What is BodyTalk?
Let's consider that everything within the bodymind is in constant communication with everything else. The body is dependent upon this interconnected relationship. When things seem to break down within the body, it's due to the disruption within those lines of communication. This disruption tends to be from a belief system, past trauma, ancestral lines, resentments, unconscious guilt, etc; that are held within the Conscious or the Subconscious minds. And if there was one place within ourselves that contained a really big chunk of the reasons why we do the things that we do, that place would be the subconscious mind. A place that is completely shrouded from our sight. Which is almost like a really sick joke. And we wonder why it is so hard being human.
It's almost like we are sleepwalking.
To me, BodyTalk is like the "middleman" between these two minds. Essentially, aiding the unconscious to becoming conscious and re-establishing that interconnected web of communication. This creates the potential of restoring balance to the body, so that the body can heal itself.
To me, BodyTalk is like waking up from the dream.
Learn more from the International BodyTalk Association website.
What is IFS?
Internal family systems (IFS) is the psychospiritual understanding of the psyche.
Understanding can potentially pave the way to moving forward in places we are generally stuck in.
This modality has a unique way of delicately navigating through your psyche, right to your inner child trauma, where almost all of humanity's deepest internal struggles lie.
Internal Family Systems (IFS) was developed in the early 1980's by a man named Richard "Dick" Schwartz. As a therapist, he witnessed his clients describing various "parts" within themselves–the conflicted subpersonalities that resided within them. Dick began to focus on the relationships among these "parts". He later came to the realization that our outer family dynamics are no different than our own internal system (the psyche).
Read more about this here
Do you ever find yourself saying: "A part of me feels like pizza and another part of me feels like sushi." Or... "A part of me loves my mother and a part of me wishes I had her approval." "A part of me wants to go back to college and a part of me feels like I will only fail if I do." This is a glimpse into your internal family system.
These different parts of our psyche represent a different belief system, an unappreciated behavior pattern, the different ways we numb ourselves; which are the parts that keep us away from the trauma event they are essentially protecting. Keeping us from experiencing the deep sorrow that is held within these inner child events.
This might be quite counterintuitive but witnessing these things is how we release them. This is the way our parts relax and we begin to live our lives with more choice, more space, and a new sense of freedom.
We do this by taking a more compassionate look into our inner world. By getting curious as to what our different parts do for the system, why they do them, and what age they began their shenanigans. I mean what age they began trying to keep us safe. 😋
This understanding has the potential to shift how we view ourselves and to engage with the innocence that lies within us all.
Cortices: 3 Minute Brain Balance.
Cortices may be the single most important technique within the BodyTalk system. All aspects of your health are reflected in the brain. The primary focus of the Cortices Technique is to improve the health & function of your brain in order to improve your health.
The Cortices Technique addresses the entire bodymind complex by focusing on balancing the brain. Making it possible for all parts of the brain to communicate harmoniously with each other once again.
Cortices supports harmonious communication between the left and right hemispheres of the brain. At the same time, it re-establishes the neurological connection between each of the individual cortices within the brain's cortex, supporting their individual jobs; they can then function as one. This technique can be used as a standalone balance, or it can be used as a crucial step within several other BodyTalk techniques.
With mindful and consistent application of the Cortices brain balance, you may experience the following:
- Promotes relaxation
- Overall improved quality of life
- Improved mental clarity, mood, and sleep experience
- Balancing of the left and right hemispheres of the brain
- Brings the brain out of shock (accidents, seizures, stress, ect)
Our Mission & Values
We seek to relieve suffering in all of its forms. We provide consciousness-based healthcare that addresses the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual priorities of the client. We provide a compassionate, supportive and trust-based relationship with our clients. You are seen as healthy, whole and complete. This facilitates healing in and of itself. There is a focus on the client's long-term inner healing rather than putting a band-aid on short-term symptoms. The goal is to guide the client back to the knowingness that lies Within. To the knowingness that you hold the key to your own freedom.
I was introduced to BodyTalk when I was still severely struggling with the suicide of my son. I had tried conventional talk therapy with no noticable benefits. At this point, in order for me to come back from this, I knew that I needed something different. Something radical.
