Medical Mission Sister Christiana Hanssen has found a special way to combine her two passions: being a healing presence and dance. Born in Essen, Germany, Sister Christiana studied dance therapy after entering our Community in 1981. She describes feeling attracted to “how ’normal’ [the Sisters] lived religious life.” During her 18 years participating in the healing mission with the Sisters in Frankfurt, Sister Christiana worked with people in dance and movement. It was during that time that she became aware of how life is mirrored in the physical body of people in brokenness, pain and disabilities, so she opened a space for sacred, meditative dance. Her goal was to help her students “experience themselves and also find new ways to live their relationship with God.“
Sister Christiana shares: “I learned more of how the ‘soul’ or life circumstances also find an expression in the body and I felt the desire to help people more on the bodily level and to accompany them on their way towards healing.”
In 2004, Sister moved to our Community in the Bottrop/Ruhr area and began working as a part of a mobile physiotherapist team, mostly with home-bound people. She now works in private practice, primarily treating those suffering with chronic illnesses including cancer.