My name is Axel, I was born in 1991 in Denmark.
I live in Berlin, where I work as an embodied counsellor and bodyworker. I give sessions to groups and individuals from my workspace in Kreuzberg and in nature.
My intention is to support all sorts of people with all kinds of bodies to get in touch with the resources that are already present. I see bodywork as a space that should be co-created, and I work from the belief that the client always is the expert of their own body. I draw on my dfferent somatic educations, to work with a combination of embodiment, talk and consent aware touch.
I have a background in queer and transgender activism, and have especially been involved in a social justice movement that fought to secure transgendered peoples acces to health care and human rights.
Bodywork was for me a way to shift the focus from liberation on a structural level, to a more personal body-to-body level. I am interested in the space where the political meets the personal, and asking how we can support each other to live free, loving and embodied lives - while still being aware of the structural and political landscape we move in. Feeling safe in your body is something individuals can learn, but safety from violence is a collective issue.
An important reason for making the change from direct activism towards embodiment, was that my own feelings of anger towards structural oppression started showing up in my own body as stress and anxiety. It felt necessary to make a change to stay healthy and embodiment has taught me a lot about how to move through challenging feelings. What came as a very welcome surprise was that embodiment is more about discovering what it means to feel connected, safe, supported and belonging to community. I feel a lot of gratitude in now being able to work with different modalities that unleashes the resilience we all have within us.
I live in Kreuzberg, I go on a lot of walks with Bobby (my dog) and Ayo (my human partner), I am white, I identify as transgender on the masculine spectrum and I use he as a pronoun. My friends and community mean the world to me. I hope to grow old and become as kind as Kate Bornstein. I am anti-capitalist in my heart and would like to live in a world where basic needs are met for all.
I sometimes give workshop as part of the Skinship Collective and I am a co-curator of Stretch, an embodied festival for gay, queer and bisexual men and everyone on a non-binary and transgender spectrum. It's happening 3 times a year and you can read more about it here
Somatic and therapeutic certificates
2019 Certified in Therapeutic Thai Massage, Thai Hand Berlin
2019 - 2021 certified in The Pantarei Approach to Somatic Therapy, The Pantarei Approach
2020 Certified in Embodied Counselling, The Institute of Somatic Sexology
2020 Certified in Basic Movement for Trauma, by Jane Clapp
2020 - 2021 Certified, Mind Body Therapy, Institute of Embodied Philosophy
2021 Introduction to Somatic Experiencing, Somatic Experiencing Spain
2022 I began my first out of 3 years in Somatic Experiencing and am offering student sessions.
I am in regular supervison with Deej Juventin From the Institute of somatic sexology