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Handbook for Rhythmical Einreibungen

According to Wegman / Hauschka

September 2006
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  • Publisher
    Temple Lodge Publishing
  • Published
    1st September 2006
  • ISBN 9781902636764
  • Language English
  • Pages 176 pp.
  • Images 8

Rhythmic Einreibungen consist of gentle forms of therapeutic massage by nurses, caregivers, and therapists familiar with the methods and principles of Anthroposophy. The German word Einreibung refers to the application of oil or liniments to the body. The methods, first developed eighty years ago by doctors Ita Wegman and Margarethe Hauschka, were initially used only in medicine and nursing. They have since been applied more broadly in other areas of healthcare, nursing homes, hospitals, clinics, special education, and social therapies.

This clear, comprehensive manual is intended for all those who wish to use rhythmical Einreibungen professionally or to renew and deepen their knowledge; those who have had some training in the field and want to deepen their knowledge; those who teach rhythmical Einreibungen; and those who would like an in-depth introduction to this effective healing method.

The book describes aspects of the anthroposophic image of the human being that are relevant within the context. It discusses important concepts for the application and effectiveness of rhythmical Einreibungen. The book also distinguishes between rhythmical massage and rhythmical Einreibungen and offers details on how the rhythmic quality is created for this particular therapy. The authors also describe the techniques most important in nursing and offer specific exercises that help develop the particular skills needed for this procedure.

Dr. Margarethe Hauschka Stavenhagen, (1896–1980) encountered Anthroposophy before becoming a medical doctor. She learned techniques of massage during her initial employment in her uncle’s clinic. As a preparation for her work in Dr. Husemann’s clinic, and on his suggestion, she studied therapeutic eurythmy and, later, helped Dr. Ita Wegman develop the method of the rhythmic massage. In 1942, she marriage Dr. Rudolf Hauschka in Vienna. Until her death in 1980, she taught and lectured on rhythmic massage and art therapy.

C O N T E N T S:

1. Basic Principles

The human being in body, soul, and spirit
The four bodies
Functional threefoldness in the human organism
The senses
The hand

2. Quality Criteria for Rhythmical Einreibungen according to Wegman/Hauschka

The origins of Rhythmical Einreibungen
Definition of Rhythmical Einreibungen
Quality criteria
The whole process
The effects of Rhythmical Einreibungen
What is demanded of you, the carer

3. Methodology for part Einreibungen

Back Einreibungen
Arm Einreibungen
Chest Einreibungen
Abdominal Einreibungen
Leg Einreibungen
The pentagram Einreibungen
Rhythmical Einreibungen of organs according to Wegman/Hauschka

4. Practical Exercises

List of exercises given
Exercises don in a group
Exercises for quality of touch
Exercises in technique
Exercises in sensory perception
In conclusion