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[转] What is Rhythmical Massage Therapy?

(2011-07-14 20:11:57)


What is Rhythmical Massage Therapy?

Rhythmical Massage Therapy was developed in the 1920's by Dr Ita Wegman, a medical doctor schooled in physiotherapy and massage. In collaboration with Rudolf Steiner she founded a clinic in Switzerland where Anthroposophical Medicine began its development. It was at this clinic that she applied an anthroposophical understanding of the human being to therapeutic massage.

After Dr. Margarethe Hauschka joined the clinic, she and Dr. Wegman collaborated for 12 years to develop this new approach to massage therapy. In 1962 Dr. Hauschka opened the first school for Rhythmical Massage in Boll, Germany.

Rhythmical Massage Therapy uses a gentle rhythmical breathing quality of touch which can penetrate the tissue deeply. The movements are rounded with an element of suction rather than pressure and are designed to influence the flow of fluids through the body. It enables the life processes in the tissues to be stimulated and lifted out of gravity into levity.

Rhythmical Massage Therapy aims to address the warmth organisation. During illness the warmth distribution over the physical body is often affected, and this can serve as a diognostic starting point for the massage therapist.

Rhythmical massage differs from other types of massage in that the therapist often works on one part of the body in order to influence another. For example, a complaint of warmth and tension in the head, neck and shoulders can be accompanied by a coldness and lack of presence in the thighs, calves and feet. By bringing warmth to the lower half of the body, tension in the upper half of the body can be relieved.

In most of the treatments a variety of oils and ointments are used. Rosemary may be used on the limbs to awaken and enliven, lavender can be used for symptoms of anxiety and persistent sleeping problems and hypericum (St. Johns Wort) is often used to address the warmth organisation.

It is as if the warming sunlight that forms the plant is transferred from the oil to the body through the massage process. A warming massage with arnica massage balm for example can unlock us from muscle spasm, neck pain, back ache tightness, stiffness. As well as easing common physical aches and pains, rhythmical massage therapy can significantly influence our emotional health, reassuring, reviving and healing.

Rhythmical Massage Therapy is used in an increasing number of clinics and doctors' surgeries around the world to treat a wide range of problems. The massage may be used individually or used alongside physiotherapy and other complementary therapies, but it is usually prescribed by a doctor as part of a total treatment program which may also include natural remedies or conventional medication.

Rhythmical Massage Therapy devises and implements a treatment plan according to the individual needs of the client/patient and his/her illness picture, at times also referring to other health care providers where appropriate.

The therapy process evolves over a period of several weeks. Therapy is given in a warm room with the client well wrapped in sheets or towels. Only the area to be treated is left uncovered. Each session lasts 20 to 30 minutes and is then followed by a rest period of approximately the same duration. The rest period is considered an integral part of the treatment.

Rhythmical Massage Therapy is suitable for children, adults and the elderly. It is particularly beneficial in the treatment of acute and chronic conditions. For example: orthopaedic problems, circulatory problems and pain management. It is also effective in treating psychological conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, emotional trauma and immune deficiencies. It can also be used as a treatment for various life threatening illnesses.

“Through rhythmical massage there is the attempt and aim to improve the connection of soul and spirit to the physical body”  --  Dr. M. Hauschka

from http://www.rhythmicalmassagetherapy.co.uk/wimass.html




韵律按摩是于19世纪20年代由一个叫作依塔· 薇格曼的人发展出的一种按摩疗法,她是一位专业的医师,在学校里专修了理疗和按摩。通过和鲁道夫·史代纳的合作,依塔·薇格曼在瑞士建立了一家诊所,在那里人智学医学也开始了它的发展。也正是在这家诊所里,依塔·薇格曼基于她对人智学观点下人类的了解实施了疗愈性的按摩治疗。


韵律按摩疗法使用一种柔和的,富有韵律呼吸感的触摸手法,这 样的按摩手法可以进入人体组织的深处进行工作。韵律按摩更像是一种具有吸力的按摩手法,而非对被治疗对象的身体施压,这样手法的设计是为了协助被治疗者身 体里各种液体的流动。韵律按摩能够刺激人体的各种组织当中的生命过程,让它们从沉重的地球重力当中产生一种向上的轻而浮的力量。


韵律按摩疗法针对人体的热量系统/热量组织(warmth organisation)进行工作。在生病的时候,人体热量在整个物质身体的分布状况通常会受到影响,而这一情况也可以作为韵律按摩治疗师作诊断的一个起点。


韵律按摩和其他按摩不一样的地方是,韵律按摩师为了解决某一个身体部位的问题,通常要针对另外一个部位进行治疗工作。比如说,被治疗者抱怨说头部、颈部和 肩膀部位有热感和紧张感,而这样的症状可能伴有大腿、小腿肚和双脚部位感到冷或者不够温暖。通过将热量带到身体下部的部位,身体上部的紧张感就可以得到缓 解了。


在大部分的韵律按摩治疗中,会使用各种各样的按摩油和按摩膏。迷迭香可以唤醒和活化我们的四肢,在焦虑症状和持续的睡眠问题中可以使用薰衣草,圣约翰草常 常被用于针对热量组织的工作。似乎是在按摩的过程中,按摩油中曾塑形了植物能量的温暖的阳光被输入了人体。比如说,用山金车花按摩油进行一次按摩,那将解 决我们的肌肉抽筋、颈部疼痛、背部的紧痛和僵硬。除了可以缓解我们的身体的疼痛和痛苦,韵律按摩也对我们的情绪健康有重要的影响,它带给我们安心、活力和 疗愈。


在全世界范围内,韵律按摩越来越多的被用于临床的治疗和配合手术的治疗,被应用于解决各种各样的问题。韵律按摩可以单独使用,也可以配合物理疗法和其他的 辅助疗法使用,但是通常韵律按摩是由医生建议的,而它是作为一个整体治疗项目当中的一项,这个整体治疗项目里可能还包括自然疗法和传统医药的疗法。






韵律按摩对孩子,成年人和老人都适合。特别是对急性和慢性的病症有特别好的疗效。譬如说,骨科的问题,循环系统的问题,还可以用于缓解各种疼痛。另外,它 也可以用于治疗各种心理症状,如压力、焦虑、抑郁、失眠、情感创伤等,也可以对治免疫系统缺陷。韵律按摩也可以被使用在很多威胁生命的疾病的疗愈当中。


“通过韵律按摩,人们试图并且着眼于改善灵魂和精神与物质身体的连接”。——Dr. 玛格瑞特·郝斯卡


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