Lark Letter, March 2006 Volume 13, Number 3
In last month’s Miracle Corner, I shared with you the story
of Ian Purse’s dramatic recovery from 12 years of debilitating
chronic fatigue. His recovery came through the use of BodyTalk—an
innovative new healing system that uses applied kinesiology, or
muscle testing, to query the wisdom of the body and create a pathway
for healing even the most difficult health problems.
I first found out about BodyTalk last year when my friend Brooke
Baggett, a Reiki Master healer and acupuncturist, started to study
this system. She wanted to use it with her other therapies to help
heal her patients. I was quite intrigued by her description of BodyTalk,
since I began to study and work with muscle testing many years ago
and found that it did, indeed, provide a way of tapping into the
body’s innate wisdom.
Brooke has since integrated BodyTalk into her practice and, like
Ian, has had great success with its use. She has found BodyTalk
to be very helpful for a variety of health issues—including
asthma, reproductive disorders, allergies, chronic fatigue, infections,
digestive disorders, Parkinson’s disease, anxiety, depression,
learning disorders, back pain, and arthritis. She recently shared
with me an interesting case history of one of her clients. For me,
it reinforced the wonderful healing potential of BodyTalk, and I
asked Brooke to share it with you in her own words:
Helping Marguerite “When Marguerite first came to me, she
appeared to be the picture of health. She was a young 42-year-old
who exercised daily, ate healthfully, and seemed quite emotionally
balanced. So, I was surprised to hear that her chief complaint was
daily migraines, with pain so severe that she required prescription
medication. I have been able to completely relieve the pain of migraines
for many people with the use of acupuncture, so I thought I would
have no trouble at all helping her.
“We started with a regimen of weekly acupuncture treatments,
in the hopes of opening her energy flow and thus alleviating her
migraine pain. The pain subsided a bit at first and she was able
to take less medication. However, she reached a point where there
was no more relief, and she was still suffering from migraine pain
and still taking her medication a few times a week. For me, this
was by no means a satisfactory result.
“I asked Marguerite if she would be willing to try BodyTalk.
I explained that BodyTalk is able to determine on what level—physical,
mental, emotional, or spiritual— the stresses of daily life
have interrupted the body’s communication system. A BodyTalk
practitioner can reconnect the lines of communication, thus encouraging
the body/mind to do its own healing. She said she would be willing
to try this method.
“When Marguerite came for her session, what we discovered
changed the pattern of her migraines dramatically. Upon doing muscle
testing, I picked up imbalances relating to the following information:
12 years old, grief, home and family, and maple and pine trees.
Marguerite knew exactly what her body was trying to communicate.
After shedding some tears, she told me she had lost her mother when
she was 12 years old. This was something she had never verbally
shared with me before, but her body knew it was a key to solving
her migraines. Her mother had died from brain cancer, which at the
time the doctors were treating as migraines. During her grieving
process, she spent much time among the maples and pines near her
“I checked in with Marguerite several days later, and was
thrilled to hear that she hadn’t experienced any migraine
pain. The same was true a few weeks later. The wonderful news is
that this is only one of many cases that show the amazing healing
capacity of BodyTalk. I believe it will profoundly change the way
we look at health care.”
The BodyTalk Healing System
BodyTalk is based on the fact that every living thing is made of
energy. When that energy is properly tuned and there are no blockages
to its flow, then direct and efficient communication runs freely
within your body—between one organ system and another, and
between your body, mind, and spirit. It’s only when all the
lines of communication are fully open that everything can function
together for optimal health.
BodyTalk is a means of tapping into the body’s communication
system to assess whether any of the lines are down—which can
hinder healing from an illness or an injury. Through BodyTalk, it’s
possible to figure out which lines are down, and then help the body
reestablish communication and begin to heal.
What Is BodyTalk? BodyTalk is noninvasive, simple, and effective—and
there are no harmful side effects. Practitioners communicate with
the body to locate the specific areas that need repair. This is
done using neuromuscular biofeedback, or muscle testing, that allows
the practitioner to have a dialogue with the innate wisdom of each
individual’s body. Communication is reestablished between
the various parts of the body by tapping specific points over the
head and heart to recreate the healthy energetic linkages.
The main premise of BodyTalk is that the body can heal itself. With
many healing techniques—both conventional and alternative—practitioners
use their knowledge to try to figure out what’s wrong and
fix it. But none of us will ever know the body as well as it knows
itself. BodyTalk sees the body as being wise and brilliantly engineered,
equipped with built-in analytic and therapeutic systems of its own.
