Hi, I'm Thalien (pronounced as Tah-lean). I'm a holistic massage therapist, sound practitioner, yoga teacher, busker, writer, and retreat organiser, but more than anything a free spirited, soul-searching enthusiast.
My motto: Life is not happening to us, it is happening for us. This implies an attitude of gratitude and curiosity no matter what the circumstances are — gratitude being a crucial ingredient for happiness and attracting abundance into our life, and curiosity being the perfect antidote for reactivity and fear-based thinking. Yes, appreciation comes easy when things are going our way. But how about when we feel lost, insecure, or lacking a sense of purpose? How to hold space for yourself in dark times? How do you get free and (re)connect? How are self-inquiry, meditation, movement, sharing, sound and singing invaluable tools for self-expression, healing and (re)aligning yourself with your purpose on earth?
For me, the path of personal development started whilst struggling to overcome depression and an eating disorder in my late teens. Through the years I was humbled by many relapses, which — painful and frustrating as they were — kept me on the path of self-development and spirituality. I’m grateful for that because I found that the insights and practises from Buddhism, Yoga, Vedanta, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Human Design, and the teachings from people like Willem Glaudemans, Eckhart Tolle, Tara Brach, Pema Chödrön, Mel Robbins, Gabor Maté, Kristin Neff, James Clear, Brené Brown, Cory Muscara, Sadhguru, Jack Kornfield, Joe Dispenza and Byron Katie (to name just a few) stretch far beyond their usefulness for healing gloom and self-defeating habits or addictions. They provide incredibly powerful tools and wisdom for every human to live their full potential. Of course, one's full potential isn't a destination; it's a path. It's a journey of liberation — from your own limitations and the limitations that others (often with good intentions) put upon you.
My search for a happier and healthier mind, body and soul was born out of dire necessity and eventually grew into a passion for unlocking human potential and a motivation to help others. It is my great joy and honour to facilitate the journey of finding inner freedom through yoga, sound, massage therapy, as well as hosting workshops & retreats on topics like belonging, purpose and agency.
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2023 – 16 hr Lomi Lomi Samudra Massage Training (with Caroline Hoekendijk @Wellness Academie, The Netherlands)
2023 – 35 hr Trauma-Informed Yoga & Movement CPD (with Ashley MacDonald @Barefoot Body Training, UK)
2023 – 8 hr Reiki Training Level 1 (with Raymond Besems-Fagoe @Anand Opleidingen, The Netherlands)
2023 – 45 hr The Healing Voice Training (with Jacomina Kistemaker @Centro Punta de Couso, Spain)
2023 – 30 hr Energy Work in Massage & Yoga (with Robert Henderson @Moncarapacho, Portugal)
2022 – 40 hr Thai Massage & Traditional Thai Medicine Training (with Sebastian Bruno @ThaiVedic, Portugal)
2022 – 25 hr Sound Healing Training (with Ângelo Ferreira @Cosmic Gong, Portugal)
2021 – 30 hr Spine Conditions Training (with Cátia Garcia @Suryalila, Spain)
2021 – 90 hr Thai Yoga Massage Training (with Cátia Garcia @Suryalila, Spain)
2021 – 200 hr YA-accredited Yoga Teacher Training (with Vidya Heisel @Frog Lotus Yoga, Spain)
2019 – 10 day Vipassana Meditation Training (Dhamma Pajjota, Belgium)
2017 – 2 day Assess, Address, Apply Clinic (GMB Fitness, The Netherlands)
2017 – 1 day Mindfulness for Sports Coaches Clinic (NLcoach, The Netherlands)
2017 – 2 day Strength Training Clinic (Vondelgym, The Netherlands)
2016 – 9 day Fitness Trainer Level A (Start2Move, The Netherlands)
2015 – 3 day Bootcamp Trainer (Opleidingen2000, The Netherlands)
2000-2004 – Language & Culture Studies (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)