MassageArt is owned by Teddy Østerlin Koch.
I qualified as a massage therapist in 2012 after
passing the exam held by a medical practitioner.
I consider massage an art form. Every person
is different; every body unique. For this reason,
I make my massage deeply intuitive and individual,
adapted to each client to meet his or her body’s
Anatomy and physiology are key elements of the sports massage training programme – the theory of the human skeleton, muscles and circulation and how they function. Both when the human body is functioning as it should and when musculoskeletal injuries or tension arise. This knowledge of the human body’s workings provides the understanding so vital to a good massage.
The other part of the training programme is, of course, learning how to correctly
manipulate, knead and stroke the various parts of the body, so that the massage
has maximum effect.
However, for many years I have also practised an alternative, more spiritual
approach to the relationship between mind and body. I have participated in a wide
range of alternative courses, including seminars by Art Reade, a Native American,
as well as worked with mental training and relaxation – all of which I apply in my
teaching. I do yoga and have also practised tai chi for many years.
These interests have made me neither flaky nor far-out. I am remarkably
down-to-earth, a person focused on physical fitness. As an active sportsman for
most of my life, I have run marathons and taken part in other activities such as
swimming, cycling, rowing and working out. In recent years, I’ve aspired to do a
triathlon and had my first success in a quarter ironman.
Professionally, I am a journalist and have worked in television. I have also worked as
a fireman and paramedic for the Copenhagen City Fire Department. For the past 12
years, I have worked as a communication director in the public sector and for various
I am now self-employed, and run the communications agency YourStory.dk as well as MassageArt.
I find it makes sense to combine the rigour of intellectual work with the intimacy, calm and physical work of massage.
How does the massage work?
Most people who have had a massage say it relaxes them, alleviates or relieves pain in tense muscles and generally gives them a feeling of physical and mental well-being.
A body massage stimulates your blood circulation. Your skin gets warm because the tiny blood vessels in your skin and muscles expand. In other words, massage stimulates the blood flow in muscle tissue, thus helping the body to rid itself of waste products. This is also why massage helps your body recover after exercise, and prevents or eliminates soreness after training.