Eurythmy Therapy for Constipation

Therapeutic recommendations

  • Contraction and expansion
    This exercise leads to a breathing movement, to finding a balanced rhythm between tensing and letting go.

  • The sound movements “L” and “M”
    have a fluent dreamy quality (“L” is the “wave sound”), through which the etheric body in the area of the abdomen can be stimulated, on the one hand, and at the same time the soul body and ‘I’ -organization can enter into a relationship with the etheric body in such a way that a healthy peristaltic rhythm sets in.

  • Air sound “R”
    It is often helpful to begin in the periphery, which is more dominated by the senses, in order to then approach the more inward metabolic area from there, e.g., with “R”, the “air sound” that strongly sets the soul body in motion.
    First we start small at the periphery, with the fingers, hands, forearms, or with the feet, lower legs, up to the thighs, ascending to slowly approach the congested area, becoming inwardly mobile from the outside to the inside. This can be done actively, depending on the strength and mobility of the patient, or – especially with bedridden patients – passively with the help of the eurythmy therapist, either with or on the feet.

  • Metabolic sounds, earth sounds: “G – K”, “D – T”, “B – G”
    We approach the congested area from the motor-metabolic system when we make very strong movements, e.g., when the whole leg or even the whole person moves. Then it is especially potent with the metabolic sounds “G – K”, “D – T”, “B – G” (“earth sounds”) – also performed with the feet – through which the ‘I’-organization awakens in the activity of the movement and, pushing through, can help the person to come back to himself and again become master in his body.
    If the patient is bedridden, the therapist’s hand under the patient’s feet is required to replace the floor, e.g., when the patient is doing the sound “D” .

Research news

Art therapy & anxiety: In her doctoral thesis published 2020, Annemarie Abbing investigated the effectiveness of art therapy in the treatment of anxiety. Outcomes of a randomised controlled trial (n=59) showed preliminary evidence of the effectiveness of art therapy: Three months of anthroposophic art therapy led to a significant reduction in the severity of anxiety symptoms in the women compared to waiting list treatment. The therapy also improved quality of life and various aspects of self-regulation. The second part of this PhD research focused on case report methodology and the development of tools for research within this field. The doctoral thesis is available at 
https://scholarlypublications.universiteitleiden.nl/handle/1887/83276.


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