Bothmer Movement: developed by Fritz Von in Stuttgart in 1921, Bothmer Movement has grown into a global phenomenon with training programmes all over the world. Bothmer started with one question: ‘What is true human movement?’ Out of this, he developed a programme of pedagogical movements for children at different stages in their development. He also recognised the importance of holistic wellbeing and good character in the teacher and developed a range of tools to cultivate embodiment, self-awareness and inner balance in the teacher. More information from The School of Human Movement.
The collaboration between Dr. Ita Wegman and Dr. Margarethe Hauschka has developed Rhythmical Massage Therapy and also Rhythmical Einrinbung in nursing. While Dr. Hauschka Body Treatments, named after Dr Rudolf Hauschka, offers the holistic beautification of the skin.
Rhythmical Massage Therapy uses a gentle rhythmical breathing quality of touch which can penetrate the tissue deeply. The movements are rounded with an element of suction rather than pressure and are designed to influence the flow of fluids through the body to enable the life processes in the tissues to be stimulated and lifted out of gravity into levity. Read more, see Rhythmical Massage Therapy Association website.
Rhythmical Einreibung originally created as a method for anthroposophic nurses to apply prescribed oils and ointments. Nowadays, one may find nurses, therapists, carers and individuals offer this caring massage to people under their care in the UK. To learn more, see AnthroNursing Care.
More varieties available internationally such as Massage Presell, Oil Dispersion Bath Therapy, Spacial Dynamics ®, Color meridian therapy according to Christel Heidemann, Eutonia after Gerda Alexander. To learn more, see International Association for Anthroposophic Body Therapies.
Eurythmy Therapy: according to the Eurythmy Therapy Association of Great Britain and Ireland, the gestures and movements of the performing art of eurythmy are modified for therapy purposes. Eurythmy therapy is one 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 their own intrinsic powers of healing and enable them to find a way to a state of balanced health. Eurythmy therapy uses the medium of the sounds of speech and the tones of music as they manifest in movement.
Finding one’s voice through the expressive life of language. Therapeutic Singing and Speech offers help, not only with voice and fluency disorders but also in a wide range of physical and psychological conditions. Some areas of clinical intervention are vocal disorders, breathing-related illnesses, burn out, metabolic illnesses, muscular-skeletal disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma and developmental disorders.
Artistic activity in Visual Arts helps us to explore and share feelings and thoughts, especially in times of struggle and distress. Through painting, drawing and modelling, the inner world is explored in its connection to the surrounding environment. Read more , see Association of Anthroposophic Therapeutic Arts.
Internationally, Therapeutic Art under International Coordination of Anthroposophic Medicine, and ICAAT – International Coordination of Anthroposophic Arts Therapies websites also have a great resource and further information on Therapeutic Painting & Drawing, Therapeutic Modelling & Sculpting, Music & Singing Therapy and Therapeutic Speech Formation.
COUNSELLING and PSYCHOTHERAPY
Anthroposophic psychological therapies are used worldwide in a large range of professions. In fact, any profession that uses dialogue and human psychology belongs to this work field. Their approaches bring a spiritually informed understanding of an individual's challenges and tasks. If the experiences we have during our life are too big, too traumatic or we do not have the right constitutional conditions to deal with them, help might be found in the following therapies:
Anthroposophic Psychotherapy is a specialisation which is often taken during or after university-based training in psychotherapy.
Biographical Counselling 'and Biography Work offer a unique approach to both healing and self development that is - in its widest sense – holistic. It links the wellbeing of each person to the wellbeing of a family, a community, and the world. As we deepen the understanding of who we are and take steps to heal and develop ourselves, we become more able to connect with greater integrity to the things that matter most.' To read more, see the Biographical Counselling.
The UK Association for Anthroposophic Counselling and Psychotherapy (UKAACP-Mercury) is an association of professional psychotherapists and counsellors in the UK. Read more about UK Association for Anthroposophic. Counselling and Psychotherapy.
More about Anthroposophic Psychotherapy internationally.
Art of Healing A film portrait of anthroposophic medicine in seven episodes. Subtitle available in English.