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Handbook for Rhythmical Einreibungen

According to Wegman / Hauschka


Edited by Monica Layer

176 pp.  
6 ½ x 9 ¾
Illustrations: 8

Temple Lodge Press

Paperback

$40.00
Published:  September 2006

978-1-902636-76-4


Rhythmic Einreibungen are gentle forms of therapeutic massage that can be used by nurses, care givers, and therapists familiar with the methods and principles of Anthroposophy. The German word Einreibung refers to the application of oil or ointment 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, but they have since been applied more broadly in other areas of health care, nursing homes, hospitals, clinics, special education, and social therapy.

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.

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