Compresses and poultices
There are four different individual therapies on offer, which have all been acknowledged by the anthroposophical medical section. All guests can choose one of the four therapies and will receive daily therapeutic guidance, in cooperation with our leading professionals.
Eurythmy Therapy was developed by Dr. Rudolf Steiner in cooperation with Dr. Ita Wegman in the year 1921. This form of therapy, based on the art form eurythmy, is an important aspect of an anthroposophical approach to health. The aim of the therapy is to assist patients and support them in strengthening their own vitality and finding their own way to health. In eurythmy therapy, images of musical and spoken sounds are brought into prescribed movement. Each sound of the spoken word has its parallels in the world of movement; vowels have a geometrical formation, where for example the position of the arms in correlation to the upright body play the main role and on the other hand, consonants have a more forming movement where the flow of the movement itself is emphasised. Through the impression of musical sounds combined with movement, inner balance can be achieved.
Chirophonetics, based on the insights of Rudolf Steiner, was developed by Dr. Alfred Baur at the “Institut für Logopädie und Heilpädagogik” in Linz, Austria. The word, chirophonetic, comes from Greek and suggests that the hands (g. cheires) are used to form sounds (g. phonema) in strokes. With each sound that we produce, air flows in different ways through the sound organs. The therapist forms strokes on the body of the perceiver, which imitate the movements of the air through our speech organs. The energy of the sound supports a healthier soul and body.
Art therapy strives to give inner balance as well as to help the individual to go through different kinds of experiences while engaged in the artistic activity. At the same time the therapy works with form, flow and colour to influence different bodily functions. Drawing and painting help release creativity and, therefore, support the overcoming of boundaries and obstacles that are blocking further progress. Art therapy can have a deep affect on the unconsciousness in terms of influencing how we deal with such blockings in the future.
Art therapy has proven particularly successful in working with emotion-related conditions.
Music - being either voice, melody, harmony or rhythm - appeals to our emotions rather than our thoughts. There is no need of musical knowledge or of an ability to play musical instruments in order to participate in music therapy. In this therapy the voice is used as well as a number of different, easy-to-play, musical instruments. The individual plays either alone or with the therapist, or he listens to simple melodies, sounds and rhythm. By the choice of instruments, the individual's needs are taken into account. One of the aims of music therapy is to open up the inner spaces of the soul through experience of silence and sound with the help of rhythm and repetition.
Good rest is recommended after each therapy session.
Nurses with additional anthroposophical training offer our guests 1-2 treatments daily. Anthroposophical nursing is based on different natural methods, which support the health and healing processes.
Rhythmische Einreibung nach Wegman/Hauschka
Rhythmische Einreibung according to the methods of Wegman/Hauschka is an important part of anthroposophic nursing. Oils, ointments and lotions are applied on the skin with rhythmical movements, having affect locally as well as throughout the whole body. Research shows that these treatments can have a range of affects: calming pulse and respiration, lowering blood pressure, reducing stress, and furthering healing of wounds.
Partbaths and footbaths
A partial bath, for example a footbath, with the addition of an herbal tea or bath milk with e.g. rosemary can give warmth to cold feet, thereby enhancing the circulation.
Compresses and poultices
Compresses and poultices are external applications with which one treats a particular part of the body, or an organ, but which can have effects throughout the whole body. Thus a compress with warm chamomile tea can soothe abdominal tension and have a calming effect; an ointment compress with lavender and rose on the chest, a soothing effect.
After these treatments, a rest is mostly appropriate, so that the full effect may develop.
We offer all our guests consultancy with our leading coordinators and therapists. Registration forms will be available at the information desk during the stay.
July 8. – July 15. 2017