Despite the love for my Carinthian home down south of Austria, I've been living in Vienna now for 15 years. I finished business administration at WU Wien, but continued to believe in my basic idea of a simple and sustainable lifestyle. Since 2008 I have been working at the National Environment Agency Austria in climate change and mobility.
By accident I discovered Shiatsu due to my migraine and was fascinated how much it helped me. After three years of studying I became a Certified Shiatsu Practitioner in 2017 (Manus) and founded my own business.
Up to the diploma we completed about 300 practical lessons. We learned about the Tao teachings of the Far East, the origin of all things, the principles of Yin and Yang, the 5 Elements of transformation of TCM, the meridian system and anatomy and how we work with it in Shiatsu. Nutrition according to TCM was also part of the curriculum.
Now I work in a joint studio in the 9th district in Vienna (Santé&Beauté). To enlarge the service of pure bodywork I try to give my customers therapeutic add-ons from other disciplines. Stretching exercises for self-care, nutritional tips or kinesiological taping have proven particularly useful here. I want to convey the possibilities for self-therapy, since Shiatsu is primarily about health care.
Taking about other disciplines! NEW!! At the moment I am in a 200h Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training with the great teachers Michael Sidhamo Johnson and his wife Birgit Merlicek-Johnson (Vibrantly Alive Yoga). The focus lies on the therapeutic aspect of yoga and not understand it as a pure fitness program. Elements of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage are also part of the program which is fantastic for me as a bodyworker.
A healing touch is not taken for granted today. Therefore, any kind of bodywork is also about building trust in order to allow the physical contact and letting go. Only then Shiatsu can achieve its full effect and "restore" the body. Shiatsu does not take anything away, nor does it add anything. It just tries to balance the body and remember it as it was in the beginning.
What my clients like about me is my uncomplicated nature, a cheerful charisma, warm hands, a "good" pressure during practicing and the mindfulness with which I get in contact with people.
Shiatsu has absolutely enriched my life and if I had to decide again, it would be it!