The demands of modern day living do take a toil on our bodies. We find ourselves sitting in front of computers for long hours, being engrossed with our smartphones on the trains, rushing the kids from one activity to the next and so on. It is no wonder that many of us suffer from shoulder and neck pain, general fatigue, frequent headaches and many other discomforts. I probably spend more than 10 hours a day looking at a screen for work purposes and blogging. Frequent lower back aches and tension around the shoulder area are my “best friends”. I’ve been given muscle relaxants by GPs in Singapore but I didn’t want to take medication to hide my symptoms. Hence, I thought I would visit Sanfstark, an osteopathic clinic, which is conveniently located in the city center of Frankfurt.
Osteopathy was developed by Dr Andrew Taylor Still in the 19th century. He believed that the musculoskeletal system was integral to the body’s health and that all body systems were interrelated.
At Sanftstark I was greeted warmly by Sonja who is a health practitioner. Before we started the treatment, she sat me down to explain the importance of finding harmonisation and the need to strengthen the craniosacral rhythm which is caused by the inflation and deflation of the cerebral fluid in the cranium. I know, right? Medical terms! But the gist of it is that the treatment seeks to calm me down to relieve stress.
Before we started the treatment, Sonja put on some relaxing music to set the mood. To ensure that I knew what she was doing, Sonja welcomed any questions I had in mind. Afterall, it was my first osteopathy session and I wanted to know more about it. She was more than happy to elaborate what she was feeling (my body rhythms), if I was in a good state and even explained what she was doing. It made me feel like I, as a patient, was part of the treatment as I felt well informed.
The treatment room was quiet and simple. There are no frills to it, which is good. That’s the bed to lie on and there’s always a fresh clean sheet that Sonja will put on before you get on it.
She started off placing her fingers on my ankles followed by my lower back, shoulder area and head. Sonja tried to feel for the irregularities of the tension in my tissues in order to manipulate them so that the body will be energised. I was told my left side was “off” and guess what, I did have an aching left heel. Not sure if it’s linked!
The session was 60 minutes long and half way through it I found myself drifting off into la-la land. My shoulders felt more relaxed and my breathing was slower too.
For anyone of you who would like to try osteopathy out, I would recommend you to contact Sonja at Sanftstark. Here’s the link to the website which is conveniently available in both German and English – www. osteopathie-frankfurt-sanftstark.de
To make an appointment with Sonja, it’s really as simple as a few clicks. Use the online appointment booking system available at this link – http://osteopathie-frankfurt-sanftstark.de/102/Online-Terminbuchung/%E2%80%A2_Appointment.html
Simply select the day and time and you’re set. There are different timings available – mornings, afternoons and even night treatments! You’re bound to find a time that suits your schedule.
Here’s the address to Sanftstark:
Carl-Theodor-Reiffenstein-Platz , 660313 Frankfurt am Main
Tel: 069 2079 1610
Note: Please do note that I was not paid to write a review about Sanftstark. As I did feel comfortable and relaxed during and after the treatment, I decided to share this place with any of you who might want to give it a try.