Anthropofonetics is based on anthroposophy, the Rudolf Steiner view of the world and humans. Anthropofonetics is its practical application. Rhythmic massage (Hauschka / Wegmann) and vocal therapy (by Valborg Werbeck-Svärdström) are the two equal strands of the therapy. Its origins lie in the healing singing Werbeck-Svärdström taught the anthroposophic school doctor Dr. Eugen Kolisko. Kolisko recognized the value of the healing method and worked on the medical knowledge underpinning the work, "Die Schule der Stimmenthüllung" (“School of Uncovering the Voice”). His contribution is in the final chapter of the book by Werbeck-Svärdström: "Die Schule der Stimmenthüllung". It is believed that it was the intention and the wish of Mrs. Werbeck-Svärdström to instruct Dr. Ita Wegmann in singing. She considered that 80% of all illness to be a breathing problem and predicted that many diseases would only be cured by singing. Due to the early death of Ita Wegmann, the lessons never happened.
Jürgen Schriefer, appointed by Werckck-Svärdström to manage the “Schule der Stimmenthüllung” ("School of Uncovering the Voice"), asked the later founder of anthropofonetics, Atmani, to take the step for which he no longer had the strength: a meeting with Dr. Alfred Baur, the founder of chirophonetics. This meeting took place in Austria in March 2000. At this meeting, Alfred Baur handed on to Atmani the sound shapes that were to be stroked onto a patient’s back accompanied by song.
Atmani received singing lessons from Wolfgang Strübing (Berlin) for 11 years. For three years before then he had been a student of Monika Mayr, now a lecturer in singing at the Institute for Waldorf Education in Stuttgart.
Anthropofonetics can also be applied in cases of severe disease.
This therapy is uniquely based on anthroposophy and the importance of inner intuition, as recognized by and practiced by V. Werbeck-Svärdström.