What is it?
Traditionally known as Rhythmical Massage, it is a therapy based on Swedish massage, but developed by Rudolf Steiner PhD (Anthroposophy, Biodynamic agriculture, Waldorf/Steiner education, Eurythmy) and Dr. Ita Wegman MD (co-founder Anthroposophic medicine, co-founder Weleda). It is used extensively in clinics and hospitals in Europe, but not yet widely known in Australia.
Although classically a form of massage therapy it's effects are more like bodywork, affecting the whole person more deeply, more profoundly, more potently. Gentle pressure applied through the soft tissue, in archetypal forms and patterns, influences the physical, emotional, and psycho-spiritual bodies. These forms resonate in the body beyond the duration of the treatment, like an echo, and subtly change acquired patterns, restoring primal, healthy patterns of wellness. Hence it's use in a broad range of conditions, and in recuperation and recovery. It helps to restore imbalances and under-functioning of bodily functions and organ systems.
What can it help?
What can I expect during a consultation?
An hour-and-a-half initial consultation will cover your medical history, and a look at your current health picture before the treatment.
Hour-long subsequent visits will go through a short consultation process before the treatment and a short rest period at the end.
Specialised therapeutic artisan oils and ointments, made from bio-dynamic, organic or wild ingredients, using Anthroposophic and/or homeopathic processes are applied accordingly. Herbal compresses are sometimes used.
Dietary or lifestyle choices, or home treatments may be suggested. The treatments are gentle, non-invasive, and generally deeply soothing and relaxing. A sense of well-being is common after the treatment.
Classically the treatments are done in a series, ideally a week apart, for 6-8 weeks. But even one-off treatments can be helpful. Each set of treatments is tailored to the person's needs, and each session is used to build on the previous one, for more potent and long-lasting effects. No two sessions are alike. An improvement should be seen/felt immediately, but progress depends on severity and duration of the condition, and your personal responsiveness. The approach is wholistic, and so a general improvement at all levels should be seen.
Diploma of Therapeutic Massage (NSW College of Natural Therapies)
Certificate of Rhythmical Massage (School of Rhythmical Massage, Sydney)