Frequently Asked Questions

How do you communicate with my body?

We use a subtle form of neuromuscular feedback, usually using your hand or wrist. We set up a control question to make sure we are getting proper yes’s and no’s from your body. We usually don’t talk out loud at this point so as not to involve your conscious mind. Please don’t ‘help’ the practitioner by moving your hand.

Do you touch me?

Yes, unless you are not comfortable being touched. The practitioner will generally place a hand on your belly and a hand on your wrist. Once the areas asking for attention are identified, you and the practitioner will place your hands on those areas.

How should I dress?

In loose comfortable accessible clothing. Please wear natural fibers as lycra and other synthetics can interrupt energy flow. Some techniques are best done with skin contact, say knee or hip.

How soon will I notice results?

Most clients notice a feeling of deeper relaxation and groundedness after the first session. Your body will process the information from the session over a period of time. You may feel immediate results or they may unfold over time, depending on the condition and how long it’s been part of you.

How many sessions will I need?

Again, it depends on your condition and the state of your constitution. We usually recommend a series of 3 to 5 sessions. However, at the end of each session, the practitioner asks your innate wisdom whether and when a next session is needed. It could be in days, weeks or months or ‘check in as needed’. It is your body/mind complex that is giving the answers. Your body knows how long it will take to process the results of the current session and when it needs to work on the next priorities. Best results are seen when you follow the guidelines and trust the process.

What happens during a session?

You will lie face up on a massage table and relax. The practitioner will place their hand on your body and set up the neuromuscular feedback of yes/no answers. The practitioner will then ask your innate wisdom a series of questions following the BodyTalk protocol. The practitioner may or may not speak out loud while asking. 
Once your body/mind indicates the priority areas (links), you and the practitioner will place your hands on those areas. The practitioner will then tap lightly on your head to let the brain know what to repair and then tap lightly on your heart complex to store the information and carry it to the rest of the body. 
At the end of the session, the practitioner will ask if and when a next session is indicated and discuss the findings with you, so you can book the next appointment if indicated.

What does it feel like during a BodyTalk session?

Most clients report a sense of deep relaxation. The body is grateful that someone is finally asking it what it needs and wants so that it can heal.
You may feel energy shifts, you may feel some emotions, you may have insights, you may feel sensations or you may not feel anything. It is all normal.

Is there any preparation?

Wear loose-fitting clothes of natural fibers. 
It is recommended that you do not wear an underwire bra. 
You will be asked to remove metal jewelry and accessories before and during your session.
If possible, plan a little downtime after your session. Your body will be processing and shifting some of its patterns. Some people feel more energized after a session.

Are there any side effects or after effects?

Afterwards, your body will be processing the results of the session and you may feel like resting. 
You may also feel energized post-session.
 Most patients immediately notice a greater sense of well-being and relaxation after the treatment. They feel more at peace with themselves and often report sleeping better, having more energy and feeling more balanced. 
BodyTalk involves tapping into the innate intelligence of the client before treatment. Consequently, the BodyTalk practitioner is always aware of what the client’s body can safely deal with at any particular time. Therefore, not surprisingly, the clinical findings of BodyTalk therapy have shown that the system is totally safe. By virtue of the BodyTalk treatment protocol, the human body will not allow the practitioner to treat them for a condition unless it is perfectly safe to do so. There are, however, some healing symptoms that may occur in certain cases. For instance, if a client’s body is ridding itself of a virus, flu type symptoms may occur until this process is complete. Symptoms could also appear for a short time after treating parasites, toxins, and emotional releases. These are always short-lasting, and as stated above, the innate intelligence of the body is always questioned by the practitioner beforehand to ensure that the body is capable of dealing with healing the particular condition.
Finally, insulin levels may need to be monitored after a blood sugar balancing treatment if the client is a diabetic. BodyTalk practitioners know to never treat blood sugar on a diabetic unless the client is capable of monitoring and adjusting their own insulin levels.

Is BodyTalk safe?

BodyTalk is totally safe and non-invasive and involves rebalancing the energy systems of the body. There is nothing harmful in any way. Practitioners do advise that BodyTalk is not a substitute for conventional medical care, and there may be times when consultation with a physician is required. In emergencies such as a car accident, where the body is in crisis, the natural healing process may be too slow, and skilled medical intervention will be necessary.

Does BodyTalk or energy work interfere with other medical treatments?

No. BodyTalk can be used as a complementary or stand-alone health care system. No medications are contraindicated. If anything, BodyTalk can enhance other treatments and require fewer of them.

Will it help my specific problem?

Because we are asking the body what it wants and needs, chances are that your specific issue will be addressed, but in a way that may not be obvious to you. The symptom is your pain or dysfunction, but the underlying disharmony may originate elsewhere. The body always tells us how and where to start. That is called ‘priority’. Also, if your body knows that your heart needs balancing prior to the issue you came for, we will address your heart as a priority.

What is so important about ‘sequencing’?

The body knows how and where to start the process and to lay the foundation to support further communication. For example, before dealing with a liver cleanse, your small bowel may need to be better balanced to handle the effects of the cleanse. Your breathing cycle may need to be opened up before working on a painful muscle.

How did BodyTalk originate?

The BodyTalk System™ was developed by Dr. John Veltheim who practiced for over twenty years as a chiropractor, traditional acupuncturist, and doctor of Oriental Medicine and Reiki Master. His post-graduate studies included applied kinesiology, bio-energetic psychology, osteopathy, sports medicine, nutrition, counseling, cranial sacral therapy, and comparative philosophy. He also ran a very successful Acupuncture College for Traditional Chinese Medicine in Brisbane, Australia for many years. Originally from Australia, he currently resides in both Australia and Brazil. It developed out of his search to improve his own health issues. He combined the best of all the modalities into one system.

Suryo Gardner, MA, LMP, CBP, CBI
BodyTalk Practitioner and Instructor
Consciousness-Based Energy Medicine
Suryo Gardner is a highly respected International Trainer and Advanced Practitioner. Click Here to Contact Suryo for a session. Sessions are in-person or by phone (206) 251-0621 or ZOOM ~ WorldWide!