BodyTalk Module 1

Today I went to the first day of a 2 day Body Talk course.

The verdict: INCREDIBLE.

BodyTalk is everything I’ve been looking for – and MORE. I am too tired to say much about it, so I’m mostly going to post my notes from today. They may not make a lot of sense as they were based on the lecture from the instructor. But some of it may make sense so I’ll share the notes anyways. I’m just going to write 1 editorial paragraph and for the rest, you can read the notes!

I’m a big believer that my job for Nathan is to help his body heal itself from the inside out – not the outside in. Therapies are about healing from the outside in. These can be effective, but wouldn’t it be best if we address the source of the problem – the brain itself? BodyTalk offers a series of techniques that helps identify imbalances within a person’s body and then gives the body input so it can improve communication between itself and restore synergy. When synergy is restored, the body can heal.

What I LOVE about BodyTalk is that it addreses EVERYTHING about healing – emotions, environment, structure, left/right brain communication, allergies…EVERYTHING! If you’ve been following our blog for a while you know how many things I have to work on with Nathan – allergies, exercise, structure, supplements, etc. For this, I go to an osteopath, western doctor, chiropractor, rolfer, acupuncturist, aromatherapist, you get the picture. With BodyTalk – everything is integrated into one practice! That I can now do myself for him! Every day if I want to! And most importantly, it is based on his own body’s response (through neuromuscular biofeedback, or muscle testing). His body will tell me what needs attention, then I can apply techniques to restore communication to that problem. It means I can take Nathan’s healthcare into my own hands! And it works – every experience I’ve had with BodyTalk has been incredible. This morning I started the class in a heap of morning sickness…by the end of the day and having received a few techniques as part of the training, I felt good and full of energy!

Ok enough exclamation marks. This thing is incredible. And that’s that. Now for my notes:

? Background
? The body has an inborn or innate ability to heal and balance on all levels.
? The innate wisdom of the body needs be able to access all of the resources within the body in order to work efficiently.
o Disease is a breakdown in efficiency. The body has become inefficient and unable to heal, and healing has to happen constantly.
? Stress distorts resources within the bodymind, limiting healing.
o When you’ve got too much to do you tend to drop things.
o It’s also harder to eat well when you’re busy
o There’s air pollution, parenting, chlorine in the water, etc
o All of these things distort the smooth natural function of the body, which limits the amount of coordination and energy available for healing.
? What is BodyTalk?
o BodyTalk includes both general and specific methods to help the body recover from the distortions produced by the fight or flight nervous system response and other stresses.
? If you’re in stress mode, the body may choose to slow down digestion because it’s busy processing elsewhere. You may be eating organic food but if the digestive system is turned off, you’re not benefitting from it.
? We need to tell the nervous system to reset, take it out of fight and flight, and get it back to normal processes.
o When the body returns to rest and healing mode of operation, the body heals itself – naturally.
o When the body talks to itself, it can heal itself.
• BodyTalk combines:
o Modern anatomy and physiology
o Neurocardiology
o Acupuncture theory
o Yoga theory
o Osteopathic theory
o Information science (dealing with vast amounts of information)
• Bodytalk is a complete system, not just a couple of techniques
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. – Confucius
Basic Premises
o Healthcare should be safe, fast and effective
o Philosophically consistent, incorporating a model for physics, physiology, psychology (you can’t separate the mind and the body!)
o Little risk to do more damage
Body Talk Philosophy
• Innate wisdom may be viewed as the energy field maintained by the heart.
o The heart electrical field is many times stronger than the brain electrical field and carries information that:
o Guides function of individual body parts
o Synchronizes activity within the body
o Maintaines balance in the bodymind
o We want to encode new data into the heart, so when the heart beats, it distributes new info throughout the body
o We’re not healing – we’re restoring awareness in the body to the areas that are not working right. We have to take the “doingness” out of our energy, we just restore awareness.
o Healing is everyday
o Every cell in body is replaced frequently throughout life
? Blood every 120 days (1% every day)
? Skin 30 days
? Liver can regenerate in a week
? Intestinal lining every 3 days
? Bones in 10 months
? Nerve cells, cartilage, heart, brain, etc
o Whole body is brand new every year
o We get old because of stress response, it distorts the natural responses of the body, and starts slowing down and responding slowly to things. Getting a little bit behind starts leading to disease.
o Body wisdom: Basic premises
o Two primary modes of operation
? Sympathetic (fight/flight/protection)
? Parasympathetic (rest/healing)
o Stress pushes us into protection (sympathetic)
o Healing activity is then diminished (we get old and sick)
o Stress response
o Heart rate increased
o Blood pressure increased
o Muscle tension increased
o Stress hormones increased
o Blood to digest decreased
o Immune system disabled
o Endocrine system distorted
o Communication is the key
o The problem is rarely an individual part alone
o It is almost always poor communication within the body that brings about disease
o Some people do all the right things and are still sick despite conscious efforts
o Some people do all the wrong things and remain healthy – they have resilience
o Body Wisdom: Basic premises
o Body has an inborn ability to heal itself
o As bodytalk practitioner is about askng yes/no questions to determine imbalances , and the order of balancing
o Synchronization through communication is the key to maintaining health
o Sequencing is crucial to good results. Always ask priority, not problem. You may want to detox before the liver is ready to process, and it’s bad. Individual priorities in order to heal effectively. We ask priority, not problem. If you ask problem you’ll get a lot, you have to go by priority, so the body can heal in it’s most effective sequence. You want the right links in the right order.
o Every session had to be tailored to every client’s unique views and worldview. Meet them where they are, don’t make them come to your view point. Balance them at the level they can understand and receive. Some people are very sensitive and emotional, that’s just chi deficiency, digestion is ineficient, and not getting chi out of their food. The issue isn’t what they’re upset about, it’s just the lack of chi, if they balance the digestion so you have strong chi, you’d be able to contain yourself more and be stronger, you just need more chi.


