A brief explanation of my work in the context of my court case.
I am a British pioneer in the area of Emotional Detox through bodywork. I have studied all over the world with accredited institutes under the tuition of pioneers and experts, which has earned me the accolade of being the first Certified Tantra Educator in the UK. I have worked in the field of Human Sexuality since 1994, both in learning and the treatment over 3000 female clients from all walks of life. I work in my private practice where I only perform two treatments a day, and I spend half a day with each client which involves lots of talking, listening, yoga, meditation and deep healing massages. My clients are women who are looking to release emotions and blocks and hoping to grow spiritually for better health and happiness. I take great pride in my work and satisfaction in the fact that my work is needed and implements positive change in the lives of those who need it.
However, if you Google my name: Mal Weeraratne. There alongside my website, articles about my work, reviews of my books and testimonials from people I have treated, you will find a couple of seemingly damning newspaper articles referring to a case of indecent assault for (massaging the breast and groin as part of the massage routine) from over ten years ago, in 2004.
There is an old saying, ’Don’t believe everything you read’. I am not suggesting that someone interested in finding out about me should disregard media reports that were published, but that they should, pause and realise there is always more to these kind of stories.
Right throughout the trial I protested my innocence and my plea of ‘not guilty’ was based on the assertion that my specialised intimate massages were given in good faith and were carried out within the strict guidelines of my certified teaching from the British School of Yoga.
This was and still is my main thrust of my defence. So often in cases like this many key elements are left out. It is understandable that reporters have limited space for their stories and it’s also the case that most journalists have no knowledge of this very specialised field of work and how treatments like this are carried out. My field of work is largely misunderstood in Western Society. It’s also understandable and regrettable that some clients who engaged me to carry out these very intense treatments didn’t fully understand the scope of my work.
Whether this was a case of naiveté of my clients or my failure to inform them in much more detail as to my methods is now in the past. For this, I am truly sorry for all the pain, heartache and confusion that may have occurred. Since these events I have changed my whole working practise and now all clients complete a fully detailed treatment and consent form.
I would like to close this statement by thanking you for your time. All I ask is for your understanding. I will leave you with a quote from the Buddha;
“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”