The BodyTalk System was developed in the 1990s by Dr. John Veltheim, a chiropractor, traditional acupuncturist, philosopher, and teacher. More info about Dr. Veltheim’s work can be obtained on the website of the International BodyTalk Association (IBA).
BodyTalk is a non-invasive, non-pharmacological holistic therapy based on the idea that people have the capability to heal themselves. The system draws from methodologies and techniques used in kinesiology, bio-energetic psychology, sports medicine, and counseling, and uses elements of both Eastern and Western medicine.
Sessions are applied with the patient being fully clothed and lying on a massage table, with a pillow under the head and one under the knees. A session usually takes between fifteen and forty-five minutes.
The core of the BodyTalk System is that all disease and discomforts found within the body are reflected in the brain. People who are able to use this inborn intelligence have a greater tendency to heal faster. The idea is that they use their own inbuilt knowledge and their intuition to act on what’s best for their bodies.
Another important aspect is the idea that the body communicates internally through the nervous system and subtle energetic canals (or circuits) and each cell of the body communicates with every other cell. However, when the cells or the circuitry is damaged, the communication between body and mind is also damaged.
Together with the client, BodyTalk practitioners try to discover which parts of the body’s electrical circuitry is at fault and try to make contact with specific points across the body, while using their hands to make repairs.
Practitioners use tapping, breathing, and other forms of touch across the body (but notably on the head, chest, and navel area) to rebalance energy flows and to stimulate the brain to use its natural inbuilt healing procedures.
It’s believed that the BodyTalk System can treat a number of physical and mental health issues, but it’s actually designed to improve general wellbeing, including balancing mood, energy levels, and overall bodily function.
Some specific health benefits of BodyTalk therapy include curing or alleviating digestive and neurological disorders, asthma, chronic infections, allergies, hormonal imbalance, sports and trauma-related muscle and joint stiffness, depression, anxiety, chronic pains, insomnia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), headaches and migraines, and learning disabilities, among other pathologies.