BodyTalk System Overview
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 47 trained BodyTalk instructors teaching in 17 countries.
Graduates include medical doctors and specialists, psychologists,
psychotherapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, naturopaths, physical
therapists, osteopaths, nurses, licensed massage therapists, and laypeople.
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 heath 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 is covered in just two
weekend modules totaling 38 hours of workshop time.
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
6. Patients 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 that can be implemented in conjunction with any health
care system. The body is a very complex ecosystem 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
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.
The BodyTalk System recognizes that within each and every one of us
there lies the innate knowing of who we are and what makes us tick.
This innate wisdom carries the answer to our health care dilemma.
This is addressed in the following way:
1. The BodyTalk System facilitates communication with the innate wisdom
of the body by using neuromuscular biofeedback. This feedback provides
the practitioner with a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer
to any question that is asked of the body. The innate wisdom thus
provides BodyTalkers accurate guidelines with regard the body-mind
requirements for optimum health.
2. By following a comprehensive protocol of questions, the BodyTalk
practitioner can establish exactly what balancing the body needs in
order to harmonize body-mind function. This involves finding out which
organs, endocrines, or body parts need to be connected to heal communication
between them at the physiological, biochemical, circulatory, nervous,
emotional, and/or energy levels.
3. The patient and/or practitioner touch the parts that need repair
and the practitioner then uses his/her fingers to gently tap the head
of the patient in order to focus the brain toward repair. BodyTalk
‘tapping’ is based on an old Hatha Yoga technique and
experiments with biofeedback apparatus show that when this tapping
occurs while specific parts are being touched there is a major increase
in brain activity in relation to those parts.
4. The practitioner then lightly taps the chest to store the changes
in the heart energy complex, which ensures that the new balance is
held in deep memory and is, therefore, lasting.
Clinical results have shown that
once the communications systems of the body have been reestablished
and the body-mind complex synchronized, the body is capable of healing
itself at a deep and lasting level.
This is something that modern health care systems have tended to forget,
or ignore. The trend has been to want to play “God” and
intervene in the body’s natural processes even though it is
clear that allopathic health care training provides only a glimpse
into the complex interactions of the body-mind.
Of course, there are times that natural healing is limited. The typical
emergency such as a car accident, where the body is in crisis, attests
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. This means that the immune system will start to eliminate
chronic and acute viruses, bacteria, parasites, and toxins. Reestablishing
of the mind/body balance reduces allergies, emotional and psychological
disorders. It also improves posture and coordination, digestion and
elimination, brain functions, learning disorders, and states of distorted
consciousness in the form of negative belief systems and attitudes.
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 wholistic
in its approach to reestablishing the optimum health of the patient.
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.
Every person who is sincerely interested in the concepts of total
health care and has a respect for the power of the potential of human
body-mind, should find out more about the BodyTalk System.
Robert Clark is a member
of the IBA
International BodyTalk Association.