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Atma Pöschl


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Atma Pöschl works as a bodywork therapist in Vienna. She is educated in intimate therapist-massage, process-oriented bodywork and integrative body-psychotherapy, trained at UC Los Angeles. In her work she accompanies the connoisseur, but also especially people with exposure to violence and without experiences with touching, on their way to a sexuality that is satisfying on all levels.

Atmas special interest as a bodywork therapist focuses on dealing with strong emotions. In this, she is neither interested in BDSM as an identity, nor as a mask to hide behind. She comprehends BDSM as on out of many ways of a deep touch and encounter. Differentiating between holy/dark sex in her opinion is unnecessary and destructive: “holy” is rooted in “hole” in a sense of “complete”; light and shadow, wave crest - wave trough and all of the nuances of the colorful range of emotions. This honest contact (with ourselves) means being alive and growth, also in our sexuality.

Atma leads the open group “BDSM / Holy Sexuality” in Vienna. She also facilitates courses and coachings internationally. Her seminars as well as individual-work are lessons, in which the body can be experienced as a door to lust, self awareness, and stillness.




BDSM - in Mouth

... denn Gefühle ziehen durch unsere Seele als Paare in ständiger Umarmung: das Geliebte und das Ungeliebte, dem wir entrinnen wollen.

Der Mund ist ein sehr intimer Körperteil. Missbrauch passiert (auch bei Kindern) oft über den Mund. Im Mund sind viele angenehme und unangenehme Gefühle abgespeichert, mit denen wir im BDSM-Kontext bewusst und lustvoll spielen können.



BDSM - Sensing the Limitsatma-WS2

"There is nothing I fear more, than the limits of your love”, Schillers Ferdinand tells Luise. “Happiness means knowing and loving our limits”, disagrees Romain Rolland with the above. Limits staged with relish – that is, what BDSM means. That's what this workshop is about.

In our culture, where aggression as a force of life is demonised, “no” is not well received. The word “aggression” derives from (lat.) aggredere. It means to attack or to seize. Aggression doesn't mean taking yourself out of the contact, to push you away, to hurt you or to step over your limits. “No” just marks the line where I stop and you start. I draw lines and touch you – we are in contact.

Saying no is difficult, if there was emotional, physical and/or sexual violence in our childhood. Back then, we made ourselves small, we withdrew but as adults we provoke the opposite: The others close in on us! As adults we are able to create our personal limited-space: If our house is not inhabited, strangers move in, which themselves are boundless, without a home. If we draw lines, we are at home – and in contact.

However, limits are fascinating spaces for touching and contact with ourselves. No walls, you need to break down. As someone, loving BDSM I don't give the order: “break down my walls, I can't open up! Help me... “. I am not infinitely in need. AS top I don't only care for the sexual satisfaction of others, I am tangible. I experience my own body and feelings.

A strong “no” derives from the pelvis, not from the head. It is generated by interaction between body, voice and eye contact and is dependent on a relaxed being at home in your body. What does my “no” fell like? What do I express with this word? Can I touch with it, and do people hear me? Can I myself accept a no? Do I become sad, tough or angry, if you draw a line?

Limits are emotions, alive and constantly in flux. Sex is not a synonym for harmony, but authentic self expression in an intimate contact. And satisfying sexuality (also) needs aggression: a honest, spontaneous “No”. Tht's what we will play with.