Somatic Experiencing & Bodywork

Jochen Stechmann

Welcome to my Website. My name is Jochen Stechmann and I work as an Alternative Health Practitioner (Heilpraktiker), Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) and Bodyworker in my workspace in Berlin Gesundbrunnen (Wedding).

My working method is based on strong empathy. I deeply trust into the ability of the body and the nervous system to intuitively balance itself when given the right kind of respectful support. A lot of my clients* identify as LGBTQ+.

Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. The aim is to restore the nervous system’s natural ability to regulate itself. Therefore, the energy held in the ‘frozen’ state is released in small, carefully monitored steps. In SE sessions I mainly work without physical touch.

With Somatic Coaching following the Pantarei Approach, I help people to feel more connected with their own strength and to experience their own being more fully. My touch is directing and supporting this process.

Additionally, I offer different kind of Massages: Intuitive Thai Meridian Massage, Footmassage, Lomi Lomi, Esalen Inspired Massage.

Update – Corona Pandemic

In the course of the pandemic and the social restrictions, our lives have been stirred up. There is a general lack of orientation and of direct contact, leading to an increased sense of anxiety and insecurity. A severe challenge for our nervous systems to cope with…

As Heilpraktiker in Berlin according to the  Verordnung zur Änderung der SARS-CoV-2-Infektionsschutzverordnung vom 14.12.2020 (§17 Satz 1) I am allowed to provide necessary medical treatments. Of course while applying the rules of protection and Hygiene. 

Currently, I offer Online Sessions. Body based concepts (such as Somatic Experiencing) can fundamentally improve our ability for self-regulation in this difficult times. 

More about me

I grew up in a village in Northern Germany. When I was 24, I decided to quit my studies in mathematics, move to the Netherlands and become a contemporary dancer. I never had any regrets about this decision.

Subsequently I worked for 15 years in the Netherlands in the field of dance and theatre. In 2011, I co-founded the dance company Traum-A and started choreographing my own pieces at Dansmakers Amsterdam. This website gives you an insight into my artistic works. I simultaneously worked as a Hatha yoga teacher and Pilates mat work Instructor.

Through dance-related physical wear-and-tear, I came by chance into contact with the Somatic Bodywork. I instantly fell in love with it. Besides a quick physical improvement some personal changes that I had wished for could suddenly happen without much effort.

Following a sense of ‘calling’, I moved to Berlin and started training as practitioner of the Pantarei Approach and the Grinberg Method. It gives me great joy to see how my clients feel more at home in their body and in their lives.

Since 2021 I am a certified practitioner in Somatic Experiencing (SEP), a body-centered approach to healing Trauma developed by Peter Levine. Working as SEP I fhills me wit gratitude and humbleness. Witnessing my clients ability to overcome challenges and connect to their core life energy has been an ever surprising road until now.

I identify as queer and my preferred pronoun is ‘they’. In my work I attach great importance to humour, precision, respect and trust, using elements from my background  – Dance, Pilates, Yoga and mathematical thinking.


His professionalism, genuine intuition and knowledge have helped me to see and understand my body from a completely new and better level.



Jochen creates a very respectful, safe and trusting space to release deep emotion, and to support physical catharsis.


Energy Worker

Great experience that goes beyond just a nice massage. ochen has a very specific and nice approach. He is very gentle, careful and respectful.

Nadia, 42


Already after the first session I realised that a transparent and continuous connection to my body is key to a stable mental condition.

Sebastian, 28


I was able to experience psychosomatic connections through bodywork. Under his sensitive guidance I felt protected, understood and completely free of judgment.

Astrid, 44

Religious Scholar

Jochen found a way to show me that fear simply wants to flow and is even a nice feeling. I now take this openness for my feelings into my everyday life.

Michael, 27

Software Developer

We achieved improvements in acute symptoms such as attention deficit, blockages and postural problems. It has lead to a self-confident, open approach towards my environment.

Stefan, 39


It was very deep and profound experience. With his magic hands he has helped me to relax so well that I don’t have that much tension in my body anymore.

Damian, 35


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