Hendrik Van der Merwe

    Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

    • Chi Nei Tsang
    • Therapy and Training Courses
    • Esoteric Healing
    • Reiki
    • Deep Tissue
    • Thai


    Hendrik/Zendrik/Zen is a therapist and teacher. He is also just an ordinary person who followed his bliss; from wanting to be a human rights lawyer when he left high school, then a psychotherapist after a year of traveling after high school, then artist, before he found this central path in esoteric healing, bodywork therapies, yoga and meditation. His life work does include his passion for sacred sound, music and art, and sacred sexuality. He now has over 30 years experience as an energy healer and bodywork therapist, and offers training courses and retreats as part of his calling: to share his knowledge and love for humanity with others. Inspired by his artist mother, a zen and Jung scholar, he pursued esoteric knowledge, yoga and Buddhism from an early age, followed by lots of practice and eventually teaching. "After much of my journey through my own and others' healing I have also come to realize the need to go "beyond healing", and the need for healing. It really is the wellness industry we are in. Please read the blog on this page entitled Handbook for Healers for my insights into healing and the path of the healer/therapist.
    Zendrik started his formal training in Buddhist philosophy and meditation and Hatha Yoga at the age of 21. He later studied with two zen masters and received transmissions from Namkai Norbu, a Tibetan Lama of the Dzochen school. He took his first Tibetan massage course, Taming the Tiger, while studying psychology at university, and subsequently trained in many massage and energy healing disciplines. His life and work is also strongly influenced by advaita vedanta, and the teachings of Shri Nisargadatta, as well as A Course in Miracles. He trained as a Sivananda Yoga Teacher, and has been a yoga teacher since 2002. He also works as a musician, sound healer, DJ and sculptor.
    He founded the Ananda Healing Center in San Marcos Lake Atitlan in Guatemala in 2014, where he teaches courses in Thai Massage, Chi Nei Tsang (Taoist Abdominal Massage), Reiki and Esoteric Healing. He also from time to time offers cathartic breath-work and tantric healing seminars for couples. He has provisionally closed the center in order to travel and teach courses and retreats in other parts of the world. He will be on Ibiza until the end of October, Egypt in November and December and South Africa until March 2019, before returning to Guatemala and Central America. He will return to Europe in the summer.


    Acceptance of the way things are is an important step towards self-love, and acceptance of yourself and where you are at. Our physical ailments are messages and signs towards adjustments on the path, the soul calling us onward, and into alignment, awareness and presence. Healing is all about experiencing and sharing feelings of oneness, togetherness, unity, love and freedom. True healing comes from within. Healers are just the "cleaning crew", with heart. Much of the training I offer is about the techniques, but the essence 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 work, but also for you to manage your own energy field before, during and afterwards. . For all people alive today, this essential next-level awareness, of especially mental and emotional energy, is fundamental to our evolution as a species.
    "There's nothing wrong with you that can't be fixed by what's right within you." Zendrik is an integrative practitioner, combining various disciplines, techniques and modalities to approach healing and personal growth in a holistic way. His yoga classes are focused on the harmony of the inner and outer asana and the free-flow of prana/chi, and influenced by his zen and qi gong practice. His work as a healer is predominantly focused on releasing emotional and mental energy blockages and old cellular memories held in the body for deep and lasting healing and spiritual growth. After more than 30 years of working as a massage therapist and energy healer, his 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 his private consultations he guides the client through the release and unfolding of past emotions and traumas, helps them to reconnect with their true essence, call back power into their body and energy centers, and retrieve their soul path and purpose. He integrates deep tissue massage, Thai massage, esoteric healing and Reiki as needed by his clients.


    Taming the Tiger (Edie Erwin), Advanced Esoteric Healing Diploma from the Australian School of Esoteric Studies (Patrick Desplace), Body Symbology and Energy Healing (Rosylyn Bruyere), Reiki Master, Thai Yoga Massage (Sunshine School, Chiang Mai), Chi Nei Tsang 1 & 2 ( Omsala, Chiang Mai), Chi Nei Tsang (Tanachai), Karsai Nei Tsang (Omsala), Tok Sen

    Years In Practice

    32 Years.

    Latest News

    At the moment I am traveling and giving courses around the world. Will be back in Central America in March 2019.

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