What is BodyTalk™ ?
BODY TALK™ is a system of listening to the body’s own wisdom about what imbalances exist and how to most effectively address them. BodyTalk™ uses applied kinesiology along with a system of questioning that allows a person’s body to silently “talk” to the BodyTalk™ practitioner and tells the practitioner what are the methods that will be the best therapies for bringing the body back into balance. BodyTalk™ is not only a method of inquiry, but it is also a simple and effective form of therapy that allows the body's energy systems to be re-synchronized. Utilizing knowledge from systems such as Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, modern physics and physiology, BodyTalk™ can help bring a person’s body into energetic balance.
Each body system (e.g the circulatory system, the endocrine system, the respiratory system, etc.), cell and atom is in constant communication with each other at all times. Through exposure to the stresses of day-to-day life, these lines of communication become compromised, which then leads to a decline in physical, emotional and/or mental health. Reconnecting these lines of communication then enables the body's mechanisms to function at optimal levels, thus preventing disease and rapidly accelerating the healing process. BodyTalk™ can be used as a stand-alone system to treat many health problems, or seamlessly integrated into any health care system to increase its effectiveness and promote faster healing.
BodyTalk™ also can help determine what other modalities are best suited to the person and which might also be ideal to assist the body’s vital force to heal the body of whatever disease or imbalance it is currently experiencing, e.g. it can tell us if homeopathy, herbal medicine, nutritional supplements, a specific type of exercise program, osteopathic treatment, chiropractic, surgery, or some other form of treatment might be ideal for the person.
BodyTalk™ 's major assets are its simplicity, safety, and the speed of its results. It is non-invasive, and works effectively on humans and animals alike.
Why Use BodyTalk™ ?
The body has built-in mechanisms to initiate the healing process. If we cut ourselves, the body immediately sets up a process to start healing the wound. This occurs at several levels - physical, emotional, and mental. Although this is obvious to every one of us, most people do not fully realize just how wonderful the human healing mechanism actually is.
So why do we get sick? The problem facing the body is in the way our lifestyles interfere with the natural processes of the body. Today, most people in society are routinely exposed to the following:
- The physical stresses of day to day life including physical injuries.
- Emotional traumas and issues that arise from time to time (e.g. extreme anger, fear, worry, sadness, grief, guilt or jealousy that we experience but cannot process and release effectively).
- Chemical substances contained in the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air that we breathe.
- Exposure to artificial energy fields that exist within our society and the electronic devices that we use on a daily basis (e.g., power plants, overhead electrical wires, phones and cell phones, pagers, computers, TVs, VCRs, stereo equipment, microwave ovens, lights, clock radios, other electrical appliances).
These factors compromise the communication networks or energy circuits of the body. It is critical that these systems be perfectly balanced for the body to effectively coordinate the billions of synchronized activities per second that are necessary to maintain optimum health. The body only fails in its job because its communication systems have been severely compromised through the external stresses of life. In essence, the energy circuits are "blown" in a similar manner to electrical circuits in our house that "blow" when they are overloaded. By re-establishing good communication between the various parts of the body, they once again are able to "talk" to each other. The body is then capable of healing itself very rapidly and effectively.
BodyTalk™ can be useful in a number of situations:
1.it can be used to address specific diseases and disorders; 2.it can be used as a means of maintenance and prevention to keep the body in good health; 3.it can be used to complement other treatment modalities.
How does BodyTalk™ Work?
The BodyTalk™ system works by first identifying the weak energy circuits that exist within the body. The practitioner relies on the innate wisdom of the body to locate the energy circuits that need repair by using a form of biofeedback, which is a subtle muscle testing technique.
For every malfunctioning energy circuit that is found, the practitioner or client contacts the corresponding "points" with their hands. The practitioner then lightly taps the client on the top of the head, which stimulates the brain centers and causes the brain to re-evaluate the state of the body's health. The result is that the general energy balance of the body is greatly improved.
The practitioner then taps the client on the sternum to "announce" the corrected energy flows to the rest of the body. This is beneficial because the heart is responsible for communicating the state of the body's health to the rest of the body. Stimulating the heart by tapping the sternum forces the heart to store the corrected energy patterns in the body's cellular memory. This means that the body will remember these changes after the treatment.
The BodyTalk™ treatment protocol is very straightforward and does not require any diagnosis. The practitioner relies on the guidance of innate wisdom, through muscle testing, to not only locate the weakened lines of communication in the body but also to find the proper order in which they are to be addressed. Just as the body heals a wound with a particular sequencing of chemical reactions, the body wants to address all healing in a certain order. This priority is paramount in the balancing process to initiate the body's ability to heal itself.
How Can BodyTalk™ Help?
BodyTalk™ has proven to be very effective in addressing many common diseases such as dyslexia, chronic viruses and infections, allergies, poor immune system functioning, sugar metabolism disorders, arthritis and general musculo-skeletal disorders, emotional and psychological problems, and many others. Current areas addressed by the BodyTalk™ system are as follows:
- Overall breathing patterns, left/right brain co-ordination, energy blockages associated with birthplace, energy imbalances within the brain cortices, general and localized hydration, and health problems associated with internal and external scarring.
