Summary

Dr. Paula (Laxmi) Horan is an American psychologist who is known worldwide for her numerous books, seminars and retreats on alternative and complimentary therapies, authentic forms of vibrational medicine, integrative body/mind therapeutics and ground-breaking approaches to spirituality and consciousness development.

Born in America, she lived her childhood years in Italy and Germany. Completing her undergraduate studies in sociology and English literature in Britain, she then achieved both her MA (focusing on dance therapy) and her Ph.D. in psychology at San Diego, California.

From 1992 through 1997, she spent much of her time with her spiritual master Shri H.W.L Poonjaji in India, who gave her the name Laxmi. Shri Poonjaji or ‘Papaji’, as he was affectionately called, was a self realized being who left his body in September 1997. Quickened by his presence, Paula shifted her focus from self-improvement to the self-inquiry that awakens the quiet stillness of awakened presence.This inspired her to elicit the same joy and freedom in others. 

Dr. Horan is one of the founding members of the Indian Body/Mind Therapy Association, a first for India, which is endeavoring to coalesce therapeutic practitioners into a united whole.

Another factor in Paula's life that inspired her to become an avid researcher on detoxification and rejuvenation therapies is her personal success in treating both a breast and ovarian tumors with a raw food diet and Reiki. Her knowledge and personal experience in this field has put her at the forefront of the quest forlongevity and for sustaining peak health in an increasingly challenged environment.

Paula's seminars and retreats on an expansive range of wellness subjects and on non- dual awareness are whole-heartedly received, due to her unique ability to communicate complicated concepts in a simple and easy manner. She is well known for her warmth, for her inspirational teaching style and her enduring smile, indicative of the joy she finds in sharing her knowledge—which enliven and motivate her students to manifest the richness inherent in their lives.

Laxmi (as she is affectionately called) has appeared on Radio and TV shows in the US, Europe and India. In 1999 she received the Full Circle “Inner Flame Award” from former Prime Minister Shri Gujral for her contribution to disseminating alternative and complimentary methods of healing. The citation also commended her for her grace and grit in adversity.

Work History

Work History
2002 - Present

Managing Director

Seven Palms Spa Consulting Pvt. Ltd.

Seven Palms Spa Consulting Pvt. Ltd. is an India-based company providing specialized consulting on integrative health diagnostic & treatment technologies, energy medicine & energy psychology, natural functional medicine therapeutics, rejuvenation & longevity methodologies, somatic bodywork training, spa facility development and marketing. 

We are focused on providing advanced therapeutics for body/mind/spirit that remove the obstacles to healing allowing the body's own repair mechanisms to work properly.  We assist in the design and development of Centers called 'Spaspitals', selection and training of professional practitioners, and all aspects of marketing.

We specialize in advanced diagnostic and treatment regimes: Energy Body Balancing, Chinese Energetics, Life Coaching & Counseling, Holistic Medical Nutrition, Detoxification, Counseling, Deep Release Bodywork, Laser Acupuncture for Smoking and Weight Loss, East/West Integrated Body Work, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), EMDR, Energy Therapies, Live Blood Cell Analysis-Dark Field Microscopy, Herbal & Homeopathic Supplementation, Homotoxicology, Life Bioresonance System, Electro-Dermal Screening, Electro Interstitial Sanning (EIS), Marma Massage, Mind Purification Therapy, Naturopathy, Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), Orthomolecualr Medicine, Psychotherapy, Qi Gong (Taoist Medicine), Reiki Therapy, Reflexology, Spiritual Healing, Ozone Therapy, Chelation, Thermograpy, Weight Management and more.

We are able to source equipment and medical instrumentation, train professional staff on the proper usage and develop Center-specific marketing programs and materials.

Call Dr. Gene Nelson, N.D., Ph.D. or Dr. Paula Horan, Ph.D. for further information.

1985 - Present

Author & Seminar Facilitator

Self-Employed Author & International Seminar Leader

Her first book, Empowerment through Reiki has been translated into 20 languages. It was followed by Abundance Through Reiki, Core Empowerment, Reiki –108 Questions and Answers: Your Dependable Guide For A Lifetime of Reiki Practice,The Ultimate Reiki Touch,The Nine Principles of Self-Healing and Heal Yourself With Oxygen. Her eighth book called Fierce Innocence, will be out in late 2009.

Paula's seminars and retreats on an expansive range of wellness subjects and on non- dual awareness are whole-heartedly received, due to her unique ability to communicate complicated concepts in a simple and easy manner. She is well known for her warmth, for her inspirational teaching style and her enduring smile, indicative of the joy she finds in sharing her knowledge—which enliven and motivate her students to manifest the richness inherent in their lives.

Laxmi (as she is affectionately called) has appeared on Radio and TV shows in the US, Europe and India. In 1999 she received the Full Circle “Inner Flame Award” from former Prime Minister Shri Gujral for her contribution to disseminating alternative and complimentary methods of healing. The citation also commended her for her grace and grit in adversity.

Currently she spends some of her time in South India on the coast of the Arabian Sea, where she lives quietly, on a hilly plateau called Cabo de Rama in South Goa, the home of the Taosomatics Institute. In addition, she focuses on writing and on her hobby—water sports.Part of the year she also lives in Kathmandu, Nepal, where she concentrates on the practices of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

Paula welcomes questions and feedback from her readers and students. She can be emailed at laxmihoran09@ yahoo.com. For further updated information about Paula you can also visit www.healyourselfwithoxygen.com, www.taosomatics.net, and www.paulahoran.com. 

