Q: Briefly, can you tell me what BodyTalk is?
A: BodyTalk is a paradigm shift in approach to health – looking at the person as a whole, and appreciating that there are many intricacies within the body that are interlinked, for example the link between emotional and physical health. BodyTalk’s approach is holistic and considers the whole being, instead of focusing only on a single area of your body as the “problem”.
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 would 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 at?
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 – USA, Germany and Australia
Q: What does it take to be a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner?
A: Besides attendance at a very intensive and comprehensive course, the candidate would also have to sit for a practical and theory exam, and complete at least 50 clinical hours of sessions (needs to be documented and reviewed by mentor) to be qualified as a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner.