My name is Jean-Paul Barbou van Roosteren and I work as a Tui Na massage therapist and acupuncturist in Maastricht. After having worked as a masseur at a Chinese Medical Center for 7.5 years, the last year of which as an acupuncturist under the guidance of a Chinese therapist, I started my own practice in 2016. Because I am a member of the professional association Zhong, my treatments are reimbursed by most health insurers.
Through a career in marketing and sales (IBM, KLM, Web 3, RTV Maastricht) and visual arts I came into contact with Chinese medicine. Although I liked to massage as a child, I never thought of making this my profession at the time. When I was asked by a Chinese therapist to give massages, this forgotten love came back to life. Ultimately, it has allowed me to combine my business experience, creativity and love for life in practicing an age-old medicine that only seems to grow in relevance. I am immensely grateful for this.
In my spare time I like to paint and draw. View my creative work here.
About the name: De Witte Os
I chose this name because it inspires me. For me, it reflects our potential as a human being. It is an image that comes from the Zen Buddhist tradition where “The ten pictures of the ox” relate to the search of man to find his true nature, or in more modern words, relates to the search of man to find his Heart. I am convinced that our human potential is unconditional, inexhaustible and limitless. I also think it is our deepest motivation to discover our true nature, our Heart; each of us in its own unique way. De Witte Os not only reminds me of the strength of the Heart, but also of the desire for a mindful society with space for the head and the Heart.
Through De Witte Os I hope to be able to support people and help them deal with the forces and the counter forces that we all have to deal with, and to face life’s challenges in fertile way.