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.
“I’ve known Shelley in many capacities for several years, and hold her knowledge and way of being in the highest esteem. She is deeply knowledgeable about all things energy, body, and soul, but even more importantly, she is wise. When she speaks, I listen, because her words encapsulate details and truth. She is an amazing teacher and way-shower and you’d be beyond fortunate to study or work with her.”
Family Matrix Healing & Business Coaching:
“As an alumnus of Shelley’s Business Alchemy programs and one-on-one sessions, my life has dramatically improved. I experience profound and positive changes after each session. My relationships, work life, finances, self-trust, and sense of ease in life are all transformed thanks to Shelley’s work, and I couldn’t recommend her more highly!”
Immune Healing & Practitioner Development:
“I’m a suburban single Mom with a background of dissociative disorder brought on by childhood trauma. I’ve been working with Shelley since 2015, first as a client, subsequently as a teacher/mentor. With Shelley’s help, I’ve been healed of the inability to speak up, inappropriate relationships, inappropriate self-practices, and being overpowered by women.
In May 2020, I was misdiagnosed with a bacterial infection when I really had contracted Covid 19. I had a dream one night that my beloved Uncle Dave came to me and asked me to come to the Other Side to be with him. I told him that I wasn’t quite ready yet and that I needed to master and resolve my job. He was disappointed, and it wasn’t clear that I was going to be able to stay on planet Earth. Due to the Covid, I actually had a very strong desire to sleep all day and die. Exhaustion was ever present. I had a series of sessions with Shelley at this time. We addressed my immune imbalances, which helped my T-cells came back to life and do their job. A year later, I’m fine, still on planet Earth, Covid vaccinated, and Covid free. And, I was able to keep working at my bank job.
In 2021, I contracted Shingles, which according to Louise Hay in her classic book You Can Heal Your Life, is due to “waiting for the other shoe to drop. Fear and tension. Too sensitive.” I had just collected a suicide-attempt family member from the hospital for the second time in six months. The “waiting for the other shoe to drop” reaction was confirmed by the session. Of course, the Shingles appeared on the genital area. I love how specific the information in the sessions can be, both learning about the story behind my symptoms and learning about anatomy and how the body heals. For example, we identified a specific immune cell which she told me was manufactured in the largest bone in the body – the thigh. We then performed a Chinese Medicine “tapping” technique on the pubic area, which helped set up a positive vibration in the pubic bones. Within three weeks, the Shingles, which had traveled to other parts of the body, were completely gone. I remember my mother-in-law, at my same age (70), dealing with Shingles. She was admitted to the hospital and stayed for several weeks. She never really walked well after that, and her decline from AT&T staff accountant to being a wheelchair-bound Grandma was evident to all. How different was my BodyAttune experience!”
Every once in a lifetime, you run across a person who changes history. People like Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, and Gandhi are history changers. People who are well on their way to perfection through Love for the Human Race are history changers. For these three remain, “Faith, Hope, and Love”, but the greatest of these is Love. Shelley Poovey is such a person, a history changer and Lover of the Human Race. Thank you, Shelley, for Loving the Human Race!
Always, the healing is non-judgmental, science-based, ethical, and filled with lovingkindness and gratefulness. What we call “supernatural” happens on a daily basis with Shelley. For, nothing in the Universe is really supernatural – Infinite Spirit would not contradict its own laws of nature. But there are folks in this spiritual age who have learned how to harness the laws of nature and perform “miracles” of healing. Shelley is such a person. It’s not the bells and whistles -“supernatural healing”-with Shelley, but it’s the lovingkindness, gratefulness, medical training, and professionalism along with the bells and whistles -“supernatural healing”.
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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