Rhythmical Massage Therapy Training

“The hands are the most formative, the most permeable of our organic limbs. They can change very much in the course of life.
Soul and spirit that permeate them in training them, do not only form them but flow beyond them into the world as objective power of love, as blessing, as healing forces.”
— Margarethe Hauschka, MD
The Rhythmical Massage Therapy training is for practitioners who seek to enhance their massage skills through a knowledge of anthroposophy. Anthroposophy is a spiritual-scientific path of knowledge and self-transformation founded by the Austrian philosopher, Rudolf Steiner. The curriculum weaves a comprehensive study of the human being with massage practice, movement exercises, observation of nature, and artistic explorations.

Through the training, students will refine their ability to perceive phenomena, listen with their hands to subtle rhythms of the body, and engage the elements, the ethers and the inherent healing forces in the human being.

Areas of Practical Application


  • Effleurage/Gliding and Variations
  • Petrissage/Kneading and Variations
  • Counter-Circles and Variations
  • Warming Circles and Variations
  • Lemniscates and Variations
  • Frictions
  • Pine Tree
  • Organ Treatments: Liver, Spleen, Heart, Kidney, Bladder
  • Rhythmical Einreibungen
  • Pentagram Treatment


  • The Face
  • Basic Back
  • Neck Diversion
  • Asthma
  • Arms Up
  • Arms Down
  • The Hand
  • Sciatica
  • Abdomen
  • The Hip
  • The Knee
  • Legs Prone
  • Legs Supine
  • Calves Breathing & Calves Down
  • The Foot
  • Areas of Study


  • Embryology
  • Four-Fold Studies: Elements, Ethers, Kingdoms of Nature, Four-Fold Human Being
  • Three-Fold Studies: Three-Fold Plant, Tria Principia, Functional Systems of the Human Being (Nerve-Sense System, Rhythmic System, Metabolic-Limb System), Soul Forces (Thinking, Feeling, Willing)
  • Seven-Fold Studies: Life Processes, Learning Processes, Planets, Organ Systems, Metals
  • Twelve-Fold Studies: Senses, World Views, Constellations
  • Polarities in Health and Illness: Anabolism & Catabolism and Inflammation & Sclerosis
  • Goethean Observation
  • Phenomenological Observations & Exercises
  • Tactile Explorations


  • Developing Illness Pictures
  • Developing RMT Treatment Plans
  • Medicinal Plants and Healing Substances Used for RMT and External Applications
  • Working in a Multi-Disciplinary Team

  • Exercises in Inner Development
  • Art and Eurythmy
  • In the Heart — the loom of Feeling
    In the Head — the light of Thinking
    In the Limbs — the strength of Will.
    Weaving of radiant Light,
    Strength of the Weaving,
    Light of the surging Strength:
    Lo, this is Man!

    — Rudolf Steiner, ECCE HOMO

    figure eight color chalk illustration on principles of rhythmical massage therapy and the body

    Training Information

    The prerequisite for the Rhythmical Massage Therapy training is the completion of 500 hours in an accredited therapeutic massage training, or licensure in a health care profession such as nursing, physiotherapy, or medicine. Students currently pursuing certification in one of these above areas are welcome to inquire. Introductions to the work will be held in various regions around the country.

    For more information about RMT training please contact us.