The short explanation of BodyTalk is that it is a protocol which uses muscle testing to ask your body a series of questions to determine what is out of balance in your bodymind and then uses a series of other questions to determine what parts of your life are causing this imbalance. In my case it was finding out that I was dehydrated and then finding out the circumstances which caused it to happen.
For anyone who has ever had an appointment with a naturopath who uses some sort of muscle testing to determine what deficiencies you have in your body and what herbs might help meet those needs, a BodyTalk session will not seem that out of the ordinary. It usually begins with the client laying down but can be done with the client sitting or standing for the matter. The practitioner usually uses the wrist of the client to muscle test a series of questions. Two major things very immediately stood out to me about this process. The very first priority that must be established is that of permission. I think this is extremely valuable because a client may be pressured into going to a BodyTalk practitioner or a child may be taken to an appointment and thus give passive approval for a session to happen but in reality this is not enough. A client's whole "bodymind" must give approval.
The second thing that impressed me a lot about BodyTalk is that built right into the protocol chart for questions to ask the bodymind is, "is there something more effective and/or a bigger priority than BodyTalk for this client? Is there a better way to help this person heal?" I immediately loved this concept. BodyTalk is not meant to be a everything to all people and keeps things in perspective that it has a lot to offer but is not an end all, solve all.
Other areas that the protocol checks in with range from parts of the body, energies (think Chakras, Meridians, etc), environmental concerns such as relationships and pathogens, and memories and belief systems that are keeping clients from achieving their greatest life balance. A practitioner goes through a systematic appraisal asking the client where the priority is and then finds out the necessary information to invite the body to become more in balance.
One final part of BodyTalk that can "weird" people out is that a BodyTalk session almost always ends with the practitioner tapping on the clients head and heart. The Head to invite the client's bodymind to change appropriately and the heart for the bodymind to remember it. This can be the part of the whole thing that is different or weird for people. I admit that I wasn't necessarily ready for it when I had my first session but it also doesn't hurt and is rooted as talked about in the links above in quantum physics not eastern medicine.
This is my story and by default not meant to be all inclusive but I highly recommend checking out the BodyTalk website, http://www.bodytalksystem.com for more comprehensive information.
There are a series of most common questions that I would like to address:
Why would someone have a BodyTalk session?
This question has many, many answers. The most common reason someone starts with BodyTalk is because they have some ailment that they have tried to "cure" with traditional western medicine or even alternative medicines and have just not been successful. I usually tell people that any appointment you might make to try to change some physical or emotional issue and/or habit is great grounds for a BodyTalk session. There are, of course, many other great ways to find relief and healing from these sorts of things but BodyTalk is a great place to start or look for complementary options.
How does BodyTalk compare to Reiki?
I am not a Reiki Master nor do I practice it at all so I cannot tell you officially or definitively but the easiest way I know to explain the difference is that BodyTalk attempts to bring balance to a client by identifying imbalances in mind, body, and energy and inviting the body to balance them. Reiki, on the other hand attempts to increase or decrease the energy of the body by bringing it in from the outside world or taking it out of a person. To be blunt I have real concerns about this process but admit that most of them are probably because I don't understand it well enough. I do admit though that most of my experiences with people having negative experiences with "Energy Healing" come from this modality so I am very admittedly leery of it.
How does BodyTalk or Energy Healing fit with the LDS Faith?
I believe a quote from Brigham Young, "It appears consistent to me to apply every remedy that comes within the range of my knowledge, and [then] to ask my Father in Heaven...to sanctify that application to the healing of my body." The church has no official stance on Energy Healing and especially not BodyTalk. In my study and learning, I have never come across anything that conflicts with LDS Gospel principles or doctrines. I do admit that any of it might be used inappropriately to try to manipulate someone into doing something and thereby attempt to take away their agency. That being said, I think most things in this world could be lumped into this category from traditional western medicine to counseling to politics for that matter. Wisdom and order in all things is the thing that always comes to mind when I think about this.
What side effects does BodyTalk have?
Because BodyTalk is not invasive in any way and is not physically manipulating the body - if it isn't really a thing and/or a person doesn't believe it works, it can cause no harm. If a practitioner is "wrong" with their muscle testing and tapping than the body will by default ignore it as not necessary. If a person deals with certain emotions or physical symptoms it has been reported that clients experience flu like symptoms for a couple of days as their bodies process through stuff. In my experience there are four types of reactions during a session, 1) the client just experiences the session, i.e. nothing out of the ordinary. 2) The client will yawn a lot (it is believed that breathing is one of the most important actions to good health so yawning initiates release and deepness that can be healing). 3) A persons stomach/digestive track will become agitated and/or loud (I have many clients who's stomach gurgles the entire time they are in a session). 4) Often people cry, especially when emotional issues arise (this is my personal most common way to process through a session when I have one).