About Original Intent

We are a group of health-experts, passionate about creating quality, personalised health & wellness solutions for our clients.

We offer a single point-of-call for all your core needs: mind, body, work and relationships. When working as a team, rather than individually, we can create comprehensive, sophisticated solutions for you to live your life to the full.

Our commitments

We believe our clients can be in control of their own bodies, relationships, work and life. We see you as a partner, not a patient.

We will spend time and energy on you. That means not rushing sessions, working with an in-depth approach and exploring your situation from every angle.

We won’t reduce you to a ‘disease’ or a number. We know – it shouldn’t need be mentioned, but this is a sad reality in mainstream healthcare.

With your permission, we prefer to work together. “Two heads are better than one.” So, we get at least one other expert to evaluate your case. This way, we don’t miss anything, and create more solutions.

How are we different?

We don’t blame you for “bad” choices. We all lose control at times: we develop an addiction, pick-up weight or work ourselves to near-death. We’re here to help you reclaim what you have lost.

We don’t treat you like a victim. Although we all fall victim to ill-health, we all have the capacity to make changes for the better.

When we need to refer clients to specialists that are outside our cohort, we like to follow-up and integrate the care into your life-plan. We don’t want you to get sent from pillar-to-post, and fall through the cracks.

We don’t do cookie cutting solutions. The human body, mind and psychology is way too sophisticated for that, and deserves the due respect and finesse.

Our Services

We currently offer coaching, consulting and training services across all 4 domains of life: body, mind, relationships and mental / emotional health.


“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” – WHO

You only have one body for your entire lifetime. When you are sick, in pain or overweight, it can impact on everything else. Regaining control of your body can be tricky. Since your body is unique and complex, there is no single program that works for everyone.

We employ the most sophisticated tools and assessments from neuroscience, biomechanics and functional medicine, putting you back in the driver seat of your physicality. The goal is not just to survive, but to thrive!


“He never LISTENS to me.”
“I don’t know why she gets so upset?!”

Whether it’s your colleague, brother, neighbour or lover, relationships can be tricky. Most often, this happens because we don’t know how the other person thinks, feels and sees the world.

There are simple solves, mechanisms and hacks to help you communicate better, get into someone else’s head, and repair the relationship. We navigate these in a step-by-step way, to re-connect to those around you.


“It’s all about mind over matter.”

Irrespective of how clever you are, or how much information you can retain, there are certain things your brain just doesn’t do that well. Some of us are absent-minded, others find it hard to focus. Some are more emotional, others are more rational. Some of us are more creative, while other are more consistent.

Whatever your particular challenges, we partner with you to accurately identify them, and train your mind and emotions to work for you.

With us, you can unlock capacities you never even realised you had.


“Something’s gotta give.”

Most of the chronic diseases we face today happen because something ‘gives’ in the person. We work too hard, party too hard, sleep too little, eat too much or move too little. The overarching cause?  Our life is off-kilter.

Being balanced, healthy and happy is not static – things change all the time, so we need to be ready to adapt. If we don’t, we break.

We enable you to achieve this resilience, so you don’t fold under pressure, and ultimately achieve your goals.

Meet the Team

A team of enthusiastic life and wellness coaches, who have honed our skills across the globe, to offer you a unique combination of services, tailored to your personal and professional lifestyle.

To learn more about the team and their role within Original Intent, click the images below and head over to their profile pages.

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Founder & Life Coach
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Specialist Trainer & Therapist