As a BodyTalk client, I was astounded as I witnessed my Practitioner bring into awareness what was blocking the way. I felt my whole life shifting. Healing became more tangible. I finally felt like I could be happy again.
I realized that this is what I wanted to do! I wanted to help people who have tried so many things and still seemed to come up short. I wanted to help people to enjoy their life, not just survive it.
And so, the path to BodyTalk Certification began...
I now have advanced and continuing training in BodyTalk and advanced training in developing Intuition and Self Hypnosis. Along with years of serious inner work, I have also studied different psychotherapy & hypnotherapy modalities. I am currently studying and practicing Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Somatic Experiencing (SE). In addition to my training, I bring to the table the sum of all of my life experiences to be used as a Guide-
- Sexual and physical abuse
- Childhood trauma
- Chronic pain
- Drug addiction (6 years)
- Depression & anxiety
- Homelessness (4 years)
- The suicide of a child
- Low self-esteem
- Disabled veteran
- Losing both parents (hepatitis b & cancer)
- Multiple Sclerosis symptoms (2 years)
- Selfishness, anger, and self-pity
- Serving jail time
- Financial difficulties
- 2 divorces
- The sense of being lost
I once experienced these trials as heavy burdens that had the potential to swallow me whole. When in actuality, they were my saving grace.
These experiences have transformed a broken girl into someone who is relatable and has the capacity to hold a Loving and non-judgmental space for any physical ailments or mental demons that you might be battling.
My clients have either resolved these conditions or have experienced significant improvements within the following:
- Breast cancer
- Fears & phobias
- Suicidal ideation
- Chronic pain
- Confidence & courage
- Porn addiction
- Childhood trauma
- Balance/falling down
- Emotional turbulence
- Trauma general
- Personal boundaries
- Depression & anxiety
- Digestive issues
- Motivation, procrastination & organization
- Chronic Acne
- Complex PTSD
- Memory loss
- Range of motion
- Weight loss
- Sexual abuse
- Emotional processing
- Relationship/Marital issues
- Degenerate Spinal Disease
- Grief and loss
- Lyme disease
I feel that one of my jobs is to show you what is possible.
That healing really is possible.
When there is the Willingness to look at the hard things and the Courage to take responsibility and step into your own healing; anything is possible ❤️
Together, we can uncover what is standing in the way between you and the vision of what you would like your life to be.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Someone asked me recently, "What was the best thing that happened to you in 2022?" The answer to that was a no-brainer. It was starting IFS therapy sessions with Michel.
A few months in and my life has totally changed, not only externally (in some miraculous ways), but internally. I feel… stronger, healthier, less burdened.
I didn't know much about IFS before I started this process, just that I wanted to heal. The Universe seemed to respond immediately to that request by sending me Michel, someone who could guide me along a process of deep inner healing. I was no stranger to inner spiritual work, but IFS with Michel has helped me go deeper in certain ways than I was able to go before. Most of us would never brave the dark places within ourselves that need to be accessed for deep healing to occur, unless we could hold the hand of a skilled and trustworthy guide. Michel is such a guide.
As I continue to work with her, I continue to discover fascinating parts of myself and grow in ways I didn't know were possible.
Michel is a very gifted therapist. It takes a special person to do what she does, it's not just about training, it's also about life experience and inner healing work. Michel has walked the path, and continues to do so, and that's probably what makes her such an excellent therapist.
I was skeptical. I was unsure about sharing. I was unsure about the technique. I was unsure about what she would see in me that I didn’t share. I was afraid to try but I did it. Michel opened my eyes. She helped me see what was right in front of my face. She also helped me see things that I have hidden from myself. Her intuition is a gift she has learned to share. Learning to live in this world with yourself, with people you love, and with those you only tolerate is a never ending process. Healing from what life does to us all requires time, an open mind and lots of commitment. It’s worth the effort. Michel doesn’t just lead you through it and give instructions. She heals with you. She knows that making the most of every day is a lifelong endeavor. I am grateful for what she has given me but more importantly I am honored by what she has allowed me to give back and what we have accomplished together. Many are happy to give you a map but few are willing to walk the road with you. Thank you my friend.
