations of Eurythmy Therapy in the following countries have so far agreed to the use of the mark: