Pregnancy support with Rhythmical Einreibung (RE)

The benefits of receiving Rhythmical Einreibung before, during and after pregnancy

The reproductive phase of life can be fulfilling and joyous, and can also bring challenges.

Supporting your health in a natural, holistic way is a priority at this time. Sometimes it’s difficult to know what to do for the best for you and your baby.

Rhythmical Einreibung (RE) is a gentle form of therapeutic massage that can be used at all stages of your journey to becoming a mother, (it can also help your partner!)

Rhythmical Einreibung works with your own healing forces to strengthen and enliven both mother and baby.

Prior to conception RE can help balance your body, aid relaxation and support your vitality.

During pregnancy RE brings a general harmonising, protective gesture to mother and baby that can be beneficial throughout the whole 9 months. It can ease tiredness and exhaustion, support peaceful sleep, help aching legs and muscle tension in the back and soothe feelings of anxiety. Receiving a massage when you are pregnant means your baby is indirectly receiving it too, naturally, you want this to be appropriate and of the highest quality.

RE during delivery can help calm and relax, reducing pain and deepening breathing. Partners can be taught some simple techniques that may be useful for supporting the mother-to-be.

After delivery RE can help your body recover and regulate again both physically and emotionally. It can also provide support during breast-feeding.

RE is so gentle and non-intrusive that there are very few situations where it is not beneficial. The word Rhythmical in the title expresses the unique quality of this massage technique; each movement in RE has a rhythmical quality created by subtle changes in the contact and intensity. We have many rhythmical processes in our body, think of the menstrual cycle, the rhythms of our breathing and heart-beat. Bringing rhythm to the body in a therapeutic way is like speaking a language that we already know; our body recognises and responds to it. Another key aspect is that RE uses very little pressure, the quality of touch is gentle, secure and encompassing, rather like the way you would touch a new-born baby or something fragile, which means there are very few contra-indications, unlike forms of massage which use deep-tissue work.

Combining soothing, therapeutic touch with beautiful, natural body products creates a health-giving treatment to support you and your baby before, during and after pregnancy.

For more information contact Fiona Sim (Registered Nurse) Rhythmical Einreibung practitioner directly:

Tel: 07581 678112 Email: [email protected]

Fiona Sim is a Registered Nurse with many years’ experience in Anthroposophic Health Care; she currently works in palliative care and teaches courses and workshops on therapeutic touch.

If you have a history of miscarriage, inform your Fiona beforehand so she can give the best guidance for your recommended treatment plan.

Having miscarried the first time round, when I discovered I was pregnant again, I was filled with both joy and anxiety. Having Fiona’s rhythmical hands move so expertly down my back, while warmly seated in an upright yet relaxed position, is an experience that still lives on within me.  Rhythmical Einreibung massage soothed my anxiety, relieved my lower backache and left me feeling calm and deeply connected with my special bump.’ EL

The Third Oasis Pathway

Wednesdays from 19th May until 29th July, 10.00am – 1.00pm

Based on the tradition of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table, Parsifal starts his journey ill equipped to either manage himself or understand the codes and conduct of courtly behaviour.   In longing to become a knight he unwittingly embarks on a journey into a different kind of knighthood he wasn’t expecting. He learns painfully that valour, love and ambition on their own do not prepare the way for gentleness, compassion and conscience. Yet aspects of both qualities are urgently needed to fulfil a modern kind of knighthood. 

 We choose to work with the story of Parsifal for the Third Pathway of Oasis because of the archetypal qualities held within it.  It can speak to us today no matter what stage of life we are in or paths we may have trodden.  Alongside the story we will work with own biographies and through art for the duration of this course. 

 To find out more contact Melanie: [email protected] 

 Mobile: 07810048739  

Lockdown took my felts away but gave me something else!

By Jo King, Family Therapist

I have talked for many years to friend’s family but more importantly to the families, young people, children, and couples that I work with that no one can call themselves your therapist unless what we create together is therapeutic. When I found Systemic Psychotherapy, I found a connection to my own philosophy that enables me to practice in an authentic and collaborative way to find ways of creating new narratives that create change and lift the burdens of anxiety, shame, and turmoil.

