I was born and raised in Vienna. After a successful career in performing arts and modeling throughout the world I became interested in alternative healing arts and a change of pace which would allow for more family time.
Since 2002 I have been attending various Austrian massage schools such as Hildegard von Bingen, Manus, Sportthema and others, studying a great variety of alternative healing and massage techniques as outlined below. In 2009 I became independently self-employed as sports and healing massage therapist, which in Austria involves a diploma called ”selbständige gewerbliche Sport- und Heilmasseurin". Since 2004 I have been involved in handicapped sports. In 2009 I accompanied the Austrian Special Olympics Team to "Deaflympics" in Taipeh.
I also love doing all kinds of sports myself, including running marathons, mountain biking, hiking and climbing (I reached the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2009). Another interest of mine is Austrian sign language which has been indispensable in working with the hearing impaired. The rest of my free time I love spending with my amazing husband and lovely three daughters.
I would say that hands-on healing work is my real calling and passion and I thoroughly enjoy and love doing it!
MY THERAPEUTIC APPROACH
As early as 4000 years ago the civilized peoples of Asia believed that there is a suitable therapy for everyone. Once the correct method of treatment has been found it should be applied diligently and integrated into the daily routine. My therapeutic approach based on these ancient principles will provide you with a unique opportunity to achieve sustainable well-being for body and mind.
A SAMPLE OF THERAPIES AND TECHNIQUES TO CHOOSE FROM
All massages are custom-tailored to suit your individual needs.
Thorough working through superficial and deep musculature including active and passive stretching will result in sustained well-being. Can be combined with Triggerpoint therapy, myofascial techniques, rod massage, reflex zone massage.
Sports Massage and Taping
Custom-tailored sports massage and taping can be an integral part of your sports exercise routine. I also offer preperatory and restorative massages for competitive athletes of all disciplines. Can be combined with all other types of massages.
“TriggerPoints” are permanent contractions of a section of the musculature caused by overexertion. These “tough knots” are removed through the application of pressure via four different techniques. Can be combined with classical massage, sports massage, reflex zone massage, acupuncture point massage, rod massage.
Lymphatic Drainage (Dr. Vodder Method)
The gentle, rhythmic, circling and pumping movements of this therapy are designed to clear congestion and produce an overall diuretic and extremely relaxing effect on the whole body. Application: sports, after injuries or operations, cosmetic purposes (e.g. drainage of facial lymphatic vessels).
Foot Reflexology Massage
Reflexology involves application of pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques. It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that purportedly reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the premise that such work effects a physical change to the body.
For real reflexology aficionados I also offer a much more intense Chinese Foot Reflexology Massage!
Myofascial structures are the parts of tissue that surround and hold muscles, bones and organs in place. MFR helps with contusions, compressions, strains and overexertion through the focused application of pressure and tension. Can be combined with classical massage, sports massage, reflex zone massage, rod massage.
Developed by Dr. Marnitz is a type of treatment derived from physical therapy. The treatment consists of a number of manual techniques which are incorporated into a deep tissue massage. When applied on specific parts of the body, such as muscles or ligaments, it has a reflexive effect. It is often used to reduce pain in case of acute or chronic conditions of the spine or other joints. Can be combined with any other massage technique.
Treatment of the deeper layers of muscle through high pressure application of the Japanese wooden massage rod. Can be combined with classical massage, sports massage, connective tissue massage, myofascial and triggerpoint therapies.
Connective Tissue Massage
Tension-induced stimulus through shifting of the skin affect inner organs, vessels, nerves and the musculoskeletal system. Can be combined with reflexology massage.
Acupuncture Point Massage (according to Willy Penzel)
Based on traditional Chinese medicine. Energy equalization through the tracing of energy tracks (Meridians) on the surface of the body and pressurization of acupuncture points using a metal rod. Can be combined with reflex zone massage.
Hot stone massage
Is a traditional massaging method that is practiced in Asia as well Hawaii and the Polynesian regions. Hot basalt stones (igneous rock can store heat for a longer period of time) are used to activate energy tracks (Meridians) along the body or to complement manual, relaxing massaging techniques.
Running Tips, Training Plans and Race Companion
I also offer custom-tailored running tips and training plans for beginners and intermediate runners who would like to include the experience of an effortless, efficient running style in their regular workout routines. I am also available to act as a race companion for 1K to Marathon for anyone interested including runners with disabilities.
As part of ANY treatment I also offer a complementary therapeutic exercise home program!