Written by Tonya Shaw, Certified BodyTalk Practitioner
BodyTalk is a revolutionary form of alternative healthcare. It encompasses:
BodyTalk is an astonishingly simple and effective form of therapy that allows the body’s energy systems to be resynchronized so that they can operate as nature intended. When a body is operating at its optimal level, each system, 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 can become compromised, which can lead to a decline in physical, emotional and/or mental health.
BodyTalk is about looking at a person’s health and wellbeing from a big picture perspective, rather than focusing only on each physical or emotional ailment.
Just imagine that if you had a problem to solve, and you solve it only by focusing on certain areas without full appreciation of how everything else works intricately together in balance and interdependence amongst each other.
We all experience stress, be it in the body or mind.
In fact, stress is the number one cause of disease in the world because it causes the natural communication lines in the body to break down. When the body forgets how to communicate within itself, injury and illness occur.
BodyTalk can be used as a stand-alone system that can address many health problems, or can be seamlessly integrated into any healthcare system to increase its effectiveness and promote faster healing.
During a BodyTalk session, the Practitioner facilitates communication with the body’s innate wisdom by using neuromuscular biofeedback. After asking the body’s innate wisdom a series of yes or no questions, the client’s own body wisdom leads the practitioner to locate the imbalances within the body that are a priority, or are not communicating correctly and are out of balance with the rest of the body.
Next, the Practitioner holds the areas that have been highlighted and taps gently on the head, sternum and stomach. By tapping on the head, the brain becomes are of and repairs the communication link. Tapping on the sternum, or heart, ensures that the new information is stored throughout the whole body. And tapping on the stomach, or gut brain ensures that the changes are also integrated throughout the whole body.
While BodyTalk does not diagnose or treat specific ailments, clinical experience has shown that once their overall systems are balanced through BodyTalk, clients have exhibited significant improvement in the areas of:
BodyTalk can be used on its own, or can complement other forms of healthcare – conventional or alternative.
BodyTalk takes into consideration your whole-story.
Your life-style, genetics and history are all drawn upon to establish a personalized approach to healthcare that brings about lasting changes.
Q: What kind of conditions does BodyTalk treat?
A: BodyTalk is not diagnostic nor does it work on specific conditions. BodyTalk focuses on what priorities the body has to heal. BodyTalk can help with a very long list of health concerns. These include:
There may be instances where you have exhausted all your means to get answers from your doctor, and that you know there is something wrong, but you are just not able to put your finger on it. BodyTalk will also help to address any other health issues or concerns you may have about your general wellbeing.
Q: Who would be suitable candidate for a BodyTalk session?
A: Generally, BodyTalk works well for anyone and can help almost anyone with a physical, or emotional ailment. There is no age limit and therefore BodyTalk is even suitable for children.
Q: I came in with back pain. Why are you treating my shoulder?
A: The BodyTalk System seeks to re-establish communication and balance within your body. We work based on priority and it may be the case that another part of your body first needs to be addressed before the back pain can be addressed.
It could also be that the source of the back pain may not be from the back but also from the shoulder. BodyTalk recognizes that while conditions may look the same, no two individuals are exactly the same and different communication links are needed to balance each individual.
The focus of each session is on the whole person, rather than on a particular symptom as the symptom in this case may just be back pain and the root cause may be from your shoulder.
Q: Do you actually “talk” to various parts of my body?
A: No. I use a technique called muscle checking to identify and prioritize what needs to be balanced and where there might be communication breakdowns in your body’s systems.
Q: Do you use needles, herbs or oils?
A: BodyTalk is non-invasive, and does not involve needles, drugs or herbs. I use the muscles in your arm to acquire feedback from your body (muscle checking), and perform a light tapping technique on your head, chest (sternum) and stomach during a session.
Q: Do I have to undergo some kind of hypnosis during a session?
A: You will be fully aware and awake throughout your BodyTalk session. There may be heightened sense of relaxation due to the therapeutic effect of the session. Under no circumstances are you put under any self-compromising situations, nor will you be asked to do anything against your own will.
Q: Is BodyTalk like Reiki, where energy is channeled to a person’s body?
A: I observe your body’s needs for rebalancing and focus on areas where there is a communication breakdown (eg. between the heart and the lungs), and help your body to re-establish those links on its own, by using a light tapping technique. BodyTalk works effectively to support your own body’s natural healing process. I do not channel energy.
Q: How soon can I feel the effects of a BodyTalk session?
A: The effects can be felt during a session, or over a period of time (few days, weeks, or months). Sometimes, it can take more than one session before you feel any effect. All this depends on your body.
Q: Are there any side effects or risks I should take note of?
A: You may feel a sense of deep relaxation or a sense of well-being after a session. Some possible physical effects from a BodyTalk session can be development of a mild fever, which usually clears within 24 hours, or an increase in passing motion/urine, or an increased sense of fatigue (which is the case in some individuals who are in constant state of stress).
Q: Where is BodyTalk available or practiced?
A: BodyTalk was developed and founded in the 1990s by Dr John Veltheim in Australia. Dr Veltheim owned a very successful chiropractic clinic in Australia and was also the Principal of the Brisbane College of Acupuncture and Natural Therapies in Australia.
In 1998, Dr Veltheim decided to move his BodyTalk practice to Florida, USA where he taught the BodyTalk System to processionals as well as lay people. By 2009, there was over 160 instructors teaching in over 40 countries, in 10 languages.
There are presently 3 headquarters –
Q: What does it take to be a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner (CBP)? Can anyone call themselves a BodyTalk Practitioner?
A: Besides attendance at a very intensive and comprehensive course, the candidate would also have to pass a practical and theory exam, and complete at least 50 clinical hours of BodyTalk sessions (needs to be documented and reviewed by mentor) to be qualified as a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner.
In order to maintain the certificate and membership to the International BodyTalk Association (IBA), a practitioner must fulfill a minimum of 32 hours of continuing professional development over a period of 2 years.
Q: How will I know if the therapist is a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner?
A: A Certified BodyTalk Practitioner would usually have their name listed on the International BodyTalk Association’s website under their directory of Certified BodyTalk Practitioners.