Rhythm – the engine of life: Exploring the potential of rhythm in healing processes with an emphasis on TaKeTiNa

Writing a master thesis in the frame of the Innsbruck program meant much more than doing strictly scientific research. I have taken this task as a possibility to share aspects of my life story, which I usually try to conceal and never before imagined these to be mentioned in my master thesis. By doing so, I hope to show the reader my personal motivation behind writing about rhythm and healing.
In my research, I explore the significance of rhythm in relation to healing processes, grounded in the belief that rhythm is a crucial aspect in music and life itself. Importantly, I assume that my own experiences as a researcher are a valuable source of knowledge. By focusing on TaKeTiNa, Holotropic Breathwork, and 5Rhythms Dance – methods that I was introduced to within the frame of the Innsbruck school – I aim to show how rhythm can be used to enhance healing processes. In this context, I emphasize TaKeTiNa, assuming that this method is a valuable tool for elicitive conflict transformation.

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My writing process was characterized by many ups and downs. On the one hand, there were moments when I seriously questioned my decision to write about healing, which was accompanied with a lot of self-doubts. On the other hand, I did not want to miss this great opportunity to dedicate my research to a topic that is so close to my heart. As you read these lines, I can happily say that my writing process has come to an end. In retrospect, I am grateful for having had the chance to explore the significance of rhythm in healing processes, which also enabled me to reflect on the question of what healing truly means to me. The conclusions I draw from this are, especially on a personal level, of immense value to me and weigh much more than the difficulties I faced during my writing journey.

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