By -Beth Davis

Kathi Springman, an Advanced Certified BodyTalk Practitioner in Edmond, grew up in the medical community. Many family members, as well as friends of the family, were in some way working in the medical fi eld, so it was only natural that she would gravitate toward the same industry.

She spent several years as a patient advocate for cataract surgical patients, and worked with her husband in his medical sales business. She also has clinical experience as a therapist for dyslexic students utilizing the Davis Dyslexia method and the “Discovery” method, which is utilized by the National Institute for Learning Disabilities (NILD).

However, she took a bit of a detour from the industry and spent four years as Director of Sales and Marketing for a company. By the end of her tenure, new product development was added to her responsibilities and her workload kept her at the offi ce for over 60 hours per week. What she didn’t’ get done at the offi ce, she took home. In addition, she traveled about 25 percent of the time, and had to learn to fi t her work in while attending meetings on the road. After years of hard work she was shocked when she found herself without a job—the parent company had decided to eliminate duplicate positions and bring them in-house to the corporate office. To add insult to injury, 10 days later, she had a major house fire. Feeling defeated, she remembered a friend telling her about something called BodyTalk to help her reduce stress. It wasn’t something she had considered at the time—she considered herself to be too busy. Now, however, it was something she was defi nitely considering. “After losing my job and my house, and working through the process to rebuild not only my house, but my life, I realized that I was at my wit’s end and decided that maybe getting a BodyTalk session wasn’t such a bad idea.” At the time, her physical complaints consisted of allergies so great that the list of what she could eat was much shorter and easier to remember than the list of things she couldn’t eat. Her immune system was severely compromised, and she suffered from severe adult acne and hives, had terrible neck pain, and the beginnings of osteoarthritis. “Added to my emotional stress, I can say that I was a wreck,” she says. After her fi rst BodyTalk session, she slept better than she had slept in years and was amazed at how much better she felt. “When I went to my second session I saw the protocol chart and knew what I was supposed to do,” she explains. “It took me a year to listen, but once I did, I never looked back.” And now, she has been a practitioner for about four years.

Springman describes BodyTalk as a simple healthcare tool that taps into the body’s natural ability to balance and heal itself on all levels. People often ask her that if this is the case, why then do they get sick? She says because stress can overwhelm and begin to cut off the fl ow of information within the body. Breathing also plays a huge role. “With every inhalation, the body is scanning the emotions, the chakras, and the acupuncture meridians,” she explains. “With the exhalation, the body scans the organs, endocrines and body parts, so if the emotions are too much, we take in shorter breaths. If we hurt ourselves, then we don’t fully breathe out and then get stuck into a pattern of not breathing. If we are not breathing, then we cannot heal.”

BodyTalk uses a form of muscle feedback to find out the best course of action to get the body to start communicating so it can start healing. It is a system designed so that no harm can be done—it can only help. It works to relax the nervous system, release stored stress, and enhance communication both internally and within the larger family dynamic. Her practice is broad-based—she works with all ages from prenatal to elderly—to help with allergies, arthritis, emotional release, learning difficulties, brain injuries, families and their relationships, businesses and more. Since becoming a BodyTalk practitioner, Springman says she couldn’t even begin to recount all the life lessons she’s learned. She says although part of her wishes she would have listened to her friend and started BodyTalk long ago, she realizes that if things had not happened the way they did, she might not be a practitioner today—something she cannot imagine. “It is so inspiring to empower people to take charge of their own health and watch as they let go of judgment, control, inhibitions and the need for perfectionism,” notes Springman. “I see relationships change, people change, health improve and knowing that I participated in that process is enough.”

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