Devorah Kur - DKWellness
supporting you to wellbeing
It all started in 1996 when my father was diagnosed with colon cancer. At the time I was running my own corporate interior design company, and loving the creativity.
After his diagnosis, I became obsessed with the role of patients in their health, healing and illnesses. A new world opened up for me as I began exploring healing and what wellness meant. Was healing only up to doctors, or did we, as patients, have a role to play?
Many fascinating books and teachers came into my life, who inspired me further, like Dr Bernie Siegel, who explores the role of the patient as an active participant in his own healing.
Encouraging patients to take ownership of their healing, he says, “We are the soil in which the disease roots itself.” Deb Shapiro, Deepak Chopra, Caroline Myss and many more inspired me as I became more passionate about our ability to heal and to be healed.
Eventually I could no longer deny my enthusiasm to help others explore their own healing, so I changed careers and studied Reflexology. I loved working with people and learning how our bodies converse far more than just symptoms or disease to us. There is an intelligence, deep within our bodies, that communicates with us, (through our symptoms), about our lives. When we make these connections we are empowered to make changes, and from this new place of growth, healing can result. It is in this area that I am most passionate in supporting people.
Coming this far was wonderful, however, I wanted to further help my patients explore their painful, “Why me?” questions in order to facilitate the healing they were seeking. Questions like, “Why did I have to get cancer?” or, “Why am I struggling to have a baby?” they would sob about in my treatment room. Logotherapy, which is the teachings of Dr Victor Frankl (bestselling author of: Man’s search for meaning) provided me with these tools. Logotherapy is all about finding meaning in suffering and challenge. We can’t only treat the body for illness; we have to treat the mind and spirit as well. This dynamic relationship between mind, body and soul is called the MINDBODY relationship, where everything comes together and healing can result.
Further adding to my tools, inspired by Dr Peter Levine, I got certified as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) which is a body-centered approach to treating and releasing PTSD (trauma therapy), and studied IFS – Internal Family Systems from the teachings of Dr Dick Shwartz. I trained as a bereavement counselor to offer support in times of grief or loss, and incorporate incorporate mental imagery, (which I studied with Dr Gerald Epstein) into sessions, which uses our mind and imagination to help us heal. These tools enable me to be of profound service to you on your path to an integrated mind-body-soul healing and wellbeing.
I am passionate about this work, and love facilitating MINDBODY workshops and empowering talks too, so as an international inspirational speaker, I am able to share ideas of wellbeing and healing to groups and companies as well. My goal through what I offer, is to empower YOU to wellness. At a previous Corporate Women’s Day Event at Alexander Forbes in South Africa, Joanne Strauss (ex-Miss South Africa) who was the MC, said to the crowd after my presentation, “Watch this space ladies, she is the New White Oprah.”
A bit about me
I love connecting to the spiritual energy within the Jewish calendar, as well as being in nature, hiking and meditating. I also have an adventurous side that gets a thrill out of rappelling down mountains and waterfalls. I often attend silent retreats and find it healing to disconnect from external life to be able to reconnect with my inner self.
In 2011 I followed my dream to come and live in Israel with my husband and four daughters, and I am privileged to continue empowering and supporting people to wellbeing. This path is not always easy, because it connects us to our vulnerabilities, which are often hard to face alone, so it takes courage and nurturing support to get started. In 2022 I published my book, ‘Man’s Search for Healing’ which provides the reader with tools to be an active participant in their own healing journies. I welcome you on your healing journey and it will be my privilege to accompany you…