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I go to Jochen because he helps me to gain self-knowledge through honesty and consolation. He is always careful in choosing his words and touch to increase and differentiate my physical sensations and awareness. And he always tunes into my current emotional situation.

I moved to Berlin a year ago. Both the excitements of the city as well as the pressures at work were so demanding that I lost my inner peace and inner balance completely. I felt helpless, sad, and had problems sleeping.

Already after the first session I realised that a transparent and continuous connection to my body is the key to a stable mental condition. Jochen helps me finding this key – again and again. And our works gives me the clues to use it wisely. Today, I am dealing with my  tensions and anxieties more consciously. Therefore I feel more balanced and self-effective.

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

Sebastian, 28

Teacher

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

Astrid, 46

Religious Scientist

I’ve been to Jochen’s bodywork several times. Starting point for me were different chronic pains as well as psychological impairments such as fears, panic attacks and depression. My psychosomatic complaints, which are also based on damage to the spine always bother me.

I liked the style of Jochen’s bodywork, a very holistic approach that looks and feels beyond the apparent symptoms. He tries to understand what is going on underneath them, gently and directed, to help these things to the surface. Jochen is an extremely sensitive and individually responsive therapist who does not force anything, but gently provides new possibilities and ultimately reveals ways to self-help. And that is very important to me. The clients determine which priorities are right for them, what they want to achieve through bodywork.

Jochen’s touch is gentle. During the therapy we have worked with breath a lot. He has supported my breathing with his hands and always asked me how I am doing and what images unfold within me. This has worked very well for me, because the images were very powerful and showed me possibilities to strengthen myself in situations of anxiety and panic. I understood that these are often characterised by stagnation on the physical realm.

Jochen has also helped me to release some stuck emotions, which was very liberating. I was able to experience psychosomatic connections through bodywork, and under his sensitive guidance I felt protected, understood and completely free of judgment. This intensive experience has unfolded itself in repeated sessions. We could then build on the previous ones and deepen the positive changes through breathing, imagination and specifically directed touch.

I can recommend this type of bodywork to anyone who is open to exploring their own resources of self-help. Especially for those who may already have a longer path of suffering and are looking for a more holistic approaches to healing. Of course, this method is not a miracle, but it opens up wonderful possibilities of meeting with oneself and has the potential to bring you to your own healing sources. Thank you, dear Jochen!

Receiving sessions of Jochen’s bodywork was a very deep and profound experience for me. I have faced my trauma in my body and with his magic hands he has helped me to deal with it. To relax so well that I don’t have that much tension in my body anymore.

I fully recommend his work. He has a beautiful welcoming presence and went  deeply into all the tension in my body. He is very precise and accurate in his work, even if he works on the level of pain. He can listen to the body and knows when and how to touch the places which need attention..thank you Jochen..it was a great journey..

I have faced my trauma in my body and with his magic hands he has helped me to deal with

Damian, 35

Actor

” I understood that fear simply wants to flow and that it can even be a nice feeling!.”

Michael, 27

Software Developer

Often I had to fight with typical symptoms of a panic disorder: depressive moods, heart palpitations, sweating and anxiety. A therapy with a psychologist made me more self-conscious, but however, the symptoms never disappeared completely.

Even though Jochen knew nothing of this, he already in the first session found a way to “trigger” this fear in a way that I could contain it. I understood that fear simply wants to flow and that it can even be a nice feeling!

Today, I no longer get panic attacks, and even better, now I know how I can “exhale” the fear. I managed to take this conscious way of dealing with my feelings into my everyday life and I also transfer it to other difficult emotions: jealousy, injuries, sadness and loneliness. I thank you for that!

It is difficult to describe in words what happens in a Pantarei Session. Because what  makes up Jochen’s work are not just words, but journeys of somatic sensations. Pantarei is my most relaxing moment of the week –  even though we mostly follow some kind of pain. Jochen intuitively discovers body areas that react to pressure with a very special yet interesting pain. This pain for me indicates hidden potential and it is therefore worthwhile to investigate.

The body sometimes shows extremely unexpected reactions such as numbness, pulsation, heat or noise in the ears. It is extremely exciting to experience this. This usually culminates in deep meditative states. I step away and at the same time I am absolutely present.

In everyday life, Pantarei helps me to have more connection to my body and to react more carefully to its signals. Jochen is empathic, mindful and professional. I am very thankful for his extraordinary work and company!

In everyday life, Pantarei helps me to have more connection to my body and to react more carefully to its signals.

Peer, 35

Physicist

“In the long term, I noticed a change in the way I perceive my body. It has lead to a self-confident, more open approach towards my environment.”

Stefan, 39 

Actor

I am an actor. Jochen and me have been working for three years. The starting point were my problems with physical presence and my wish to understand more about some personal fears. Jochen worked with great sensitivity and he had an individual approach towards the difficult issues.

In a very short time, we achieved improvements in acute symptoms such as attention deficits, blockages and postural problems. In the long term, I noticed a change in the way I perceive my body. It has lead to a self-confident, more open approach towards my environment.

An example: In the course of the work, it turned out that in certain stressful situations, I would create tension around my eyes. This also effected my facial muscles, neck, diaphragm, and abdomen. Through the use of different touch and massage techniques, I became aware of this pattern. I can now handle this more freely, perceive the occurrence of tension, and can consciously work with it or let it go.

