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Reiki, Healing & Meditation

Charmaine Haig founded ‘My Urban Retreat’ 4 years ago in De Waterkant Village, Cape Town.
Many have passed through the doors with successful and happy life changing results in helping clients heal, create more vitality and find balance in their lives.

The original vision was to help guide people on the their well being journey & find their life purpose through helping them heal their past, be happy in the present and create achievable goals and positive thoughts for their future.

This certainly hasn’t changed and has grown from strength to strength with clients both in South Africa and in the UK.

Reiki Energy Healing completely changed Charmaines life in 2009 after she was diagnosed with severe chronic fatigue, high stress and executive burnout surrounding her very demanding London businesses. Charmaine wanted to heal holistically and wanted to get out of the rat race.

It has almost been 7 years since Charmaine qualified as a practitioner in Reiki Energy Healing. Charmaine has since become a Reiki Master Teacher (Reiki Level 4) and is in the process of opening up her Traditional Reiki School. She works in and around Cape Town & sometimes in London for her energy healing work, life balance well-being workshops & meditation/mindfulness classes.

“I wanted be able to channel this magnificent healing energy to help others self-heal after a period of my own self-transformation of which I have been dedicated too.
I have a successful portfolio of case studies with SA & International clients and find great joy in guiding others on their healing & well being journey and watch them flourish.
I studied the Usui Ryoto Shiki Reiki in the teachings of founder of Reiki, Dr Usui, of whom I’m directly 9th in line from his teachings and have recently become a Reiki Master Teacher after a year or so of study following several years attaining each level of Reiki.
I am fascinated by the journey of my clients, what has brought them to be as they are, what techniques they can use to evolve and there is nothing more rewarding than watching them positively grow and through guidance and self-work to find their life glow again.
I am an ‘active’ energy therapist as opposed to ‘passive’ meaning that I intuitively feel imbalances and then give guidance & support surrounding any issues that come up including after care.
Being attuned to Level 4 Reiki Energy is a faster catalyst to my clients healing process, therefore they need to come to less sessions to feel an overall positive affect!”

More recently, Charmaine has been studying the Touch for Health® Kinesiology (TFHK), which is a powerful tool to help clients self assess themselves.

Charmaine also uses Shiatsu (acupressure massage) on Head, Neck, Face & Shoulders to alleviate stress and is currently studying towards her PHD in Metaphysics.

To see what clients have to say about Charmaine, click here


Touch For Health Kinesiology is a system of natural health care which combines muscle monitoring with the principles of Chinese medicine to assess energy and body function. It applies a range of gentle yet effective techniques to enhance health, well-being and vitality.

Using muscle monitoring, Touch For Health Kinesiology addresses the structural, nutritional and emotional stresses common in our everyday life to create balance within the meridian system of the body.


Japanese from “shi”, meaning finger, and “atsu”, meaning pressure. This technique uses fingers and palm of the hand to stimulate various points along the the meridian system, bringing about relief by balancing the Yin and Yang energies in the body, stimulating your body’s inherent healing process, and restoring well being.

Acupressure and Shiatsu view a person not as separate parts but as a whole – body, emotions, mind, and spirit as one. This practice is done over the clothes.

Charmaine prefers to use this in conjunction with Reiki Energy healing rather than as a therapy on it’s own.


Meditation is an effortless and very enjoyable experience that results in deep relaxation, elimination of stress, focusing and a heightened appreciation of life.

Charmaine’s classes are either 30 or 60mins and include some of the following:

“Get out of your head space, come back into balance and release any fears”

“Using the 7 main chakra energy centers, we bring light and cleansing to each to help them unblock and spin at the right frequencies”.

“Self Awareness using your 6 senses (spirit included), inner peace, reducing stress and reclaiming your life from worry about the past or future”

“Helping you see a clear, bright & positive path ahead of you which in turn should help you manifest the things you want in life”.

“Feel at peace with yourself & the world… practice giving and receiving love by opening up your heart chakra and nurture your inner child. Totally blissful.

“This is a great grounding time where the sessions are held in beautiful outdoor places in and around Cape Town. Feel at one with the world around you”.

When contacting Charmaine, reference the ‘Core Fit Centre’ and get 10% discount on your first treatment.