Rhythmical Massage Therapy, originally known as 'Hauschka' Rhythmical Massage Therapy, is a gentle massage using a light breathing rhythmical quality of touch which penetrates 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. This enables the life processes in the tissues to be stimulated and lifted out of gravity into levity.
It aims to address the warmth organisation. During illness the warmth distribution over the physical body is often affected, and this can serve as a diagnostic starting point in massage.
Rhythmical Massage Therapy also differs from other types of massage in that the therapist often works on one part of the body in order to influence another. For example, a complaint of warmth and tension in the head, neck and shoulders can be accompanied by a coldness and lack of presence in the thighs, calves and feet. By bringing warmth to the lower half of the body, tension in the upper half of the body can be relieved.
As well as easing common physical aches and pains, Rhythmical Massage Therapy can significantly influence our emotional health, reassuring, reviving and healing. It is also effective in treating psychological conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, emotional trauma and immune deficiencies. Rhythmical Massage Therapy aids the body in its self-healing abilities by rectifying imbalances derived from illness or stress.
Our therapist visits once a week. A warm therapeutic and healing space is created to receive each person for massage. Several sessions are offered a day and each person is seen over a period of eight weeks consecutively. They are seen at the same time of day with the intention of creating a rhythm, creating confidence, and building trust between the therapist and individual. A healthy rhythm and continuity is of vital importance.
At the beginning and end of each series of massage the therapist will meet with the house coordinators and a picture of each individual being seen for massage is presented.
Following the course of massage, therapeutic suggestions may be made by the therapist.
Rhythmical Massage Therapy was developed in the 1920's by Dr Ita Wegman, a medical doctor schooled in physiotherapy and massage. In collaboration with Rudolf Steiner she founded a clinic in Switzerland where Anthroposophical Medicine began its development. It was at this clinic that she applied an anthroposophical understanding of the human being to therapeutic massage.
Later Dr. Margarethe Hauschka joined the clinic, she and Dr. Wegman collaborated for 12 years to develop this new approach to massage therapy. In 1962 Dr. Hauschka opened the first school for Rhythmical Massage in Boll, Germany.
"Through rhythmical massage there is the attempt and aim to improve the connection of soul and spirit to the physical body"
– Dr. M. Hauschka