Dietician & Functional Medicine
Samantha & Jared Watson
Samantha & Jared Watson
02:43 25 May 18
Albert Viljoen is so great! He is honest and encouraging. I have put his tools to use in everyday life as well as my professional life. With his help I am making personal discoveries and using them to grow. I can't recommend him enough, I feel anyone given the chance would feel the same!read more
12:15 25 Jun 18
Albert is an incredible life coach. He helped me to discover and understand myself better, and gave me real solutions which improved my life. After each session, I felt more positive and more driven to pursue my goals.
Francesca Fanni
Francesca Fanni
10:09 21 May 18
My experience with Albert has been very amazing, he has helped in my pathway in so many ways. At the end of every session I feel myself rich of new way of thinking and ready to put in practice every single word. Thank you for this great experience.
Emma Wainwright Photography
Emma Wainwright Photography
14:24 21 May 18
Albert is lovely! He was very patient and asked lots of leading questions to help me find the answer for myself. We spoke online and he was prompt and cheerful. The call was very helpful and also helped me to ask myself analytical questions when I have issues in the future. Thanks Albert!!read more
Anastasia Gerali
Anastasia Gerali
12:46 21 May 18
I've had a coaching call with Albert regarding my personal blocks as an independent designer and entrepreneur. Albert's coaching was insightful and authentic. His approach resonates with my own personality. Definitely recommended if you are ready for the next step but need a new perspective on your own blockages.read more
Meagan Wellman
Meagan Wellman
12:44 04 Aug 18
Really great service. Speaking with Albert really helped me to solve a problem that I had with a creative team at that time. After the session and applying his advice, the situation was resolved!Would recommend and be back in future. 🙂
Hector Godoy
Hector Godoy
09:46 07 Aug 18
I've had a couple of coaching sessions with Albert and his insightful approach and advice has really get me back on track after every session. I would highly recommend reaching out to him for a one of a kind coaching session.
Audrey Migot
Audrey Migot
18:53 07 Aug 18
I had a fantastic coaching session with Albert in July 2018. Following our conversation, he left me with a collection of coping mechanisms to manage the spiral of fear and doubt that can sometimes threaten to overwhelm me. I also learned to appreciate the importance of downtime and self care on the path to achieving my goals.read more
César Camarillo Torres
César Camarillo Torres
03:49 07 Aug 18
Thanks a lo the for listening and helping my find my way through in a matter of 30 minutes! Most effective therapy I’ve ever had! Über nice and talented
Caspar Arnhold
Caspar Arnhold
07:14 08 Aug 18
How to implement Leichtigkeit in creative processes? Albert gave me some pretty good ideas in a relaxed conversation at eye level, like a good friend with a witty humorous mind. His questions and feedback is clear, straight forward and highly professional.read more
Gill Massey
Gill Massey
13:40 13 Aug 18
Talking with Albert helped me unravel my thoughts and motivations. What was originally a concern with a work issue revealed a lot about me in general. Recognising personality traits has informed many areas of my life. Illuminating!
John Snelson
John Snelson
18:57 20 Aug 18
Observant, analytical expertise that produces sustained and observable results. What's not to like? Shaun has worked with me for a few years on correcting joint and muscles problems (from osteoarthritis) and on reducing associated pain. The effect has been sustained and life-changing for me. I am now in dramatically better shape than I thought possible, and it has been fun too! I recommend Shaun's knowledge, skill and manner without reservation.read more
Charlotte Payne
Charlotte Payne
14:55 21 Aug 18
Shaun has helped me change my approach to my physical heath and wellbeing! I first spoke to him about a recurring knee injury but rather than just treating a specific injury as an isolated issue, his sessions have addressed my body (and even my mind sometimes) in a much more holistic way. I've seen substantial improvements in surprising areas including quicker reactions in racket sports, much better balance in yoga, hugely improved upper body strength (I can know do a yoga wheel and hold it for 5 breaths with ease). Thanks to Shaun's style of one-to-one session and homework I now have a set of tools to combat recurring lower back issues and have got back to running despite the injury. And unlike other practitioners I've seen in the past, between sessions I really feel I can check in and speak to Shaun whenever I have a question about an exercise or an issue.read more
John Frezoulis
John Frezoulis
09:07 21 Aug 18
After quitting smoking, I gained over 10kgs. Working with Shaun, he provided me a nutrition plan to restart my metabolism and training oriented to Pilates style stretching and muscle building. Training sessions were always different and never monotonous. I’ve had various personal trainers in the past and Shaun is by the best I’ve worked with. Highly recommended.read more
Robin Daly
Robin Daly
11:42 07 Sep 18
Shaun gave me massage therapy and helped me understand how I moved and how to correct imbalances in how I was walking that were aggravating my back. He also used dry needles to help the muscles and stretching exercises. I felt so much better afterwards and he helped me to stay mindful of what I was doing wrong and how to fix it, which was very effective. He is very personable and great to work with, relaxing but focused, I would definitely recommend.read more
Silas Spencer
Silas Spencer
13:52 05 Sep 18
Shaun has been a crucial part of my half-marathon preparation for over five years. He regularly provides deep tissue massage to maximise my training, as well as muscle activation massage prior to races. I have benefited from his expertise in body mechanics and motion to solve imbalances in my technique as well as to overcome minor injuries. Shaun has a considered and personal approach, and after every session he provides me with specific and helpful advice on how to improve.read more
Dalton Odendaal
Dalton Odendaal
13:28 14 Sep 18
I do a fair amount of exercise and play tennis competitively still. My back and hamstrings are really tight/inflexible and I have a lack of mobility in my shoulders. I consulted Shaun to see if some massage and stretching work would help. I was most impressed by his professional and physiological approach to my issues. He certainly loosened up my body and muscles with a consequent improvement in my performance on and off the court. Shaun is always reading up on the latest techniques and developments in fitness and health and I have absolute faith in his skills and abilities and recommend him unreservedly.read more
Diane Betties
Diane Betties
08:35 15 Oct 18
I have had several sessions with Albert now and could see the progress just after my first session with him. Albert’s incredible energy, positivity, empathy and guidance helped me to see problems from a different angle and deal with aspects in my communication that kept me in repeating patterns for years. His way of coaching provided encouragement without flattery, and guidance to empower myself to deal with very imminent challenges in my work life. Albert is exactly the coach that asks the right kind of questions to truly explore your inner self and fundamentally progress.read more

“When a friend introduced me to the concept of a life coach, my initial response was: “I don’t need one. I’m a perfectly sane and well-balanced individual.” And yet, 20 minutes into a one-hour Skype session with Albert, I found myself delving into things I’ve never really addressed (learning when to say no and making more time for myself were the two key takeaways). Albert’s given me a new-found awareness of – and investment in – myself which is very much treasured.”

Jessica Diner, Beauty Director, Vogue, London

“I have really loved working with Lara! She feels like a friend straightaway, which is so helpful when you are talking about such intimate details about yourself. Lara has been so knowledgeable and I love this whole approach of food and lifestyle to tackle the issues and has really opened my eyes to the world of nutrition and wellness, which has changed my life forever. Thank you! Lara is great at keeping in touch, checking-in, adapting to any issues quickly, answering any questions I may have and also keeping me accountable, which I really appreciated.”

Grace T

“I very much enjoy my lessons with Shaun and leave feel energised and much more productive for the working day ahead.. I had wanted to better my swim strokes and learn to swim properly which he has helped me with greatly, especially as i wasn’t very confident of my ability .He has a calm, clear, fun way of teaching which I look forward to each week.”

Carolyn Asome, Fashion & Interiors writer, London

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