Here are a few topics to consider:
Is rhythmical massage an option for me?
Here is what we will need to
Rhythmical Massage can benefit a variety of chronic and acute conditions;
physical, emotional and spiritual.
For the therapist to have a living picture of your current and past
health and life situation, perceived aims for this therapy;
and to determine:
whether one or more Rhythmical Massage sessions might be
valuable in achieving the results you desire,
or whether you need to be referred to an
Anthroposophical Medical Doctor to
properly remedy your condition,
an initial, approximately half-hour consultation is necessary.
All questions and financial considerations will be discussed at that time.
Rhythmical Massage Therapist is not currently available.
You can usually contact a Rhythmical Massage Therapist via Telephone or
Via Fax at 303 632-7878 or by means of E-mail to discuss setting a consultation appointment.
Here is a little more
background on Rhythmical Massage:
Rhythmical Massage Therapy is one of the more passive forms of
Anthroposophical therapies requiring little more from the patient than the
possibility to relax. It helps the body regain its equilibrium. Healing comes
mainly out of the direct response to what is given through the practitioner in
restoring harmony within the body. The impulses worked through in rhythmical
massage can then be picked up and worked on at a more conscious level through
the other Anthroposophical therapies. The therapist's insights into the nature
of the disease process lend direction to the required healing process.
The Concept of Rhythm:
Rhythm develops out of the interposition of two opposing forces, that of rest
and motion. It is a free entity, allowing for a multitude of varying expressions
and development following an inherent lawfulness.
There are two distortions of rhythm:
Beat – a repetition of the same with no connection and development from one to
Discord – a chaotic jumble where all comes together in an undisciplined
How does Rhythmical Massage work?
Rhythmical Massage aims to re-establish balance within the body through the aid
of rhythm. This requires the sensitive perception of the therapist to ‘tune in’
to the body and soul/spirit qualities of the individual and adjust the massage
grips and emphasis of the massage in accord with what they experience through
The massage grips have a three stage emphasis, any of which can be altered to
give a different quality to the massage. The tissues are first taken up in an
active conscious dynamic of consolidation, which is binding in form. This is
then lifted up into levity through a sucking quality expressed through the palm
and fingers. A gentle controlled release of the tissue follows with a momentary
pause before the activation of the next grip. This helps mediate the passing of
differentiated fluids and forces between the different tissues of the body. The
enlivening of the circulation is also supported through this three stage
pulsating dynamic. The touch is light but deeply penetrating. Rhythmical flowing
and lemniscates (figure 8) forms are used to reconnect diseased parts of the
body with the whole.
Rhythm as the mediator between cosmic and earthly forces:
The centre for rhythmic activity in Man is the thoracic cavity, housing the
heart and lung. In the resting healthy individual the breath to pulse
relationship is 4:1. Within the thoracic cavity we experience our soul life of
feeling. Powerful emotions always have an effect on our breathing and our pulse
and are based on an expression of sympathy or antipathy – opening up to the
world or closing off from the world. If we have the centre of rhythmic activity
in the thoracic cavity then we divide the body into three functioning parts: the
head, the thoracic and the abdominal cavity, to which we must also add the
limbs. This rhythm of breath and pulse, therefore, is always trying to
synchronize and harmonize between the forces that flow down from our conscious
soul life of thinking and perceiving in the head via the central nervous system
wishing to slow down and inhibit movement and the forces that flow up from the
metabolism and unconscious soul life of will in the blood that is full of life,
warmth and movement.
The above background information is from Camphill Wellbeing Trust, CMP Charity -
No. SCO16291, St Johns, Murtle Estate, Bieldside, Aberdeen, AB15 9EP. See
the link on the Resources Page.
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