Frequently Asked Questions
What can BodyTalk help with?
BodyTalk works on all levels, therefore it can help with physical pain and healing of injuries, clearing of toxins, bacteria, intolerances and allergies; emotional problems such as processing grief, worry, anger, sadness and fears; psychological problems like eating disorders, OCD, depression and phobias.
What happens during a session?
We will start with a discussion about your symptoms, current situation and healh history. As we start the treatment you will remain fully clothed, and lie down on your back (or sit if preferred). While you relax I will communicate with your body by gently using your hand for muscle feedback. That will allow me to locate the imbalances which are a priority for you right now. Then, through a number of techniques which involve holding and light tapping, we help your body restore communication within itself. The length of the session is also guided by your body, and there is no correlation between the length of the session and it's effectiveness.
How does it work with babies and young children?
When working with babies I either user the parent or carer as a surrogate for the muscle feedback, or I use my own hand depending on the situation. The baby/child does not have to lie still for the duration of the session, I'll just work around the playing child, sleeping baby etc. Call me in advance if you want to discuss this further. I ask that the parent bring in toys or book to keep the child engaged during the session.
How long does a session last?
A session lasts approximately 45 minutes. This time allows for discussion at the beginning and end of each session. The first session is likely to be slightly longer than subsequent sessions, as more discussion is involved the first time.
How many sessions will I need?
It varies - everybody is different. It does happen that symptoms are gone after one session, but usually more are required. As a guideline most people see improvements in their symptoms after two to three sessions. The number of sessions also depends on what people's expectations and standards are regarding their health. BodyTalk is also a fantastic health maintenance tool for people who believe in prevention and want to make an effort to maintain their health (in which case the sessions would become less frequent - every 4-6 weeks).
I use the muscle feedback to help establish when (or if) the client should come back.
Does it work straight away?
Sometimes a problem can be addressed straight away but not if, in doing so, it would upset the balance of the body and create more problems. Other priorities may need to be addressed first. When we look at the tip of an iceberg, we only see 10 percent while 90 percent remains submerged and out of sight. In order to get to the 10 percent that manifests itself as symptoms in our body we may have to address some of the underlying 90 percent first. This will prepare the body to deal with the symptoms in a way that respect its balance and create lasting results.
Do I need to rest after a session?
After each session, your body will be processing information and it is therefore wise to allow it time to adjust by taking it easy and not overtaxing the body. Some people get tired after a BodyTalk session, and others get an energy boost. In case you get tired it is best to listen to the body and rest.
Which changes will I notice?
Changes can be subtle; you may feel just slightly different, lighter or more relaxed, and perhaps later realise that you are reacting differently in a situation. Or improvements may be very clear; pains, discomforts or anxieties may disappear straight away or the next day.
How do I know it has worked?
During a session you may have a recollection of something that happened in the past; you may feel temporary emotions; there may be tingling or other sensations in various parts of your body. After a session you may feel light-headed temporarily, clearer in your thinking or simply tired. Rarely, you may not feel anything, but this does not mean that it has not worked - it can be very subtle and unfold over the following few days.
Can I do anything at home in between the sessions?
Every now and again I give clients some homework between the sessions usually in the form of simple tapping routines, called Cortices, that only take a few minutes. These can help process the session. Generally BodyTalk doesn't prescribe anything - herbs, medicine, behaviour, diet requirements or anything like that. However, clients themselves often choose to make changes in their life or diet inspired by their BodyTalk sessions.
Can my problems get solved in one session?
It can, if the body is ready to deal with it straight away. However usually more than one session is required. BodyTalk is about addressing and removing the root of the problem, not just the symptom; and most often there are underlying problems that the body needs to deal with first. The order of addressing things matter in order not to upset the balance of the body, and your body will guide us in this. Results come in their own time.
Does it work for everyone?
Everyone can benefit from having a BodyTalk session. BodyTalk has the potential to improve all conditions, but it doesn't mean that it will work for everyone on everything. There could be several reasons that the body "wants" to hold on to symptoms.
Will it affect my medication?
BodyTalk works alongside other treatments including convensional Western medicine, and it is fine to get BodyTalk sessions whilst on medication. However as the body becomes more balanced and efficient through BodyTalk sessions, you may be able to reduce your intake of medication. This should only happen in consultation with your doctor. Always let me know at the beginning of a session if you are taking any medication or recieving other medical treatment.
I find it hard to travel. Can you come and see me in my home/in hospital?
This may be possible at an extra cost. Please call or email to discuss or arrange this. Distance sessions is another possibility.
What if I have to cancel?
Please let me know as soon as possible if you need to change or cancel an appointment. A full fee is charged for cancellations with less than 24 hours notice.
I'd like to learn more, what options are there?
You can start by taking the Access course which is a one day course that allows you to perform five simple, but very effective techniques on yourself, your loved ones, your patients, students etc. This also gives a good introduction of the full BodyTalk system. I am qualified to teach this fantastically applicable and interesting course, and I can't recommend it enough.
You can also dive in and take the first course of the full BodyTalk system, BodyTalk Fundamentals. This course is usually taught during a four day intensive course which includes theory and practical application. This course is the foundation of the certification and the advanced BodyTalk modules.
Thirdly there are also two books available about the BodyTalk system suitable for entry level - one about the Access system and one about the full BodyTalk system. You can buy the Access book from me.
How can I become a BodyTalk practitioner?
In order to become a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner you have to pass the exam which has a written and a practical part. The examination and its requirements are regulated by the International BodyTalk Association (IBA).
How long does it take to become a practitioner?
There is no set time, so you can learn at your own pace. It may take some people one month (that is however rare) or other people may have several years in between taking the first BodyTalk Fundamentals course and passing the exam to become a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner.
How do I register for a course?