I have always practiced in a way that uses lots of coloured felt tips lots of paper, sometimes getting people to move around change places, draw think explore. We often use the whole room, using buttons playdough, polystyrene bricks anything and everything that assists in us explore new meanings and insights into difficult problems and stories. So, to find myself locked in behind my screen for four whole months send me into complete panic! I must admit I moaned ‘how can I be useful when I can’t explore using visual image?’. ‘I need people in person’ I cried, ‘I need to see peoples body language I need to use all my senses to connect to the feeling in the room How Can I do anything therapeutic without these key ingredients?’

To my amazement my clients wanted to continue our work using the online system of zoom and then I found an influx of new families that wanted to deal with difficulties. People shared that for the first time in years lockdown had given them time to think and reflect, time to be brave enough to talk to each other. Many families began to tell me that they felt zoom would help them as they lived too far away to travel but that it felt safer to talk online. Young people shared with me that lockdown had helped them to see that they had pretending to be ok for years when they felt low and misunderstood. Children told me that they felt alone since their parents separated and hated having to choose which parent to be with. Couples expressed how in lockdown they could no longer use busyness as a way of hiding the distance that had occurred between them and families highlighted that they had noticed some serious eating difficulties that they would never had noticed had they not been having three meals a day with their child.

It seemed that Lockdown had brought about new insights and so the generosity in clients sharing their stories and newfound insights enabled me to dig deep. ‘Come on Jo there must be a way we can make this work’ So I did what I know how to do, be my authentic self and be honest.

At the start of my sessions, I shared with families old and new how I work and together we found a way of being creative, using the resources we could share. So, I learnt that other people have felt tips pens too, that people can tear bits of paper to create maps and timelines. That the screen is no barrier to humour, to being able to empathise and share in another’s pain and the screen is no obstacle to having conversations which involve exploration, challenge, and debate.

I am privileged to have been able to maintain my private practice and be part of our wonderful NHS Children’s Mental Health Team in which I have seen the endless efforts we have made to be able to keep connecting and finding ways of helping children and young people be connected and looked after in times of great hardship and distress. We have all witnessed so much change I am surprised our heads have not exploded! So, I continue to work online but I am also grateful that the majority of my work is back face to face at my home, the Elysia Centre, the oasis in my week and the place where I see miracles happen.

Despite the pain of lockdown, the uncertainty and many other unpredictable consequences of COVID-19 many truly amazing new insights have occurred for many of my families that would have taken a lot longer to surface with goodness knows what consequences if these crazy unprecedented times had not occurred, and I am so grateful to have shared theses difficult times with so many.

With Love Jo x

To find out more or to arrange an appointment: Joanne King

Resourcing your life

By Karolina Pawinska MA.CPP, UKCP Accredited

It seems like only a few days ago the Autumn leaves were still dancing in the air. Today, as I went for a walk, most of the trees were bare and the ground was covered with a blanket of leaves over the mud. The change is visible and inescapable…

At present we are exposed to rapid change as we meet the challenge of a global pandemic, along with other unknowns… How will our economy recover from the current stresses? How will climate change and global warming affect us and the planet? How will we meet Christmas this year, to name but a few? As I am naming it, I feel the effect of it on my body and posture, my shoulders rounding under the weight to protect my heart space. There is a lot we are negotiating at present on an everyday basis. In these circumstances it can take extra effort and attention to calm our nervous system and to stay grounded, present and resourced; the qualities so needed to meet our life as it unfolds with flexibility and ability to adapt.  

As life presents us with challenges, we might experience overwhelm that disconnects us from our bodies. Grounding and centring can support us to reconnect directly with the resources naturally available in our own body. How can we do it? The recipe is not complicated but requires us in the first place to witness when its needed and practice mindfully returning to our connection to the ground. It could be simply standing and tuning into the physical sensations of the connection with the ground, feeling one’s feet on the Earth.  It could be sitting on the chair with our feet touching the ground, hands on the belly and feeling the energy moving up from the ground through your feet and legs into your belly. If you like walking, it could be mindful walking, feeling each step touching the Earth. Another way to help grounding yourself is to spend time with animals if it is possible, watching them or cuddling them. They are naturally grounded.

We all have moments when life is too much, when we feel lost or overwhelmed in the matrix of what we are faced with. Its not about removing it from our experience but increasing our resilience of how quickly we are able to bounce back to life, to return home.

I have been reading with my children a beautiful book for all ages called ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse’ by Charlie Mackesy. Each page is filled with heart-warming, wise statements. On one I read:

“Sometimes I feel lost”, said the boy.

Me too”, said the mole, “but we love you, and love brings you home”.

