Alexis tames the beast in Fontainebleau

Alexis Konstantin Zajetz

Education

Psychologist, psychotherapist, sports scientist, climbing instructor (sports climbing, alpin climbing), training supervisor for climbing instructors (Austrian Government)

How I work with Climbing Therapy

Most of the time I work with single patients e.g. suffering form an anxiety disorder or depression.  Sometimes i get requests from the field of outdoor training with teams, than I combine climbing in or outdoor with classic high or low elements.

Professions

My professional life hast three parts: working as a classical psychotherapist sitting and talking, working as a climbing instructor training people to become a climbing instructor for the Austrian government and thirdly of course the combination of both:-), working as a psychotherapist using climbing as a medium. Since 2014 i give lectures at the University of Salzburg in the field of clinical psychology.
For 4 years i worked in a psychosomatic clinic in Germany.

What kind of climbing I like most

Bouldering in Fontainebleau is heavens for me but I like the let´s say other end of the spectrum also very much: multi pitch climbing which is easier to realize in Austria than Bouldering. It´s an unbelievable event of self-experience to dive into a crag and cope with all those emotional landscapes as a friend of mine named it.

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Mag. Albert Iglseder

Education

MA philosophy, physical education teacher, experiental-pedagogy educator and outdoor trainer, ropescourse trainer stationary and mobile elements, instructor sports climbing.

How I work with Climbing Therapy

I use climbing as a field of different experiences for my clients. The idea is, to open room for individual personal development. I am working in the climbing-gym, outdoor on the rock or up into the trees – with very different people and groups of a wide range of age and status in our society: Children of three from a kindergarden, school children, young people with special needs, addicted people, disabled persons, refugees, etc. When doing team-trainings, I see and enjoy the benefit of the inviting charakter of climbing; groups from business, organisations, social-workers, etc. take part. Climbing moves.

Profession

– “Groupwork”, teamtrainings -preferably outdoortrainings-,
– operator of a touristic forest high ropes course,
– leader / instructor in pedagogical educations and trainings: (youth-leader Naturfreunde Austria, tree climbing, lecturer private business
school: social competence, communication)

What kind of climbing I like most

When all works out well, my private climbing-day could look like this: With a good friend a multi-pitch tour in solid limestone, not too difficult, not too long, without fear; after that having a break, open shoes, relax feet, having a snack, watch the nature or close the eyes, having a good chat; stroll to the car park, jump into the lake/ the sea.., and feel good when the sun goes down.

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Rudolf Steckholzer

Education

Physiotherapist – FH Campus Wien, Mag.art – University of Applied Arts Vienna, MA Fashion Photography – London College of Fashion, climbing trainer, ski and snowboard instructor, head of the centre for physiotherapy Physio-Box Vienna

How I work with Climbing Therapy

I mostly use Climbing Therapy as a method for treating patients with orthopedic or neurological problems. To be more precise, I appreciate the positive impact of Climbing Therapy on the stabilizing system of the body, especially when working with patients suffering from clinical instabilities or other spinal disorders. I also use climbing as a method for getting people with chronic pain into general motion again. When working with kids, who often find it hard to stick to home exercise plans, the playful aspect of Climbing Therapy is a very useful tool to me.

Profession

Physiotherapy is my main occupation. Together with my life partner we run a studio for physiotherapy in Vienna. Since I have been climbing for over twenty years, climbing has always been a key feature within my interest for anatomy and motion. Therefore in our studio we treat a great number of climbers suffering from various climbing injuries or overuse syndromes. In collaboration with other physiotherapists and doctors we also offer workshops in indoor climbing walls for preventing and managing pain for climbers. Besides my work as a physiotherapist I still work as an artist and photographer.

What kind of climbing I like most

That`s a hard question. I love many aspects about climbing. But if I had to bring it down to one answer I would say, that I like tricky sequences of boulder moves most. Moves, where it is not just about strength. Moves, when you first try them, you think “this will never work“…but then together with your friends by watching and trying somehow you learn how to manage them. You might call this motor learning!