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Rhythmical Einreibung Foundation

Introducing the Rhythmical Einreibung Foundation Course

This quality marked Foundation Course provides a comprehensive introduction to the art of Rhythmical Einreibung.

Rhythmical Einreibung (RE) is a gentle form of therapeutic touch. It works by supporting the body’s own forces to help strengthen, regulate and heal.

Because of its calming nature Rhythmical Einreibung can be very beneficial for patients who are too frail or sensitive for other hands-on therapies, as well as people who have been deprived of healthy touch or have experienced unhealthy or invasive touch.

The course is led by Fiona Sim. Fiona is a Registered Nurse, Anthroposophic Nursing Specialist & Rhythmical Einreibung Practitioner. She has experience working with children with special needs and terminally ill patients, as well as teaching both Nursing and Rhythmical Einreibung.

Who is it for?

Are you:

  • A Nurse
  • Midwife
  • Carer
  • Support worker
  • Other Health Care Professional
  • Therapist
  • Someone who wants to use gentle, healing touch?

This course is open to members of medical and allied professions, carers and non-professionals. No prior experience is required.

Do you work with:

  • Those with chronic or long-term conditions including cancer
  • People who are frail or exhausted, feel stressed or burnt out
  • People who are going through difficult life situations
  • People who have experienced traumatic events
  • Those with eating disorders
  • Those in palliative care and at end of life
  • People with Dementia
  • People with special needs
  • Women who are pregnant or new mothers
  • Babies and children
  • People with mental health conditions, anxiety, depression
  • Do you have a friends or family member who needs support

Then learning Rhythmical Einreibung could be useful for you!

This course provides an excellent CPD training for people in the caring, medical professions as well as those working in the fields of holistic medicine, naturopathy and bodywork.

Rhythmical Einreibung is a gentle form of therapeutic touch or massage, it works by supporting the body’s own forces to help strengthen, regulate and heal.

In this time post-pandemic we are all deprived of healthy touch and many people in their lives have experienced unhealthy or invasive touch, RE has a universal relevance for us all through its gentle, rhythmical qualities. Because of its gentle, calming nature it can be very beneficial for patients who are too frail or sensitive for other hands-on therapies.

The list of conditions that RE can help support is far longer than the list of those it can’t; in fact, there are very few contraindications for RE, unlike other forms of massage which can be too strong or intrusive for sick people. This is ironic, because it is when we are sick in mind and body that our need for caring touch is most acute. Rhythmical Einreibung is not primarily about curing problems, it is a caring medium of touch that supports the body’s own ability to heal, calms, relaxes, warms and relieves symptoms.

“Touch handled in a conscious way addresses the patient’s powers of self-healing and strengthens them thanks to the rhythmical element”By Edelegard Grosse Brauckmann from Handbook for Rhythmical Einreibung (according to Wegman/Hauschka)

Rhythmical Einreibung is an appropriate treatment for people of all ages and can benefit a wide range of physical and emotional health problems. It is relevant for anyone to use and can be used as part of nursing care, to apply an oil or ointment to a problem area, as a gentle whole body treatment or as part of the nurturing of family and friends.

This Foundation Course provides a comprehensive introduction to the art of Rhythmical Einreibung. Learning a kinaesthetic skill also teaches us a lot about ourselves; the experience of learning RE is very much a two way process where we can gain insight into ourselves and balance some of our onesidednesses too.

What is Rhythmical Einreibung? In this video Fiona describes the character and qualities of this very gentle form of therapeutic touch.

What will you learn?

• The key qualities of Rhythmical Einreibung as a form of therapeutic healing touch

• What methods of rhythmical touch can be used for different part of the body

• How to work with warmth, rhythm and flow

• How to position and cover clients to ensure comfort

• How and when to use Rhythmical Einreibung for different parts of the body

• The healing qualities of different oils and ointments

• Self-reflection: how to evaluate each treatment

‘Often the hands will solve a mystery that
the intellect has struggled with in vain’ 

~ Carl G. Jung ~

Rhythmical Einreibung according to Wegman/Hauschka was developed at the beginning of the 20th century by two physicians; Dr Ita Wegman and Dr Margarethe Hauschka. Since the 1970’s teaching of and research into RE have been furthered by nursing professionals. This Rhythmical Einreibung Programme is recognised by the International Forum for Anthroposophic Nursing (IFAN).

Wondering about the difference between Rhythmical Einreibung and Rhythmical Massage Therapy?
Emerson College is delighted to offer courses in both Rhythmical Einreibung and Rhythmical Massage Therapy – to learn more about the differences, and the similarities, click here to visit a blog post by course leader Fiona Sim.

CPD opportunity

Anyone who is experienced in RE up to Foundation level can apply to join a Module for a day or more as a refresher and CPD opportunity.

Fee: £100/day.

CPD certificate provided.

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Assessment methods

Participants need to successfully complete written and practical assessments and report on ten RE treatments to achieve the CI Quality Mark Certificate.



This course provides an excellent CPD training for people in the caring, medical professions as well as those working in the fields of holistic medicine, naturopathy and bodywork. Certificates will be given to all students who complete the course.

Further progression

The Foundation Course allows access to further courses in the Rhythmical Einreibung Programme
Following successful completion of the Foundation Course participants can progress to the Whole Body Einreibung, Five Point Einreibung and Organ Einreibung Courses.

Mode of Delivery/Facilitation

The programme is delivered through a combination of lecture presentations, demonstrations and practice and large and small group activities, as well as independent study and client treatments. It is delivered over 13 days, with participants expected to undertake individual study and practical assignments requiring approximately 50 hours independent study between modules.

What to Expect

The training will be delivered through a combination of lectures, demonstrations and hands-on practice, as well as independent study and client treatments. You will also be expected to undertake individual study and practical assignments requiring approximately 50 hours of independent study between modules.

In order to meet the requirements for completion of the programme, participants will be expected to:

  • Attend all sessions 
  • Submit at least 10 treatment reports of their own practice. These must be for friends and family for learners who are not currently working as healthcare professionals, but can be for clients if the learner is a professional currently working with clients. 
  • Submit assignments by deadlines and resubmissions within 4 weeks.
  • Participate in all activities
  • Read from recommended book/article list
  • Demonstrate that they have met all learning objectives. 

On this course participants will learn the part RE( feet, calves, knees, thighs, arms, sitting back, lying back, chest and abdomen) and the fundamental principles of RE including relevant anatomy, guidelines and orientation lines, ongoing awareness, posture, positioning, indications and contra-indications, counter-movement, appropriate substances to use, nurturing warmth, understanding the hand, the significance of rhythm, in-breath and out-breath in RE, understanding RE in relation to other forms of therapeutic touch and massage. 

There are two levels of achievement for the practical aspect of this course – Basic and Therapeutic – For more information click here to download the RE Foundation Course Quality Mark Guide.

The application deadline for this course has now passed.

We run this course regularly as part of our core education programme.  If you are interested in the course, want to be notified when we release new course dates, or have questions about the course, please email:

Chiara Carones our Education Manager registrar@emerson.org.uk


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