The Heart of Healing
Somatic Healing Therapies, Bodywork Training Courses
Classes - Seminars - Workshops
Thank you for your interest in my work. I am a somatic body work therapist and teacher, but also just an ordinary person following my bliss. I wanted to be a human rights lawyer when I left high school, but then studied psychology after some "gap" years, and sculpture, music, yoga and meditation.
I met my principle esoteric and energy healing teachers, Patrick Desplace and Rosalyn Brunyère in 1987 and 1988, and then continued to study in various somatic healing arts, bodywork and massage with various teachers in the following years.
Inspired by my artist mother, a scholar of Carl Jung and Zen Buddhism, I pursued esoteric knowledge from an early age, and I started my formal training in Buddhist philosophy and meditation and Hatha Yoga at the age of 21. I later studied with zen masters and studied with and received transmissions from Namkai Norbu, a Tibetan Lama of the Dzochen school. I took my first Tibetan Massage course, Taming the Tiger, with Edie Erwin.
My life is also strongly influenced by Advaita Vedanta, the teachings of Shri Nisargadatta, A Course in Miracles and Tantric and Taoist practices. I trained as a Sivananda Yoga Teacher, and started teaching in 2001.
My work also includes my passion for sacred sound, healing music, dance, poetry and sculpture.
For the last 10 years I have been giving training courses and retreats as part of my calling to share my knowledge and love for humanity with others. I founded the Ananda Healing Center in San Marcos Lake Atitlan in Guatemala in 2014, where I taught courses in Thai Massage, Chi Nei Tsang, Reiki and Esoteric Healing. I closed the center in 2018 in order to travel and teach courses and retreats in my home country, South Africa, and other parts of the world. I am currently in South India in the remarkable Auroville.
I combine various techniques and modalities to approach healing and personal growth in a holistic way. My yoga classes are focused on the harmony of the inner and outer asana and the free-flow of prana/chi, and are influenced by my zen and qi gong practice. My work as a somatic therapist is predominantly focused on releasing emotional and mental energy blockages and contractions, and old cellular memories held in the body, for deep and lasting healing and spiritual growth.
After 35 years of working as a massage therapist and energy healer, my main focus is now teaching and offering Taoist abdominal massage - Chi Nei Tsang - restoring the function of the organs and intestines by releasing toxins and toxic emotions that are stored in the abdomen. In private consultations I usually guide my clients through the unfolding and release of past emotions and traumas, and help them to reconnect with their true essence, call back power into their body and energy centers, and retrieve their soul path and purpose. I integrate deep tissue massage, Thai Massage, esoteric healing and Reiki as needed by my clients, and offer emotional and spiritual guidance and counseling as an integral part of the session.
Some of my philosophy of healing:
Acceptance of the way things are is an important early step towards self-love, acceptance of yourself and where you are at. Our physical and emotional ailments are messages and signs towards adjustments on the path, the soul calling us onward, and into alignment, awareness and presence. Offering a healing presence is about sharing feelings of support, oneness, togetherness, unity, love and freedom. All healing comes from within. So-called healers are the "cleaning crew", with heart. Much of the training I offer is about the techniques, but the essence of my teaching is about learning how to read, feel, see, sense, play and work with the subtle and dense forms of energy that we are made of and exist in. As a therapist this knowledge and skill is invaluable, not only allowing you to do the healing work so desperately need at this time, but also for you to manage your own energy field before, during and after healing sessions. For all people alive today this essential awareness of the way energy, especially mental and emotional energy moves and affects us, is fundamental to our evolution as individuals and as a society and as a species.
As therapists, this really is the "wellness industry" we are in. Wound and scar healing is important, but also to go beyond healing to wellness. To see and know wellness, not just to be free of the symptoms of dis-ease, but enjoying the naturally ecstatic human condition, the bliss body. We find and express that space of wellness via many pathways. Yoga and meditation and creativity have always been crucial in my personal journey. And for me massage, music, dance, sound, play, creativity, ceremonies, prayers, and community living are all in themselves ultimately ways to, and expressions of wellness.
The best healers are very often wounded healers. We learn how to heal our own wounds and then share that knowledge with others. If you are interested in doing a training course with me, please read the blog for chapters from my energy medicine manual, A Healer's Handbook, for my insights into healing and the path of the healer/helper/therapist.