What exactly do you do? What is BodyTalk?

Those are the questions I hear the most. Be a great day when the question isn’t “What is BodyTalk?” Instead, the question is “Who is your practitioner?” One BodyTalk instructor said she is looking forward to the day when a 911 operator asks, “Have you tapped Cortices?” So let’s look at some answers to your questions and explore what the most taught technique is and why it is important.

First, BodyTalk is energy medicine that has its foundation in Chinese medicine, acupuncture and chiropractic philosophies. The goal in BodyTalk is to get the body to take inventory of its needs and communicate those needs to the brain. The brain then sends resources so the body can heal itself. BodyTalk practitioners use biofeedback to get answers to yes/no questions so that we can establish what the top priorities are in the body to help it heal. These questions are based on navigating a “Protocol Chart.” In essence, we are asking, “Where are we going” and when we get there, “what are we doing?” or “What technique are we using to balance this?” The priorities will vary from session to session and person to person.

For example, if someone has a knee pain or low back pain, the priority might be in getting the knee or low back to talk to the brain. Or the priority could be to release emotions of fear or anxiety. In Chinese medicine, the kidneys rule the low back and the knees. Because of this, we may need to work with the kidneys and how they communicate with other areas of the body. The only way for a BodyTalk practitioner to know exactly is to ask yes/no questions that help establish the priority. All this is done while a client (fully clothed) sits in a chair or lay on a massage table. We use the term “link” to explain that we are reconnecting the communication between two different parts of the body.

Once the priorities are established and links are determined, we use various techniques that involve tapping so that the changes can be made and the body has every opportunity to heal.

Cortices is the first technique we teach to anyone whether client or practitioner. It helps to get the brain to talk to itself and to the rest of the body. Tapping cortices helps get the body out of shock and helps update the bodymind complex. Studies have shown that tapping cortices helps balance out the temperature in the brain and to get the brain out of overwhelm. To learn this technique, please visit http://okbodytalk.com/body-talk-video-library/#basics.

Please join us over the next few months as we explore BodyTalk techniques and how BodyTalk can help you.

Kathi Springman

Click here for a downloadable version of this article as it was printed in Natural Awakenings OKC March 2013.

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