My Healing Journey


I’m Tania Marsden. I live and practice in Nelson and Golden Bay, New Zealand, and worldwide through online consultations.

I’m passionate about Holistic Healthcare, both from a professional and personal perspective.

Personally, what I found changed my life and keeps on changing it. Professionally, I get to do something I love – helping people see themselves, their issues and their life with new eyes, and get truly well on every level – in body, mind and being.

Each client I work with presents with a unique story or need, but they can really be defined simply in 2 ways:

Some come for Health, others for Healing

The many connections in the Bodyt

‘Health’ means ‘the stuff that’s perceived to be physical’


Allergies, weight issues, pain, injuries, skin problems, chronic fatigue, digestive issues, coughs, colds, arthritis, headaches, back aches, or any other “I have been diagnosed with _____”

Inner Peace‘Healing’ means ‘the stuff that’s perceived to be not physical’

Stress, anxiety, fears, phobias, depression, feeling blocked, I keep repeating patterns, can’t focus, can’t attract what I want, just need to shift something but not sure what it is, cant cope, feel like i might breakdown, or any other “they can’t find anything wrong with me but my _____ still hurts/won’t go away”

From small issues to big troubles, what my BodyTalk sessions show you is how your body and mind are CONNECTED in a way that is totally unique to you.

It reveals The Big Picture

What people tend to find (as I did) is that as you work on the ‘health’ issues, you get healing, and as you get ‘healing’ your body gets healthy too. It doesn’t matter which doorway you arrive through; I use The BodyTalk system to show us exactly what we need to work with. It works by getting the parts and systems of your body back in good communication, and allows us to work on the cause of your symptoms.

You know how when the oil light goes on in your car, you don’t think about fixing the bulb, or taking it out?! You put oil in the engine, taking care of the real underlying problem. Same goes with your body, your symptoms are your warning lights and they are giving you messages.

(read more about a BodyTalk with me here)

“If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans”

I didn’t plan to be a healer, in fact I had always wanted to sing! So how did I get here from there? Rest assured, I sing more than ever now, and dance and celebrate life at every opportunity! But like everyone, there was a time in my life I was knocked down, and had to dig very, very deep to find joy again.

‘Shift Happens’ – How I turned trauma into treasure

Have you ever had an experience that turned your life upside down, that was really hard and traumatic at the time, but that you look back on as being a defining turning point in your life? Have you ever been able to see these moments as gifts?

From Grief to Gift

At age 22 I was a new mother, joyfully embarking on a new life, a new me, with a beautiful son I adored. I thought I had it all mapped out, and looked forward to growing with my new family. I could never have imagined that 2 years later my son’s father would commit suicide, and I would be turned inside out with grief.

Although I’m a strong woman, with a deep spiritual understanding that everything unfolds for a reason, I still struggled with the process and found that I reached a point where I was ‘flat lining’. Grief was starting to turn into depression. I was losing my hope that I would ever recover my natural joy and optimism, that I would ever be truly happy again. I was getting to talk about it, and lots of people were also talking to me, and I seemed to be great at helping them see from different perspectives, but I couldn’t shift myself just from talking.

Somewhere inside I knew that one day, I would be able to help others with what I was going through, but I had to find the key to my own healing to be able to do that!

Saying “yes” to ‘Myself, The Healer’

So I was searching in a sense, wanting an emotional healing, and I felt drawn to aromatherapy/massage. I got some books from the library and one immediately struck me with something unexpected…

“these AMAZING pictures of these GORGEOUS flowers are having a PROFOUND EFFECT ON ME!!!!”

…..and the tiny amount of information on the ESSENCES made from flowers was kind of QUIETLY SHOUTING at me, and the definitions matched what i was feeling. So I read the very brief description of how they were made, and I just knew

“I’ve gotta make some, and I’m gonna start with that little purple flower right outside my door!”

I didn’t know what it was, it wasn’t in the book, but all the others I’d been drawn to were also in my garden, so I figured there was something key about that. So I made them too, and I eventually found out something that made me see I was definitely ‘on track’ and laugh out loud…

….that first little purple flower is called SELF-HEAL!

To this day It is still a kind of ‘touchstone’ experience for me, and it started a huge journey that Changed My Life (read more about my essences story here)

So I said “yes” some more…

Around the same time, in 1998, I went to a Reiki course and received my Reiki 1 Attunement. I had been in some resistance about it as I thought we should be able to access the universal energy ourselves. I was forming a close friendship with another Mum who happened to be a Reiki Master (Premal Gauntlett) and it was her peaceful passion for Reiki that eventually wore down all my resistance!

Awakening in the attunement

What I now understand is that I had an appointment with my ‘higher self’ that day, and it was one of the most beautiful experiences I’ve had – I felt incredible peace, connection and body awareness, especially in my feet. The hands on healing felt so natural for me, and we were encouraged to let the energy teach us, the best advice about Reiki I think you’d ever get.

(Read more about reiki here)

…and again I say, yes!

On the last day of the course, another participant gave me a Neurolink session. At one point, I felt a huge wave of ‘shock’ come over me – the memory of receiving the news of the suicide, for just a moment, was as real as it was at the time it happened, although it was now 2 years after the actual event. It was a feeling of “it can’t be true”…..Then I felt it just leave my body in a rush of energy. I got off the table, I laughed uncontrollably for half an hour, and I kept saying to him “What have you done to me? How did you do that?!!” I had not told him anything about it, I had no idea what he had done, just some sort of muscle testing and head tapping. I just knew the SHOCK was gone. I felt utterly different.

