In people like Anja Burkhard (48) we firstly tend to look for evidence of the success of their activities. And in Anja’s case, it really exists. For example, there was an English man in his mid-fifties waiting for his knee surgery. After he tried ‘BodyTalk’, his muscles returned to how they should have been. His knee pain never came back. A young mother suddenly felt pain in her shoulder while playing tennis.
On recommendation she tried ‘BodyTalk’ and since then the shoulder has been symptom-free. US President Barack Obama applies this alternative healing method on himself and, since TV show host Oprah Winfrey´s confessions, ‘BodyTalk’ is nationally famous in America.
A female journalist came to Mallorca for a meeting with Anja – quite sceptical at first. She asked many questions and wanted to learn how ‘BodyTalk’ would work on herself. I meet Anja Burkhard in Deià in early March 2015. The Belmond La Residencia Hotel & Spa, where she practises for one week every month – starting from Easter – being still closed and unheated, we spontaneously move to a café.
The German-born woman from Bad Honnef has offered ‘BodyTalk’ for six years in the spa area of the five-star hotel (one 90-minute session costs 170 euros); the method was developed by Australian acupuncturist, chiropractor, osteopath, and philosopher John Veltheim in 1994. The theory is based on the realization that the body can heal itself.
However, as with a computer, the system may become overloaded, then it only works partially and makes mistakes. By touching certain body points, Anja Burkhard senses blockages. She communicates through ‘muscle biofeedback’ with the body and receives information on the stress level of individual muscles. Then she re-connects body areas to each other, activates synchronization, and the energy system can recover. Symptoms like shoulder pain improve or disappear completely. ‘BodyTalk’ also can achieve good results on allergies, digestive disorders, or dental problems.
Many things work in theory, but how is it in practice? I show her my right wrist, which has hurt for a few weeks, and ask if she can fix it. “There’s no physical imbalance without mental imbalance,” says the therapist. She means that the cause is not necessarily pain in the wrist. Rather than examining the aching muscle she prefers to focus on the associated organ. In ‘BodyTalk’ every muscle in the body corresponds to an organ and provides information about its state.
“The forearm muscle reflects the stomach,” says Anja Burkhard. If it is hardened, this means that one simply does too much for others. Topics like individuality and ego-discovery are closely associated with the stomach. She puts her hand on my head and moves her other hand along my other arm, checks its mobility, suppresses muscles. Her eyes are closed and she fully focuses on her sensitivity.
Before treatment she does not talk much to the client. She lets the body talk and listens carefully. “The client is lying on the couch. Usually I start with the feet, touching every toe and getting much information.” A hard and inflexible little toe, for example, reveals fear.
“This fear may be the trigger of a bigger problem or just a wheel not spinning the way it should within the system,” the therapist explains. With ‘BodyTalk’, she checks all switches and control circuits in the body, to remove the blockage. She systematically works on a process developed by John Veltheim´s “circuit diagram”, incorporating knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western medicine, Indian philosophy, yoga, quantum physics and mathematics.
Anja Burkhard studied this versatile method some 15 years ago. At that time she was still working in the fashion industry. But she felt burned out. A fried recommended a ‘BodyTalk’ therapist in Hamburg (Germany). Her ad hoc analysis of her own current physical and psychological situation was strikingly right. Anja Burkhard was impressed. In 2001 she quit her job and studied this alternative healing method in Germany and in the USA. The ‘International BodyTalk Association’ (IBA) is based in Florida; the European headquarters in southern Germany.
In addition, she completed training in Matrix Energetics, electro acupuncture (according to Voll), and biofield testing according to Dr. Paul Schweitzer. On request, she also uses computer-aided systems called ‘TimeWaver’ or ‘Scio’ during therapy – to analyse the information field of the body and deliver more detailed information on complex issues to find the underlying problem. These programmes can, for example, reflect minimal vibration patterns of trace elements and check brain waves.
Anja Burkhard works with a patient as long as it takes, until the problem is solved and the energies are balanced. This is possible in one session. And my aching wrist? The pain is seemingly related to my spleen.
“The spleen is an organ where ignored emotions, concerns, and dissatisfaction can be detected,” the therapist tells me. For me it is clear that I should like to learn more and to book a complete ‘BodyTalk’ treatment. Until then, I could enhance my ‘spleen power’ by taking bitter substances, recommends Anja Burkhard.
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