2002 - Present

Founder

The Taosomatics Institute

Our mission is two fold, it is to provide body/mind therapists with the most in depth and spiritually-based training available at this time, as well as provide a number of transformational seminars and programs for today's demanding spa patron. In addition, through our Seven Palms professional spa consulting team, we can also provide partial or turnkey spa consulting services to help you create the genuine healing spa facility of your dreams. Through our profesional spa management training program, we offer the most complete curriculum to prepare you to run your own spa.

Our team have fully imbibed the transforming effects of skillfull loving touch through their own direct experience. Inspired by these gentle shifts, several have been drawn further to experience the fire of deep transformational work guided by Dr. Horan. This has translated to a greater desire to help others and a more conscious meditative presence in their personal manner.

Our bodymind therapy trainers are multi-faceted experienced therapists who have a keen desire to share their wealth of knowledge with others. A dynamic group, they have come from a number of professional backgrounds and are fully qualified to lead a variety of programs suited to spa therapists as well as spa clientele. Wether it is a training you are seeking to increase the skill and meditative presence of your therapists, or a health seminar or transformational retreat for your company or spa guests, we can provide the perfect program for your needs. 

2005 - 2006

Shillim Eco Resort

Dr. Horan was the primary wellness consultant for the development and evolution of The Shillim Eco Resort through her company Seven Palms Spa Consulting Pvt. Ltd. in India.  The Shillim Institute and Learning Centre evolved from a project started as conservation measures to improve and protect the natural environment of the area. The Master Plan now shows a Centre for Learning and Community Welfare with conference facilities which is to provide programmes in arts, culture, life skills, organic farming, plant husbandry and reforestation. These initial goals have expanded into an eco-resort which was planned to open in early 2010. It is a wellness destination offering mind, body, and spirit programmes such as yoga, meditation, alternative holistic therapies, stress and related thought and management education. Also on offer will be a major horse riding experience at the proposed Equestrian Centre. Various types of accommodations including villas, forest suites and guest rooms will be available at this development. The Client Developer is the Writer Organisation which is headquartered in Mumbai. The post occupancy operator of the resort will be Hilton International. 

Shillim Eco Spa Resort is some 100 kms from the major Indian City of Mumbai and some 60kms from the Pune the historical capital of the Maharashtra state located in the western region of India. The development benefits from good road and train access to Mumbai, Pune, and the beautiful hill stations of Lonavala and Khandala, It is set amongst the slopes of the Sahyadri mountain range which rise to an altitude of 625 m above sea level.

The project, due to the worldwide financial situation, has been postponed until late 2011.

1984 - 1986

Spa Director & Massage Therapist

Paquet Cruise LInes/'The Rhapsody'

Education

Education
1986

Ph.D. Psychology

University of Humanistic Studies
1984

MA

University of Humanistic Studies
1975

BA

United States International University (USIU)
1973

AA

United States International University (USIU)
1969

Diploma

Schiller-Czerny Modeling School

Skills

Skills

Spa Management & Training

  Spa Pre-Opening Consultancy:   Having been 20 years in the spa business, Dr. Horan's expertise in Wellness & Spa Management allows her to offer consultancy for setting up high end spas on a turn key basis, which includes: Managing existing or new Spas for clients; Setting up Spas on a franchised business model basis; Developing Spa services menus; Operational and financial efficiency analysis of new or existing Spa operations; Conducting Spa audits for systems and procedure optimization.   Dr. Horan's Spa management expertise extends to: Feasibility Analysis of the startup capital and operational costs and revenue/expense projections; Business planning; Cash flow and profitably  analysis.   Spa Market Analysis:  Assessing current local spa market and trends, evolving marketing strategies, creating USP (unique selling proposition)/Brand for Spa operations, Market profiling, Spa services pricing analysis, market growth trends and forecasting, and Demographic Analysis.   Spa Competitive Analysis: Spa market sizing, Spa site analysis, Ambience & Decor, Spa product and services analysis, staffing.   Other core competencies: Spa equipment sourcing, staff selection, human resource management and  training, marketing/advertising/promotion and public relations planning & execution, collateral development, pre-launch planning and launch planning.  

Body Work Therapies

  In over 20 years of applying bodywork therapies, Dr. Horan is one of the founding members of the Indian Body/Mind Therapy Association, a first for India, which is endeavoring to coalesce therapeutic practitioners into a united whole.  Likewise she is the founder of the Taosomatics Insitute, a school for consciousness development. Having attracted a core group of students who are now highly skilled bodymind therapy trainers with some of their own areas of additional expertise in the health and wellness field, Dr. Horan’s Institute covers a wide range of subjects. With a focus on spa treatments and bodymind therapy, the aim is to promote a holistic approach to wellness which caters to health givers, spas, businesses, corporations and the general public.    Although known as the person who introduced Reiki  to India in 1989,  she has an extensive background in a variety of forms of bodymind therapy. Seeing a need for skilled therapists with meditative presence, she created a modular training in both eastern and western forms of treatment in 2001. T  

International Seminar/Workshop Leader

With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Horan is a world renowned seminar and retreat facilitator/leader on an expansive range of wellness subjects, consciousness, Bio-Oxidative therapeutics, spirituality, self empowerment and non- dual awareness. Her seminars are whole-heartedly received, due to her unique ability to communicate complicated concepts in a simple and easy manner. She is well known for her warmth, for her inspirational teaching style and her enduring smile, indicative of the joy she finds in sharing her knowledge—which enliven and motivate her students to manifest the richness inherent in their lives.   She has conducted workshops, seminars, and retreats in India, Nepal, Europe, and the United States.  She has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people on the Planet who are seeking to find peace, prosperity, abundance and profound, and lasting, health, rejuvenation and longevity in this life.

Certifications

Certifications
1987 - Present

Reiki Master

Usui Lineage
2001

Certificate of Mastery

Aryvedic Marma Massage