The BodyTalk system is a holistic therapy method developed in the 1990s by Dr. John Veltheim, an Australian chiropractor, acupuncturist, and teacher. This unique healthcare approach combines elements of both Eastern and Western medicine and believes in the body’s inherent ability to heal itself.
Origins of the BodyTalk System
The birth of the BodyTalk system was prompted by Veltheim’s quest to meet his own healthcare needs while dealing with a life-threatening illness. He journeyed across the globe, researching and testing alternative remedies from various medical traditions. In New Zealand, he encountered techniques that laid the groundwork for the BodyTalk system1. By 1998, as Veltheim’s health began to improve, he moved to Florida to further establish his practice. In 2000, along with his wife Esther, he founded the International BodyTalk Association. Today, the BodyTalk System has gained international reach, being practiced by over 200 instructors in more than 50 countries1.
The Principles of BodyTalk
BodyTalk relies on several key principles. Firstly, it acknowledges the body’s innate wisdom to heal itself from any injury. Secondly, it recognizes the impact of stress on overall health and how external factors can interfere with the body’s natural communication systems, leading to health issues. Lastly, it understands that the body
communicates through energetic circuitry, with each bodily system constantly in communication for optimal functioning. Stress can compromise these circuitry systems, causing a breakdown of communication within the body. BodyTalk practitioners aim to reconnect these broken lines and foster open communication to promote healing from within.
How Does BodyTalk Work?
Often described as acupuncture without needles, BodyTalk employs a variety of non-invasive techniques to enhance communication between bodily systems, activate the brain, restructure the body’s energetic patterns, and promote self-healing. The BodyTalk process unfolds in three steps, known as the “ABCs” of BodyTalk:
- Ask: Practitioners observe the body’s reactions to discern information and “ask” the body questions. This biofeedback is used to identify the body’s healing priorities. Questions are also asked verbally to tailor the treatment to the person’s specific needs.
- Balance: Once the body’s needs are identified, several methods are charted to restore balance. Techniques such as tapping the head and chest are used to signal the brain and heart to prepare for healing.
- Communication: The final phase involves re-linking the body systems and repairing any lines of communication that have been compromised.
I began learning Reiki in 2002 and completed the Master Level in October of 2004. I am continually learning more about Reiki and have found the best teachers to be my practice and the people I meet through that practice. I learn something new with every session and my capacity for compassion and understanding expands with every treatment.
In 2010, I was introduced to the BodyTalk System of healing and began learning this method of holistic therapy in 2011. In 2019, I completed all the core advanced BodyTalk classes. I continue to take additional courses to expand my knowledge. Combining BodyTalk and Reiki together in a session can result in profound healing. Clients often get deeper results with fewer sessions.
For more than five years, I was a member of the Complementary Care program for Hospice Toronto and volunteered my Reiki services to people who were very ill or at end-of-life. I received the Elaine Hall Award for Outstanding Caring Service. Volunteering with any organization that speaks to your heart creates its own magic. I recommend it to everyone.
Reiki Master, RP-CRA
Certified BodyTalk Practitioner, CBP-IBA
Licensed Holistic Practitioner