Eurythmy is an expressive movement art originated by Rudolf Steiner in conjunction with Marie von Sivers in the early 20th century. Primarily a performance art, it is also used in education, especially in Waldorf schools, and – as part of anthroposophic medicine – for therapeutic purposes.
Therapeutic eurythmists view illness as a unique possibility for transformation within the individual. The whole human being is taken into consideration – not only the bodily condition but also emotional and spiritual aspects. This view reflects the insights of anthroposophic medicine, an integrative approach to health also developed by Steiner. Therapeutic eurythmists work closely with an anthroposophic physician when possible.
Therapeutic Eurythmy works with the forces that enliven our physical bodies. The effect of these forces can be experienced when we rise each morning. We should feel refreshed and renewed, ready to start the day with reinvigorated energy. Therapeutic Eurythmy enhances, stimulates, strengthens, and harmonizes these restorative forces of our bodies.
Therapeutic eurythmy invites you to be an active participant in your own healing!
Waldorf educator and curative eurythmist
Originally from Metković, Croatia, Zoran has spent 10 years working on Camphill communities and 7 years at Waldorf schools in a career that spanned the UK, Germany, and Taiwan. Zoran is an accredited curative eurythmy therapist and is deeply experienced in working with families with children with special needs.
- 1997: Completed 4-year full time Diploma of Eurythmy program at Peredur Centre for the Arts, UK
- 1999: Completed 2-year Diploma of Curative Eurythmy program at Peredur Centre for the Arts, UK
- 1997 to 2000: Eurythmy teacher and therapist at a Camphill community in Northern Ireland
- 2000 to 2002: Eurythmy teacher and therapist at a Steiner school in Scotland
- 2002 to 2009: House leader, therapist, performing art director at a Camphill community in Germany
- 2009 to 2013: Founded and managed an eco-village / threefold community inspired by anthroposophy in Kenya
- 2013 to 2018: Eurythmy teacher, therapist, high school humanities teacher at a Waldorf school in Taichung, Taiwan
What is a Therapeutic Eurythmy session like?
When coming to a Therapeutic Eurythmy session, one should wear comfortable, unrestricted clothing for ease of movement. The client will be taught to do specific movement exercises based on the therapist’s diagnosis and suggestions. The client is gradually brought into the exercise’s full movement. This may involve jumps, movement on various forms in space, or other sorts of rhythmic movement. After each lesson the client rests to allow the movements to reverberate within the body.
The client is encouraged to practice the movements at home on his/her own for a period of time, usually 7 weeks in length. Further lessons may be scheduled or a “check-up” appointment may be scheduled to assess the movement and add to, modify, or reinforce the exercises as done by the client.
A client should plan to meet weekly with the practitioner for a 7-week period. (Some practitioners may use a 14-week cycle.) After this time the client and practitioner may discuss the need for further lessons to anchor the movements more solidly for the client.
Sessions are generally 30 to 40 minutes long. First session will be a consultation on client’s background, biography, and condition.
Therapeutic eurythmy is currently practiced in hospitals, clinics, centers for special education, schools and private medical practices throughout the world. It has been refined over the years to support the healing of many specific conditions in both children and adults. Conditions treated include:
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Back and Postural Problems
- Cardiac Support
- Dental Irregularities
- Developmental Disabilities
- Digestive Disorders
- Emotional Issues
- Learning Difficulties
- Stress and Fatigue
- Trauma Recovery
- Women’s Health Issues