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BodyTalk with Equilibrium's Heather Lindholm

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 10:32am
Kathleen Fellinger with Heather Lindholm

From a very early age, I always promised myself  to keep learning and trying new things.  Whether it's taking an art class, signing up for a yoga session or trying a new sport like scuba diving, I promised to keep things fresh in my life by never being afraid to step outside my comfort zone.  I feel that by doing this, I would open myself up to life and everything it has to offer.  So when a close family friend told me about a BodyTalk session they experienced and how much it helped them feel better, my curiosity peaked and I really became interested in trying it for myself.  We often take our health for granted until we really experience a health scare, whether it's our own health or that of a family member we really care about.  I believe in the old saying "if you have your health, you have everything."  This month, we reached out to Healther Lindholm, our new resident health blogger, a Holistic Parenting Specialist, Certified BodyTalk Practitioner, and Engineer, to introduce the BodyTalk system, what it is, and how it can help you and your family with a new approach to whole well being -- body and mind.

 

 

KB:  What is BodyTalk?  Can you explain what it is based on?

HL: As whole health care, BodyTalk understands the profound influence the psychology of the body has on our health.  Instead of focusing on the syptom, BodyTalk finds the underlying causes of illness by considering the physical, emotional and enviornmental factors.  Most often we are not even aware of all the factors involved.  Its like you don't feel the shirt on your back until its brought to your attention.  With BodyTalk, practitioners provide insights to the areas of your body that need attention.  We use a variety of non-invasive techiques to refocus your body's natural healing response to establish better communication within the body.  BodyTalk pulls its techniques and philoshy from many sources.  These include, but are not limited to Chinese Medicine, Kiniesiology, Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Quantum Physics and modern anatomy and biology.

 

KB:  How did you get involved with BodyTalk?  

HL:  I read about this system called BodyTalk while on maternity leave with my first child.  I was experienceing some health issues, including low energy, poor digestion and a lack of connection with my son and husband.  I decided, why not give a session a try.  To really understand this was for me you should know that i have worked for 10 years as a Professional Engineer.  My background is logic and numbers and if you want to throw a graph in it makes me extra happy.  Luckily I've also always been curious about different forms of healthcare.  To be honest I found my first session strange and walked away convinced it did nothing.  Then I started to feel better.  Noticealby better, with no other changes made in my life.  I went for another session, and another and contiued to notice changes and improvements.  Even my husband was noticing the changes.  This was great but drove the Engineer in my completely crazy.  I mean, the evidence was clear that BodyTalk worked but I just could not understand how.  To satisfy my need to know more about it, I took a BodyTalk fundamentals course.  It was amazing and I have been hooked on the system ever since.  I am now a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner and help others on their health journey.  You can read a little more about my story in my previous KinderBuzz blog,  Welcoming Heather Lindholm.

 

KB:  In your experience, what do you think the greatest benefit(s) of using or trying BodyTalk are with regards to yours or your kid's health?

HL:  One of the most frustrating aspects of being a preant is trying to figure out all the whys.  Why is my child acting this way?  Why does my daughter keep getting colds?  Why is my son suddenly having food reactions?  Why won't my children sleep?  The list goes on and on.  The question of why is extremely difficult to answer because its rarely just one factor.  There are numerous contributing factors and its impossible for a parent to know them all.  Not to mention, we neither see everything that our child sees nor do we see it from their perspective.  BodyTalk allows us to get to some of the whys and begins to explain how seemingly unrelated things are contributing to the same issue.  I have found that to be very profound in my parenting, both for my kids and for myself.

There is also another (among many) benefit I'd like to mention.  As a parent and a BodyTalk Practitioner, one of my biggest lessons has been just how much my stuff affects my kids.  No matter how we try to "sheild" them and protect them, its just going to happen.  Ever had a bad day at work and thats the night your son has his biggest meltdown yet?  Often thats because children can pick up on the energy of our day (stay with me here folks, I know this is a new concept for some of you), but they don't have the understanding or maturity to know its not their stuff to handle.  So they deal with it however they can, meltdowns and all.  Thats just a bad day at work!  Now imagine how much stuff you haven't dealt with in life that you carry around:  resentment at your parents, regrets, your own illnesess.  Your kids pick up on this too and again don't know how to deal with it.  The result is health issues and behaviour issues that seem unexplainable.  Through BodyTalk, I am able to help both the parents and the kids work through these issues so that they no longer are causing the health symptoms.

 

KB:  What types of options/services does Equilibrium provide to parents who are interested in BodyTalk?

HL:  First and foremost are BodyTalk sessions.  This is where we can start to really address any specific health issues (physical or emotional) you or your child might be experiencing.  If its for a child, I always encourage parents to have a  session as well.  It's amazing how much of your kids stuff is tied to our issues, even if its hard to see or understand it.

