Health Services


Steiner Nurse

Warm Hands, Warm Heart is a nursing service offered by Adrienne Henry.

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Adrienne Henry

My name is Adrienne Henry, I am a founding parent of the Motueka Rudolf Steiner School. Three of my children attended the kindergarten and two had the opportunity to attend the lower school.  When the opportunity for Steiner Nursing training at Taruna College came up I took it.  To be eligible to attend one needs to be a NZ trained nurse first as the Anthroposophic nursing training is complementary to being a registered nurse.  With a background in biodynamic farming for many years, finally I found a real calling as nursing has always been a passion for me.  In 2004 I received a Graduate Diploma in Anthroposophic nursing after 3 years of in-depth study.

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Patient receiving chamomile abdominal compress


The insights I have gained into why we become unwell and how to support the illness process are huge. Normal nursing deals with the nuts and bolts of sickness and centres largely on suppressive medication.  Anthroposophic nursing looks at the biography of the patient and often I find myself not focusing on the symptoms being presented but on a much larger picture of how the illness manifests as it does in a particular persons destiny.

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Patient receiving oil dispersion bath



The nursing therapies are designed to enhance the body’s ability to function in a correct manner, for example, a liver compress helps the liver restore its functions, a ginger kidney compress supports osteoarthritis with its deep warming capacity, a body oiling with rose oil supports a fearful person, an oil dispersion bath with arnica oil and brushing supports stroke.  Supporting childhood illness at home is a passion of mine.  We need to be very careful around the fever process for example, as the body requires the challenge of the temperature rise to support the immune system to become active.  Teaching parents the way to look after their children’s health and to understand illness as a part of the inner development of the child is very rewarding for me as parents become confident and able to support their children when unwell.

Contact Adrienne at  Telephone 021 02796408.  Clinic at 155 High Street, Motueka.