Everybody has resources. It can be anyone or anything that supports and nurtures our sense of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. The word re-source; indicate returning, coming back to our source, our origins… over and over again. Consider what are your resources, are they hidden or obvious? Are they internal or external? What supported you so far in life while going through challenges? You might be aware of external resources like: nature, friends, family, animals, dance, art, sport… or internal resources, like: strength, a spiritual practice, talents, being kind, being resilient… Something embedded in everyday life, taken for granted, can be very resourceful, like a cup of tea or taking a bath. We need different resources at different times. I would like to invite you to reflect on what supports your life. When you reach out to some resource, for example: a cup of tea, why don’t you notice your inner experience that accompanies that external resource? It might be warmth in your body, restfulness, slowing down… We can with time connect with the inner repertoire of sensations, feelings and energies that correspond with our wellbeing and learn how to turn towards it to support ourselves in the midst of life’s surprises and challenges.

I wish you a resourceful Advent time and Christmas.

Karolina Pawinska

How to remain well in pandemic times

with Dr Rainer Klocke, Consultant Rheumatologist.  

Due to popular demand, this talk and conversation via Zoom will be repeated on Sunday 29 November, 15:30 to 16:30.

Dr Klocke will share his ideas and there will be time to reflect, question and have an open discussion about what may help to nourish us during these special times.
To register for this free event, please contact our Practice Manager, Annamaria Balog   [email protected]

Therapy Fund: Access to Therapy – Support for the Vulnerable

The Elysia Therapeutic Centre is committed to keeping its physical doors open as a health centre. Recognising this as a time of great need especially for the vulnerable, who are challenged in many ways because of the pandemic, has prompted us to seek funding for a new project: Access to Therapy – Support for the Vulnerable.

The Centre operates a small patient therapy fund to aid those who need financial support to access our therapies. The fund needs re-energising and donations to the Centre would be warmly received to help those who are particularly in need during the pandemic.

Please make your donations payable to:

Account name: The Elysia Therapeutic Centre Ltd

Account no: 28894760

Sort Code: 30-95-96

Please quote reference: Therapy Fund

If you would like to find out more about how you can help the Centre, or should you wish to make a regular monthly donation, please email our finance administrator, Lindsey Garner [email protected] and she will arrange this with you.

The Calyx Trust

‘The Calyx has created the cradle for a new spark of life for strength in life.’

The Oasis and Building Bridges initiative, founded by Melanie Taylor, adopted the dormant Calyx Trust in 2004 from Vivienne Klockner. This Charity first provided support for a network of non–locational community building for people all over the country. Through working together in small groups (named Oasis) people experienced a source of healing and renewal as they emerged from a place of suffering or hardship.

Later in 2012, The Calyx Trust also provided the charitable body enabling this community building impulse to develop into a multidisciplinary Therapeutic Centre in Stourbridge. Therapists, Nurses and Doctors provided the resources for health for patients and clients in need of care. This is the Elysia Therapeutic Centre.

The Park Attwood Clinic (1979-2009) had been an inspiration for anthroposophic health care for a full 30 years; its closure also sparked the decision to found the Elysia Therapeutic Centre in Stourbridge in 2010, opening its doors to the public in 2012.

Now, out of necessity in 2020 a new developmental stage has begun. We can see many different organizational bodies offering their founding inspirations to a renewed task through a process of merging, dissolving and re-emergence:

The Calyx Trust has merged, (and closed as an independent charity)

The Elysia Centre has merged, (and closed as an independent Partnership)

Park Attwood Therapeutic Association has merged, (and changed its name) to:

The Elysia Therapeutic Centre Ltd. Community Benefit Society with Charitable status.

Grateful for the past and with thanks to all those who have contributed to Anthroposophic Medical care this century; and towards and what must be for all of us a newly emerging future in 2020.

Sincerely yours, Melanie Taylor

N/B Bequests or donations to the Calyx Trust should please contact the administrator at the Elysia Therapeutic Centre Ltd. for details:

Lindsey Garner, email: [email protected]

ETC COVID-19: Client Guide

As ever, the health, wellbeing, safety and security of all of our clients, visitors and practitioners are our priority. We have spent a lot of time preparing the space, and putting in place preventative measures, as part of our COVID-19 Secure Protocol, to ensure that we reduce the risk of infection from COVID-19 to those using the Centre to the lowest possible practicable level. This will necessarily entail some changes to the way in which the Centre and our Practitioners operate that are outlined here.

