I grew up in a small town in the Northeast of Sweden with the forests and wild outdoors literally on my doorstep. During my teenage years I satisfied my curiosity of the inner and outer world by reading up on psychology, biology, nutrition, current affairs, politics, and more. I was fortunate enough to be able to travel extensively at a young age and as I encountered various and diverse cultures I became more and more interested in what makes people be who they are – so uniquely different, yet so universally connected. I have always been physically active and fascinated by the human body. Instead of going down the medical route of study and follow in the footsteps of my parents I decided to study Psychology at the University of Edinburgh as I was more interested in the power of the mind. Ironically I became dissatisfied with how the body seemed almost obsolete in the academic study of psychology as I saw them as highly interconnected. Participating in an improvised dance workshop during this time I discovered the expressiveness of me as a fully ‘embodied being’ and the positive impact this had on my mood and well-being. It made me think in new and creative ways about the interconnectedness of our body and mind.
This was the starting point of my further research and studies in more psychosomatic approaches to health and wellbeing. That’s why I decided to undergo training in Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy & Education alongside the Shiatsu diploma. Four years down the line, now a fully qualified therapist and educator and living in Bristol, UK, where my professional development has taken me, I continue to learn and wonder about who we are as human beings and how we can bring out the best in us through a creative and empowering educational approach. For me this approach has to be taking the mind, body, emotions and spirit into account in order to be effective. MINDINSOMA was born out of these two training schemes as well as my Psychology background and recent counselling training. I am gradually becoming more interested in working with groups as well as one-to-one work.
My place of origin will always ensure I am in close affinity to nature for coming alive to my senses and enjoy the richness of life. It is a daily reminder of my place in the world and being physically active and connected to nature means I stop to reflect and allow myself to just be. I have a regular personal movement practice and regularly engage in other creative practices such as cooking, crafts, card-making, swing dancing and singing. I am a real people-person and love spending time with others in any shape or form. I learn so much about myself from these relationships. My faith and spiritual practice has over the past few years placed me at the heart of engaging and collaborative community-building activities – an arena where I continually learn to appreciate the unity and beauty one finds in diversity and the growth that comes from simple acts of service.
Psychology MA (Hons), Edinburgh University, UK
Diploma in Shiatsu, Edinburgh Shiatsu School Y1-2 & Bristol Shiatsu School Y3
Diploma in Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy, Institute for Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy (IBMT), UK
Counselling Certificate, level 4, Network Counselling & Training, Bristol, UK
Multicultural Wellness Education Training, Capacitar International, UK
Movement Shiatsu workshop series, SEED, UK
Astrid is a registered MRSS practitioner with the British Shiatsu Society and a registered Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator (RSMT/E) with ISMETA – International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association, both of whose Codes of Conduct and Ethics she adheres to. MINDINSOMA is fully insured by Balens Specialist Insurance Brokers and is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office.