Your health in my hands – Naturally
I am the Managing Director of TaschMar Holistic Health, founded during 1993 in South Africa, and which is now based in the UK. As a CAM Practitioner, I specialise in a range of treatment modalities, which are designed to meet your healthcare needs.
I am the Head of Science Access at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION), and write articles for Healthcare Publications. I host my own Radio Show called Health Naturally (see Health Naturally page), and am also currently training as a Health Psychologist.
I have worked in the Medical and Pharmaceutical sectors for several years – both within the NHS and the Private sector. I work actively in Private Practice and in Educational contexts – presenting lectures, seminars and workshops.
My passion is helping you on your journey to good health.
I have extensive experience within the field of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), and have been greatly influenced by the work done by many of the leading pioneers within the field, like: Dr. Alfred Vogel (Bioforce International); Dr. Jan de Vries (Jan de Vries Healthcare); Dr. Marilyn Glenville (Nutritionist and Psychologist), Dr. Robert Holden (Happiness Project), Dr. Danny Pillay (Homeopath), James Wong (Ethnobotanist), Dr. Michael Murray (Naturopath) and Dr. Joseph Pizzorno (Naturopath).
I look forward to meeting you and working with you in creating a happier and healthier YOU!
I am registered with The Complementary Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), The Complementary Therapists Association (CThA), The British Holistic Medical Association (BHMA) and The British Psychological Society (MBPsS).
MY TREATMENT ETHOS
My personal journey with ill-health, combined with my spiritual journey, which took me across the continents – has been instrumental to the development of my unique blend of Eastern, Western and African Therapeutics – which I apply to my Practice.
My unique multidisciplinary approach to treatment may help address your physical and emotional issues. Vital to the success of this healing process is TRUST – something I actively build upon in our sessions.
I create a safe environment where I encourage and support you to release any negative emotions – some may manifest as pain, or an illness or psychological distress. By allowing this release to take place, you actively participate in restoring balance to your body and indeed your mind. This in itself is very empowering and cathartic!
When we hold onto negativity and emotional pain, our bodies can take only so much before “dis-ease” takes over. The effects become more serious and debilitating the longer we hold onto negative aspects.
So the question here is simply this – how long will you wait before you take action?
The answer is: ACT NOW!
I am of Dutch-British decent and was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. My passion to practice Complementary and Alternative Medicine was driven by my personal experience with severe illness, and the loss of my family members and dear friends to diseases like cancer, diabetes, brain tumours and fatal heart attacks.
I was deeply moved by the suffering experienced by people who were unwell and by those in apparent good health! My experiences guided my exploration of the “Mind-Body link” and so I began my studies into a realm that was, and still is, not truly understood!
I met my first mentor, Swami Mataji Narayani (Spiritual Guru and Homeopath) at Sohum Sanctuary in South Africa, at the tender age of ten. It was there that my “schooling” truly began! During the years that followed, I received spiritual enlightenment from several Gurus and was trained both traditionally and non-traditionally in the Eastern and Western healing arts, namely: Naturopathy; Therapeutic Massage; Rolfing; Reflexology; Aromatherapy; Reiki; Chakra Attunement; Meditation; Self awareness and Spirituality; Life coaching and counselling.
I studied Social and Biological Sciences and completed my degree with Psychology Honors at the University of South Africa and Vista University. It was at Vista University that I was introduced to the Traditional African Healing Arts and actively engaged in mutually rewarding professional relationships, with my fellow colleagues and healers, namely the African Inyanga (Herbalist). I was given the honorary name “Palesa” (meaning flower) from my African contemporaries – a very great privilege and was further praised for being a true representative of the “Rainbow Nation”.
I then undertook professional training for Therapeutic Massage, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Counselling and Herbalism, at bespoke training institutions in both South Africa and the United Kingdom. Furthermore, I have also completed my Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Greenwich University in London and am currently completing my training to be a certified Health Psychologist.