  1. http://Gissela%20Welle says

    Hola Marcela,

    Te escribo en espanol pues veo que lo haces con otras personas en el blog y porque es my lengua materna. Yo vivo en Seattle y he estado leyendo tu blog desde hace un par de dias y te admiro por todo lo que estas haciendo ,y estoy de acuerdo con cada palabra que he leido en tublog. Mi Amanda nacio sin complicaciones exactamente hace un anho. Al no poder lactar descubrimos que tenia el paladar partido pero solo la parte de la uvula y la cirugia segun los doctores es bastante simple y vamos a hacerla en noviembre. A los dos meses me di cuenta que un par de dedos en su pie no estaban completamente separados y desde que nacio me di cuenta que le costaba mucho moverse y no tenia mucho control de su cabeza. Todos los doctores decian que estaba dentro de lo normal para su edad y que no me preocupara. Ella tambien arquea la espalda desde que nacio y tendia a poner la cabeza hacia un lado (lo cual resulto ser torticolis y sospecho que ella nacio con eso). A los 3 meses y medio empezaron los llantos a las 7 de la noche. Cada dia la hora de la cena era super estresante tratar de terminar de hacer la cena y calmar a Amanda. Despues de unas semanas pude decir que no era nada en el estomago lo que le fastidiba sino que podrian ser dolores de cabeza. La respuesta de los doctores es que todos los ninhos se ponen mas fastidiosos al final del dia. En el caso de Amanda no importaba si recien habia tomado una siesta igual lloraba como si algo doliera. Porsupuesto esto lo digo como madre pues no tengo evidencia cientifica pero a los 4 meses uno ya sabe diferenciar los tipos de llantos, aunque esto suene increible para algunas personas. A los 5 meses y medio Amanda mostro convulsones tipicas de Infantile Spasm. Gracias a Dios puede grabar los eventos en una camara sino nadie me hubiese creido. Felizmente despues de dos semanas encontramos un medicamento que pudo parar las convulsiones (SABRIL) y ahora estamos por hacer el tercer VEEG para descartar otro tipo de epilepsia y poder seguir adelante con la cirugia de paladar. Amanda se ha desarrollado al nivel de 6 meses y esta aprendiendo a sentarse por si sola. Estamos trabajando con terapia fisica y recien empezamos con Cranio-sacral para ayudar a corregir el torticolis. Hace unas semanas fue diagnosticada con CVI (cortical visual impairment) asi que estaremos anhadiendo terapia visual y terapia de lenguage despues de la cirugia. Tambien vamos a la piscina a hacerr terapia fisica una vez por semana pero vamos a hacerlo al menos dos veces por semana pues Amanda es feliz en el agua. Estoy aprendiendo muchsimo de ti sobre todo acerca de terapias alternativas. Mil gracias por publicar lo que sabes. Estoy segura de que Natan seguira progresando. Tu eres un gran ejemplo.
    Un abrazo,

    ps: lei Closure. Fue super util para mi el mostrarle a mi esposo que no todos los medicos ponen el debido interes en sus pacientes. No podemos dejar todo en sus manos. Ellos no viven con las consecuencias de sus actos.

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