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Rhythmic Einreibungen are gentle, rhythmical forms of therapeutic massage that can be used by nurses, care givers, and therapists using methods and principles of Anthroposophy, Rudolf Steiner's spiritual science. The German word "Einreibung" refers to the application of oil or ointment to the body. The methods, first developed eighty years ago by doctors Ita Wegman and Margarethe Hauschka, were initially used only in medicine and nursing, but they have since been applied more broadly in other areas of health care, nursing homes, hospitals, clinics, special education, and social therapy.
This clear, comprehensive manual is intended for all those who wish to use rhythmical Einreibungen professionally or to renew and deepen their knowledge; those who have had some training in the field and want to deepen their knowledge; those who teach rhythmical Einreibungen; and those who would like an in-depth introduction to this effective healing method.
The book describes aspects of the anthroposophic image of the human being that are relevant within the context. It discusses important concepts for the application and effectiveness of rhythmical Einreibungen. The book also distinguishes between rhythmical massage and rhythmical Einreibungen and offers details on how the rhythmic quality is created for this particular therapy. The authors also describe the techniques most important in nursing and offer specific exercises that help develop the particular skills needed for this procedure.
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