If I haven’t made it sufficiently clear at any other point before this, my work is done remotely. I don’t even need you on the phone while I work. It’s all done with intention and focus.
The first interview is for you and I to talk and you to get over any jitters you might have about the validity of the journey you’re taking. This is the time to ask for specifics, examples, explanations about exactly what we’re doing here, how I can help in your specific situation.
The interview entails no commitment on your part, except for filling the intake. It is so important to me that you feel safe and supported by me and our work that I will sit and answer questions for an hour, if that’s what you need.
Plus, our relationship will get pretty intimate pretty fast. I’ll know things about you from talking to your body that may freak you out. So you have to trust me. You need to feel like I’ve got your back. I do. But you have to know that, too.
How does BodyTalk work at a distance?
BodyTalk works because of a two pronged approach. I set up communication by focussing on you and asking Innate to set up communication with me. You know the old trick one tap for yes, two taps for no? Well, I set up a similar system with your body so that when I ask it a question, it can answer. Then, I ask good questions. (That part’s boring.) Finally, I use focus and intent to “show” the results to Innate, who uses the information to restore communication and balance in the bodymind.
You can feel free to disbelieve any of this that you like; I know the part where I don’t actually have to talk to you to talk to your body is a particularly hard one to swallow. However, you can’t argue with results, and I can answer more specific questions when you call for your commitment-free interview.
So how will I know I’m getting my sessions?
Every session gets a report. In the Sage and Seeker Packages, you also get a verbal rundown about the things that came up, and baby, when you find out what I found out about you, you won’t doubt me anymore.
I’m not saying you’re going to “feel” it. I often don’t feel the sessions I receive. But afterwards, if nothing else, you are going to notice a marked change in your reactions. You’ll probably feel more clarity. Your flexibility and vigor will improve. Your tummy will gurgle a lot. And that’s just the general stuff. There will be a lot of stuff that’s just specific to you, so just kind of pay attention, and ask me about it if you like.
How do you schedule sessions?
This is a really great question, and goes to the core of what makes BodyTalk unique. I don’t schedule the sessions. Innate does. After the first session, at the end, I ask Innate, “when should the next session be?” And Innate will usually come up with a date, generally from 1-6 weeks in the future, although it can be all over the map.
What is happening is Innate has initiated a number of changes in the session. And it doesn’t want to start too many things at once, because the organism will get overwhelmed, go into stress mode, and stops healing. Check out this post for why that is.
So by asking Innate when it would like to begin the next round of changes, you can really circumvent the phenomenon known as “healing crises,” which is what happens when a change it too drastic and it throws a lot of things out of whack.
What kinds of information will you get from my body?
I’ll get any information Innate deems necessary for me to help it deal. In addition, I will ask for several specific things:
- Permission: just because you’ve given me conscious permission doesn’t necessarily follow that all of you is onboard. Asking for permission allows me to proactively address any initial resistance to treatment.
- Priority: This is the main question, actually. What is the priority to work on here? Btw, that’s why you can’t have Agenda sessions in the first sequence. Innate won’t be in the mood for anything but cleaning house.
- Homework: This is for Innate to give you a physical task to do. I like homework because it makes you an active participant in the process, which is important, because you aren’t consciously present for most of it. It also holds you more accountable to listening to your body.
- Follow-up: When the next session is.
What does BodyTalk feel like?
It doesn’t feel like anything. Usually, you won’t be aware of it when I’m treating you, because I don’t set a specific time, only a day. Sometimes it’s fun at the followup call to figure out what you were doing while I did the session, but I don’t require you to be in any sort of receptive state while I do it. In fact, I’d be willing to bet it works better if you’re oblivious, especially if you’re the type of person who will squirm and wriggle and anxiously wait for “something” to happen.
As for what it’s effects feel like, it will be different for every client, but most will remark that they feel more relaxed, feel clearer-headed, that they have more energy, or that they don’t react to stress as badly.
Why do I have to buy a whole bunch of sessions at once?
I know. It seems kind of unfair, doesn’t it? I mean, you don’t want to waste your time with something that isn’t working, right?
