In 1995, Dr. John Veltheim introduced BodyTalk, a revolutionary healthcare system that uses state-of-the-art energy medicine to optimise the body’s internal communications and allow it to more effectively respond to injury and illness.  Since then, the BodyTalk System has been taught to thousands of practitioners around the world.

Today, there are more than 100 trained BodyTalk Instructors teaching the System in 36 countries and counting.  Graduates of these courses include doctors, psychologists, psychotherapists, chiropractors, naturopaths, acupuncturists, nurses and licensed massage therapists.

The outstanding growth and success of the BodyTalk System has been fueled by the following factors:

  • exceptional results occur in almost every sphere of healthcare
  • it can be used as a stand-alone healthcare system
  • it can be integrated seamlessly into any other healthcare modality and is complementary to each modality
  • it is completely non-invasive and absolutely safe
  • No diagnosis is given, no medications prescribes and no invasive techniques imposed upon the patient

Each system, cell and atom in our bodies is in constant communication with each other at all times.  Through our exposure to the stresses of day-to-day life, these lines of communication become compromised, which then leads to a decline in physical, emotional and/or mental well-being.  Reconnecting these lines of communication enables the body’s mechanisms to function at optimal levels, thus preventing disease and rapidly accelerating the healing process.  In this way, BodyTalk stimulates the body’s innate ability to balance and heal itself as it already does in so many ways – from the disappearance of a small cut to recovery from a cold.

The BodyTalk System recognises that within each and every one of us there lies the innate knowing of who we are and what makes us tick.  This innate wisdom carries the answer to the healthcare dilemma we face.  This is address in the following way:

  1. The BodyTalk System facilitates communication with the body’s innate wisdom through neuromuscular biofeedback.  This feedback provides the practitioner with a “yes” of “no” answer to any questions that is asked of the body.  The innate wisdom thus provides the practitioner with accurate guidelines with regard to the bodymind requirements for optimum health.
  2. By following a comprehensive protocol of questions, the BodyTalk practitioner can establish exactly what balancing the body needs in order to harmonise the bodymind function.  This involves finding out which organs, endocrines or body parts need to be connected to heal communication between them at the physiological, biochemical, circulatory, nervous, emotional and/or energy levels.
  3. The client and/or practitioner touches the parts that need repair and the practitioner then uses their fingers to gently tap the head of the client in order to focus the brain toward that repair.  BodyTalk “tapping” is based on an ancient Hatha Yoga technique.
  4. The practitioner then lightly taps the chest to store the changes in the heart energy complex, which ensure that the new balance is held in deep memory for lasting results. 

Clinical results have shown that once the communications systems of the body have been re-established, and the bodymind complex synchronised, the body is capable of healing itself at a deep and lasting level.  This is something that modern healthcare systems have tended to forget, or ignore, and the trend has been to intervene in, rather than use, the body’s natural healing processes.

Of course, there are times that natural healing is limited.  The typical emergency such as a car accident, where the body is in crises, attests to the need to skilled intervention in the form of modern medicine.  Nevertheless, BodyTalk practitioners are seeing the incredible healing power of a ‘balanced’ body in the daily results obtain in practice.  The functions of every part of the body and mind are improved.  This means the immune system will start to eliminate chronic and acute viruses, bacteria, parasites and toxins.

Re-establishing of the mind/body balance can reduce allergies, emotional and psychological disorder.  It also can improve posture and co-ordination, digestion and elimination, brain functions, learning disorders, and states of distorted consciousness in the form of negative belief systems and attitudes.

BodyTalk is used by people in countries across the globe and from all walks of life, from professional athletes looking for a competitive edge to poor communities desperately in need of affordable healthcare.


During a BodyTalk session, the practitioner facilitates communication with the innate wisdom of the body by using neuromuscular biofeedback.  By following a comprehensive protocol of questions, the client’s body leads the practitioner to identify the priority imbalances within the body.

The practitioner may then hold the areas identified and tap softly on the head and the sternum.  This stimulates the brain to re-evaluate the state of the body’s health and re-establish communication in those identified areas.  Stimulating the heart forces the heart to store the energy pattern in the body’s cellular memory.

BodyTalk ensures the body can function and operate at optimal level, which accelerates the healing process and promotes health, harmony and vitality.  BodyTalk teaches the body to return to and maintain a healthy state of balance.

Just as the body heals a wound with a particular sequencing of chemical reactions, the body wants to address all healing in a certain order.  The BodyTalk protocol enables the practitioner to identify and address the weakened energy circuits in the body in the order of priority that the body needs to address them in.

Clients of BodyTalk have shown improvements in numerous areas, including:

  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Infections
  • Infertility
  • Learning Disorders
  • Menstrual Problems
  • Migraines
  • Pain
  • Parasites
  • Phobias
  • Sports Injuries
  • Stress
  • Vaccinations

My background is in business, education and computing with a degree in each of these fields.  In 2000 I developed a problem with my right hip which caused considerable pain.  I had not injured it so I couldn’t explain what caused the pain I was feeling.  Over a period of 9 months it was progressively getting worse.  I saw doctors, physiotherapists and chiropractors as I thought they would be able to “fix it” as it was a physical pain.

I was also seeing a naturopath/homeopath at the time and asked if she knew of anyone that could help as I was not getting any results through the above therapists.  She referred me to another practitioner that she explained was someone she sent people to if she couldn’t get the person back to 100%.

