About Heather

Who is Heather Bruce?


My life journey

Has been totally shaped by my maternity.
Having become an accidental mum in 1977, I gave it my best shot.
My baby was possibly going to go down the chronic life long illness path of his dad – so I made sure that this was not likely.
I am always focused on returning everything to naturally perfect.


My passion

Untangling that which holds the structure and thus function hostage.
Assisting others to Wake Up on all levels – that they may also shine their lights on the world they live within.

Why I developed the Gentling Way

After a lifetime of assisting others (having heard their stories of woe, or medical forcing and of that not working, and of all those decades of dispensing care and tending /touching people’s bodies and souls: deeply, the Gentling Way was birthed.

Always a hands on worker, I discovered that the more gentle, less pressure, the more profound the result.

Life Experiences

I started this path with my 6 week old baby in tow.
I began with what had helped his dad – the acupuncture course, many touch and vibrational therapies, additionally learning all that I could about natural eating, consciously being, uncovering ways to improve life and how to live well. It all segued into my lifetime of serving others for the same outcome – the best possible.
The maternal university I attended had me going back for more – 4 times in 18 years.
Along this journey I picked up diverse skills to meet the life demands made of me  – vaccine damaged children (and self as it turns out), highly difficult social and life experiences, and of course the need to rescue my massively brain injured precious daughter (from 1986).
No stone unturned.
No problem too complex.
No limitations accepted.
Mentoring/teaching/assisting anyone who comes into my orbit.
Clinical results leading to ever more questions answered as I travel the world seeking more
Empowering others as they then can ripple out lighting others’ ways

‘Formal’ (non life) – Intentional Training

  • 1977-78  Diploma of Acupuncture (Acupuncture Colleges Australia [Sydney])
  • 1979   Bachelor of Acupuncture, Netherlands (Dr Van Buren) and Brisbane College of Traditional Acupuncture.
  • 1979  Diploma of Naturopathy (Institute of Naturopathy, Mapleton)
  • 1979 – present Attended many acupuncture themed workshops/congresses as possible.
  • 1980 Diploma of Western Herbal Medicine (private study Nancy Evelyn)
  • 1981 Diploma of Bach Flower Remedies (private study Nancy Evelyn)
  • 1987 Reiki 1 with Beth Gray
  • 1989 Reiki 2 with Beth Gray
  • 1989 onwards – Aura Soma Introduction and Level 1 and 2 
  • 1989 – 1992 “Who Am I” emotional/spiritual retreats 
  • 1990 onwards – Aura Soma and Aura Light workshops
  • 1998 Sikem and Seichem attunement
  • 2007 – 5 day Sound Healing workshop with Karin Scheld, Canterbury, NZ 
  • 2008 – Completed Bachelor of Adult and Vocational Education, Griffith University,.
  • 2009  – Sydney Aura Soma – Mike Booth ‘Emerald Heart’ workshop 
  • 2012 – One unit (Research into CAM) towards Masters of Health Sciences at Canty Uni Chch, NZ
  • 2013 – Melbourne Aura Soma – Mike Booth – ‘Three Stars of the Subtle Anatomy’
  • 2014‘Self Care Level 1 Arvigo ®’ training (Melbourne)
  • 2014 – ‘Professional Care Training’ (Kin Kin)
    2014‘Introduction to Spiritual Healing’  (Kin Kin)
  • 2014 – ‘Arvigo® Accreditation’ (New Hampshire, USA)
  • 2014‘Advanced Pregnancy’ (New Hampshire, USA)
  • 2015 – ‘Ix Chel Mastery’ (New Hampshire, USA)  
  • 2015‘Self Care Teacher Training’ (New Hampshire, USA)  
  • 2016Advanced Spiritual Healing (Belize)
  • 2016 – Mercier training St Charles, Chicago, USA
  • 2017 – Development of The Gentling Way
  • 2018 – International teaching of The Gentling Way
  • 2019 – Consolidation of the online process of/towards The Gentling Way teaching manuals and online courses
  • 2020 – Reiki Mastership

Over these 40 years I have always Followed Nature . .


Since returning to  my home in NZ prior to lock down in mid March 2020, I am reintegrating the training that was to be the centre piece of this year. I am presently operating from two hours – one in Greymouth and one up the road 40Km – my healing and teaching sanctuary.

If you are able – come to me.  . I only see people for intensives.

If possible – bring your partner – you will be surprised what you can leave behind. . as a structural and a visceral whizz. Let me see what I can do. After these decades of asking different questions, I have discovered how to work a systems model on many dimensions concurrently . .

Expect me to come up with some innovative way to present experiential remotely SOON

The Gentling Way – not forcing and not attacking, but allowing your very being to untangle and return to what it was always – perfect.