There is a question mark over whether curative or therapeutic eurythmy is legal. Of course it’s an alternative (anthroposophcal) therapy, and those are legal, if people want to pay for them that is their choice. The only rule is that practitioners must not make false claims for their therapies. Professor David Colquhoun said in an article on the subject in 2009 after a change in the law;
“The gist of the matter is that it is now illegal to claim that a product will benefit your health if you can’t produce evidence to justify the claim.”
There is no evidence whatsoever that curative eurythmy has health benefits, especially not if it takes the form described in a comment here, where a small child had weights attached to his ankles.
The powers that be (the anthroposophists) in Steiner institutions make decisions based on spiritual science about what therapies individuals need to assist in their spiritual development.
The therapies may take the form of curative eurythmy, art therapy, or any of the bizarre treatments dreamed up in accordance with Rudolf Steiner’s visions as depicted in anthroposophy.
In Stroud we have an anthroposophical medical centre, St Lukes, which is partly funded by the NHS because it offers a percentage of conventional medicine. It is apparently impossible to say (according to the NHS) which parts are publicly funded. According to the website, there are rumours the centre is about to close, but these are described as “unfounded”. Two doctors recently retired and no replacements have been found. One of the remaining Doctors is Michael Evans who describes himself as a National health service GP.
The therapies on offer at St Lukes include art, oasis, eurythmy, singing, creative speech, oil dispersion baths, and biographical counselling.
In the section on eurythmy we are told;
“Therapeutic Eurythmy can address a wide range of conditions, such as cardio-vascular disorders, neurological problems, muscular-skeletal disorders, life crisis and associated medical complaints. It is also helpful in the treatment of mental illness.Therapeutic eurythmy is not used in acute or inflammatory situations.”
I don’t know if “addressing” a condition counts as curing it. One former Steiner student said that the idea of eurythmy providing exercise for children is untrue. The movements are slow and dull, and the piano player gets more exercise than the participants.
The St Luke’s medical centre is situated conveniently close to a Camphill Community and next to the Christian Community (Steiner church).
Two commenters here have told us that “clients” of the Steiner movement are being asked to pay extra for therapies prescribed at Steiner schools and in Camphill Communities (see comments on “Ditch the Anthroposophy”).
On top of the fees paid for by parents to send their child to independent Steiner schools, and by tax-payers paying for places at Camphill, they are asked asked, or in the case of Camphill residents, compelled, to pay for these therapies. Astonishing.
The whole massive deception that is Steiner Education and adult care is becoming easier to untangle bit by bit. The ever growing Steiner community in this area is easier to understand when pieces of information like this pare put into the jigsaw.
Of course there is an income to be made from eurythmy and art therapy if children and vulnerable adults are coerced into signing up for them. It’s a neat trick; one anthroposophist prescribes eurythmy, a few others endorse the diagnosis and another takes the fee.
Here is the St Lukes guide to anthroposophic medicine,