The BodyTalk System

by Peter Hanfileti, MD

BodyTalk is an extremely powerful yet gentle and non-invasive treatment system that I use for both children and adults in my holistic health care practice.

John Veltheim and Peter Hanfileti at a BodyTalk training in Protland, OR

Dr. John Veltheim and Dr. Peter Hanfileti

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The BodyTalk System is a healing method that was developed by Dr. John Veltheim, an Australian native, who has training in acupuncture, martial arts, philosophy, and chiropractic medicine. Dr. Veltheim founded the International BodyTalk Association to provide information, tools, and educational resources for patients and BodyTalk practitioners around the world.

The underlying premise in the BodyTalk System is that the body has an innate wisdom that can heal itself. This concept isn't really anything new. We already know from a western medicine standpoint that if you get a cut on your skin your body "knows" that it must initiate a cascade of blood clotting elements, anti-inflammatory agents, and send tissue repairing cells to the local area.

The difference with BodyTalk, however, is that it seeks to "communicate" with this innate wisdom and re-establish its function in areas of the body-mind complex where it has stopped working properly. This can be caused by physical, mental, or emotional reasons.

The technique is simple in that it uses gentle tapping and a kinesiology-based method of navigating through a specific body-mind map of categories developed by Dr. Veltheim. Although it looks rather simplistic and generally feels very relaxing to the patient, it is a complex technique that requires a great deal of understanding on the part of the practitioner.

Unlike the conventional medical model, which requires that a specific diagnosis and treatment be given, BodyTalk assists the body to find its own ordered state and proper synchronization of its energy distribution. The unwinding of patterns through improved communication among the different organs and channels and subsystems of the body takes place according to the individual's own schedule. There is no time limit to the ongoing effects of the treatments, the person's system is allowed the freedom to balance itself at its own pace.

The BodyTalk System can be used alone or in conjunction with other healing techniques. It is by far one of the most effective and safest healing methods I know. It is ideal for children of any age (including infants) and does not require any specialized equipment.

For some of my patients all I do is BodyTalk and for others, I combine BodyTalk with Acupuncture and other appropriate modalities.



Peter Hanfileti, MD
Certified BodyTalk Practitioner
Member of the International BodyTalk Association (IBA)
Member of the Portland BodyTalk Association (PBA)

Peter Hanfileti's Holistic Health Care Clinic

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