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A newcomer to Te Anau is offering
wellbeing services and training in
a variety of techniques that she
readily accepts many people will
dismiss as quackery.
Trilby Johnson grew up in South
Africa, spent about 20 years in
Switzerland and for the past two
years has lived in New Zealand.
She studied psychology at
university but said it left her with
more questions than answers.
The majority of her working career
as been spent in administrative
roles but an interest in alternative
therapies over several years has
now seen her trained in massage,
reiki and access bars therapy.
Earlier this year she and her
partner moved to Te Anau and
she is now offering clinics in the
various techniques, along with
workshops to teach others how to
practice reiki and access bars.
It was 1996 that she was first
introduced to reiki. She had
"always been drawn to alternative
things" and after doing the
training said everything just began
to fall into place.
"That helped me label what I had,"
"The academic stuff didn't answer
my questions and I'm a very
kinaesthetic sort of person -- I feel
She learned about the energy of
the body and said, rather than
being at odds with her academic
background, it completed her
"I think you need both," she said.
"I think you need that mental or
that spiritual answer."
From reiki and massage, a friend
introduced her to bars therapy.
It's an extremely difficult thing to
describe but involves the facilitator
placing his or her hands on so-
called pressure points on the head
to release the electro magnetic
Sounds like quackery?
"Yeah," Ms Johnson agrees, quite
The long and the short of it is
that she can't explain exactly
what goes on but she's had some
fantastic responses from clients
and swears by it herself as a
means of self-empowerment.
The best analogy is that of a
virus checker on your computer,
scanning for and removing
unwanted and destructive clutter.
"So you'll have lots of disk space
and lots of up to date tools with
which to work," she said.
Ms Johnson describes herself as
naturally sceptical and believes
that is healthy, but she's also
willing to give things a try and
that's how she's become so
involved in alternative therapies.
Her list of qualifications now
includes: Access Bars Facilitator,
Meta-Coach, Massage Therapist
and Holistic Body Worker, Neuro-
Linguistic Programming Master
Practitioner, Reiki Master and
Teacher.... with a Bachelor of
Science in Psychology.
During the next couple of months
Ms Johnson wants to introduce
more people to reiki and access
bars techniques and is therefore
planning tutorial workshops. She'll
offer level one training in reiki on
May 15 and 16 and access bars
training over two nights (April 14
and 15) or one full day (April 17).
Following the seminars she also
hopes to hold regular meetings
with the new practitioners to
share ideas, techniques and
Further information on the
courses can be found at
Alternative therapies even for sceptics
Wellbeing facilitator Trilby Johnson who is offering a range of alternative
therapies from her new base in Te Anau.
Te Anau's 67 new car parks are
nearing completion, albeit over
The Te Anau Community board
budgeted $70,000 for the work
along Park Lane and Little Park
Lane to ease parking congestion
in the Town Centre and protect
the reserve which was suffering
damage after already being used
by many for parking.
Southland District Council Te Anau
area engineer Graham Jones said
most of the construction had been
The area was now being levelled
and compacted in preparation for
sealing, which was due to happen
about two weeks after Easter.
The work had been designed in a
way to protect the park and, as a
result only a couple of trees had
The total cost was now estimated
The construction budget had risen
to $76,800 while the rest was
made up of survey, design and
legal costs incurred to enable a
change in land status from reserve
The overrun would be met from
the council's reserves, Mr Jones
Meanwhile, rumours circulating
that that the new parks would be
subject to time restrictions are
untrue. Mr Jones said there were
no plans to restrict the length of
time people could park there,
however, the area would still be
subject to the council's control
area which prohibited overnight
New parking spaces nearing completion
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