BodyTalk is healthcare designed by your body
BodyTalk is WholeHealthcare™
BodyTalk is a comprehensive system designed to optimize healthy communication within the body. It incorporates science and philosophy, merging the best in Western and Eastern healing to get to the heart of the story behind symptoms restricting the healthy functioning of the mind-body complex. A BodyTalk session is especially unique in that a priority-based, personalized formula is developed through structured intuitive communication so that the optimal combination of techniques and modalities can be utilized in bringing about positive well-being.
BodyTalk is based on the principle that the body is capable of healing itself at all levels – as evidenced by the healing process that is automatically initiated when a person cuts a finger or twists an ankle. This automatic, self-guided healing process is part of the body’s inborn intelligence, or the “innate wisdom” of the body, as we call it in BodyTalk. The innate wisdom guides the overall functioning of the bodymind complex, synchronizes all the activities as well as maintains balance, or homeostasis, within the bodymind complex.
The BodyTalk techniques provide insights to the areas of your body that need attention. What might seem like an obvious problem to you is not necessarily the one your body wants to address first.
This is the beauty of BodyTalk. It respects the body’s own needs and determines your body’s priorities for healing. Then with the use of a variety of non-invasive techniques, BodyTalkers refocus your body’s natural healing response to establish better communication within the body.
Every choice, and every experience in your life, has contributed to your current state of health. Each scar, laugh line and injury has a unique story and a history. BodyTalk takes into consideration your whole-story. Your life-style, genetics and history are all drawn upon to establish a personalized approach to Healthcare that brings about lasting changes.
A BodyTalk session may seem simple on the surface, but there is deep transformation at hand and on a multitude of levels: the physical, energetic, emotional, mental, and even environmental.
Types of Sessions
Weight & metabolism
Postural alignment & sports performance
Other specific issues that have been difficult to address with traditional methods
How do I get started?
Please visit our new clients page for details.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many sessions should I plan on? A major asset of BodyTalk is the speed of its results, and clients usually report feeling better after the first session. For more stubborn or chronic concerns, it may take up to three sessions to notice any marked improvement.
What is the difference between a clinic session, distance session, and remote session? Clinic Sessions happen in person, BodyTalk Distance Sessions happen live over zoom video, and BodyTalk Remote Sessions happen without you needing to be present (recommended after you’ve experienced a live session at least once, you receive a video recording of your session).
What should I expect after my BodyTalk session? Sessions gently unwind underlying stress factors that may be contributing to any symptoms you may be experiencing, and you may be noticing continued improvements for days or even weeks afterward. You may notice a change in your sleep patterns, digestion, and most importantly, as reported by clients, greater self-awareness of how the underlying stress factors addressed in the session had been affecting your everyday life.
I’m basically healthy, would a BodyTalk session still be beneficial for me? BodyTalk is a great way to optimize your health and improve performance even when you are feeling well. Regular BodyTalk sessions have cumulative results meaning that each session builds on the next and can have lasting impact in areas of personal and spiritual growth.
How often do I need to come for sessions? Once you’ve experienced the benefits, regular BodyTalk sessions can be a valuable way to maintain and optimize your body’s communication systems on an ongoing basis, once every 3-6 weeks.
What are your session fees? Once you have a chance to try a few sessions and decide if BodyTalk is a good fit for you there are packages and payments plans designed to fit your needs, depending on how often you would like to come for session. If you are new to BodyTalk it is recommended to have at least three sessions to experience how each session builds on the next, and works with your body’s innate wisdom to create healing formulas very specific to your needs. The fee schedule is outlined on the new clients page.
Shelley Poovey is an Advanced Certified BodyTalk Practitioner & PaRama Certified Practitioner who has coordinated BodyTalk continuing education programs and BodyTalk Founders Courses, with John Veltheim, in New York City since 2010.
Her training allows her to combine the latest advances in Western science – such as epigenetics, the human microbiome, neuroplasticity of the brain and the mind-body connection – with ancient wisdom traditions such as chinese medicine, ayurveda, and esoteric healing for powerful sessions that get to the root causes of heath, creating a deep sense of personal wellbeing with lasting results.
In addition, her coursework in Bodytalk Direct, Circadian Rhythms and Orthopedic Evaluation Techniques help identify and optimize areas related to physical performance and stamina – including musculoskeletal coordination, posture, energy levels, sleep, digestion, and mood.
She has completed all the foundation courses including BodyTalk Access, Fundamentals, Principles of Consciousness, Bio-dynamics, Macrocosmic BodyMind, and Matrix Dynamics.
She became advanced certified in 2014 under the supervision of senior instructor Dr. Janet Galipo, which requires a series of written exams and the fulfillment of advanced academic coursework in the field of biological science.
In 2017, She became PaRama Level One certified. PaRama means “higher wisdom” and is the advanced work of the BodyTalk founder, Dr. John Veltheim. PaRama allows for more complex priority-based formulas that can run for weeks at a time. This work is especially helpful for stubborn issues that cannot be addressed within the context of an individual session.
Her participation in the BodyTalk community has also been active and evidenced in a number of ways in recent years. At the 2013 International BodyTalk Association Conference in Malta, her work as a continuing education coordinator was presented. In May 2014, she was a guest presenter at the IBA Instructor’s Conference, discussing how to use matrix dynamics to develop a healthy and cooperative practitioner community. At the 2017 IBA Member’s Conference in Clearwater, Florida, she was invited to teach and share her unique approach to meditation, the Radiant Human Meditation.
Shelley holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she worked as a research assistant in the field of Psychology for a number of researchers. She is a certified Reiki Master and Yoga Alliance 200-hour Registered Teacher with specialized training in Meditation and Yoga Nidra. Shelley recently completed three years of study and is certified in Advanced Energy Medicine through the Cyndi Dale Advanced Apprenticeship program as well as through her Energy Medicine Certification Program at Normandale College. She is currently enrolled in the Masters of Science in Health and Human Performance Program at Pacific College.
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