Eurythmy Movement Therapy
Rebecca Paten from Eurythmy Movement Therapy.
Rebecca will show us how gentle Eurythmy movements that are linked to the sounds of speech can help soothe us, reconnect us with our body and help us find our inner voice, leaving us feeling calm and grounded.
These sessions replace the Monday relaxation room session.
- 4 Oct – invigorate your life force and vitality
- 1 Nov – re-balancing your emotional life
- 6 Dec – strengthen your sense of self
Anyone can attend these sessions. They are suitable for all ages.
Eurythmy is suitable for anyone with a cancer diagnosis. It can help clients to deal with the emotional effects of the diagnosis and/or the physical demands of cancer treatment. Eurythmy is also a suitable self-care tool for the recovery period after treatment.
Eurythmy sessions can be adapted to the client’s individual health needs and tailored to their movement capabilities. Eurythmy can be done standing, seated, and lying down.
The sessions can be taken as a continuous process or experienced as a one-off. All sessions will be done seated with a view to letting go of tension and racing thoughts, and ‘settling deeper into ourselves and getting in touch with who we are at our core’.
What is Eurythmy?
- Eurythmy, expressing speech through ‘harmonious movement’, was started by Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner in the early 1900s, and has gone on to be used in a therapeutic context to restore health and wellbeing to body, mind and emotions.
- In an online session, participants will be guided through a series of gentle movements and corresponding sounds, to improve body awareness, coordination and dexterity, and bring balance back to our overall being.
Is Eurythmy suitable for anyone with a cancer diagnosis?
- Eurythmy is suitable for anyone with a cancer diagnosis. It can help clients to deal with the emotional effects of the diagnosis and/or the physical demands of cancer treatment. Eurythmy is also a suitable self-care tool for the recovery period after treatment.
- Eurythmy sessions can be adapted to the client’s individual health needs and tailored to their movement capabilities. Eurythmy can be done standing, seated, and lying down.
- Eurythmy supports conventional medical treatment and is not a replacement.
What happens in an on-line Eurythmy session?
- Eurythmy exercises are gentle and mindful movements, and sounds. Many people feel a gentle warmth throughout the body while doing the movements.
- We will start our session with exercises to improve breathing and circulation. Our main exercises will be eurythmy gestures to soothe, to invigorate and to give a feeling of being protected. We will close the session with restful colour imagination to bring inner peace and calm.
- After the exercises there will be space to ask questions and to give feedback.
How do I get the most out of my session?
- We recommend that you come to your session wearing comfortable clothes that allow you to move easily. Ideally, avoid having a large meal before the session.
- Practicing the eurythmy exercises daily at home will maximise the benefits
- When practising at home you might want to settle on a regular time slot and a space where you feel undisturbed and where you can rest for a few minutes afterwards.
Where can I find more information?
- Eurythmy – Movements and Meditation, a Journey to the Heart of Language by Cynthia Hoven, 2012. ISBN: 0615631584
- An Illustrated Guide to Everyday Eurythmy: Discover Balance and Self-Healing through Movement by Annette Weisskircher and Barbara Tapfer, 2017. Floris Books, Edinburgh
Where can I find a suitably qualified practitioner local to me?
- The website for Eurythmy Therapy UK provides details on how to find a Eurythmy therapist: https://Eurythmytherapy.uk/find-a-therapist/
- We advise that you ask your therapist about their experience of working with people with cancer.
- The cost of a session is typically between £30 and £60 and lasts 40-60 minutes.
What have clients said about Eurythmy?
Many clients report feeling immediately calmer, more peaceful, and more relaxed when doing Eurythmy.
Here is the feedback of a client in remission who has regular sessions:
‘Eurythmy helps me reconnect; it is my time for self-love, a bit like dancing like no-one is watching. Eurythmy is the freedom to be me. I get totally immersed in a full mindful sensory experience. I reconnect with my natural flow and things feel easier – I am living as opposed to fighting myself. After each session I feel more like myself, grounded, lighter, and more at ease, like a stream returned to source.’
This is the feedback of a client who has weekly Eurythmy sessions together with his wife: ‘As someone who had cancer and is also a carer, Eurythmy helps in both supporting me as an individual and us as a couple. It is all part of living well and Eurythmy allows us to rekindle our connection. When you live with acute and long-term health conditions you have to focus on surviving, and relationships can come secondary to that. Eurythmy rebalances our relationship with ourselves as individuals, as a couple, and with the wider world.’
Frequently Asked Questions
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from Zoom containing information about how to join the session.
For the comfort and safety of everyone joining our online groups we have a few room rules we ask everyone to observe.
- Try and arrive on time for the start of the session if you can, if you do join late please mute yourself on entry to avoid disturbing others.
- In general it makes for a better group experience if people can see each other, but do feel free to turn your video camera off if you are not feeling up to being visible that day
- Make yourself comfortable and join the meeting from your favourite cosy space, but if your video camera is on, please check what can be seen by others. Although pyjamas are fine if you’re currently bed-bound, do dress in a way that is appropriate for a group gathering.
- Please keep yourself on mute unless you are talking, especially when there may be distracting noises in the background.
- Take part in discussions and question-and-answer sessions, if you want to, but please listen to others and help the meeting host to ensure everyone has time to speak if they wish. The group lead may suggest using the hands up icon or typing questions into
the chat box.
- If group participants share personal stories and sensitive information, please treat this as confidential and avoid disclosing anything outside of the group without their permission.
- Should a group participant share information that raises a concern for their personal safety, we will follow this up privately in line with our safeguarding responsibilities.
- Technical failures and internet problems are quite common with online platforms, if the facilitator or another participant experiences problems please be understanding.
- In the unlikely event that a group participant says or does something inappropriate in a session, we will immediately remove them from the room and may take further action.
Advice given by Penny Brohn UK does not replace advice given by your healthcare professional or medical guidance.
Online group meetings are not suitable for discussing individual medical treatments or concerns, please note that we offer integrative doctor consultations and other therapeutic support by phone or video consultation for Penny Brohn UK clients requiring tailored advice and support.