Joachim Dietiker

Joachim Dietiker

Titles: Certified Advanced Rolfer™, Rolf Movement™ Practitioner, Dr. med. FMH Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Languages: German, English, Spanish, French and Italian
Focus: dealing with pain, coping with physical and mental trauma, rehabilitation after accidents and operations, Rolfing™ and psychotherapy, Rolfing Movement™, Rolfing™ and old age, Rolfing for men

Group Practice M. Marsidi + Dr. med. J. Dietiker
Peter Merian-Strasse 45
4052 Basel
+41 (0)79 523 62 50
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My fascination with Rolfing: Rolfing is for me so fascinating because it attempts to understand and accept people with all their rough edges. I am touched by the life story of each client, whether he or she comes with acute back pain, bad posture or a general life crisis. Together with the client we look for a solution for his or her situation using manual touch, verbal communication, new movements and experiences, feelings and symbolic interpretation.

How I discovered Rolfing: I first experienced Rolfing during my tango training and was thrilled. I benefit from improved balance, much better posture, smoother movements and a wonderful sense of freedom and well-being in my own body. After an operation caused by a knife attack, Rolfing helped me cope with physical rehabilitation, train my perception of myself and my surroundings, and thereby gain back a sense of security and confidence in both my body and other people. For me it was a relief to learn and realize that René Descartes' concept of «the human body as a machine» is no longer valid. Developmental and perception-based psychology as well as the physiology of our nervous system and the findings of neuroscience have shaped my current approach to Rolfing in my everyday practice.

My background: I did my Rolfing training in Munich, Germany and Boulder, Colorado, USA. In 2008 I finished the Basic Rolfing SI Training and in 2019 the  Advanced Rolfing Training and Movement Training. I regularly take continuing education seminars in Rolfing, cranial and visceral ostheopathy, and Rolfing Movement with Hubert Godard. I studied medicine in Basel and finished my specialization  in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy in 2012. From 2000 to 2004 I did my Psychotherapy Training in cognitive behavioural therapy at the University Psychiatric Clinic Basel. Since then I do regular continuous education in different types of psychotherapy. Since 2000 I was trained in Argentine tango. I teach tango professionally and have performed and taught in festivals and events in Europe, USA, Asia, New Zealand and Australia. Together with my wife, Michelle Marsidi, we opened our group practice in 2008 ( In our practice we cover a wide range of skills and expertise. Our philosophy is characterized by a holistic, integrated approach to body and psyche. We focus on high-quality work, with regular exchange of ideas and experiences, and continuous external training. The interpersonal contact in our practice is characterised by openness and acceptance, empathy and a non-judgmental attitude toward our clients. I am the father of 2 children, both of whom I love more than anything and who teach me the most important things in life every day!

My focus: You and your concerns are very welcome! Some of the focus of my work are dealing with pain, physical and mental trauma, rehabilitation after operations and accidents, working with families, psychotherapeutic processes, Rolfing Movement, Rolfing for dancers and artists, Rolfing and age, Rolfing for men.

Member of: Association of Swiss Doctors FMH, Dr. Ida Rolf Institute, European Rolfing™ Association (ERA), Association for Rolfing™ & Structural Integration Switzerland (IDA), EMR, ASCA, Visana


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