Flatischler discovered that in those moments when the participants felt synchronized or “at one” with the rhythms, the whole group reported that their pain went away. By the end of the study, the medical society in Göppingen, Germany, and the nearby German Pain Colloquium noted that those who had participated in the study were able to reduce their medication by 45 percent. Through the intervention of a rhythm process, a very natural method for reducing pain had been discovered. How was this possible? According to its founder, TaKeTiNa uses rhythm in an unusual way. The focus is not on specific rhythms, but instead on “rhythm archetypes” or “movement images that are inherent in the senso-motoric system
of every human being.” Flatischler explains that each of us has a very intense relationship with rhythm that begins in utero. This rhythm is the first information we receive, through the beating of the mother’s heart, the flow of blood, the mother’s movement, and the rhythm of her speech. “Rhythmic relations in our bodies define our health or lack of health, and our state of mind,” he says. He believes that by practicing TaKe TiNa, people learn something that is already a part of the self, not just a method taught by a teacher. The process allows for “regaining one’s innate relationship with rhythm.” This experience is borne out by a student of TaKeTiNa, who describes her experience on the blog Finding and Exploring Your Soul Purpose.
This woman was in so much pain due to what she thought was fibromyalgia that driving several hours to a TaKeTiNa class presented a huge challenge. Prepared to simply watch the class, she amazed herself by taking part for several hours each day, and on the third day, awakening pain free. The practice helped this student to overcome feelings of being helpless and powerless in relation to her body. It brought her to what she describes as “a place where I was whole and healed.” She explains that TaKeTiNa is based on the theory that out of chaos, the body wants to reorder itself. “I think that TaKeTiNa, through the movement, chanting, and organization, actually broke up the pain memories—brought me into chaos, then
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