Psychosomatic physical therapy

Always a whole mouth full: psychosomatic physical therapy, but what is that? And what are you doing there? And when do you go to a psychosomatic physiotherapist?

The meaning

Psychosomatic means nothing more than psyche (your thinking) and somatic (your body) and how these two are connected and affect each other. You are much more than just your body. You also have thoughts, beliefs, norms, values, feelings, emotions, the way in which you live and of course a living environment (family, family, social network, your work, etc.). If everything is in balance, then you are comfortable with yourself, you look at life positively and you usually feel that you have control over your own life.

Physical complaints

We live in a busy society, focused on performance, many choices and the idea that happiness is feasible. Many people experience this pressure and that gives stress. A short stress peak is no problem and sometimes healthy. But long-term stress can ultimately lead to many physical complaints such as:

  • neck complaints
  • headache
  • extreme fatigue
  • can not relax
  • pressure on the chest or palpitations
  • unexplained muscle and joint pain
  • anxiety, difficulty breathing
  • listlessness, irritability, restlessness or being hunted
  • bad or very much sleep
  • anxious and insecure
  • concentration problems
  • being gloomy and worrying a lot
  • getting a burnout

Stress or stress

A psychosomatic physiotherapist is specialized in the treatment of symptoms that have to do with tension or stress, but also in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders and that of unexplained complaints and dealing with chronic pain. Often people with unexplained complaints have already gone from doctor to doctor and if nothing is found then the image of: “I’m not crazy, is not it in my ears?”. This is the first one and the second is partly :). The stimulation of pain is indeed between the ears, namely in our brains. This also applies to our thoughts about the pain. These thoughts determine our behavior in relation to that pain and then it can just happen that we get stuck in the same circle of pain, thoughts and behavior.

Break the circle

A psychosomatic physiotherapist guides you to break this circle, by examining together what is and what is not functional behavior and what works for you personally. The special thing about breaking this circle is that people experience pain differently. Does it disappear? No, in many cases not, but because you deal with it differently, the pain is no longer overpowering and you regain control of your own life.

Learn how your body works

When you come to a psychosomatic physiotherapist, depending on the request for help, the goals of the treatment are determined together with you and a therapy plan is drawn up. You learn how your body works and how you influence it yourself. You learn to understand your body and the therapist helps you to develop and apply a healthy lifestyle. The conscious experience of your body and how you react in different situations is of great importance. The purpose of the treatment can be, for example:

  • changing the factors that sustain the complaint
  • applying relaxation skills, mindfulness
  • improve breathing or breathing pattern
  • increase your overall load capacity
  • the feeling and respect of physical and psychological limits.


A psychosomatic physiotherapist works closely together with other experts such as the general practitioner, practice assistant, psychologist and, if necessary, the company doctor.

to the whispering
of your body
so it does not have to scream.

Femke Blok | Fysiotherapiepraktijk Sleedoorn Amstelveen

Femke Blok

In my practice, I am Femke Blok, the psychosomatic physiotherapist. Already during my studies I found out that I wanted to treat people more holistically (looking at the entire individual). I have amassed my knowledge in various ways from holistic massage therapy, haptonomy, energetic bodywork, mindfulness, TA, solution-oriented work and NLP to be able to work more and more from the core. I am present at the practice on Monday and Friday. I also work in Nieuw Vennep at a practice and I am an assistant trainer at an NLP training. And finally … keep an eye on this website, because soon a mindfulness training will start on Monday evening.