Offering a healing touch

2016-06-14 06:00
Kasthurie Gounden conducts an aromatherapy sessio. Photo: kalisha naicker

Kasthurie Gounden conducts an aromatherapy sessio. Photo: kalisha naicker

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KASTURIE Gounden, a teacher by day and a reiki practitioner by night, is changing lives in her community one step at a time.

This inspiring go-getter is using her skills to offer free reiki training and create employment opportunities for those in need.

Gounden's journey with reiki began in the 1990s and it was then that she grasped the concept.

She describes reiki as the ancient art of "laying on of hands" in order to heal.
“It is the use of touch to convey warmth, serenity, love, caring and healing, through the channelling of energy to enhance a person’s own life force,” she said.

“There are a range of different vibrations within the human aura and chakras (energy centre). These vibrations of Ki help to sustain the physical body, our thoughts and feelings as well as our spiritual experiences.”

Gounden said that when the Ki is out of balance, pockets of negative energy form around the physical body, and within the subtle energies of the aura and chakras.

“This heavy negative energy cannot flow freely and becomes sluggish and stagnant resulting in dysfunction and illness in the body,” she said.

Reiki healers channel the positive Ki to the area of the body, chakra or aura where negative energy is harboured, allowing it to be released from the person’s energy field and replaced by healthy Ki, resulting in the natural flow of positive Ki.

However, she said that reiki is not a replacement of modern medicine.
“It assists the receiver in going through the processes of healing and self-empowerment by allowing them to take responsibility for their own health and happiness,” she added.

“It complements all other therapies and works hand in hand with aromatherapy and the use of essential oils, which I offer lessons on.”

Gounden aims to use her skills to train other in the community to become reiki or aromatherapy practitioners, and end unemployment.

“These skills can be beneficial to everyone. God has given me the opportunity to use my skill to better another life,” she added.

All students that attend classes receive certification on completion.

“I have also recorded CDs for individuals to purchase to learn the concept of this healing process,” she added.

Members of the community can learn how to use the energy of the universe to heal themself and others. Certificates, manuals, meditation, crystal, colour and chakra healing methods are included.

This first-evel workshop takes place on 2 July from 8.30 to 1 pm at Shunyata Sanctuary in Botha's Hill.

Workshops in massage and reflexology also offered. Contact Kas Gounden on 083 508 8769 or

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