Body Talk – are you listening ?

We are inundated with environmental, work and personal stresses, and exposed to toxic chemicals with almost every purchase we make. Our busy modern lifestyles have not made it any easier for our physical, mental and emotional beings to cope with it all. Various research studies have confirmed that our physical bodies can be affected by our emotions, such as anxiety, worry or fear, as well as extreme amounts of stress that is not dealt with, resulting in sickness and disease.

Many people still find it hard to admit that they suffer from stress and that it could be the cause of their sore and stiff muscles, their short temper, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and even short memory. There is however a safe solution.

BodyTalk is a simple yet effective therapy, which teaches the body to use its innate ability to heal itself. A good example is how the body heals itself after being injured. If you’ve fallen and broken a bone for example, your body will automatically start a process of regeneration and healing to try to mend the break to the best of its ability. The body itself knows how much healing should take place every hour, every day, until it is mended. BodyTalk uses this energy system or innate wisdom/knowing to orchestrate or to bring harmony back into the body’s communication systems. The cells and atoms are in constant communication with each other, carrying messages from the brain to organs, muscles, tissues, limbs and back to the brain. When this complex network of communication is confused by stress and unhealthy lifestyles, it manifests in the body in the form of disease. When all your cells are ‘wired’ as they should be, the body can function more effectively.


Your practitioner will often start a session by asking you questions about your health and emotional well-being and will discuss any issues you would like to address. The practitioner will be positioned next to you, using your arm to determine a yes/no communication, also referred to as neuromuscular biofeedback, a gentle muscle-testing technique, which is a system similar to applied kinesiology. Using hand placements, either by the client, the practitioner or both, he or she will determine the malfunctioning energy circuits. The hand placement helps to hold the focus of the organ, endocrine or body part being linked in the balance.

Tapping has been used in other forms of holistic therapies (such as yoga) for centuries and this part of BodyTalk is therefore not a new practice. The incorporation of tapping is an integral part of the therapy.

The practitioner will lightly tap the top of your head to stimulate the brain centre that evaluates the state of the body’s health and restores the needed balance. Situated behind the sternum, the heart plays a vital role in communicating the state of the body’s health to the rest of the body. By gently tapping the head, a message is sent to the brain to correct or repair what is needed and by gently tapping the sternum after that, the heart stores the corrected energy system deep in the body’s cellular memory. This helps bring synchronisation, harmony and balance back to the body which results in the start of the healing process.

According to the BodyTalk Foundation, the success of the BodyTalk system stems from the following components:

  • non-invasive, safe, and easy to learn
  • facilitates the body-mind’s well-being through enhanced communication
  • relies on the body’s own innate wisdom as a source of direction and prioritisation
  • creates an energy balance in the body that induces the body’s own innate restorative powers; thus it does not diagnose, nor address disease symptomatically.

BodyTalk sessions are very comfortable and are conducted while the client is fully clothed. A session can last between 15 and 45 minutes. There is no diagnosis required or provided and it is a complete stand-alone therapy, which can also be used as a supplementary therapy alongside more conventional treatments. Owing to the nature of the therapy, even if it is conducted incorrectly, no harm will come to the client. There will simply be no change. That said, make sure that you visit a qualified practitioner.

The BodyTalk systems can also be practiced effectively on animals with astonishing results.

For more information, a list of BodyTalk practitioners, training courses and membership enquiries, please contact BodyTalk Southern Africa by visiting their website

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Body Talk – are you listening ?

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