Certification: C-002680, ACSS - Administração Central do Sistema de Saúde. IP - The
Portuguese Ministry of Health and currently studying Functional Medicine with the Institute of Functional Medicine (Oregon).
Camilla is a member of both the ANP (Association of Naturopathic Practitioners) and GNC (General Naturopathic Council), is insured by Balens and additionally, is an ambassador for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine), as well.
Born and raised in Southern Africa amongst nature’s rich diversity and the energetic embrace it offers, Camilla was led to seek knowledge of holistic based natural medicines. Exposed at a very young age to herbal remedies and homeopathy through her mother, and traditional oriental medicine through family relative practitioners, where she witnessed natural solutions and realized the importance of prevention all throughout her life.
Always with a strong scientific basis, individual sessions and recommendations are tailored to the individuals wants and needs through the lens of Ayurvedic medicine, having performed one of her apprenticeships with Michele Po, a renowned Ayurvedic practitioner in Portugal. Traditional Chinese medicine too, is a rich and frequently visited point of reference, inspired by personal experience with author and Master of Chinese Medicine, Juvernal Branco. Camilla later studied Medical Astrology with Paul Beyerl, herbalist, astrologer and author, in order to further her knowledge of holistic healthcare.
Camilla has comprehensive knowledge of toxicology, having being introduced to healthcare through many years of pharmacy work, coupled with sound experience in the analysis of both clinical testing, which elevates the quality of assessment, patient care and wellness. Camilla has also worked closely with integrative medical doctors including Dr. Pedro Veiga (Banyan Tree Spa) mesotherapy therapist and Dr. Luis Fontes (Oeirasmed Clinic) ozone specialist.
Shaman and ethnobotanist, Rocio Alarcon helped further broaden Camilla´s holistic approach to wholeness and healing: how to understand timeless connectivity, create therapeutic rhythm with the body, how to listen to the subtle energetic changes that occur within the body and how to then guide it to a space of healing through motion. Many ancient tribes in South America have practiced therapeutic abdominal and pelvic massage with profound results, ranging from the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) to endometriosis, poly cystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and infertility. By bringing circulation to the abdominal and pelvic area and by removing adhesions through massage, we are able to address and help heal emotional pain/trauma and physical ailments.
Herbalist Daisy Mae and Naturopath João Beles influenced supported Camilla´s journey in plant communication, through means of meditation and awareness.
Camilla is strongly committed to staying up to date with all emerging health research, which proves growing
evidence of plant medicine and orthomolecular therapy efficiency in treating and managing disease.
For Camilla, in practice, it’s the individual people themselves where my focus lies. Through getting to know the patient ́s personal story, we can unfold and discover which influences have affected their real state of health and wellbeing. This enables the best selection of methods to support patients in achieving the health goals and moving closer to homeostasis.
Camilla offers breathwork coaching as a lifestyle tool after finding its use in her own life. Having battled with anxiety and painful lumbar spine extrusion in the past, Camilla found the only way to manage was through the use of conscious breath, and this led her on her breathwork path. Later, Camilla was into introduced to Wim Hof breathing by someone who had studied under Wim Hof. I was immediately drawn to it. This helped broaden her practice to more modern versions and finally define her own breathwork journey sessions. Camilla's breathwork journeys start with simple awareness of breath, moving into diaphragmatic breathing with alkalisation and activation of the parasympathetic through long exhales. When the body is ready, alterate nostril (Anulom vilom --> Nadi Shodhana) and box breathing (Sama vritti) is introduced to support circulation to each hemisphere of the brain and balance bodily functions. Diaphragmatic breath is inspired throughout the entire practice. As breath-holds have now been introduced, depending on the individuals needs and time of the year, either Bellows breath (Bastrika) and Kappalbhati to energise, or Wim hof style breathing to move deep within, will follow. Finally, once breathwork practice is concluded with a short meditation, smoke cleanse and sound bath may be performed.