How did you get into osteopathy?
It's not that I've known since birth that one day I would give osteopathic treatments. 😃 But I did get to know it as a young teenager. At that age, I had a lot of back pain and was undergoing osteopathic treatment at a time, when hardly anyone had heard of it.
I would like to be able to say that osteopathy was the one-big-key-to-ultimate-success. I received treatment once and the back pain was gone once and for all. End of story. Sounds great, right? How nice would a miracle pill that solves all worries at once be?!
But it's not that simple, especially with chronic pain. It wasn't that easy for me either.
Osteopathy has brought great relief to my physical complaints. But it was just as important that I learned to look at the subject of back pain from different angles.
I'll describe this with an example that everyone can relate to. It used to be so normal for me to have back pain that it would never have occurred to me that it could be any different.
The "aha moment" came when I was hiking with a friend and we had to climb many, many stairs. Climbing stairs. Something my back has always disliked. It was summer and very hot. My circulation was in bad shape and my back was totally sore. I got slower and slower. At some point my friend managed to squeeze out of me what was actually going on. "But why don't you say anything?! We can take a break, go slower, arrange our tour in a way that you and your back are fine too!” Was her reaction.
As strange as it sounds today, I wouldn't have thought of it back then. “It is, how it is. Deal with it and move on!” Was my natural attitude towards my back pain. Perhaps you also know such sentences from yourself?
But my answer today is: There is a different way to deal with it! You don't “grit your teeth and just go on as always”.
How does your story influence your work today?
Today I know how much easier life can be when you are not constantly in pain. I still sometimes have back pain, but much less often. I don't think (back) pain is “normal” anymore.
I have become much more mindful of myself. I know my limits. When the pain comes back, I know much faster what's going on and what it is related to. I can step in before they fully emerge. They are no longer “life-determining”. I know what is good for me and act accordingly. I know how to help myself and also when to get help from a therapist. At first all of this sounds so natural, banal and logical.
But when I look at my patients, I notice that many know this theoretically, but very few of them act on it.
The list of reasons and beliefs is long:
They behave like everyone in their environment (namely, carelessly with themselves). So it wouldn't even occur to you to do it differently.
They are too busy "funktioning".
They are consciously or unconsciously afraid of what others think of them and do not allow themselves to stand up for their limits and take care of themselves.
My osteopathic work has taught me this:
Sometimes the problem can be easily solved with just a few treatments.
With chronic pain, osteopathy helps a lot, but for lasting success, it is usually one building block of several. It is not just the one form of therapy that leads to success. It is a mixture of different aspects. Especially with chronic pain, there are no magic formulas. It's a process in which we always have to look at different aspects. Relearning certain attitudes takes mindfulness, practice and time. It's about understanding your own issues, getting to know your body and being able to deal with them independently. And that is exactly what I love about my work: seeing the patient as the whole person he or she is and working to ensure that they lead a symptom-free life over the long term.
What does your treatment look like?
When working with my patients, it is very important to me that the body is not treated as a "spare parts store" in which individual parts are broken and should now be repaired.
Our body is a unit and one part is directly related to the other. This is often not apparent to us at first glance, because the view of health in our society is so fragmented.
That's what makes my work so special: I look at the whole body and all of its connections.
Therefore an extensive anamnesis is cruicial to recognize which diverse aspects have an influence on the issues that we want to solve.
This is followed by the first osteopathic treatment and afterwards we talk about the various aspects that could play a role and check together which of these aspects can currently be realistically addressed. This ranges from mindfulness exercises to behavior- and movement changes as well as diet. If necessary, I recommend appropriate therapists (nutritionists, movement therapies, etc.) who specialize in the respective topic.
It is crucial, that we decide together what the next step is. The best plan is always the plan that is actually implemented. It doesn't help if I come up with 1000 great ideas, but none of them are feasable for you at the moment.
Depending on what we have decided on, I might show exercises and prescribe herbal remedies (teas, drops, rubs), which help and accompany on both a mental and physical level.
Self-employed as a naturopath in own practice since 2017
Assistance in the Naturheilzentrum Scholz
Assistance in the Fliegel chiropractic
Training / further education
Osteopathic training at SKOM (5 years)
Apprenticeship in herbalism with Daniela Wolff (1 year)
Permission to work as a "Heilpraktikerin"
Training as a naturopath at the Abis-Heilpraktikerschule (2 years)
Training as a dance teacher at the Lola Rogge School
High School Graduation
Student at Heinrich Heine High School in Hamburg
Student at the American International School of Budapes
How did you become a naturopath and work osteopathically?
I knew very early on that I wanted to work therapeutically.
It was also always clear to me that I didn't just want to work on a physical level or just on a psychological level, but that the two belong together and should therefore not be viewed separately from one another. Emotions show up through the body and our body has a direct influence on our well-being. Even if we are not always aware of our topics - our body knows them and shows them to us.
Originally, my plan was to study medicine and then do a psychotherapeutic training. But on closer inspection, the “classic” psychotherapies felt too cut off from the body.
After school, I initially felt too young to take this path straight away - I just lacked a bit of life experience. As a teenager I got to know and love dance therapy, as it bridges the gap between the mental and the emotional-physical level. In order to do something “related” that I could build on, I trained as a dance teacher.
Much more exciting than the choreographies and dance steps that I learned, however, I found the questions:
Why did one person always have one ailment and someone als a completely different one?
Why were certain movements so difficult for one person and completely different ones difficult for another?
What about the emotional and physical hurdles we encountered every day, and how can they be met?
Armed with these questions, I then went through a two-year medical practitioner training course, which focused on medical knowledge: anatomy, physiology, pathology. That was exciting and I got an insight into different therapeutic approaches. In doing so, I discovered herbal medicine for myself and also remembered my "roots", what had once helped me so well: osteopathy.
When I received permission to practice medicine, I immediately opened several barrels:
I completed both a one-year herbal medicine course with Daniela Wolf and the osteopathy course at SKOM, which lasted no less than five years. :-)
I always worked practically in parallel to the training. First I worked as an alternative practitioner in the outpatient clinic of the ABIS alternative practitioner school under the supervision of an experienced colleague. Then as an assistant at "Naturheilpraxis Scholz".
I've been working in my own practice since 2017 and can't imagine a better job.
I love getting to know my patients and hearing their stories. Because even if the symptoms are often similar, the story behind them and thus the therapeutic approach is always different. And so it is always exciting for me to find out how we are going to proceed and where the journey is headed.
I love the time and the calm that I can give in therapy. I love, that we really have space to devote ourselves to topics that often have no place in everyday life. It gives me great pleasure to see how the patients usually feel much better after the first treatment. They're much more energetic and in a better mood. Experiencing the long-term positive changes that the treatment bring patients, makes me really happy.
I am deeply convinced that we would live in a friendlier world, if more people were better off healthwise. :-)
You can find all information about my treatment under therapy offers. I look forward to accompanying you on your way to a symptom-free life.
How do you spend your time, outside of the office?
Unfortunately, I rarely get to dance these days, but I spend all the more time on my yoga mat. My latest challenge: learning to do handstands!
I am vegan and live with my non-vegan partner in my beloved home port of Hamburg.
When I'm not in Hamburg, you can usually find me on snow-covered slopes in the Alps or on a discovery tour in countries in South-East Asia that are still unknown to me.
I am a city-girl, but I also love to spend time in nature and try to do it as often as possible. I then enjoy “getting in contact” with the plants, getting to know their own characters and behavior and being given their calm and strength. For me, this also includes collecting wild plants in order to make delicious treats and herbal remedies
If you are also interested in this, take a look at my workshops!