Interview with Thomas Schieffer

Why are you so committed to helping business people reduce their stress?

When I was in my twenties, I graduated at the top of my class as a flight mechanic and landed my dream job working on Blackhawk helicopters for Sikorsky Industries. I was living the life that everyone told me would bring me happiness, flying business class all around the world, seeing interesting places, working at the top of my field, and making a lot of money.

Thomas Schieffer AboutBut I wasn’t happy, and I felt like something was missing. I worked countless hours, allowing me no time for friends or family. My work became an endless cycle of achieving and doing that never really gave me any deep satisfaction. From working so hard, I lost focus on what I really wanted from life. So, after nearly ten years as an engineer, I decided to take a leap of faith and leave my six-figure job to find out what it would take to be happy and healthy.

I began studying with amazing teachers from many different traditions around the world, and I learned how to have a life where I thrive instead of just survive, how to see the full picture and still keep an eye on the details, a truly holistic way of approaching health and life. Most of all I learned how to be happy in the world and roll with the punches.

What I found was more than just another career; I found a way of life, a way of living. Now I teach my clients how to relieve stress, improve their health, and find happiness with traditional Chinese medicine through lifestyle changes, herbal medicine, and Zen shiatsu bodywork. Based on what I learned, I’ve created a powerful system that can support each of my clients as individuals, because on size does not full all. I find meaning and great joy in bringing my clients the ancient secrets of a 5,000-year-old science of health and life and making this wisdom relevant and applicable to their modern-day situations.

I am dedicated to helping people who are living now like I was back in my engineering days reduce their stress and create fulfilling, meaningful lives, often without even having to leave their careers, like I did, and I’m passionate about offering them an opportunity that I did not have. Life is challenging in the business world and with just the right tools, you can make a dramatic difference in your life.

Presently practicing peak performance solutions and shiatsu in Bozeman, Mt.

How long have you been practicing herbal medicine?

I have been studying herbal medicine for more than twenty years and practicing for nine years. My love of herbal medicine comes from my upbringing, as my family were farmers and impressed upon me their love and care of the land around them. As a child, I learned the deep interconnectedness between nature and humans and how we work together.

Unfortunately, I also suffered from frequent sinus infections, which I treated with heavy doses of antibiotics and steroids. Dissatisfied, I started researching natural ways to heal myself, and that’s how I discovered herbal medicine. Later on in life, I found Chinese healing methods a way to gain strength as a martial artist, and I healed my body from the stress of over twenty years of rigorous practice with ancient Chinese methods using herbs, special exercises, and massage techniques.

Why is your system so effective?

The system is based on Chinese medicine, it’s a powerful system that has stood the test of time over the past 5000 years. You will learn simple and proven tools from Chinese medicine that are tailored to your lifestyle and integrate them into your life to unlock the potential hidden within you, bring joy and vitality back into your life, and support your body's innate ability to heal and thrive.

What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu bodywork is based off a 5000-year-old tradition where it uses ancient secrets to unlock your full potential. Shiatsu is a form of clothes-on Japanese massage in which the practitioner presses on the energy pathways in the body while moving the body to relieve stored stress, release tight muscles, and increase your energy to help you meet your everyday challenges with ease. Shiatsu also helps relieve chronically tight muscles and your never-ending busy mind so that you feel more relaxed in both body and mind.

What will happen in each session?

You'll start out the program with a longer initial session in which you’ll set goals to achieve your peak performance and create a map towards achieving them in the months ahead. In each following session, we will check in about your nutrition, sleep and exercise so that you can take the next steps towards improving your health and being on top of your game. We will follow the wellness coaching part of our session with shiatsu bodywork so that you can relax, calm your nervous system, and gain mental clarity for the week ahead. Each session is tailored to your specific needs at that time to facilitate the most improvement and growth.

How does nutrition affect stress?

Nutrition is the key component to helping you manage your stress and your life. With the proper nutrition, you'll gain a new foundation of health for a greater range of handling stressful situations in work and out of work so that you can you utilize your full potential.

Why is it important to have a personal consultant?

It is important to find a personal consultant who understands and knows how to work with your challenges. This is why I work with businesspeople, because I've been in your shoes and I know your challenges. Let’s face it: You are smart and capable, and if you could have solved your problems on your own, you would have done so by now, wouldn’t you? So what’s the price you will have to pay if you keep on doing what you are doing? It’s time to receive the support you need to finally achieve the success you crave while enjoying your own life, too.

Who are your services not suited for?

My ideal clients have a deep urge to balance their personal and work lives. While they want to be successful, they’re not only interested in material wealth. They believe that life has much more to offer than what they are currently experiencing. Because of that, my services are not suited for people who are only interested in material success, but rather for people who want to lead happier, more well-rounded lives.

Shiatsu Bodywork in Bozeman, MT