Karen Pillay

Philosophia Botanica  Senior Trainer
Beauty Expert
Spa Owner
Durban, South Africa Karen@shenmantra.com  

Karen  is an internationally qualified beauty therapist, who believes that outer and inner beauty need to work in harmony to bring a person true happiness.


In her quest to offer clients a plethora of treatments that will ultimately offer a complete holistic approach to well-being, she has studied many forms of aesthetic treatments. From facials to Reiki to Thai yoga massage therapy.


She studied beauty and massage at Institute des Jambes where she graduated at the top of her class. After graduating she decided to take to international waters with Steiner Leisure a world renowned spa company for cruise ships. She has travelled to America, Europe, Caribbean Islands, and Asia. Aboard the ship she was introduced to ionithermie- a slimming and cellulite reduction treatment which is used by celebrity’s abroad. Karen worked upon ships for 3 years building a strong reputation for herself within the Steiner fleet. Due to her finesse for beauty, her efficient customer service and her extensive knowledge of all spa processes, she was considered for a position in management. However she had dreams of someday running her own spa in South Africa so she returned to her home country.


It was upon her return to South Africa that she discovered her passion for a holistic approach to treating clients. She studied advanced Usui Reiki and counseling skills through Energencia Academy.  She then travelled to Cape Town where she met Francesca Canzano-Franklin who trained her in Thai Yoga Massage therapy. Karen realized she was a natural when it came to Thai Yoga Massage therapy.


At the age of 24 she has numerous achievements and vast experience beneath her stylish belt. She decided it was time to open her first beauty salon in Kloof, Durban. She is currently in the process of doing so. Aside from her beauty accolades, Karen is the co owner of a startup company called Cake Queens. She specializes in novelty cakes and cupcakes.


Karen is a strong willed motivated person who is truly passionate about holistic, beauty enhancing treatments and is always trying her best to keep up to date with the latest advancements in her fields to ensure her client’s receive the best treatment possible.   



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