Eurythmy was first created in 1912 as a form of artistic expression and, soon after, as a means to support healthy development in children. Steiner also recognized the significant therapeutic possibilities within eurythmy. In 1921, working closely with a group of physicians and eurythmists, he developed its potential to address underlying imbalances that are at the root of illness.
Therapeutic eurythmists view illness as a unique possibility for transformation within the individual. The whole human being is taken into consideration – not only the bodily condition but also emotional and spiritual aspects. This view reflects the insights of anthroposophic medicine, an integrative approach to health also developed by Steiner. Anthroposophic physicians complete a full, conventional medical education as well as additional training in the field. Therapeutic eurythmists work closely with an anthroposophic physician when possible.
Therapeutic eurythmy invites you to be an active participant in your own healing. To find a therapeutic eurythmy practitioner recognized by ATHENA, the Association for Therapeutic Eurythmy in North America, visit our directory page.
Therapeutic eurythmy is currently practiced in hospitals, clinics, centers for special education, schools and private medical practices throughout the world. It has been refined over the years to support the healing of many specific conditions in both children and adults. Conditions treated include: ADHD, Allergies, Anxiety, Arthritis, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Back and Postural Problems, Cancer, Cardiac Support, Convalescence, Dental Irregularities, Depression, Developmental Disabilities, Diabetes, Digestive Disorders, Emotional Issues, Learning Difficulties, Stress and Fatigue, Trauma Recovery, Women’s Health Issues