Florian Schmidt, Massage-Therapist & Bodyworker, Vienna
Long time before I was starting to work as a massage therapist I was a professional musician in Munich. At that time I suffered from pain and tension in my neck. I asked myself, if the reason for this pain could be connected with my everyday as well as persistantly practiced exercises in playing bass guitar. On my search for an integrative body therapy I became acquainted with methods like Rebalancing, Feldenkrais and craniosacral therapy.
Years later, being inspired from these methods‘ effectiveness, I decided to dive deeper into this bodywork-topic and successfully completed several apprenticeships to become a medical masseur, a massage therapist, a certified rebalancer and a therapist for craniosacral osteopathy by myself. Today I am glad to accompany salutary processes of development, to touch and being touched.
Above all, working as a body therapist means to me to create space in which healing and release can happen. In the end it’s not me who is heals the clients, the clients heal themselves, while my job as therapist is to enable self-healing.
In my practice I meet anguished people every day, who wish for a quick and lasting pain relief. Of course this wish is understandable – who likes to suffer from pain over a longer period?
Anyway, very often it is a longer process to find out the actual reasons why pain emerges. Especially chronic pains frequently have a long history that has already begun in the childhood. To replace those old physical and mental patterns with new (less pain-producing) ones much patience and continuous work is necessary.
Mental suffering can lead to physical pain and vice versa strong and chronic pain can lead to psychic stress. That’s why during my treatings it is essential for me to get a holistic picture of my clients – through dialogue as well as through touch.
From my point of view, it makes sense to treat chronic pains regularly and over a longer period. Sometimes it takes months or even several years. Physical and mental healing processes proceed slowly and require much patience.
My approach to bodywork is based on regardful touch and therapeutic dialogue. To me, touch and massage are an easy way to get in contact – with my counterpart and myself. Touch immediately leads us to the here and now. To allow to be touched enables the possibility to open ourselves and to let somebody into our heart. Once having experienced regardful attention, every physical or mental imbalance starts to harmonize.
I am interested in methods of integrative body therapy. Integrative from the Latin „integer“ (untouched, safe, whole) means to me to consider integration, to cause integration. That is, in body therapy all areas of the human existence are important.
As a massage therapeut this means that body areas, movements or psychosomatic aspects, which have not been integrated yet, are brought up during the treatment. So integrative body therapy helps to get a strengthened holistic awareness and sense of unity.
Concerning physical healing and psychosomatical connections my learning process still continues to the present day. In my opinion, this learning never stops and thus is an important part of my lifelong realization in being a human consisting of body, mind and soul.
My essential questions concerning bodywork are:
How do I notice my body right now?
To which areas of my body am I in direct contact – to which am I in less contact?
Which external and internal posture do I take?
How do I stand in life?
How am I related to my outside world?
What touches me?
What means a lot to me?
During the last few years I am following tv-programs about fascia research and fascia therapy with great interest – especially features of and about Robert Schleip and fascial fitness, which has been created by his wife Divo Müller.
I practice some of these fascia exercises since a few weeks and have to admit to be fascinated by the direct effect on my posture. What I also find very impressive are the newest findings on the importance of training this connective tissue and the difference compared to muscular training.
As it is very important in fascia training to exercise constantly over months and even years I am curious about the further development of my body in the coming years.