BodyTalk Therapy

Woman receiving BodyTalk therapy
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BodyTalk is a complementary therapy based on the theory that the body has the wisdom to heal itself. BodyTalk communications are based on neuromuscular biofeedback. This is also similar to tapping or muscle-testing used in applied kinesiology. A client's body gives "yes" and "no" answers to a series of questions asked by a trained BodyTalk practitioner. The answers are received through physical responses. Through these communications, the BodyTalk practitioner identifies "energy circuits" within the body that are weakened, stressed, blocked, or broken.

The Benefits of BodyTalk

  • Preventative care
  • Pain management
  • Accelerates the body's natural healing process
  • Eases grief and fears associated with death and dying

Gentle Tapping

Once the practitioner has identified the imbalances to prioritize (via the question/answer period). the practitioner then applies gentle tapping on the client's head and sternum. The intention of the cranial tapping is to "wake up the brain" so it can send out reconnecting signals to the other body parts which require repair or balancing. The intention of tapping the chest region is to lock in and support the energy re-connections.

BodyTalk Cortices Technique

The Cortices Technique is one of the core practices taught by BodyTalk specialists. It is a simple do-it-yourself technique that takes only one to two minutes. Tapping your cortices helps to balance the right and left hemispheres of the brain and restores brain function.

  1. Start by placing a hand on the back of your head, where your skull meets the spine. As you do so, lightly tapping the top of your head. Make sure your hands are contoured to your head so they can reach both sides of the brain. Make sure to breathe deeply as you work. Do this for a few moments.
  2. When you're ready, move the hand on the back of your head up a few inches, while continuing to tap the top of your head. Move the non-tapping hand up to the top of your head and begin tapping your brow.
  3. Next, hold your hand over your brow (as if you're taking your temperature) and tap the top of your head.
  4. Lastly, hold both hands against your head, just above the ears. Take turns tapping your head with each hand until you feel both relaxed and alert. 

How to Prepare for Your BodyTalk Session

BodyTalk is primarily an emotional healing modality. Along with and physical complaints you may have, it is helpful to express your feelings. Even if you are not aware of why you feel the way you do, it is good to let the therapist know.

After the Session

As with any energy-balancing therapy, it is recommended that you drink plenty of water throughout the day. This allows your body matter of flushing away any toxins that surfaced during the treatment. You may notice subtle changes in your body as it adjusts to a healthier balance, these shifts are normal.

BodyTalk Founder

BodyTalk was founded in 1995 by Australian-born chiropractor, Dr. John Veltheim. Dr. Veltheim, who currently resides in Sarasota, Florida, is also trained in traditional acupuncture.


Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.