Eurythmy Therapy is a movement therapy based on the paradigm that the human being who is striving for maximum health needs to be balanced in mind, heart and body.
Eurythmy Therapy was begun by Dr. Rudolf Steiner, and has been used as an adjunct treatment in anthroposophic medical clinics and hospitals worldwide for nearly 100 years. Eurythmy clients are welcomed into a warm and nurturing environment. There they are taught movements to practice that are specific for their condition, offering challenges and support for a wide range of issues. Exercises are personally tailored to offer either vigorous or calming movement sequences, depending on the situation. Clients are specifically guided to practice mindfulness and inner awareness with all exercises, thereby harmonizing and integrating mind, feeling and movement. This enlivened will activity can remediate physical, functional, movement, emotional, metabolic and even cognitive health challenges, while supporting the patient’s overall level of health and vitality
Doctors will often recommend Eurythmy Therapy as part of a treatment program for certain medical conditions. These can be used for immediate relief in certain situations, or given as supportive elements in treating ongoing or chronic conditions. Examples include:
- Pain control
- Asthma and allergies
- Digestive disorders
- Circulation and blood pressure issues
- Problems with the back or joints
- Certain psychological conditions
In addition, many non-medical conditions will also be addressed through personal eurythmy, and the adult client can embark upon a profound healing journey in eurythmy. Examples of conditions that can be aided with eurythmy include:
- Find a deeper attunement with one’s spiritual self
- Find deeper and more restful sleep
- Manage a basic stress level
- Overcome the negative effects of excessive computer use
- Improve balance and spatial coordination
Eurythmy is also very important as a treatment modality for children, especially during the formative years. The integrative eurythmy exercises have been shown to help with coordination and attention difficulties, sensory-motor integration problems, anxiety, hyperactivity, difficulty with reading or math, poor memory, and more.
The number of exercises that can be designed for patients is virtually limitless. Most are taught in personal treatment sessions, in which an individual can be given specific exercise sequences to work on at home. Other exercises can be done in a group session, in which participants pay attention to group dynamic and cooperation in movement.
All exercises are personally tailored to help people with their individual goals. Clients will continue to work on them regularly in the privacy of their own home, so they can internalize the changes they are working on. These are low-impact, non-aerobic exercises, appropriate for all ages, including the very young and the very old. Eurythmy is done in street clothes, and exercises are normally done in standing. (Persons with disabilities may be taught how to do eurythmy in sitting or in a bed.)Print This Post