Spacial Dynamics and Physical Therapy

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By: Jaimen McMillan, Angela Dutson

Spacial Dynamics
by Jaimen McMillan

Space is not empty. Spacial Dynamics® gives the experience that the space surrounding one's body is indeed as much a part of one's self as the body is. Trained Spacial Dynamics® practitioners worldwide have joined Jaimen McMillan who pioneered this discipline in 1985 in studying the spatial components of health and illness. Spacial Dynamics® is based on the observation that every ailment is accompanied by characteristic "spatial gestures" which, if not transformed in a timely manner, can continue on long after they have served their use. The patient then may unwittingly be practicing the movements of their illness. (Examples: The rising, surging gestures which often accompany high blood pressure, headaches or stress, the constrictive gestures of angina pectoris, constipation or fear; the gestures of withdrawal in RSD, Sudeck or fibromyalgia.)

Helping a patient re-form a more appropriate "spatial blueprint" allows the patient (not the illness) to be the dynamic architect and gives a constructive framework on which the individual can build his home. Gestures of dis-ease are then transformed to gestures of ease.

Names of certified Spacial Dynamics (R) therapists can be requested from:

Spatial Dynamics Institute, Inc.
129 Hayes Road
Schuylerville, NY 12871
Tel/Fax: (518) - 695-6377


Physical Therapy
by Angela Dutson

Physical Therapy is the art of assessment and treatment of the musculoskeletal system of the human being and is used for all age groups. Many areas of specialty exist within the scope of this practice and the training is extensive and broad-based.

Some areas of treatment specialty are pre- and postnatal, pediatric, geriatric, neurological, acute care including medical and surgical conditions, respiratory and palliative care, orthopedic and sports medicine, rehabilitation, ergonomics and developmental abnormalities.

Treatment modalities are varied and include patient education, manual therapy, mobilization, manipulation, osteopathic techniques, massage and other soft tissue techniques, postural reeducation, chest therapy and movement education, electrotherapy, biofeedback, acupuncture, and hydrotherapy. Exercise therapy plays an important role. Pulleys, weights, springs, large and small balls, parallel bars, balance boards and other equipment may be used.

Some of these specialties take many years of further training and study.

Anthroposophical Physical Therapy is an extension of this training and experience, using the indications of Rudolf Steiner in the understanding of health and illness. It is an individual path for each therapist, who can bring this understanding to the assessment and treatment of each patient. Anthroposophical Physical Therapy is a lively, active profession where an imaginative, artistic approach in thinking is combined with scientific knowledge of the body, permitting the therapist to work with and treat the whole human being.

At this time there are many therapists in Europe and a few in North America who are striving to work in this way. As yet we have no formal Anthroposophical Physical Therapy training here, but simply a sharing of practical experiences and ideas underlying treatment. This sharing has been strengthened and enlivened by conferences held at the Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland in 1997, 1999 and 2001, organized by an active Initiative Circle. I would encourage colleagues to attend the next conference, to be held at the Goetheanum.

Angela Dutson lives and works in Canada. Call her at (604) 988 8615.

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