Franziska Schmidt-Dengler

MSc [Osteopathy] MCSP [Physiotherapy] IAIM

Fran is originally from Vienna, Austria, where she trained as a physiotherapist in 2004, working in the city’s General Hospital. She lived in Paris for three years during 2007 to 2010 where she worked as a specialist in chronic pain, scoliosis and in cancer care at the Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou and in her own private practice. She has been based in London since 2010 where she trained as a Certified Infant Massage Instructor from the International Association of Infant Massage [IAIM], and also holds a qualification in Lymphatic Drainage (MLD – 2007). Fran qualified as an osteopath with the British School of Osteopathy in 2014 and runs her own private practice.

Fran joined Full Circle in January 2013 as lead therapist in Paediatric medicine where she teaches parents and carers Infant Massage based on the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) method and Positive Touch Massage for young children.  Fran also offers infant massage or Positive Touch massage to the hospitalized child, with parental and clinical consent. This relieves pressure from parents and carers who can be exhausted at times or are not always able to come into hospital. Parents and carers do, however, appreciate being taught the massage strokes as this gives them a new tool to communicate with their child and a sense of control in an intensely medical environment. Evidence for infant massage suggests there are physiological benefits such as decrease of cortisol levels (a stress hormone), pain reduction and relaxation.

Fran says: “I like working for Full Circle because we are providing a service that the child, their families and NHS staff value highly. The effects of our treatments are often immediately noticeable in the form of a smile, reduced pain levels and increased relaxation. This helps the children, their families and staff to cope better with the demanding situation they find themselves in.”