Jochen’s work is passive or active in co-operation with the client. He has a great sense of what is possible and how far he can go with the client without overwhelming him. Our work  has brought me much further in many respects.

A great experience that goes way beyond just a nice massage and opens possibilities for confrontations that makes you see your body from another perspective and discover more about it.

Jochen has a very specific and nice approach. He is very gentle, careful and respectful, but in the same time honest and not afraid of problematic territories.

“A great experience that goes way beyond just a nice massage. 

Nadia, 42

Theatremaker

“Staying true to myself and my values and at the same time not becoming to rigid and hard.

Daniel 

Healer

If you are looking for Bodywork in Berlin I can warmly recommend Jochen to you. In the last 8 months he helped me immensely with his loving, genuine and nourishing way of touching my life. I don’t know how I would have survived otherwise processing all these emotional and energetic states, while at the same time managing my life, projects and relationships. Staying true to myself and my values and at the same time not becoming to rigid and hard.

He so often brought me back to clarity, to ease and softness in my heart and body. His being and work is really attentive to your needs and wishes. His touch is absolutely talented. And he is simply a GREAT human being with a BIG BIG heart. Maybe he will also be a blessing for you as he has been to me.

Immense gratitude to you, Jochen, for doing this work and supporting other people like me on their journey.

I had a series of sessions with Jochen and found them hugely beneficial. I loved his way of working which seemed very intuitive immediate and simple on the one hand and yet also very powerful. Each session was quite different as Jochen matched his process to my state of mind and requests or interests each time we met. 

I always felt very seen, respected and listened to and each session was a collaboration with Jochen constantly following me and adapting his approach as different observations or sensations surfaced in my awareness. At the time I experienced the process as very joyful and having an immediate and positive effect on my mood and general state of being.

But from a distance of more than half a year I can observe that deep and permanent shifts occurred in my consciousness. I was able to perceive negative scripts that I had been running in the background of my everyday life and discard them.

I would certainly recommend Jochen to anyone who is interested in self-development and exploration, especially if they want to work in a way that unifies the somatic and mental practice.

I was able to perceive negative scripts that I had been running in the background of my everyday life and discard them.

Maevon, 52

Tourguide

“A highly professional, skilled and intuitive bodyworker.

Karen 

Energy Worker

Jochen is a highly professional, skilled and intuitive bodyworker.  He creates a very respectful, safe and trusting space to release deep emotion, and to support physical catharsis.  His sensitivity and ability to listen to the body is powerful. I would highly recommend a session with Jochen.  He is a world class practitioner.

One of the most positively interesting experience I have had. His professionalism, genuine intuition and knowledge have helped me to see and understand my body from a completely new and better level.

Therapy with Jochen has helped me to deal with many issues and could strongly recommend him. You will definitely be in the best hands.

You will definitely be in the best hands.

Domo, 38

Diplomat

“Slowly I learned how to let go of extra muscular tension. Yes, it appeared to be possible to cycle while relaxing my buttocks!”

Klaus, 57

Manager

For ten years and longer I was continuously suffering from pain in my joints – hips, knees, shoulders and spine. When sitting for longer periods, the pain would become almost unbearable, longer car rides became torture. Alternative medicine like Osteopathie and Chinese medicine did not help. Rheuma, allergies and finally fibromyalgia where considered as diagnosis and then ruled out by my doctors.

With 56 I had made peace with the idea that a few painkillers a week would not do too much damage. And that I would no longer be able to go hiking or running. Then I read an ad by Jochen Stechmann, dancer and bodyworker. Maybe someone who was familiar with movement, he might be able to help me more that a physiotherapist or an osteopath.

We started to explore my body in sessions- its posture and its flexibility. Suddenly, pains in my left knee increased. A arthroscopic surgery helped remove that issue.  A spot at on the right side of the base at my skull that had always been sensitive to pressure came into focus. Jochen worked on it again and again, and I started to remember that this was where my mother used to grab me, forcefully directing my movements when I was a boy. 

I shed a lot of tears in those sessions. While being soothed by an open, empathetic therapist. Slowly I learned how to let go of extra muscular tension. Yes, it appeared to be possible to cycle while relaxing my buttocks!

I learned to breath into every corner of my body. Then I came to notice that I had much more flexibility than other people of my age. And that my body was following me full of dedication. But that I myself had to listen to this body as well.

Jochen massaged and kneeded, he worked on reflex point at my feet, he caressed and stroked the same places over and over. Through reminding me of breathing he taught me to listen to my physical sensation and to learn how to read them. Sometimes in a trance-like state.

My pains were the result of years of bad posture and extra tension. Thanks to Jochen, I became able to  balance those tensions, to find the ways of moving and holding myself that my body needed and wanted. And in this way, it suddenly felt easy and without any effort, as if things happened by itself.

Yes, I went for treatment for an hour each week. Yes, the period lasted a whole summer and autumn. And yes, it took another six months after to be completely without pain.

When we started, I decided to accept this hypothesis: That chronic pain is more an issue of my brain than of my joints. That this brain of mine needed to work out new connections to process physical sensation without giving alarm signals. Without Jochen I would have never managed to do so. He is a magician who knows his profession very well.

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