Feel better: tapping into a new mind-body therapy
Here’s the thing. Sometimes life gets on top of you and it’s easy to feel tired, or stressed or both. Muscles are tight, your skin is like paper, half a bottle of wine every evening is the minimum required to maintain sanity and let’s not even get started on work, kids, new puppies, half-painted living rooms or piles of ironing. Is this sounding familiar?!
When I get to these depths of knackerdom, my usual default is to up my levels of wine. But I decided it was time to try something different. There are so many treatments that I’m unfamiliar with, that I thought I should road-test something new – and that’s how I ventured upon BodyTalk and Amanda Weller at Quantum Being in Godalming.
Apparently Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey are fans of BodyTalk, so what’s good enough for these two…
So, let me try and tell you what BodyTalk is all about. It’s a kind of ‘energy’ medicine, based on the belief that the body knows how to heal itself, but can get overloaded and then occasionally malfunction. The understanding is that every system, cell and atom in the body is in constant communication with the other, and if these are functioning well, then your body and mind will be functioning well. BodyTalk involves all levels of your being: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual – and it brings them back into alignment.
The therapy was developed in the Nineties by an Australian acupuncturist and chiropractor Dr John Veltheim, and is a blend of these plus Chinese medicine, osteopathy and naturopathy and other alternative therapies. It quickly gained a following in Australia in the States, and more recently has started growing in the UK. It claims to improve general health and wellbeing, stress and anxiety, digestive disorders, emotional and relationship issues, healing pre and post surgery, and a whole host of other things.
Confused? Cynical? Pah! Sometimes you’ve just got to try these things.
My consultation with BodyTalk therapist Amanda was for a just over an hour. She’s a lovely lady who has a clinic at her own home. Just the drive down the pretty country lanes to her house outside Godalming will make you feel more relaxed!
Amanda is one of these people who immediately makes you feel comfortable. We started with a brief chat about BodyTalk, then about me and my medical history, and then she put me on the couch.
Amanda takes hold of my wrist and taps and wriggles it. She picks up on my feelings of being overwhelmed, and also of sadness and fear. The fear she thinks may relate to my fear of dropping one of the balls I’m juggling. It’s quite relaxing on the table, and in a strange way keeping your clothes on allows it to feel more like ‘healing’ than just plain relaxation.
At the end of session, Amanda taps on my head and on my chest to fix any weaknesses and to save the changes my body has just made.
But did it work? Well I’ve definitely felt more happier and less stressed.