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Welcome. ‘Down to Earth Therapies’ has recently relocated to Potsdam and is happy to offer all therapies in English and German. As an intuitive therapist, with more than 17 years experience in therapeutic massage and body work, Nicole has learned that many people who are looking for touch are also searching for a place of stillness, to allow body and mind to surrender and heal in deep relaxation.

With gentle and efficient techniques to unwind, strengthen and balance your body and nerve system Nicole is supporting clients with many conditions. Her holistic approach combines body work & breath work, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy and techniques from NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). Whether you are seeking to resolve emotional, mental or physical issues, you will find yourself in a safe space and in experienced and cabable hands.

Typical concerns for which clients regularly seek support are:

neck pain, back & shoulder pain, headaches, whiplash, traumatic experiences, processing grief and loss, anxiety, phobias, low mood, IBS, chronic fatigue etc.

For Nicole it is important to guide clients into a deeper connection with themselves and their body-mind processes, to help integrate experiences and allow healing to take place. As a result of our sessions, clients often say they feel utterly held, with a new sense of clarity, vitality and emotional well-being.

When we are supported in our challenges, witnessing and being witnessed with empathy and love, we create an environment of transformation where perceived limitations can turn into fuel for our healing and lead to expansion into a more spirited, self-fulfilled and self-empowered way of living.

At ‘Down to Earth’ Therapies, treatments are offered on a sliding scale to accomodate low income, students, single Mums or retired people. For price suggestions: please visit the bookings page and contact me to discuss an affordeable price.

Down to Earth Therapies:

Hypnotherapy, NLP/EFT and Life Coaching
‘Neurolinguistic Programming’ (NLP), Hypnotherapy and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) are used to treat a wide range of conditions. The techniques I use in my one-on-one Coaching sessions help people identify and achieve what they want in their lives, move forward in areas where they feel ‘stuck’, and   understand their thought patterns and how to change them. Clients describe the sessions as powerful, rewarding and life changing experiences.

 

Nicole performing Shiatsu on a client.
Shiatsu is a traditional Japanese Massage Therapy based on the same ancient wisdom of energy healing as Acupuncture. It is a deeply effective  full body massage and with its strengthening and balancing effect it is equally recommended for clients dealing with emotional and mental stress or acute and chronic pain or fatigue. Shiatsu is practiced fully clothed on a futon at floor level and can be as gentle or as deep as required.

 

 

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combines the best of Lomi Massage and Kahuna Bodywork in a unique and profound healing massage. Following the energy of the sea, Lomi Lomi works with gentle and dynamic flowing strokes into all muscles. With intuitively vibrant or relaxing intensity it completely nurtures body and soul – enabling the recipient to relax and simply be carried away.

 

 

 

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Trigger Point Massage is a great way to relax specific tense muscles, and can give rapid relief from pain. I often combine this treatment with Shiatsu. Trigger points can effectively release whole muscle groups and I recommend this technique if you experience muscle spasms and painful muscle tension in the neck and shoulders, have recurrent headaches, migraines, or issues such as twitching eye-lids.

 

To book your appointment today and experience a unique and effective therapy session with Nicole in Potsdam or Brandenburg a.d. Havel please call

Mob: 0176 / 44250078 or email down2earththerapies@gmail.com

 

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Breathing with the support of stones

Stone musings.

During a recent workshop I danced barefoot and blindfolded in a dried out river bed. I’d been walking there on the days before, and I noticed a curious change under my feet. As I was blindly feeling my way along the ground, I was surprised by the unexpected softness I felt – like someone had smoothed the stones over night and for a moment that really puzzled me. Where I had carefully picked my way before I could now quite easily flow through them.

The blindfold stopped the visual distraction and dropped my whole body into listening & softening. And it struck me, how different my experience was, once my visual focus and analysis of the surface were gone… and how my body now met the ground in a receptive, instead of “estimating & controlling” sort of way. As I softened, I allowed the ground to inform me and my body responded with much more ease.

I’d come across the same principle before when mountain biking, but it was the surprising change of sensation of smoothness under my bare feet that brought my attention back to this realisation – How different life can feel when when we ease off and soften our response. When we take our focus away from where we are locked into struggle with details and tune back into our body to breathe and feel what we feel and then respond to it…

I know how the observation of too many details can hinder me finding flow and trust. Dancing blindly, I immensely enjoyed the strong presence of the stones and their amazing qualities. Small pebbles felt really playful as they bounced off my skin, the bigger ones had a comfortable weight, inviting a deeper breath into my body and creating a grounding foundation around myself as I stacked them all around me to feel into their solidity – being with the stones dropped me into a physical sense of what eternity must feel like for them. Solid trust.

(Later someone shared that) while we were dancing a fox came by to watch and peacefully groom himself, but then was chased away by a dog who’s owner came running and screaming after the dog… all the while I was with the stones, completely grounded and unfazed about what was going on at the edges of my experience.

I wish to remember and take more of this feeling of being deeply grounded with me into my life. So I took some stones with me to remind me when I need them to.

 

As practitioner I have a solid presence when I give Shiatsu treatments and at times I am the rock for my client and the futon is the riverbed of stones on which we breathe ourselves alive and find presence in our body. It allows us to get up with a new sense of solidity.

In TCM (Chinese Medicine) stones and autumn belong to the Metal element which also governs the lungs and skin, clear communication, judgement, boundaries and structure.

In Shiatsu, when ‘Metal’ becomes a focus, I often think of breath and boundaries and where they can help us to take in or let go, and when clear communication is needed in uncompromising moments – where we have to negotiate our position carefully and draw clear boundaries. Because the Metal element can be quite confronting and unforgiving, but it can just as easily provide stability and a solid boundary.

Navigating around stones needs careful negotiation with clarity and softness – when you move with stones you know quickly if you are in a space that welcomes your shape or not. The Metal element in Chinese Medicine forms connections through “clear communication” – no hints and guesses. But when it is quite out of balance, for instance in times of intense grief, we are often meet with a stony ‘silence’.


As a practitioner I use guided  breath work and body weight that can help my clients to connect with themselves again and find a clear sense of boundary along which we gently allow sensations to resurface again, sometimes with a sudden release of long penned up tears and anger – just like the river brings fresh life force back to the Glen when returning to the riverbed after a long period of dryness. 

We can learn much from nature and the elements around us. My therapeutic focus lies on helping clients re-connect with Self and to find new ways of healing and expanding our capacity for sensations. In my Shiatsu sessions it starts with the solid support of my futon… 

Sat Nam and Blessings

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