I have been interested in alternate healing systems for 30 years beginning with Reiki certification. The last year or so my studying has intensified. The scalpel is only as useful as the surgeon wielding it. I believe Michel is a healer and this makes the difference. Physical energies stir in me after each session. I’m also impressed with the bodytalk system. I like the originator’s book as he’s so open. He’s not hiding secrets to protect profits. If you’re ready to heal, try Michel. I wish you well on your journey.
Working with Michel is always something I look forward to after I’ve booked a session. She has this innate ability to tap into another’s energy and figure out exactly what the imbalance is that needs to be addressed. She’s a natural, and it’s obvious how deeply fulfilling this work is for her; her heart is really in it. I joke with her that it’s like she’s playing detective in my subconscious! I would highly recommend working with Michel for any kind of imbalance in your life or body, even if you aren’t sure what it is.
My experience with Michel and Body Talk has been nothing short of transformative. All of my previous attempts to address pain, both physical or emotional, had been palliative. I never attempted to root out the source, believing that it was either too difficult or not even possible. Much to my delight and utter amazement, I was proven wrong. I was apprehensive initially and wondered if I could be open enough for Body Talk to work, but I quickly realized that I needn't worry. Michel is a compassionate, intuitive and gifted practitioner and we quickly got down to work.
One of the biggest wow moments during a session was in addressing some neck stiffness. Before and after the brief exercise, I turned my head from left to right to measure my range of motion. The difference between before and after was almost shocking. We both gasped at the contrast.. There have been several, equally impactful experiences with equally lasting benefits. I have only been doing body talk now for a few months and I feel healthier overall, I am in less pain and have a better sense of wellbeing. This is so much more than I ever anticipated and I don't know of a more resounding endorsement.I consider myself extremely lucky to have found Michel and Body Talk and I hope to encourage someone else considering a session to try it out. You will be so happy you did.
Little did I know when I met Michel, that I would be receiving BodyTalk sessions for FREE!!! And they're amazing. Michel has really come into her heart, and found her calling since studying BodyTalk. Personally I'm incredibly grateful to BodyTalk, after all, I have to live with her.
Working with Michel has catapulted my personal growth and ability to get things done. After sessions with her I was able to write my website and get many things done I had been delaying. She is very skilled at talking about one’s inner life and connecting the many dots. She has also magically helped me to feel a much deeper and more useful compassion for myself without wallowing in unhelpful places. I’ve been able to Re-engage better in the world because of our work. Thank you, Michel. I am forever grateful.
Michel’s sessions are open, fun and they work on a deep level, sometimes long after the session has ended. She is gentle, yet firm and very knowledgeable about BodyTalk - and coupled with her commitment to spiritual and personal growth makes her a wonderful person to work with. I would recommend her BodyTalk work to anybody, any day - twice on Sunday.
With each BodyTalk session that I have, I'm blown away by both the accuracy of my body to give the information that it does & Michel's intuit ability with the information she receives. She's honest & as gentle as she needs to be with that information when giving it to you. She doesn't just tell you a bunch of stuff. She gives you insight with substance or "meat" to it. Things you can focus on, work on & be done with, once & for all. She's given me accurate names, situations & dates of events in my life. She's compassionate, has a loving heart, is deeply understanding & open. Michel & the BodyTalk System taught me that you hold the power to your own healing.
Having BodyTalk sessions with Michel always gives me a centering and helps bring understanding to my healing process. Sharing the intent to heal with Michel is inspiring because she is genuine and walks the path as a friend. BodyTalk is a modality which capitalizes on the actual paradigm of consciousness itself, and one in which the critical factors in an individual's healing can actually be identified by the field of consciousness itself. I've experienced this with Michel. Through recognition, intention, prayer, and using specific tools and exercises, BodyTalk helps the body and mind activate and integrate potential in an efficient and natural way. Hidden areas of my own life have become manageable, and my health and relationships have improved.
I offer Individual, Relationship, Child, and Animal BodyTalk Sessions (1hr) and Internal Family Systems sessions (1hr).
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