- Specific balancing of the twelve major body organs, eight endocrine systems, and other body parts.
- Correction of genetically and/or environmentally influenced cell disorders.
- Clearing the body of viruses, infections, parasites, food intolerances, environmental allergies, and accumulated toxins.
- Balancing the 36 surface energy points that often impact a person's energy level, mood, overall structural integrity, muscle tension, and digestive system. These surface energy imbalances are also a cause pain in specific parts of the body.
- Clearing past and present emotional blockages including specific phobias and fears. These sessions have been very effective in correcting a number of psychological disorders.
- Cleansing the lymphatic system including all the body lymph glands and the lymph ducts.
- Addressing energy blockages associated with the nervous and circulatory systems.
- Balancing the various energy systems within the body including the traditional acupuncture meridians, the chakras, and general bioenergetic energy flow. Blood sugar balancing also comes under this category.
- Releasing parts of the musculo-skeletal system that may be "locked". This includes the spine, pubic bone, cranium, sacrum, ribs, joints and muscles.
- Restoring energy imbalances between the patient and certain aspects of the environment.
Any of the above mentioned areas can have a profound impact on the overall health of the body. Over the last few years, BodyTalk™ has been used to successfully address a wide range of psychological and physiological diseases. In addition, BodyTalk™ 's application within other health care modalities is the subject of much research at this time. Because the basic principles of BodyTalk™ are scientifically sound and far reaching in nature, we expect BodyTalk™ 's scope to be expanded considerably in the future.
How many Body Talk sessions are needed?
The number of BodyTalk™ sessions needed will vary from patient to patient according to their circumstances. For clients with mild imbalances, two or three BodyTalk™ sessions are sufficient to address the key problem areas and thus ease the symptoms. For those with severe or chronic illnesses, more sessions are usually needed. Each session usually lasts between a half and full hour. The client is advised to wear loose fitting cotton clothing if possible, and may be asked to remove jewelry or belt buckles during the session. At the end of a BodyTalk™ session, the practitioner uses the body's innate wisdom to determine if further sessions are necessary (via the biofeedback technique) and if so, when the next visit should be scheduled.
Is BodyTalk™ safe?
The BodyTalk™ System does not rely upon diagnosis and the BodyTalk™ practitioner does not prescribe, use invasive techniques, or do anything that can cause harm to the body. This makes it one of the rare health care systems that can be classified as totally safe and truly holistic in its approach to reestablishing the optimum health of the patient.
Even if a BodyTalk™ technique is performed incorrectly, it simply means that there will be no result or change. It will not make things worse. It follows, therefore, that anyone who receives BodyTalk™ has nothing to lose and everything to gain as far as their health is concerned.
It is complementary to all other health care systems and can be used as a stand-alone system or be integrated into any other health care practice. It can also be safely used by the layperson as a means of assisting in the health care of themselves, their family, and friends.
History of the BodyTalk™ System and Overview of its Role in Modern Health Care
Australian Chiropractor and Acupuncturist, Dr. John Veltheim, developed the BodyTalk™ System in 1995. Since then it has been taught to over a thousand practitioners worldwide. Currently there are 44 trained BodyTalk™ instructors teaching in 17 countries. Graduates include medical doctors and specialists, psychologists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, naturopaths, physical therapists, osteopaths, nurses, licensed massage therapists, and lay people.
The outstanding growth and success of the BodyTalk™ system is essentially fueled by the following factors:
1.Outstanding results occur in almost every sphere of health care. 2.It can be used as a stand-alone health care system and can be learned in a relatively short time. The basic program (Modules 1 and 2) is covered in just two weekend modules totaling 38 hours of intensive training. There are 9 basic modules and several more advanced modules in what is called Parama BodyTalk™ . 3.It can be seamlessly integrated into any other health care modality and is complementary to each modality. 4.It is totally non-invasive and absolutely safe. There are no contraindications to its use. 5.No diagnosis is given, no medications prescribed, and no invasive techniques imposed upon the patient. The BodyTalk™ System does not conflict with, or legally contravene, any existing health care system or law. 6.People thoroughly enjoy the sessions and the results are evident within all aspects of health – mind, body, and spirit.
The basic premises underlying The BodyTalk™ System constitute a new paradigm for synchronizing and balancing the Body/Mind/Spirit complex that can be implemented in conjunction with any health care system. The body is a very complex system involving a delicate balance between physiological biochemical functions, emotional and mental interactions, environmental influences, hereditary and genetic restrictions, and the need to synchronize all these factors into a cohesive whole.
Until now the majority of health care systems have tended to take a Cartesian approach and have focused on isolated parts of the Body/Mind equation. The whole picture, incorporating all the variables, has been placed in the 'too hard’ basket. This is because the human mind, even with the help of modern science and equipment, is incapable of thinking on such a comprehensive scale.
Of course, there are times that natural healing is limited. The typical emergency such as a car accident, where the body is in crisis, and many other examples of acute crises attest to the need of skilled intervention in the form of modern medicine.
Nevertheless, BodyTalk™ practitioners are seeing the incredible healing power of a ‘balanced’ body in the daily results obtained in practice. The functions of every part of the body and mind are improved.
For more information, see the International Body Talk Association’s Home Page: