Rhythmical Massage Therapy

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Rhythmical Massage Therapy (RMT) is part of the Anthroposophical Medical System. RMT is a warm, nurturing, enveloping massage therapy that enlivens and balances the body, while calling forth the client’s own healing forces. Through specific massage movements the RM therapist addresses the relationship between the body, soul and spirit by working with the life supporting forces of warmth, rhythm and breathing, as well as the interplay of levity and gravity, center and periphery.

Archetypal forms of line, circle and lemniscate, are a basis for the massage movements. The selection of forms, the sequence of the treatments and the quality of touch are individualized to create a unique treatment plan for each client. Careful listening with head, heart and hands is the essential guide to the art of this work.

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What is special about Rhythmical Massage Therapy?

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  • RMT uses movements that work with suction and levity, enlivening the fluids and muscle tissue
  • The massage hand movements are rounded and rhythmical like living water
  • The massage hand movements have a musical breathing quality
  • RMT puts each human being at the forefront and considers the client’s body, soul and spirit to establish individualized treatment plans
  • RM therapists often work in conjunction with an anthroposophically trained physician and other therapists allowing the client to be cared for by a team of professionals who are all working out of the same healthcare system
  • Rest after each treatment allows the treatment to resound in the client

In all living fluids there is a tendency towards levity that is stimulated by suction as we can see in the rising sap of a tree. Rhythmical Massage Therapy applies this suction to enliven our body fluids.

Rhythmical Massage Therapy Applications

Rhythmical Massage Therapy is applicable in the treatment of acute and chronic health needs as well as supportive of individual constitutions, life transitions and recovery from illness. Rhythmical Massage Therapy can be given during pregnancy, in caring for infants and children, and in caring for elderly and individuals approaching death. A series of weekly or bi-weekly treatments is recommended for the full effects of therapy to unfold. Some indications for the therapy are:
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  • Stress and anxiety
  • Sleep disorders
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Muscular tension, strain and injury
  • Back pain
  • Allergies
  • Cancer
  • Immune and auto-immune disorders
  • ADD and ADHD
  • Developmental disordersand disabilities
  • Behavioral health disorders
  • Failure to thrive
  • Frail constitution
  • Eating disorders
  • Hormonal imbalances associated with menstruation and menopause
  • Degenerative disorders of the nervous system
  • Circulatory disorders such as hypertension and venous insufficiency
  • Respiratory conditions such as pneumonia, bronchitis, emphysema and asthma
  • Digestive disorders