The Rhythm Of Healing with Reinhard & Cornelia Flatischler

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Stop for just a moment, and listen to your heart beat. That steady pulse marks the rhythm of your life from before you were born until you draw your last breath. Chances are you rarely notice it. But what if that rhythm, and the many rhythms and beats that can act as counterpoint to one another, hold a key to healing your body, your mind, even your broken heart? Reinhard and Cornelia Flatischler work with nature's complex rhythms to unlock powerful dimensions of healing and consciousness. Through their research and their vast experience teaching TaKeTiNa workshops, in which participants express complex rhythms with voice and movement, the Flatischlers have demonstrated that these exercises can take us to a state of deep inner peace and timelessness. They can relieve pain, promote emotional health, and even reverse symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. As Cornelia explains, "Rhythm is just a tool we work in. But you're really going into a journey where you learn to listen to yourself, and this listening guides you more and more in a very, very deep state. You learn new strategies that truly nourish you, and help you enter a new place to deal with challenge or chaos or falling out of rhythm in your daily life." (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Born in Vienna and trained as a concert pianist, Reinard Flatischler developed TaKeTiNa in 1970. In 1989 Cornelia Flatischler joined him as a co-leader, and enriched the teaching with her extensive knowledge of meditation, Tao Yoga, Tai Chi, and other healing arts. Reinhard Flatischler sits on the Scientific Committee of the International Society for Music in Medicine, and is a member of the Society for Chronobiological Research in Vienna. He is the leader and composer for the group MegaDrums, and has produced some of the world's best-selling percussion CDs.

He is the author of several books including:

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How working with rhythm can help you learn to trust and respect yourself
  • How drumming can be a meditation and helps your nervous system to relax
  • Why your intuition makes it easier for you to process the most complex information
  • Why cultivating inner silence may help you slow the aging process
  • How your ability to be flexible in your habits and patterns helps you remain healthy
Host: Justine Willis Toms     Interview Date: 11/13/2008     Program Number: 3289