We work with specialised and highly qualified teachers and therapists from a range of backgrounds who are experienced in working with and treating people who have, or are recovering from, cancer. Together we create and deliver programmes of treatments and activities designed to support you at all levels – physical, emotional, mental and at your core.
Meet the therapists and teachers who will be working with us this year.
I am a warm, compassionate human being with a passion for helping and caring for people. I have worked as a sports and relaxation masseur for many years, and have recently specialised further in massage for people with or recovering from cancer and its treatment.
When giving a massage my goal is to create total relaxation, peace in mind and body, and to improve your quality of life. I have my own practice in Loon-op-Zand in the Netherlands, where I live with my husband and sons.
I specialise in yoga for people with limited mobility and disabilities, and have been working with physiotherapists and carers to provide support to chair and bed bound clients. I have trained to teach yoga to people with cancer, which I believe is a precious tool to support cancer patients through the physical and emotional challenges of treatment and recovery.
I took up yoga in 1995 and obtained a British School of Yoga Diploma in 2005. I enriched and deepened my practice at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram in Kerala, India, and have also explored Jivamukti, Anusara and restorative yoga amongst others.
I am a registered Senior Yoga Teacher & Yoga Therapist I have been teaching since 2002, and love encouraging others to realise their full potential through yoga.
Having qualified as a yoga therapist in 2005, I have also witnessed the healing benefits of yoga and am passionate about promoting vitality and wellbeing through yoga too. I have considerable experience in using yoga to assist in the healing process and pain management of a large variety of ailments and conditions. In particular, after accompanying close family members through their cancer journey I saw how some symptoms associated with cancer and its treatments were alleviated and how much relief and support yoga can offer. To deepen my knowledge I followed the 'Yoga for Cancer Survivors' training with Laura Kupperman, and I now run weekly classes.
I am Dutch and before moving to England with my three boys in 2001 I lived in France and Saudi Arabia. I started practicing as a reiki healer in 1999, and went on to expand my complementary therapy expertise by training in Swedish and Aromatherapy massage, reflexology, and different healing modalities, including the 4-year Barbara Brennan School of Healing. In addition to my therapeutic skills I have also studied at the Open University from which I graduated with a BSc (hons) Psychology.
When I practice therapies, I aim to support and guide individuals in their healing process.
I am an experienced Shiatsu Therapist based in Amsterdam, where I trained in Shiatsu and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and now have a well established practice. I am currently very inspired by my Post Graduate study in Movement Shiatsu, where Therapist and client work together with movement and feedback to explore the sometimes hidden strengths and mobility of the body. This new approach to Shiatsu complements my intuitive and listening approach to giving treatments, in which I stay ever present and responsive to the client’s needs in the moment .
While Shiatsu is core to my work, as I feel it holds the potential for deep personal transformation and well-being, I also like to draw on other techniques such as relaxation and deep tissue massage, Reflexology, Ayurveda, Nutrition, CranioSacral Therapy, and Focusing.
Being grounded in a variety of approaches to health and well-being over the past 16yrs, enables me to provide a truly holistic experience for each client. I am currently studying for an advanced qualification to teach yoga to people with cancer and have a background in Swedish, Remedial and Hydrotherm massage, Clinical Aromatherapy (with a specific focus on cancer), Reiki, and La Stone Therapy.
I worked for 8 years in the Oncology Department at London Bridge Hospital, England, where I guided patients in the use of complementary therapies to help deal with the stress of diagnosis and subsequent treatments. Along with a colleague, I developed a post-surgical scar massage technique that is beneficial on both physiological and emotional levels.
I currently work at the Life Centre in North London giving massages and Dr Hauschka facial treatments and I will shortly be running yoga classes for people affected by cancer.
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I am a reflexologist and masseuse, with my own practice in Drunen, the Netherlands.
My passion is working with terminally ill people and people with cancer. Since 2014 I have worked 2 days a week in an oncology ward in a hospital. I find it very touching to see how (very sick) people respond to a massage given with attention and love and when seen for who they really are. In this environment people relax and in that relaxation they can heal as a human being.
Before becoming a therapist I was an officer in the Army Medical Corps and I studied Health Care Management at the Erasmus University, the Netherlands. I am married with three teenage children.