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Complementary Health Profile: The Humbling, Healing Experience of Bodytalk and Why I trust It

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By Charlotte Squire

Yesterday I found myself at the end of a Bodytalk session enjoying a good old fashioned belly laugh.  The more Tania Marsden told me she’d found, the deeper my laughter.  In fact I came close to tears.  In between moments of assuring Tania that there was no way at all I was insulted by the information she’d discovered in my body, I was marveling at all the aspects of my ‘me-ness’ that she’d so astutely named.  These were subtle parts of myself I’d noticed and observed through years of meditation without feeling the need to tell anyone.

But these seemingly insignificant aspects of my heart and emotions were all, in their own sweet ways, contributing to a cough I’d developed.  It was one of those coughs that keeps a girl up all night and out of public spaces for fear of embarrassment.  I’d developed a hoarse, croaky voice and was very run down due to lack of sleep.  Though I had some ideas of what my cough was about, I was interested to hear what Tania found using the Bodytalk discipline and of course, I wanted some support in returning to my usual good health.

So what on earth was I doing taking my full-on cough to a Body-talk practitioner?  Hadn’t I heard of doctors and antibiotics?

Firstly, I’ve got to tell you – I’m no flake.  I studied at university for four years.  I pay my taxes.  And I even eat meat (though it’s got to be free-range or organic).  And I have taken my fair share of antibiotics for my cough, as at times it’s been the bane of my life.  The thing was, though it made my parents feel better, those drugs never, ever worked, nor did the gallons of cough medicine I slugged back in desperation in the middle of the night.

I later came to learn that in many health disciplines, some having been around for thousands of years such as Chinese Medicine, the lungs are commonly known to be where we store our grief, and un-expressed grief is often released via a cough.  This made far more sense to me.

Although ‘ve come across many other highly effective methods of healing, Bodytalk has been my own preferred way to re-balance my health for a few years now.  I first used it back when my one year old son had a subtle rash all over his body.  I don’t think it was actually bothering him, but as a firm believer in the relationship between emotions and physical well being, I was keen to help my boy leave that rash behind as soon as possible.  And he did! After one Bodytalk session that rash completely cleared, in fact it was gone by the very next day.  According to the Bodytalk practitioner his rash was due to his discomfort with his birth (he ended up being born via a crash C. Section).

So in a world where every shade of complimentary medicine is practiced, not all of which is effective, what is Bodytalk and why should anyone take it seriously?

Bodytalk was developed in the 1990s by a Dr. John Velteim.  John is a chiropractor, traditional acupuncturist, philosopher, Reiki Master, and teacher who was born in Australia.

This is what a Kiwi Bodytalk website says about the way Bodytalk works:

“The BodyTalk system works by first identifying the weak energy circuits that exist within the body. The practitioner relies on the innate wisdom of the body to locate the energy circuits that need repair by using a form of biofeedback, which is a subtle muscle testing technique.

For every malfunctioning energy circuit that is found, the practitioner or client contacts the corresponding “points” with their hands. The practitioner then lightly taps the client on the top of the head, which stimulates the brain centers and causes the brain to re-evaluate the state of the body’s health. The result is that the general energy balance of the body is greatly improved.

The practitioner then taps the client on the sternum to “announce” the corrected energy flows to the rest of the body. This is beneficial because the heart is responsible for communicating the state of the body’s health to the rest of the body. Stimulating the heart by tapping the sternum forces the heart to store the corrected energy patterns in the body’s cellular memory. This means that the body will remember these changes after the treatment.”

Now it may be coincidental, but ever since that Bodytalk session I’ve hardly coughed.  I’ve started sleeping through the night again, though I’m still quite tired.  Tania picked some interesting stuff about me – such as my lung’s obvious need to release grief, my tendency to work stuff out in my head rather than allow my heart to feel it, my need to do, do, do and more, oh much more … The cool thing is, all I needed to do was rest on her body-work table while she asked my body to bring these aspects of me back into balance.  She told me I didn’t need to do a thing, just relax.  Ahhh music to my ears.

Before I sign off, I wanted to share an article with you that I published on Happyzine a few years ago.  Bodytalker and Reiki practicioner Cress Spicer sent in her account of an effective Reiki session she had with a young autistic boy who also had teretts syndrome.  It’s an amazing story. It had me in tears.  Cress is based in the States and also practices Bodytalk.  Check out her brief, touching case-study.

Bodytalk can work remotely too.  If you’d like to work remotely with Tania Marsden, who was written about here recently by Hannah, you can set up a date with her using the following contact details:

Phone: 03 525 6068 or 027 256 6748 or email:

Or if you’re inspired to give it ago in person, find a local Bodytalk practitioner near you.

To your good health.

Charlotte Squire

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