Thea van der Merwe
Internationally Trained Holistic Therapist
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.
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.
ViTerra Healing is proud to welcome Mariette Warris, our in-house Reflexologist. Mariette is an Art Teacher, Art Therapist and Reflexology practitioner, practicing Reflexology as a holistic therapy which restores the balance of the body by inducing relaxation and activating the process of natural self-healing. She approaches the feet as a microcosm of the body and by stimulating the reflex areas on the feet, the body is capable of spontaneous restoration of its energy flow. After a treatment you will certainly experience a sense of total relaxation and pure, unconditional love.
Being trained in Reiki, Art and Art Therapy and Reflexology, Mariette feels particularly drawn to Reflexology and the opportunity to assist in your healing journey through this preferred therapy. She has done SO many feet and when touching someone’s feet, she is immediately filled with an awareness of compassion that will benefit the healing process greatly.
Mariette practiced Reflexology in many different parts of our beautiful Country and even had the privilege of owning her own business whilst living in Clarens. A particular fond memory is the Sesotho nun that come for a Reflexology treatment and the truly divine and inspiring experience of connection during this treatment session.
Nikita van der Merwe
Animal & Equine Reiki Therapist
Nikita van der Merwe is latest addition to our team of dedicated Reiki practitioners. Nikita is an animal lover and through the years she has become an intuitive animal communicator and experienced animal trainer and Animal/Equine Reiki therapist.
She constantly works with her own animals and horse and has had excellent results with Reiki during times of stress, distress and illness – not that there have been too many of those as regular Reiki keeps all of them in general good health. Pets and animals of friends and family have also benefited from Nikita’s Reiki “magick”… And now you have the opportunity to involve Nikita in the health and welfare of your pets, animals and horses…