Blogger’s Note: With aging demographics pointing to the value of Intergenerational physical activity (preferably in the outdoors) this excerpt of an article about a therapeutic clown “play modality” highlights the preventative health practices children engage in naturally (such as laughing).
Understanding the value of social connection and the health benefits of bringing generations together in nature will be featured in a presentation I’ll deliver at the 16th International Generations United Conference in Wash.
DC. in July 2011.
Kosharey Rhythm Therapeutics: Healing with Sound and Movement
Nov 24, 2010 by Mary Desaulniers
Kosharey Rhythm Therapeutics provides exciting, new modalities of healing with sound and movement.
In the Vedic tradition of India, pure sound gave birth to the universe.
Scholars claim that sacred chants are rich in high frequency sounds like
harmonics or overtones, mathematically convertible to corresponding
dimensional scales and charged with healing potential.
Rudolf Steiner [founder of the Waldorf School] once predicted that the time
would come when disease “will be spoken of in musical terms, as one
would speak of a piano that was out of tune...”
Sacred Clown and Ancient Wisdom
The Koshare (pronounced as Ko-Sha-Rey) is the sacred clown of the Pueblo
cultures of New Mexico. A trickster figure, the Koshare clown disrupts
and unmasks what is considered status quo in order to “provide the
therapeutic space to heal.” Akin to Lear’s Fool whose chaotic language
points the way to Lear’s eventual wisdom, the sacred clown is that which
we of the modern world dismiss at our peril.
Why? Because he is, despite his mischief, rudeness and chaos, a repository
of ancient wisdom – that which acknowledges authentic being and creative
engagement to be the fundamental healing forces of the universe. At the
end of the day, the sacred clown echoes a deep, penultimate wisdom,
like the primordial E flat major chord that opens Wagner’s “Ring” Cycle:
how do we get back to what we were at the beginning of creation when we
were nothing but pure, harmonic sound?
Kosharey Rhythm Therapeutics and Healing with Sound
Eady claims that engaging the clown means taking our healing to a personal
level. We are ultimately responsible for our health and well-being. We
need to look for resources beyond what medical clinics and prescriptions
can provide because healing is more than intervention medicine; at its
fundamental level, it is recovering the wholeness we have lost, the
wholeness we lived as children running, moving and laughing like clowns.
Eady notes studies from the Mayo Clinic show a child will laugh up to 400
times a day, while adults chuckle about 15 times a day. Mayo.com notes:
laughing causes people to take deeper breaths, which helps stimulate
the heart, lungs and muscles. It can also reduce stress and promote a
relaxed feeling. "As adults we have lost the ability to laugh," he
said. “Children are given permission and encouraged to laugh. Adults
are conditioned to be more serious,” he added.
Kosharey Rhythm Therapeutics provides the environment and context for such
mobility and for lots of laughs. For example, in its Ancient Walking
and Primal Rhythms therapy, clients are engaged in recreation-based
programs that retrain their relationship with movement by providing a
natural and injury free context for such motion. One of the first
exercises Eady does (while wearing mis-matched shoes)
evokes plenty of laughs; called the “saunter” it has participants
enhancing breathing and balance by prancing like cats on a fence line.
These programs also use an innovative form of tai-chi technique and
acupressure stimulation to re-align the body’s balance centers and
increase movement efficiency. Clients also learn how to walk barefooted
in gardens specifically designed to integrate rhythm, movement and
Ultimately Eady uses healing with sound and movement to enhance the clients’
awareness of their physiological center – the place where they use the
least amount of energy to keep upright and move easily in a personal
rhythm. Such embodied movement is the result of an integration of body
and mind, of particular benefit to people with neuro-motor deficits.
New Vision of Healing and Grassroots Care
According to Eady, Kosharey Rhythm Therapeutics provides a concept that is
vitally needed in the 21st century. Our Western medicine system, a
monolith of the 20th century, is in need of revision. Under this old
system of health care, we have relinquished our responsibility for our
health to the auspices of hospitals, highly trained professionals and
The time has come for a more personal and communal context, a grassroots
movement of wellness therapeutics that places healing within our own
hands. Demographic studies show that this is sorely needed. According
to US Census projections, by 2025, there will be 65 million boomers ranging in age from 61 to 79, comprising one fourth of the US population. Just imagine what health care under the old system will look like – escalating costs, long waiting lines, lack of facilities.
Does it not make sense to subscribe now to healing modalities that prevent illness and loss of mobility?
Absolutely. To be an “actively aging grandparent” for instance, requires careful consideration of the changes starting in 2011 with broad cuts in Medicare costs in the USA. Physician
reimbursement will probably be cut in half over the next 20 years to
accommodate these demographic shifts.
Doctors will certainly refuse to see Medicare patients, forcing many seniors to forgo preventive testing and proper chronic disease care. Instead of savings, lack of access could lead to pricier care in
hospitals for untreated illnesses. The cost of prevention at any level is substantially less than the cost of intervention in both emotional and monetary terms.
Kosharey Rhythm Therapeutics is part of a new understanding of the need for personal initiative in wellness. Disease is not merely something that happens to us; we are healers ourselves and creators of our destiny.
Aging and Illness are not necessarily synonymous. New studies have unveiled not only the neuroplasticity of the brain, but also the anti-aging potential of a body in motion.
These studies may be new, but their discovery is that of an ancient wisdom as old as the sacred clown.