Determining if an on-site therapeutic session is appropriate

  • In line with current Government guidelines, our professional therapeutic practitioners will be assessing with each individual client whether it is appropriate to offer on-site therapeutic sessions, with particular consideration given where individuals have been advised that they are clinically extremely vulnerable or for those who fall into the clinically vulnerable category.
  • In addition to the absence of symptoms to suggest infection we also require that there has been NO recent contact (within last 2 weeks) with someone who has been infected with Covid-19.
  • Although not presently compulsory, should we require that your practitioner needs to take your temperature on entering the building (non-contact thermometer), please confirm that this will be acceptable to you.

Arriving for your appointment

  • Clients will be asked to arrive as close as possible to their appointment time to minimise waiting. There will be no waiting area available in the Centre.
  • If you drive you should park on the Centre driveway and wait to be given access to the building by your practitioner.
  • Driving, walking or cycling to the Centre rather than using public transport, is preferable where possible. It is now a legal requirement to wear a face covering when using public transport.
  • Where a family member or friend has transported clients to their session their supporters should remain outside the Centre or return to collect them at the end of the session.
  • Clients are asked to bring as little as possible with them into the Centre and keep any coats and bags with them at all times. If you wish to have water during your session, please bring a water bottle.
  • Face masks should be worn on entering and leaving the Centre as well as kept on throughout the duration of your session unless there is a reasonable excuse for removing it and if the individual is exempt from wearing one.  


  • There will be a ONE WAY SYSTEM operating at the Centre for client arrival and departure.
  • ENTRY for clients will be through the side entrance.
  • EXIT for clients will be through the front door.


  • Clients will be asked to wash their hands thoroughly using the downstairs bathroom on arrival. Sanitising hand wash, paper towels, and hand sanitiser are provided. You will also be asked to spray the bathroom sink and taps with an appropriate anti-bacterial spray after each use. On departure you will be asked to use hand sanitizer at the front door prior to exit.

Your appointment

  • A reduced number of therapy rooms at the Centre are currently open to limit contact with others. However, if you do find yourself meeting others in shared areas such as corridors and staircases, please observe social distancing as best you are able.
  • Each of our therapy rooms have been set up with two meter spacing between the client and practitioner chairs to maintain social distancing during conversation/talking therapy sessions. This is indicated by tape on the floor.
  • There is now also a minimum of a 15-minute buffer between clients to allow for cleaning and room preparation, enabling a period of ventilation and to help prevent overlap between clients.
  • All contact surfaces and common areas to include seating, surfaces, handrails, door handles, any equipment used and bathroom furnishings are regularly and thoroughly cleaned with an appropriate anti-bacterial spray cleaner.
  • All of our practitioners wash their hands thoroughly on arrival, after cleaning between clients and on their departure.
  • Centre staff will be completing daily checks and cleaning whilst the Centre is in use to ensure hygiene standards are maintained.
  • As per NHS guidance please avoid touching your face and cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze, put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards.
  • Clients are asked to make payments online where possible to avoid the exchange of cash or cheques.


  • If you, or anyone in your household or a support bubble of which you are part, develop any COVID-19 symptoms (see # below) you must not attend your session, you should cancel your appointment directly with your practitioner immediately and follow the latest government guidance.

# The main symptoms of coronavirus currently specified by the NHS are:

  1. high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature).
  2. new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).
  3. loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

Staying COVID-19 Secure in 2021

At the Elysia Therapeutic Centre your health, wellbeing, safety and security are our priority. We would like to re-assure all of our clients and visitors that we have complied with the Government’s guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19.

  • We have carried out a thorough COVID-19 risk assessment for the Elysia Therapeutic Centre
  • We have developed a COVID-19 Secure Protocol to reduce the risk of infection from COVID-19 to the lowest reasonably practicable level through preventative measures in line with the latest Government guidelines
  • We have cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in line with Government guidance
  • We have taken all reasonable steps to enable people to maintain a 2m distance in the Centre
  • Where people cannot be 2m apart, we have done everything practical to manage transmission risk

 Operating in this new way is a learning process for us all. We always welcome feedback to enable us to improve, so if there is anything that you would like to share or that concerns you, please speak to your practitioner or contact our Practice Manager, Annamaria Balog via email at [email protected]    

 or on 01384 392072.