After returning from White Russia in 1948 Dr. Pressel started work as a school physician at the Waldorf School in Stuttgart (1950-1955). It was during this phase that the massage of the calves was developed. The children and young people were traumatized from the war and their connection to Mother Earth had been greatly disturbed. This manifested itself through a variety of symptoms. Through the calf massage people were put back on their feet and thus were able to restart their conversation with the earth. Dr. Pressel discovered early on that the calves revealed basic information about the condition of the entire person, which was confirmed by the diagnostics he performed on the back.

From this point on the alternation between the calf (lower) and the back (upper) massage became an important characteristic of his therapy.