Anne-Marie Somero

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BA in Eurhythmy – BA in Curative Eurhythmy – MA in Eurhythmy Therapy

How did you choose eurhythmy as a profession?

A summer of practice training in Switzerland happily led to a job at the Ita Wegman Clinic. Just before returning home, I visited Goetheanum and was greatly affected by its building and essence. My interest in eurhythmy was immediately awakened when I saw its use there. I decided to study it and applied in Vienna to study the teaching of eurhythmy and also its use as a therapist.

How do you use eurhythmy today?

I work at the Elias School in Helsinki as an eurhythmy therapist in cooperation with the anthroposophic school physician. I have been one of the leading founders and teachers of eurhythmy training in Finland. The training takes place at the Snellman University of Applied Sciences, where students can get a minor in eurhythmy and a degree in eurhythmy teaching, after which they can go abroad to study eurhythmy therapy. In Steiner schools, eurhythmy is a discipline that is studied throughout the students’ education. It has been shown that eurhythmy has a harmonizing and strengthening effect on children. It helps those who have difficulty concentrating; it has a calming effect and supports the development of a child’s self-image or self-esteem. Only children who are referred by a physician undergo eurhythmy therapy.

In eurhythmy, people express themselves through sounds and tones. Each sound, tone, and interval has its own movement. Eurhythmy uses either speech, for example, the recitation of a poem, or the playing of music. The soul, which eurhythmy expresses, is always seen in the movements and vocalizations. The eurhythmy aesthetic is also includes the use of costumes and veils, as well as lighting, whose colours accentuate the atmosphere.

What has been happening in the world of eurhythmy therapy in recent years?

The term “eurhythmy treatment” was primarily used up until 2010; thereafter the more international term “eurhythmy therapy” was adopted. Eurhythmy therapy is a form of movement therapy that helps people find their own equilibrium. There are several clinics abroad at which patients are treated according to the anthroposophic principle. Eurhythmy therapy is an important sector of anthroposophic medicine, which is used to treat both acute and chronic illnesses. It is used as a preventive form of health care and is also used as a treatment in the care of difficult illnesses when desired. Rudolf Steiner developed eurhythmy treatment for the use of physicians because he was convinced that eurhythmy could improve one’s health. Currently, in Finland, the use of eurhythmy therapy can be found in several Steiner schools, in schools and homes using treatment pedagogy, and in private practices.

Nowadays students can get a master’s degree in eurhythmy therapy. With the aid of grants from the Signe and Ane Gyllenberg Foundation, I myself got my master’s degree in 2010 in Germany from the Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences. An ever increasing number of research results on the effects of eurhythmy therapy are being reported from various fields of eurhythmy.

A worldwide eurhythmy therapy event is now being organized for the second time in Goetheanum and will be held in April of 2016. Finnish eurhythmy therapists will be teaching and presenting papers there.

What is SET ry? The eurhythmy therapist’s trade union, Suomen eurytmiaterapeutit ry (SET ry), was founded in the autumn of 2011 (homepage: www.eurytmiaterapia.fi ). Currently there are more than 20 members; in other words, almost all of the eurhythmy therapists working in Finland are members. All of the union’s members fulfill the requirements of AnthroMed; in other words, they meet the standards of Goetheanum and have received its approval. Membership in AnthroMed can be obtained only through SET ry, which maintains the professional status of its members by annually organizing several events involving additional professional training and lectures. The Gyllenberg Foundation has supported this educational activity.

SET ry also belongs to the International Federation of Anthroposophic Arts and Eurhythmy Therapies and works in cooperation with the International Eurhythmy Therapy Forum (http://www.heileurythmie-medsektion.net).