Established 1992

The Confederation of Complementary Health Associations of South Africa was established in November 1992 by a group of twelve associations.

Promoting

Nontherapeutic health and wellness modalities
Wider Understanding Of complementary approaches
Positive Relationships with statutory bodies, health professionals and the public

Who We Are

COCHASA's members support and encourage an holistic approach to health care, which includes promoting wellness - the integration of body, mind and spirit - with an understanding that everything you do, think, feel and believe has an impact on your state of health.
To date COCHASA has made significant progress in lobbying and achieving the potential for complementary approaches to be included within the national health system.
Our history and role in complementary health services in South Africa.
Modalities

Non-Statutory Modalities

Nontherapeutic Health Services

COCHASA members offer complementary health services that are intended to promote wellness and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure disease.

These services employ supportive, holistic methods to facilitate ease of the body-mind, and do not interfere or counteract treatment regimes recommended by your health practitioner.

If you have a health condition, please consult a qualified health practitioner registered with the Health Professions Council or the Allied Health Professions Council.

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Non-Statutory Modalities
Modalities

Aura-Soma®

The Aura-Soma Colour-Care-System® is a potent tool for self-discovery and transformation. It illuminates the mystery and meanings behind the colours we are drawn to and provides unique colour-care products to help bring more of our potential into being.

You are the colours you choose and these reflect your being’s needs.
Vicky Wall, Aura-Soma Founder.

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Aura-Soma®
Modalities

Body Stress Release

Body Stress Release is a health profession concerned with assisting the body to release stored tension thereby allowing it to maximise its ability to maintain and heal itself. This technique has been developed and practised in South Africa by Gail and Ewald Meggersee since 1981.

When we are subjected to stress overload, tension becomes locked into our physical structures. The causes may be mechanical - accidents or incorrect exercise; chemical - pollutants, substances in foods and cosmetics; or mental/emotional stress. This stored tension may result in pain, stiffness or numbness and postural distortions. The impact on the nervous system undermines the body's ability to coordinate and heal itself.

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Body Stress Release
Modalities

MYYO Technique

The MYYO Technique is a holistic, natural way of relieving discomfort and stress in a person so that they can “Live Life Painlessly”.
 
The term MYYO is a combination of 2 words – ‘MYO’ (Greek for muscles) and ‘YOga’ - thus it is a manual process of relieving pain by working on, and stretching of muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia (connective tissue), with yogic breathing. It was developed by Anne Combrinck from South Africa.

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MYYO Technique
Modalities

NaturMotion | NAMO

NaturMotion is a hands-on treatment programme made up of

  • Spinalcare
  • Reflectology
  • Pressure Points
  • Massage
  • Breathwork
  • Self-Help Exercise

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NaturMotion | NAMO
Modalities

Polarity Therapy

Polarity has four related aspects

  • Bodywork
  • Polarity stretching postures
  • Cleansing diets
  • Awareness facilitation.

It is a truly holistic health system  which sees ill health as a process and not as a syndrome, demanding active participation in his/her own health-building approach. We need to accept responsibility for our own well-being and foster a positive mental attitude.

'It is only the Energy in Matter that makes matter seem alive. When this energy escapes, only the shell is left…..A cure constitutes reaching the life current within and re-establishing the free flow of its energy'.
Dr  R.Stone. ‘Health Building’. Chapter 1

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Polarity Therapy

Holding the Space for Complementary Approaches

COCHASA recognises the value of holistic approaches to wellbeing that complement conventional health services. We serve as an umbrella body that holds the space for modalities that are nontherapeutic in their intention, i.e. where the focus is to enhance wellbeing and not upon the diagnosis or treatment of disease.

Statutory Health Councils

COCHASA is a confederation of smaller Complementary Health Associations, and membership does not constitute statutory recognition. Only the relevant statutory health council can recommend a profession to the Minister of Health for official statutory recognition.

The existing statutory councils are:

  • The Health Professions Council
  • The Allied Health Professions Council
  • The South African Dental Technicians Council
  • The South African Nursing Council
  • The South African Pharmacy Council

Medical Schemes

The Board of Healthcare Funders only issues practice numbers to health professionals registered with one of the statutory councils. There is no legal obligation on any medical scheme to include any particular profession, treatment or service in its benefits, even if they are aligned with one of the statutory council professions. Medical schemes are therefore unlikely to recognise our modalities for the purpose of claims.

Any Medical Scheme that a client may subscribe to constitutes a private contract between the provider and the subscriber. The medical scheme decision about paying for services is generally based on its perception as to the demand for any particular treatment or service. In general, these schemes provide funds for the treatment of disease, which is not the intention of our member modalities, who focus more on promoting wellbeing.

COCHASA's members support and encourage an holistic approach to health care, which includes promoting wellness - the integration of body, mind and spirit - with an understanding that everything you do, think, feel and believe has an impact on your state of health.

Our history and role in complementary health services in South Africa.

To date COCHASA has made significant progress in lobbying and achieving the potential for complementary approaches to be included within the national health system.