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The BodyTalk System - The Body's Innate Wisdom

by Sally Kingsley(more info)

listed in mind body, originally published in issue 135 - May 2007

“Energy is the currency of all interactions in nature. To leave energetic considerations out of the equations of life and medicine is to ignore some 99% of what is happening. We are just beginning to map the energetic pathways in the body. We just need a way to communicate with these electronic circuits, to turn on the right switches and harness the body’s ability to heal spontaneously.”
– James Oschman PhD

The BodyTalk™ System

The BodyTalk™ System facilitates communication within the body to find the circuits that are under-performing and creates an energy balance in the body that induces the body’s innate restorative powers.

The system was developed in 1995 by Dr John Veltheim based on his background in traditional Chinese Medicine, Western Medicine, applied Kinesiology, modern Physics, Mathematics, Advaita Philosophy and Yoga, unifying a large number of highly recognized health methods and principles of knowledge in one all-encompassing system. This makes The BodyTalk™ System, a comprehensive and dynamically designed system of energy medicine that is constantly evolving.

Our bodies are an incredible state of the art communications system. However, the physical, emotional and environmental stresses and traumas we experience compromise the communication networks or energy circuits of the body. These systems are critical to maintain optimum health, and when they ‘blow’ we experience distress, headaches, back pain and other symptoms. You may sleep poorly, feel drained all the time, experience eating disorders, indigestion, headaches, allergies or chronic fatigue. You may suffer from frequent infections or feel you have emotional blocks holding you back. You may experience disturbance in your thinking or other functions.

Our bodies have an in-built mechanism that initiates the healing process. If we cut ourselves, the body starts the process of healing the wound with a particular sequencing of chemical reactions; addressing all healing in a certain order. When a foetus is developing, the body knows the order in which things need to happen. The BodyTalk™ System understands that the order of things is very important, and that each system, cell and atom needs to be in constant and clear communication with each other at all times for good health to occur.

By re-establishing good communication between the various parts and levels of the body, the body is capable of healing itself. When the body is able to ‘talk’, and the lines of communication are clear, optimum health and wellbeing can be discovered. Better communication from the liver to the pancreas can help your digestive system improve. Finding a new balance with the environment, a work place or family member, can help you go about your life in a more harmonious way. Balancing your body chemistry can mean fewer infections or allergies and a stronger immune system. Holding on to an old belief system or attitude can be detrimental, very stressful and limit your full potential.

How it Works

To identify the weak energy circuits that exist within the body the BodyTalk™ practitioner relies on this in-built self-healing mechanism, or innate wisdom, of the body. By using a form of biofeedback, which is a subtle muscle testing technique the practitioner asks ‘Innate’ for the priority.

The biofeedback is used as one of the best tools available today to establish a Yes/No communication between practitioner and client. Using this communication the practitioner then works with the comprehensive BodyTalk™ protocol chart. The priority could be anywhere within the bodymind complex. The BodyTalk™ protocol covers all aspects from western anatomy and physiology to eastern systems, including meridians and chakras, as well as the environment, genetic factors and emotional and mental states.

Once the priority is determined with biofeedback, the practitioner asks for further details, following a set procedure of questions. This is like a detective searching for all the clues. Once these clues are compiled, and the formula needed to re-establish optimum communication with the bodymind is constructed, the points are linked. To do this the practitioner taps lightly over the client’s head. This, as [the founder] Dr John Veltheim describes, activates the brain, then the practitioner taps on the sternum to store the changes in the heart’s energy complex. The body can now begin the healing process.

Links can be simple, such as the Liver and Pancreas needing clearer communication to establish better blood sugar metabolism, or they can be more complex, including more areas and specific details which become a whole formula of links. A BodyTalk™ practitioner does not diagnose, there are no preconceived ideas about how to ‘fix’ the problem. The practitioner asks without an agenda, we are asking the body rather than telling it. BodyTalk™ is very much a system of personal health empowerment as opposed to health dependency.

