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About Us



Our Story

Imvula Therapy Centre started in August 2020 as we were slowly getting back to the new normal after the initial hard Lockdown from the COVID-19 Global Pandemic. At the time, it was obvious that the limited exercise and lack of physical social interactions was taking a toll on everyone, but even more so for people with disabilities. Full time care of a disabled person under normal circumstances is a challenge but add to that the monotonous days of Lockdown and these families really struggled! It was evident that we had to try to make their lives a little easier and ensure the continued development of the disabled community. Hence the vision of Imvula Therapy Centre, where we Move, Play and Care, was born. Our aim was, and still is, to assist with long-term maintenance therapy and activities whilst having FUN!

The Impact of Lockdown for Persons with Disabilities


Disruption of daily routines


Muscle stiffness from limited or no therapy


Poor posture from not sitting or lying correctly


Depression from limited social interactions


Frustration, aggression and / or meltdowns

Paula van Eeden

Paula Imvula Therapy Founder

Imvula Therapy Centre was founded in August 2020 by Paula van Eeden. Paula has over 17 years’ experience working with children and adults with disabilities, and during the Global Pandemic in 2020; she saw the need for more home-based and individual care within the disabled community. Paula believes passionately in meeting this need to add value, not only for the disabled but also for their families, and hence took a bold step and forged forward with her home-based initiative. 

Having previously worked at KZN Cerebral Palsy Association for 16 years as the Centre Manager, facilitating the day to day running of the centre for profoundly disabled children and adults with Cerebral Palsy, she is uniquely placed and experienced for this work.  Paula focuses on exercise, seating, sensory activities and fun programmes, ensuring that the children do not miss out on their regular activities.  She seizes every opportunity she can to empower children by facilitating their participation in initiatives like concerts, swimming, visits to Ushaka Marine World and even a trip in a light aircraft for her children whilst at KZN Cerebral Palsy Association.

Whilst working at KZN Cerebral Palsy Association, Paula supervised students and their facilitators from various departments of the University of KZN (Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Education), notably in 2016 when the fourth year Physiotherapy Students did their neuro-block rotation for the entire year at the Centre, enabling her to learn from them whilst she passed on her invaluable input with regards to persons with disabilities.

Paula was actively involved in Girl Guides South Africa from 1999 – 2015.  She worked with both Brownies and Guides (7 – 14 years) as an Adult Leader.   In 2010, she received her National Training Qualification and was part of the National Educational Programme Committee, which launched the new programme in 2015. An avid outdoor person, Paula enjoys camping and playing hockey, and the occasional ski trip.

Each person’s disability

is unique

Therapy is often given priority in younger children with disabilities, as the hope of early interventions and the adaptation of skills will give them greater opportunities growing up.  However, this needs to be maintained into adulthood to prevent the condition from deteriorating.

Each person’s disability is unique.  Yes, they are loosely categorized into different types of disabilities but still none are the same. One of the important things to understand from the start of a diagnosis of a disability, is that what works for one person may not necessarily work for the next.  That is why, at Imvula Therapy Centre, we work on individualized programmes for each of our clients.

Long-Term Therapy

Sadly, we hear stories where families have been told that there is nothing more they can do for a person with disabilities, as there may be no treatment or magic pill that can reverse the damage. Long-Term Maintenance Therapy is crucially important as they get older.

Long-Term Therapy helps to prevent their muscles and joints from stiffening up and causing contractures (a fixed tightening of the muscle, tendons; or ligaments). Contractures can cause other issues with mobility, hygiene; and daily life activities. 

For wheelchair users – It is important to get a wheelchair that is suited to the person’s needs which is adjusted and maintained regularly, especially as they grow!! 

Therapy that is FUN

Allowing a person with disabilities to do as much as they possibly can, within their abilities, is the best therapy that you can start with.  It may take a little longer, be a little messier but it benefits them in the long run. It assists the child to improve their abilities as they get older, which makes it a little easier for you too, as the primary care giver.  The more you do something for someone without enabling them to do it themselves, the more reliant they become on you rather than doing it themselves.

Yes, there will probably be a lot of resistance to exercises, BUT at Imvula Therapy Centre, we develop our therapies into fun activities so the person does not realize they are actually doing therapy.  The joy in seeing a person with disabilities eventually succeeding is just priceless. It is these moments that Imvula wants to share with families as they see their child grow from strength to strength.


Home visits with Paula has been fantastic. Our 4 kids love her visits and are kept busy and entertained during her time with us. It’s been so good to get them stretched, moving and active with someone with so much knowledge and experience in not only our CP kids but all kids with any special needs.  Keep up the good work Paula.

Leanne Lorrance-Brown
Founder of Likhon iThemba: HOLAH Baby Home

In the short time that we have known Paula from Imvula Therapy Centre, it is very evident what a contribution you have made in Sage’s development, this is noted by just watching Sage. Your work with our daughter is so appreciated and, in many ways, invaluable. We say a great thank you for your time and effort, not only for Sage, but for all the children you work with and support.

Shani Evans
Parent of a Downs Syndrome Child

Imvula Therapy Centre has worked with my son, Nivesh Balraj, for the last 6 months at our home.  Paula’s work has helped Nivesh in improving his physical ability and performance.
Paula is extremely hard working and always keeps a positive mindset.  The enthusiasm she has, and her positive attitude makes the kids and parents feel safe, which also makes her an incredible person to work with.  Her love for the kids is not just a job, it is a passion that she has, and it is shown in the work and the performance she gives off.  Paula is always there to lend a helping hand and goes above and beyond for her clients.  I highly recommend Paula from Imvula Therapy Centre if you have a child with special needs.  She is the best in her job and always gives a 100%.

A. Balraj
Parent of a CP adult