Eurythmy for the person with special needs is based on archetypal movements, inspired by life qualities and rhythms and taught through the transformative power of movement, music and language. This approach addresses the person in their true humanity as a social being of spiritual origin. Approaches to developing through eurythmy allows the person with special needs to access their sense of life and their ability to think and to act, addressing these capacities through a weaving quality. The individual manifestations of these processes are strengthened throughworking and collaborating as a group. The mood needed in order to learn these movements has a relaxed and joyful focus.
The quality of movement to strive for in Eurythmy is one of grace, expression and playful creativity. This allows each person who is part of a Eurythmy session to move towards a sense of beauty and harmony and facilitates the opportunity to find uprightness, dexterity, the possibility to listen and an awareness of others. Specific exercises have been devised to cultivate strengths in areas that are not so developed. Some examples of how this can be achieved are described below:
- The use of hand beaten copper rods work on the posture and awareness of limbs. There are four main exercises which support the qualities and characteristics of:
- the physical body,
- the life forces, stamina and resilience,
- the development of feeling and soul expression
- abilities to think and to make decisions: the sense of one’s own true individuality
- The moving along particular forms and shapes in space such as a circle, a five pointed star, a triangle or the shape of an eight or combinations of straight and curved lines in sequences have been found to have an ordering and harmonising effect.
- The moving along a square, swapping places with a partner and meeting all 4 members in the square quickly and accurately facilitates the ability to orientate and adjust to unfamiliar situations. A much needed capacity for all of us and especially helpful for those with additional learning needs.
- Moving from random forms to geometrical forms can aid the strengthening of thinking and the capacity to become alert
- Increasing the speed of an exercise gradually, followed by slowing down quickly has an enlivening and refreshing effect.