I also realized early on when working with parents that some of the ideas and discussion that come up in a BodyTalk session can be unfamiliar and a little confusing.  To help with this I also offer workshops and information nights.  My goal is to educate parents on different ways to look at and deal with their children, family health issues and the stress that comes with parenting.  I've titled these education programs "Parent With Energy".  I use this title for two reasons:  1.)  I explain things using many Energy Medicine principles which is often new too many;  and  2.) Because I think most parents could use more energy and that is one of the results of the work that I do.  You can find out more about upcoming workshops at www.parentwithenergy.com.

KB:  What type of training do you need to become a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner (CBTP)?

HL:  To become a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner you must complete the Fundamentals courses, complete 50 documented BodyTalk sessions, and complete a written and practical exam.  As with most professions continuing education is also required every year to keep your certification.  There are many advanced courses that I have completed to further my practice.

 

KB:  What type of ailments can BodyTalk help parents/kids with?

HL: Part of what drew me so strongly to BodyTalk is that it isn't limited to any particular ailment.  Remember that one of the major phiosophies is that any health concerns are typically just symptoms of a deeper issue.  When we are able to address that deeper issue, the underlying causes, then the symptoms start to heal themselves.  This is regardless if the symptoms are a rash, frequent colds, bowel problems, sleep issues, or behaviour issues.  As its core, a BodyTalk session really addresses any ailment, seeking to help the body recognize its own ability to heal itself.

 

KB:  Can BodyTalk therapies help children on the spectrum, with OCD, Anxiety or Sensory issues?

HL:  Definitely.  Again, we need to remember that BodyTalk is working on the root cause of health issues.  A major part of that is brain health and function and the effects of a few session can be impressive.  Don't misunderstand me--I'm not saying its a magic fix for these, or any issues.  BodyTalk is meant to complement other health services, not replace them.  I feel it provides a unique look at healthcare and really addresses underlying issues that may be missed.  The Family Hope Center in the United States uses BodyTalk as one of the modalities to help children with a variety of health issues including ADD, Autism and Brain Trauma.  Their website, www.familyhopecenter.org, is a great resource.

 

KB:  What age can you start to use BodyTalk to help your children?

 

HL:  BodyTalk is not restricted by age.  I do sessions on pregnant women, working with both mom and the baby in utero, and I work with teenages and adults.  Generally, I have found children to be very open to this type of work and they have great responses to the sessions.  They don't always understand what we're doing in a session, but its fun and they do understand that they feel better.

 

 

KB:  Can you explain what a typical BodyTalk session would entail?

 

HL:  BodyTalk is very non-invasive and can be accomodated to whatever comfort level of you or your child.  It typically involves laying comfortably and just focusing on your breath.  With kids, I use different fun techniques to help them to focus more in the moment, although if they just want to play with some toys thats fine too.  I will then do some muscle feedback (usually a simple pull on the hand) and a series of gently tapping techniques.  Kids usally think its strange and weird--which they love!  Even when addressing serious health issues, I like to keep the mood lighthearted and fun as I feel the body heals best that way.

 

 

KB:  Is there anything parents need to do to help kids before their first BodyTalk session?  Any tips that could help kids to prep for it?

 

HL:  It really depends on each individual child.  At the beginning of each session, I explain what I'm going to do, sometimes demonstrating on mom or dad.  For most kids this is enough to make them comfortable to try it.  I tend to keep it light and fun, always asking the child's permission before doing any technique.  Parents are always in the room and children who are apprehensive are welcome to sit on mom/dad's lap.  If touch is an issue, we are still able to do a BodyTalk session usuallyl a parent as the surrogate.

 

 

 

KB:  How often do you need to attend a session?

 

HL:  Every BodyTalk session is unique and there is no prescribed amount of sessions.  That being said, if you are coming for a specific health concer, having a few sessions close together is likely of benefit.  At the end of every session we discuss what the next step should be.  This can mean a follow-up session within a few days, a week or a month.

 

 

 

KB:  How much does a BodyTalk session cost?

 

HL:  A BodyTalk session is typically $85.00/per session for an individual.  I also have family packages allowing for 5 - 15% savings on multiple sessions.

 

 

KB:  What do you love about BodyTalk and your business?

 

HL:  I love that I am able to give other family's a fresh perspective on their lives, as well as improve not just their physical health but also their emotional health and sense of connection to one another.  I love that as I help others, I am also learning and growing and helping my own family.

 

 

 

 

To learn more about BodyTalk or to book your session, please contact Heather Lindholm with Equilibrium:

website:  www.eqhealth.ca
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/EquilibriumFamilyHealth
Telephone:  (306) 551-3152

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330 Gardiner Park Court

Regina, SK Canada