What is Eurythmy Therapy?

Eurythmy therapy (curative eurythmy) is an independent therapeutic method unique to Anthroposophic Medicine (1). It was first described by Rudolf Steiner in 1921 and has been practiced by therapists and physicians worldwide, who have developed it further and worked to scientifically document its efficacy (2). Its movements are derived from artistic eurythmy (inaugurated in 1912) but developed as therapeutic movement. Steiner describes eurythmy as visible speech or visible singing: movements which happen in the organism during speech and which belong to the life organization, but which can also be observed in the subtle movements of the body and in the shapes made by exhaled air. These movements are related to formative processes in the body: life manifests as movement. We can observe embryological processes of formation and growth, with invagination, constriction and spirals. These formative movements, which also occur in adult organisms in a changed way, are directly addressed by eurythmy therapy. The therapy is therefore used to support the functional activity of the organism and its formative processes.

Eurythmy therapists work closely together with the attending physician to develop the specific treatment exercises based on the existing diagnosis and the need for therapy. This requires eurythmy therapy competence and therapeutic experience, as well as medical assessment (see also Career profiles, Eurythmy therapy: www.anthromedics.org/PRA-0537-EN).

Eurythmy therapy is widely used for various diseases in children and adults and for more specialized medical practices (such as ophthalmology and dentistry). The current scientific evaluation of eurythmy refers, among other things, to: comparisons with other movement therapy methods (such as yoga), cardiological indications (hypertension, heart rate variability), oncology (cancer-related fatigue), stress and anxiety (2, 3).