So off I went to see what this practitioner could do for me.  Throughout the session I kept trying to figure out why my arm was moving in response to some questions and not with others.  I was trying to figure out whether I was doing it, but I knew I wasn’t and therefore I couldn’t’ explain what was going on.  My practitioner explained to me at the beginning that she worked with the priorities that the body identified and the pain in the hip may not have been the first priority.  Anyway I felt that there was something in it so I continued to go for a few sessions.  I did notice as a result of these sessions my headaches greatly reduced and the tightness in my shoulder reduced.

It was session number 5 that did it!!!  A range of things came up at the session regarding the muscles and bones of the hip and leg as well as emotional issues that were related.  The next morning I woke up and was pain free.  I walked around a bit after getting up, thinking that the pain can’t just go overnight – after all I had it for over 9 months, surely it would just gradually improve – it can’t disappear?

Well 17 years on and I have never had any pain in that hip since session 5.  I think there are two things that set BodyTalk apart from anything else that I am aware of:


  1. It recognises that the body has a desire and ability to heal itself and in doing so, it knows that certain things need to be healed in a particular order so as not to cause other issues.
  2. Everyone is different and therefore no BodyTalk session will ever be the same – it is tailored according to what your body requires and you are in complete control.


When you find out things like there are 100,000 chemical reactions happening every second in your body you begin to realise that no human could ever really know what is happening inside of themselves and therefore could never diagnose nor treat the problem by themselves without “asking the body” to get involved!


Client Feedback

"Brisbane Locals .. Been meaning to share this with many before I leave .. Melissa Smith is amazing & thank goddess she does distance sessions & Bris is not that far to drive ! My most recent awesome experience was taking Bodhi along .. At my wits end with him . His behaviour was feral , he was having massive shrieking outbursts .. He was nervously picking his mozzie bites & obsessed with his dummy, sleep was shocking & had some unexplained rash . 1 session with Mel & 5 days off dairy .. Different child ! Week later - dummy ditched, no picking - legs healing , waaaay less shrieking . Rash gone. Nice child in his place lol. Quite a few of you have had great results with Mel already but I'v been meaning to share her details cos I can't keep her all to myself , she is so amazingly gifted & intelligent & understands every inch of your body from bones to valves in your heart & cortexes of the brain .. Oh yeah she has helped heal just broken arm & a concussion too so she's basically my go to before a doc as well! We all need more tools in the tool shed ! "

White Blood Cell 3 times the level

59 year old man had a white blood cell count that had continued to rise over a year and was three times above the allowable range.  After 8 session when the client went for a bone marrow scan and other blood tests, the doctor couldn’t’ explain how the white blood cell count was back within range.  The man had not changed diet, or any other thing in his life.  He always ate healthy and exercised.  As he said the only thing that was different is that he had BodyTalk.

Learning Difficulties (Asperger's)

10 year old boy with Asperger’s (level of autism) who was four levels below other student in spelling and every time it was time to play sport at school he would run off.  The mother couldn’t’ take him to shopping centres as the noise and lighs overwhelmed him and he would just run to get away.  After 2 BodyTalk session the teacher asked the mother what she had done as the boy came up to the teacher when it was time to play sport and said he wasn’t going to play and just sat down.  He also caught up with the rest of the class with spelling over a 6 week period.


39 year old woman who had several allergies (wheat, milk, bananas, wine) and would potentially end up with migraines or severe stomach cramps as a result of having such substances after 4 session was able to start having milk and over the following sessions was able to eat and drink all of these products.

Back Pain

62 year old woman who had suffered varying degress of back pain over the last 20 years after a couple of sessions was pain free.

Frozen Shoulder

48 year old man with a frozen shoulder after 1 session was able to fully rotate his arm and was pain free.


44 year old smoker wanted to give up smoking and had tried various things and none were successful.  When he came for session 6 he commented that he had just stopped smoking.  He hadn’t bought a packet in four weeks and just didn’t have the desire anymore.  A few years on and he is still a non-smoker.


Melissa has undertaken addition study in Australian and overseas in certain areas that she specializes in.  While she sees clients with all conditions, if you have one of the following conditions she has a wider range of knowledge, skills, experience and “tools” to assist you to be 100% again.


Melissa has studied NAET and also Body Chemistry Specifics (the only practitioner to have done both in Australia).  These courses are centred on working with the allergic reactions that people have when coming into contact with certain substances.  Melissa uses a combination of knowledge of Chinese medicine, acupressure points, meridians and identifying underlying emotions to address allergies with remarkable results in a short timeframe.

Learning Difficulties

Melissa’s background in education and her interest in children has created her desire to work with kids to have every opportunity to learn.  Children can have learning difficulties as a result of a wide range of things such as: food allergies; unable to concentrate; emotional issues; unable to filter out distractions; some of their 5 sense haven’t develop fully.  Melissa has worked with kids with varying degrees of autism through to just having trouble spelling.  Children don’t have as much “baggage/experiences” as adults and therefore usually respond quickly after a couple of session with very noticeable improvements.


As a result of Melissa’s own experience with pain that drove her to BodyTalk, she believes that pain can in most cases be eliminated or in the worst cases extremely reduced to a bearable level.  Melissa has studied additional courses such as Structural Integration to assist in working with pain.