Left and Right Brain Function

As the practitioner is gathering the priority needs of the client, he or she is using the left brain function, i.e. the logical learnt knowledge of the BodyTalk™ protocol and the right brain function, i.e. their intuition. As this understanding of left and right brain function deepens, the practitioner moves into the realm of what is called ‘The Zone’. The mental clarity experienced by a practitioner when left brain function and right brain function interface is another way to explain what is referred to as ‘innate’.

Sportsmen and women often refer to being in the ‘Zone’. Tennis players report when they are in the ‘Zone’ they experience time slowing down, and see the ball early allowing them to make a creative shot with learnt precision. Working in the zone allows lateral thinking; it is not only natural but normal and is the most effective place for a practitioner to work from.

Current areas addressed by the BodyTalk™ System are:

  • Overall breathing patterns, left/right brain coordination, energy blockages associated with birthplace, energy imbalances within the brain cortices, general and localized hydration, and health problems associated with internal and external scarring;
  • Specific balancing of organs, endocrines and body parts;
  • Correction of genetically and/or environmentally influenced cell disorders;
  • Clearing the body of viruses, infections, parasites, food intolerances, environmental allergies, and accumulated toxins;
  • Balancing the 36 surface energy points that often impact a person’s energy level, mood, overall structural integrity, muscle tension, and digestive system. These surface energy imbalances are also a cause of pain in specific parts of the body;
  • Clearing past and present emotional blockages, including specific phobias and fears;
  • Cleansing the lymphatic system, including all the body lymph ducts;
  • Addressing energy blockages associated with the nervous and circulatory systems;
  • Balancing the various energy systems within the body, including the traditional acupuncture meridians, the chakras, and general bioenergetics energy flow. Blood sugar balancing also comes under this category:
  • Releasing parts of the musculo-skeletal system that may be ‘locked’. This includes the spine, pubic bone, cranium, sacrum, ribs, joints and muscles;
  • Restoring energy imbalances between the client and aspects of the environment.

Positive Effects of BodyTalk™

BodyTalk™ can be used as a means of maintenance and prevention to keep the body in good health. Beliefs and attitudes can also be addressed. Cellular Biologist Bruce Lipton in his book The Biology of Belief talks about the affect of beliefs, attitudes and emotions on our cells and physical body. Clients report that their sessions are gentle, non-invasive, safe and effective. For some people the changes are experienced quickly. For others the body may have to do some homework before the full results are evident. For long-term problems, further visits will be required to make the connections to greater wellbeing and personal development. When a client needs to come back is established at the end of each session, again by biofeedback. When healthy functions are restored, regular tune-up visits help maintain communication, synchronization and balance within the bodymind complex.

Growing Interest

BodyTalk™ is a fast growing approach to healthcare and personal development. Evidence of this includes an invitation by the ISSSEEM (International Society for the Studies of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine) to Dr Veltheim to speak at their conference last June. Further credence has been given to The BodyTalk™ System by The World Peace Centre in India, with its generous invitation to Dr Veltheim to the centre, offering the use of its facilities and state-of-the-art equipment. The centre owns instrumentation that can photograph and document changes in the body’s energy fields. In South Africa 2,000 nurses are about to add the BodyTalk™ Access techniques to their skills.


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Oschman JL PhD. Energy Medicine The Scientific Basis. Churchill Livingstone. An imprint of Elsevier Limited. USA. ISBN 0-443-06261-7. 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004.

Further Information

The foundations for practitioner certification are taught in a four-day intensive course; any qualifications and knowledge you already have can be easily integrated and enhance the work you do. Further advanced modules are available to deepen the knowledge-base, and incorporate the latest findings from modern science. In 2006 a new inexpensive one-day course was launched, teaching five easy techniques to be used as a health maintenance programme.


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About Sally Kingsley

Sally Kingsley is a certified BodyTalk™ practitioner and member of the International BodyTalk™ Association. She holds an ITEC Diploma in Aromatherapy, is a member of the NFSH Healers and the International Guild of Professional Practitioners, and has studied CranioSacral therapy and Acupressure. You may contact Sally via The Vitality Centre, Southfields. Tel: 020-8871 4677; Mobile: 07968 948454;;

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