"So if we seek the laws of sculpture we must realise that they are in fact the laws of our etheric body. The etheric body is above all a body of forces. Basically everything in the etheric body is rhythm, a cyclical rhythm of movement or activity, and it has a spatial character only in as far as it inhabits the physical body. Occupying the physical body and extending, as it does, its activity and rhythmical play into this physical body."
Rudolf Steiner GA275, Art as Seen in the Light of Mystery Wisdom, second lecture, Dornach, 29 December 1914, tr. J. Collis.
Therapeutic modelling and sculpturing is an art therapy and a method of therapy of anthroposophic medicine serving for formative growth. By activating and impulsing soul potency and vigour of thinking, feeling and will individual latitude and personal recovery can be attained. Self-regulation to highest degrees and gaining freedom in everyday life and stimulation of resources is aimed for
Anthroposophic Music Therapy is one of the specialist art therapies in Anthroposophic Medicine besides therapeutic speech, painting/drawing, and modelling/sculpturing. It is based on an extended image of the human being and goes back to indications given by Rudolf Steiner in the early twentieth century on the deepened experience and understanding of musical elements. Anthroposophic music therapy was developed in close connection with the impulse for the therapeutic use of the lyre. The actual concept of using music for the purpose of healing goes back to pre-Christian times.
From the point of view of anthroposophy the elements involved in singing and the laws of music are archetypal forces that configure our body, soul and spirit. Whenever we sing or play an instrument, we experience these forces as part of the artistic process.
“Speech is the most human attribute and it was given to us so that we speak.”
Artistic speech was developed in the early twentieth century by the actor Marie Steiner-von Sivers and the spiritual scientist Rudolf Steiner, who created a new approach to recitation and acting. At the same time the foundations were laid for the application of this new art form in education and therapy.
Apart from working with the spoken word, artistic speech develops and trains further elements of speech, such as sound qualities, rhythms and breath and voice control. As part of this process, the speaker’s ability to experience and express himself, his perception and quality of listening are enhanced.