Kosharey Rhythm Therapeutics: Healing with Sound and Movement
by Mary Desaulniers feat Randy Eady
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 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.”
Such a time has come in the rediscovery of Kosharey Rhythms as a healing with sound and movement modality. Founder Randy Eady is a board-certified rehabilitation counselor and therapeutic program coordinator with 15+ years of experience in patient advocacy and clinical contact related to movement disorders.
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.
Kosharey Rhythm Therapeutics provides the environment and context for such mobility. 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.
These programs 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 healing.
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.
In Primal Rhythms therapy, clients are engaged in a form of Vision Quest. During the first phase of this ritual, the client is placed in a “healing oasis with an island of sound at its core.” Then the body is “transitioned” into a digital acoustic center while his /her body is stroked with sound vibrations that radiate and pulsate in true surround sound. The final return phase for this healing with sound is provided by a program of quiet acoustics.
Eady is also exploring the use of the Sonic Chair, literally constructed as a sound bubble with acoustic speakers that provide a sense of being cocooned within fluid sound. He is looking at Cymatics, another new technology exploring the practical applications of the geometry of sound. This means that the mathematical constants of harmonics can be delivered through new applications of non-invasive healing with sound therapies.
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 high-tech equipment.
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? 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.
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- “Revealing the Sacred Clown Koshare,” KoshareyRhythms.com, accessed November 16, 2010.
- “Ritual Response in Ancient Walking to Primal Rhythms.”KoshareyRhythms.com, accessed November 20, 2010.
- Reid, John and Annaliese Kohinoor, “Rediscovering the Art and Science of Sound Healing,” Caduceus, Issue 72: 18-23.