Volunteers for “eurythmy therapy”

A eurythmist from Elmfield Steiner school in Stourbridge has asked for volunteers for a Eurythmy Therapy research project.

In case anyone doesn’t know, eurythmy is purely Steiner; a form of movement which must be taught in all official Steiner schools in the UK, according to the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship who have strict rules about how schools can qualify to use the Steiner or Waldorf name.

Eurythymy has special spiritual significance for Steiner devotees, and those who teach it to children regard it as very important part of a child’s education. Most non-anthroposophical parents however, are not so keen – even some members of the Stroud Steiner free school group tried to opt out and replace it with yoga, but were overruled by the anthroposophists.

Eurythmists also believe that eurythmy is important as therapy, and single out individual children for special attention, according to their deficiencies, as they see them.

In the current Elmfield school newsletter , Brenda Newton tells us she is is the “eurythmy therapist” at Elmfield school. She wants to do research to

“investigate whether the use of wrist and ankle weights has an effect on the person’s therapeutic process…how they affect the person’s experience of themselves within their body.” 

She asks for volunteers between the ages of  21 and 60 and says the subject has “as yet not been explored much”.

We have heard on this blog from parents whose child was subjected to this “therapy” without their knowledge or consent. The weights were apparently supposed to “ground” the child. I don’t know if this is common practice in eurythmy therapy or if it is just one person who has come up with the idea for a technique which is of course potentially harmful.

Perhaps Steiner schools have stopped experimenting on children in this way and decided to use consenting adults instead, or perhaps the therapists still use the children in their care without parents’ knowledge. There’s no way of knowing.

This eurythmist is doing an MA, so perhaps the use of children would be considered inappropriate.What a shame that the research has already begun unofficially without the consenting adults.





One comment

  1. humanisthousewife

    Weights were never used where I worked during the “therapy”, just rods, which were made of copper and had coloured tips. We used to have to roll them up and down our arms and sort of twirl them with two fingers. They were also passed behind our backs from hand to hand, and sometimes jumped over. The fact they were copper was significant apparently. They were fairly heavy and some of our less able people had trouble with using them. Doing the “exercises” in a 5 pointed star formation was also a big thing. We used to get one person to lay on the floor with arms and legs spread out (like a star) and then form a star around them, walking to each point with red wool that passed over the person on the floor to create a wool star over them. Maybe it’s different with adults with disabilities than it is for kids, I’m not sure, but it was very strange. According to the “therapist” I was a natural at eurythmy! I must be very in tune with the other worlds ha ha

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