I also knew I HAD to learn Neurolink. If it’s that simple to RELEASE I wanted to know how to help others do it too. And within a few weeks, life lined it up, and I laughed out loud again. Smiley face!

Image, yes, keys

So within the space of a couple of months, I had emerged into a completely new life path. I had 3 keys…

Reiki, Neurolink and Flower essences

…that were all connected by 1 BIG KEY – they are all about ENERGY, and how it is inseparable from the BODY. I had entered the nebulous realm of ‘bodymind’ healing, where we are stretched beyond the old paradigm of medicine, and for a few years I felt very out on a limb with what I was doing, but as it seemed like some higher consciousness of me had set me up with undeniable experiences, I just could not contain my fascination!

Good Grief!

It also did not mean my grieving was over, but what did happen was I got back into a HEALTHY expression of grief (which helps us to let go) and got my faith back that I could heal at a deep level, without having to relive or rehash endlessly the same emotional loop of ‘’why did this happen to me?’’ or “Why did you do this to me?” (read more about healthy grief here)

For several years I kept making essences, expanding them into trees, crystal elixirs and EVERYTHING ELSE it seemed, became a Reiki Master, learnt some Anatomy and Physiology, Massage, and studied advanced Neurolink.

But I found that the Neurolink system seemed to be ‘trying to take me somewhere’ that it wasn’t really ‘supposed’ to….it’s a very structured, linear process that works with the brain, and it has an order to it. But then I was getting these other intuitive insights…

“I think I need to do the hydration technique before the viral clearing for this person”

I started muscle checking every session for which order to do the session in, and it was totally outside of the guidelines, so I was a little nervous about it! But I knew it was right for me, and sure enough (my laughing out loud continues) I soon got my confirmation.

I found BodyTalk!!

It was literally a Quantum Leap! Like the difference between a circle and a sphere! And guess what, you ask the body what its PRIORITY is! And I could use everything I ever learned! I mean EVERYTHING folks – not just my healing skills, but my whole understanding of life, my experience and my unique perspective.

As well as working with the brain, BodyTalk also works with the HEART, and I now had another big ‘ole key in my hands. (read about the heart field here)

The Biggest, Best “YES!” Yet

(a bonus tongue twister!)

I now specialize in BodyTalk – I am totally passionate about it, as I see the most amazing transformations both in myself and in the people I work with. Every session is like a treasure hunt, and it connects the body, mind and being in a unique way for every client. It’s also safe and simple, and does not require us to rehash old stuff, go digging for dirt, or indulge in pain. What it does do is give us the ‘aha’ we need, getting to the causes/core issues. Once perspective shifts, the body follows, as we ‘got the message’ that it was trying to tell us.

(read more about BodyTalk here)

The keys keep coming, long may it continue

Over the years I’ve been in practice I’ve gained a deep appreciation for the power of healing touch. We know it makes people thrive, but many people never get it. I practiced Relaxation Massage a bit and I did enjoy it, but when a Hot Stone massage practitioner asked me for a swap, I encountered the most utterly blissful, amazingly deep but flowing massage I’d ever had, and I had another “I have to learn this moment. Lo and behold, I was given a set of stones, so I guessed I better get started! With one on one training and a seemingly inexhaustible supply of guinea pigs, I quickly developed my own style. I had also been given a beautiful piece of Pounamu, a sacred healing stone of New Zealand, and I use this over the sacrum and the heart. I love doing this massage, it feels almost ceremonial, and I can bring my skills in energy balancing and combine them with the bodywork. (read more here)

Lets go back and check that oil light, shall we?

I had an epiphany not so long ago. I saw that if your body doesn’t have the minerals, vitamins and other elements it needs, it just can’t do what it’s designed to do. It’s just like putting oil in your car, again, you wouldn’t put something in that might ruin the motor. Yet we so often don’t care about ourselves enough to put the good stuff in our bodies. But if you’re like me, you don’t want to get all stressed about food, or not be able to eat what you want. I found a solution (literally!) and I share the information with others, as so many of the health issues people are struggling with out there come down to mineral deficiency – we just don’t get the same levels from food anymore. (If you want this info, read about it here.)

A reader’s reward..

Did you make it all the way to the end?! You deserve a gold star! Thank you so much for your interest. Maybe you are someone on a similar path to me, and possibly interested in learning some of what I learnt. You can check out some links to courses here: 

And here’s a bonus offer to those who read my entire story! If you can tell me the answer to this question, then I’ll do a $20 discount on a BodyTalk session for you.

The Question: “What was the first flower essence I made?”

Send your answer by email to, and we will connect and do your BodyTalk. Contact me here


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Hi, I'm Tania. I help people get clarity and meaning about who they are and why things are happening, so they can move forward with a new feeling of inspiration about their own soul path. This sense of joy and freedom, embracing the many miracles of every day life is what I believe makes us truly well on all levels. Whether you are right in the midst of a 'dark night of the soul', or just need pampering for a tired achy body, I work with both energy healing and bodywork to leave you feeling nurtured and empowered.

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