Adele 34, has recently spent time in hospital suffering from schizophrenia. Her situation has now stabilised and she has returned to her flat where relations keep a friendly eye out for her and offer support.
In her eurythmy therapy sessions, Adele has been working on a number of exercises. The sessions begin with the rhythmic use of copper balls in an anapest rhythm (anapest = short, short, – long). This rhythm is then taken up with feet, and Adele learns to combine stepping with passing the copper ball to the therapist. This is followed by a musical exercise working on “inner” contraction and expansion. How do we come to our selves (contraction) and then let go to meet others (expansion) in a healthy way?
Much work has also been done on the moving with vowel sounds A [ah], E [eh], I [ee], O [oh] and U [oo]. Having learnt these sounds Adele now moves each sound along the five directions of a pentagram (five pointed star). To start with Adele found it difficult to make the gestures large, but now she is able to move them from small to large and back again. Today, she says she feels as if she is more “in balance” and less likely to “run off in one direction”.