Peter Levin (née Wührl)  lives  with  his  wife  Valbona   Ava  Levin and  their

son Lian in  Hamburg/FRG. He  works as  an  Osteopath in private  practice,

writes   about  clinical  and   conceptual  issues   in  Osteopathy, and  teaches

regularly in Europe and the US.

His teaching style  is energetic and   inspiring;  he  brings  together  qualities

of    touch     in    the   therapeutic      relationship     with    a     biomechanical

interpretation   of    health   and    disease.    Peter   published   several  books

and    articles  in   which  he   attempts   to   situate   Osteopathy   within   the

scientific    discourse  of   the   20th   century.   He collaborated with    Jérôme


Helsmoortel and  Thomas  Hirth and   published a  scientifically  sound   and


perception based textbook on the  diagnosis and  treatment of   inner  organs


( Visceral Osteopathy: The Peritoneal Organs, Eastland Press Seattle 2010).

Peter Levin


Peter was co-editor  of  the  German  Journal of  Osteopathy  from 2007 to 2012 and  a driving  force  in  the


development  of  the  first osteopathic curriculum for a master program.


Peter's professional life is  shaped by  a  fascination  for  the  medical  as  well  as   the  experienced  body  in 

therapy, movement and dance. He studied Sociology, Social Anthropology and Religion in Freiburg,  Berlin   


 Peter Levinand  London.    At  the   University  of   Freiburg  he   got  interested   in   the 

  embeddedness of  human nature in  the natural world  and  was  introduced   

  to the work of Helmuth Plessner and Jean Piaget on phenomenology and the 

  developmental process.  Later  in  his career he  was  infused  with  American 

  pragmatism. At the Berlin Free University Peter took part in interdisciplinary

  discussions about medicine and power, the  role of language  and culture  in

  the construction of our bodies and our selves.


  The lively and openhearted atmosphere  at  the  Berlin Institute for  the Study

of  Religion, the  seriousness with which questions  where  asked  and  answers  tested,  were  key  to    Peters

appreciation  for an  open  and  public  discourse  at  eye-level. Especially  the   lectures of Klaus Heinrich  on

embodiment   and  the   relationship  of   inner   and   outer    nature  had    the   strongest   impact on  Peter's

understanding of the body and  body politics.  Heinrich's  lectures  were a great inspiration to experience the

interplay of religion, art,  psychoanalysis  and the  living  body. They  extended a grand  invitation to develop

solidarity with the needs, desires and urgencies of our common human nature. The Berlin Institute was a safe

heaven for critical and creative thinking and a major contributed  to  Peter's  strong  support  for a university-

based  self - reflective   approach  to  Osteopathy.   The  seminars   of  Carolin  Neubaur  and  Lorenz  Wilkens

combined professional attitude with personal integrity and  the  joy of thinking, of moving  in thoughts while 

balancing emotions.

Peter deepened his experience of the living body and embodied anatomy while  training and  teaching Contact

Improvisation and Body-Mind-Centering. The work of Elsa Gindler   is  an  ongoing  challenge  and  reminder

to  stay  within  the  realm  of  our  sensual  experience  and   bodily   perception.   Gindler's  work  on  sensory

awareness - being there  with  someone  else  and  being  yourself  in  the  process  -  is  at  the  core  of  Peter's 

interest in an action and perception based osteopathic approach.

Being  there, in  contact  with  oneself  while  staying   in   contact   with  a  patient,  is the  key requirement  in

developing a therapeutic relationship. Peter's osteopathic approach is in keeping with the major scientific and

social experiences of the 20th century.His practice as well as his writing and teaching focus on sensory-motor

experience and palpable qualities, on proprioception and  touch,  on  building  a  therapeutic relationship and

interpreting the biomechanical  expression of  biological  activity. His  teaching  bridges  the gap between the

medical and the experienced body; his texts foster a culture of questioning the osteopathic body image.

Peter's  writing  circles  around   the  reality  of   Osteopathy:  how  does   Osteopathy   actually  work? How do

osteopaths and patients experience Osteopathy? How can we teach, reflect and study Osteopathy?

Peter Levin D.O.

Praxis für Osteopathie im Zenith

Mittelweg 161, 20148 Hamburg



0049- 170- 34 14 742