BodyTalk practitioners help channel this wisdom to promote optimal
The Body’s Wisdom The key to the BodyTalk system is order.
Every cell within our bodies, every spark of emotion, every belief
system, every one of our thought processes—all these things
must be able to communicate together in an orderly fashion, so the
body can coordinate the billions of bioelectrical, chemical, and
energetic events that support life.
When something goes wrong, this rapid-fire internal dialogue allows
the body’s own wisdom to determine the order in which repairs
should be made, and then directs the body’s energy to heal
the trouble spots in the most efficient manner. For example, your
body may not want to detoxify its overly burdened liver until the
digestive problem in the small intestine is healed—otherwise,
toxins liberated from the liver can flood into the small intestine
and be rapidly absorbed by the body through its raw, unhealed lining.
This cart-before-the-horse type of treatment is typical of many
medical approaches, and it can create what is often referred to
as a “healing crisis.” This isn’t to say that
healing crises should never occur. But when treatment is done without
consideration for priorities, the healing crisis can be much more
intense than is necessary.
How BodyTalk Works When an illness, injury, or trauma is too severe,
the lines of communication in our bodies get jammed as a result.
The BodyTalk system taps into our inner wisdom to find out where
the problem is and which lines need to be re- linked—helping
our bodies heal themselves, quickly, efficiently, and completely.
Here’s how a typical session might go:
• Phase One: Gaining Permission. You begin the session by
lying face up, fully clothed, on a massage table with your arms
at your sides. The practitioner stands beside you and asks your
four centers of awareness—your physical body, your conscious
mind, your unconscious mind, and your higher, spiritual self—for
permission to treat you. Each awareness center is given the opportunity
to withhold permission. Responses are gauged through muscle testing.
The BodyTalk system maximizes accuracy by isolating the test to
a small but strong muscle in your arm.
• Phase Two: Locating the Problem. Once permission has been
secured, the practitioner locates the energy circuits in the body
that need balancing by asking the body yes/ no questions: “Are
organs a priority?” (YES) “Lungs?” (NO) “Liver?”
(YES)…and so forth. Once again, the body’s answers are
determined through muscle testing. The practitioner follows the
flow of answers until the precise location of the problem(s) has
been mapped out.
• Phase Three: Reestablishing the Linkages. Next, the practitioner
focuses on each of the identified problem areas, usually placing
the patient’s hand over the area. The practitioner then places
his or her hand on each major body system in turn, asking where
the linkage needs to be reestablished: “Link to heart?”
(NO) “Lungs?” (NO) “Pancreas?” (YES)…For
each linkage requested, the patient’s hand remains on the
problem area while the practitioner touches the proper reflex point
on the body that will link the system. The practitioner then lightly
taps the patient’s head and heart, as described below.
• Phase Four: Tapping and Breathing. Tapping the patient is
done lightly on two areas of the body—on the top of the head,
and on the sternum over the heart. Tapping the head alerts the brain
to that particular linkage, and asks it to reactivate that line
the heart alerts the heart to the repaired link, and asks it to
make the link permanent. (In traditional Chinese medicine, the heart
is the central coordinator and energy organizer of the body.) While
the practitioner is tapping, the patient takes two cycles of deep,
exaggerated breath to acknowledge and incorporate the corrections
into the body’s awareness.
I find the BodyTalk System to be exciting because not only is it
completely safe, but some people see dramatic results in as little
as one session. It can be used as a stand-alone treatment, or to
enhance the effectiveness of other therapies. In addition to its
ability to affect physical, emotional, and spiritual healing, I
particularly like the fact that this healing modality is respectful
of the body’s wisdom. It reminds us, in essence, to listen.
Our bodies will tell us what we need. They always have.
If you’re interested in trying BodyTalk and would like to
find a qualified practitioner near you, go to www.bodytalksystem.com.
If you live in northern California and want to contact BodyTalk
practitioner Brooke Baggett directly, call 408-202-3444 www.brookebaggett.com.
Partial List of Conditions Resolved Through BodyTalk Allergies Anxiety
and depression Asthma Chronic fatigue Digestive disorders Emotional,
self-esteem, and body image issues Endocrine imbalances (thyroid,
pineal, spleen, adrenals, etc.) Fears, phobias Female-related health
problems (menopause, PMS, menstrual cramps) Food intolerances Headaches
Joint and back pain Learning disorders Reproductive disorders Sexuality
and relationship issues Viruses and infections