TaKeTiNa for people suffering from psychic disorders
by Univ. Prof. Dr. Karl Dantendorfer
Specialist for Psychiatry and Neurology
Chairman of “Pro Mente”, Vienna
People suffering from serious psychic disorders often describe their state with terms such as “chaos”, “loss of control” or “disorder”. Attempts to re-establish order through intense efforts of various kinds are usually unsuccessful and often lead to a deterioration of symptoms. Reinhard Flatischler has clearly recognised rhythm as an essential principle of order that exists in all living things. Not only this, he has also developed a process that is able to connect with this order.
I recently witnessed Reinhard Flatischler working with a group of people suffering from severe psychic disorders. In this work, I saw for myself how positively the effects of the TaKeTiNa method can be. We have therefore decided to offer TaKeTiNa sessions to more patients in the near future and have likewise decided to continue scientific research on the effects of TaKeTiNa. On the one hand, this research will focus on patients’ subjective experience, on the other, we will collect objective evidence from data such as heart rate variability and cognitive parameters.
TaKeTiNa for people suffering from chronic disease
by PD Dr. med. Michael A. Überall, director
IFNAP – Institute for Neuroscience, Algesiology & Paediatrics
IQUISP – Institute for Quality Management in Pain Therapy and Palliative Medicine Nuremberg.
Humans suffering from chronic disease experience multifaceted consequences and concomitant phenomena of their illness. Losing self-determination is probably the most significant consequence of any chronic disease. This means losing one’s own ability to alleviate one’s symptoms or have any type of healing influence on one’s own life. Conventional medicine has nothing to offer in defeating this slow and lingering process, which is, in the end, responsible for a patient’s complete loss of autonomy.
The ability – and metaphorically speaking, the “art” – of helping people suffering from chronic disease without prescription drugs or other medicinal procedures has been lost over the millennia of human evolution. The medical consequences of this trend are clearly visible: despite medications that are increasingly better and more potent and target-oriented, despite increasingly sensitive early detection and constantly improving diagnostic methods, chronic diseases are constantly on the rise, especially in industrialised nations. They seem to defy all these methods.
In return, the ability to influence such illnesses oneself is constantly on the decline. Modern humans have become dependent on technocratic developments. Although our natural disposition is still embedded deep within, we have lost the ability to access it in order to help ourselves and others. The art of activating our inherent skills defies our conscious control – a dilemma that conventional medicine would prefer to conceal because just this art is so gladly sacrificed on the altar of medical progress and high-tech medicine!
If, in the broadest sense, the term “art” describes any activity based on knowledge, practice, perception, imagination and intuition, then the art of showing humans another way, of opening doors, of helping them develop perspectives that enable them to give up their dependencies and find new forms of self-determination must be one of the most significant abilities humans can acquire. What an amazement to meet people who possess this artistry. People who have not only relearned how to take these natural skills to heart, but who also have the ability to awaken this ability in others.
TaKeTiNa is such a work of art. Its creator Reinhard Flatischler is such a unique artist. Those whose eyes and minds are open enough to experience what TaKeTiNa can do, those who are able to witness people with chronic disease regain their will to live, discover new perspectives for their life and ultimately become empowered and self-determined once again, recognise that TaKeTiNa is the result of a creative innovation process that in itself is the actual work of art.
Reinhard Flatischler should not only be thanked in general for developing this work of art. He also deserves special gratitude for having provided it to those in need for the last forty years – often against many obstacles. What a revelation in the light of a healthcare system that is otherwise afflicted by economic constraints!