That’s the thing with BodyTalk; it does a lot of work under the surface, especially in the initial sessions, that makes it seem like not a lot is happening. In fact, I used to tell my clients right up front that it can take 3-5 sessions to see results. Sure, sometimes you see a lot of results in one session, but usually the first couple are all about Innate cleaning house so that it can go like gang-busters when all is prepared.
I really hate it when people drop out on the verge of a breakthough. So, now, I just won’t let them. If, after all five sessions, you honestly don’t feel it was worth it, I’ll refund your money. But be prepared to give it an honest try, and trust me, you’ll be blown away.
Why don’t I get to tell you what I want to work on?
Because the first time through, Innate has it’s own Agenda. It’s called: Getting back on an Even Keel. And that really trumps any issues you have surrounding work, money, relationships, self-actualization, etc. So even if I was so rash as to say, “Sure, we’ll deal with that,” Innate will probably have other ideas. And if you haven’t noticed, Innate is in charge.
However, after Innate has its triage under control, it’s usually amenable to looking into the issues you’d like addressed. Because if they’re causing you stress, they’re probably screwing up your health.
That’s where the second and subsequent sequences come in.
What are these “Agenda sessions” all about?
Basically, an Agenda is when you go into session with the intent: Here’s what I want addressed. Like everything else, you have to ask Innate’s permission. So the first question is “Can I do a session on this agenda?” If the answer’s yes, you’re golden. If its no, there’s usually some room to negotiate.
Even if Innate won’t let us set an agenda, it will usually let us proceed with a session anyway, and most of the time, the session very insightfully deals with some other issue that Innate evidently thought was more important.
I only do Agenda sessions with clients who have completed at least a sequence with me. Agendas are wildly adaptable tools. You can use them to reprogram paradigms (like attitudes towards money, dealing with the people close to you, releasing trauma from the past, relinquishing roles like ‘alcoholic,’ ‘saboteur,’ or ‘trainwreck,’ reprogramming family dynamics, etc.) or to help you be on top of your game at a job interview.
You can use it specifically to enable more favourable autonomic responses to certain stimuli (for instance, overcoming phobias, or maintaining a level head when you feel defensive) or you can use it very very generally (I’d like to feel more secure in my place in the world, or, I want to be free from my need of external approval.)
Just because you set an agenda doesn’t mean that it’s the only thing that gets worked on, and you are still perfectly free not to set Agendas. Remember, Innate wants the organism to thrive, and so it wants you to be in the highest-performing state imaginable. Any and all shifts simply move you closer to this goal.
If your practice is all about personal growth, why do all your examples talk about health?
Actually, my practice is about personal growth and healing, although I use that word very broadly.
Two reasons I use health explanations. 1, they’re concrete and for explanation purposes they’re easier to get your mind around. 2, emotional problems = health problems A LOT. Because if something affects you mentally, you can bet it’s also affecting you physically.
Basically, it’s two sides of the same coin, and Innate won’t let us separate them. And if we want to be wholly healthy, we shouldn’t even try.
How long does it take to move through a sequence?
It depends on Innate. As little as a month, as long as a year. Technically, it would be possible to do in a week, but your body usually can’t handle shifts that fast.
My clients tend to average about 6 weeks. However, that’s if they are consciously and actively seeking shifts. For people who are more laid back about the process, it averages about 3 months.
How long have you been practicing BodyTalk? How did you get into it? I’ve never heard of it.
I will have been practicing 3 years as of Feb 2011. I got into it because my mother was practicing and she encouraged me to take it, saying it suited me very well. I have to say, she was right (thanks, mom!) because BodyTalk, unlike a lot of energy modalities, uses not only my intuitive brain, but my logical brain as well. That was my primary beef about healing modalities; they were either highly intuitive, or they were purely systematic (meaning that every client got pretty much the same techniques, based on whatever their symptoms were.)
The International BodyTalk Association is our governing body, and I have a huge geek-crush on the founder, John Veltheim. Someday, we will give seminars together. You heard it here first :).