I spend a lot of time sitting under the tree in my garden learning about my roots and my reach.
If SomaSense were a tree, the taproot would be my long career in therapeutic massage and spreading in many directions, would be the lateral roots of life experiences, living a creative life, formal training in philosophy, education and psychology and spending many, many hours meandering in gardens and in nature.
I am a massage therapist, business woman, teacher, speaker, writer, artist and eternal student.
I have been practising massage since 1998. It is a long, long time, nearly two decades but it has proven to be the one occupation where all my previous and newly acquired knowledge and skills can be applied.
And top it all, I only get to meet wonderful people, I don't have to travel to work and my 'office' is a serene and quite space.
Since 2001 I have been registered with the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa. In South Africa, Therapeutic Massage Therapy is a statutory regulated health profession and therapists are legally required to be registered and to work within the scope of practice prescribed in law.
For many years I was very active in our professional association (I am an honorary member of the Massage Therapy Association of South Africa [MTASA] and served as vice-chair for a number of years) but these days my focus has shifted to pain management.
I recently completed an honours degree in counselling psychology from Unisa.
The impetus was the eternal body-mind debate. It was no longer enough to be just a body worker while daily I had to deal with the psyche and emotions of clients especially when dealing with pain. I had to learn more about that aspect of my work.
Whether spoken, written or lived in the body, I have always been drawn to people's stories. And with that, documenting them.
I served as editor of the MTASA's InTouch magazine. Years before I cut my teeth in publishing as photo-journalist and production editor in the newspapers industry and nowadays I am a keen blogger.
Between 1999 and 2006 I lectured to therapeutic massage students enrolled for the two-year diploma. In 2003 I completed a Masters degree in Education from the University of Johannesburg based on the service learning programme I managed.
Nowadays I get to use these skills when speaking to owners and employees at small and micro business about workplace wellness and the role of massage therein.
Being a good massage therapist does not automatically make for a successful practice.
Thanks to business networks such as Xtraordinary Women and mastermind groups like Collaborative Effort in Somerset West, I have learnt (and keep learning) to be a successful massage practice and workplace wellness agency and I am able to identify touch points with my clients to better help you solve your problems.
Now that I have completed my formal studies (for now!), I am free to pursue other interests such as blog writing challenges, pain management and workplace wellness programmes for small and micro businesses and the eternal conundrum about what it is to be an embodied being, moved to create meaning in life.
The rest of the time I dabble in many, many other pursuits - painting, gardening, walking on the beach, reading, puzzle-building, scrabble and
kuier-ing under my tree.
But please, enough about me, tell me more about yourself ...
I recently attended a talk offered by Erika Kruger from SomaSense about body and posture specifically aimed at entrepreneurs. I was blown away by her knowledge and insight. – Dr. Inet Kemp, Brilliance Computer Training Academy
Wow Erika, you know your stuff! After a full body massage with this Erika on Saturday this week past - I caught up on my lack of sleep (and then some) and don't have any more body pain! – Robyn Lambrick, Word On The Street Media
Ek gaan al vir ‘n paar jaar na Erika vir massering, op aanbeveling van ‘n klieënt. Ek is ‘n haarkapster en agv my werk, is dit noodsaaklik om gemasseer te word. - Elmarie de Bruin, Strand.
Erika's knowledge and experience in this field have proved to be of great benefit to me." – Chris Wroth, Somerset West