I am Thea van der Merwe, an internationally trained Holistic Therapist that specialises in Reiki, Chakra Healing and Balancing, Life Coaching and Crystal Healing. My primary passion and focus, however, is Reiki and I have trained extensively in this field. I am a certified and experienced Master Reiki Practitioner, qualified in Usui Reiki, Reijukido, Karuna® Reiki and Gendai Reiki. I have also obtained the title of Shihan (full master/teacher), the highest level in Gendai Reiki Ho.
I was first introduced to holistic and complementary therapies in 2005 when I was personally in need of healing and searching for something more than what conventional medicine and therapy could provide. Exposure to holistic healing from such an intimate perspective set me off on a journey of personal discovery, growth and healing… and also a re-evaluation of my goals in life. I had to choose a different path for myself and over a period of two years I was more and more drawn to providing others with the space and support to embark on their individual journeys towards healing and well-being.
There is a Buddhist Proverb that says “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear”. This is very appropriate in my case because when I was finally ready, a Reiki teacher appeared. It is with gratitude that I can look back today at the opportunity this serendipitous turn of events provided me with. Reiki is the platform from which my development and growth as a Holistic Therapist took off.
I use Reiki to bring about healing on all levels – body, mind, emotion and spirit. After their Reiki treatment sessions I am frequently told by my clients how wonderful and vital they feel and that they have an increased sense of wellness and balance. It is with a profound sense of wonderment and gratitude that I too see and sense the healing brought about by Reiki – it is a remarkable energy that can be tapped into to promote healing on all levels.
Doing Reiki also allowed me the privilege of doing volunteer work at a local home for the mentally disabled, assisting these amazing people through regular Reiki treatments with pain management, increased mobility, calming effects on mood swings, a more rapid response to medication and the effective management of depression.
I often use Reiki to heal my pets too – 4 dogs, 3 cats and 2 horses. Animals absorb Reiki energy at a much faster rate than humans and they are more accepting of its healing properties. They show remarkable recovery from injury and minor ailments such as eczema, joint pains due to arthritis, muscle spasm, etc. when including Reiki as part of a holistic approach to their treatment and healing.
I have studied at various schools and individual teachers, amongst these the School of Natural Health Sciences (SNHS) based in the UK. I am currently an International Contact for South Africa for the SNHS and anybody wanting to further their professional development is welcome to contact me for further information.
Finally, I am a registered member of the International Association of Reiki Professionals (IARP) which is the professional association of the global Reiki community, working to promote the wide-reaching practice and healing effects of Reiki throughout the world and where the primary philosophy is that together, we can do so much more.
I look forward to meeting you.