Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health & wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Vered Manasse, Co-Founder of Pantarei Approach, located in Berlin, Germany.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
After 20 years of working as a somatic healer, I co-founded the Pantarei Approach in 2016 with Claudia Glowick. The Pantarei Approach is a somatic bodywork-based approach that offers a profound methodology for our current life and times.
In a world where people are often disconnected from their inner voice and out of touch with their physical bodies, Pantarei practitioners use a combination of contact and verbal communication to help people break through incredible barriers to tap into their unique sense of strength and purpose to make significant life changes and accomplish their goals.
I am the director of our international school in Berlin, which is the hub of our practitioner training programs, workshops, and public education endeavors. I am writing a book about the history and philosophy of The Pantarei Approach.
Our students come from all walks of life. Some already work in therapy or bodywork, while others are new to this area. Yet what they all have in common is the calling to work with people in a way that encourages them to express their unique personal qualities and connect with others with empathy, authenticity, openness, and curiosity.
Tell us about yourself
I immigrated from Israel to Italy, then to Germany, and currently live between Athens and Berlin. Each place and each person taught me a new point of view and way of perceiving the world. We are so different yet so alike, and this knowledge is part of what drives me to continue exploring how each of us can learn to connect to our resources and, by doing that, support everyone around us.
These experiences and my thirty years of working hands-on as a somatic practitioner helped me develop an approach that encourages people to relate to themselves and others as treasures that can forever be explored rather than seeing people as clusters of problems to be solved.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishment has been witnessing and hearing the testimonials of the impact the Pantarei Approach has had on my clients and students, as well as seeing how doing this work has on the communities they inhabit. Nothing is better than knowing that my business contributes to the world I wish to live in by doing precisely what I love.
The decision I took with Claudia Glowick six years ago to found The Pantarei Approach and teach people to practice a form of bodily healing that is rooted in curiosity and honoring the intrinsic expert within every human being was one of the bravest and, therefore, most important, decisions of my life.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Someone once told me that loving your profession can be a gift and a curse. Being a business owner passionate about their work means I always have a mountain of things to take care of. I am constantly developing new aspects of our vision, and I feel a profound responsibility to the people who come to our school and center to learn and grow.
Finding the right rhythm of meeting the demands of the moment takes excellent attention, listening to myself and others, and honesty. I love working in teams and while it is an incredibly enriching experience to share in the vision and execution of our dreams, being in a community increases the need for self-reflection and conscious communication.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Be honest about the reasons that drive you toward that business. Let yourself answer why you want that business, and let others ask you the same question. Knowing your "WHY" will serve you at the beginning of your business, and later it will help you navigate your way.
- Remember that nobody is like you. Get more precise about your unique abilities, qualities, reasons, and circumstances. There are many successful (and less successful) businesses out there. Any business depends on the people who run it. Connect to your unique resources, and treasure them.
- Find partners who remind you of your why, passion, and path. It might be a business partner, and I consider myself lucky to have one. Still, it can also be a friend, a consultant, or an employee. Make sure it is someone with whom you can be honest, whose shoulder you can rest on, and with whom you can share your ideas and concerns.
Where can people find you and your business?
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