313: BodyTalk System

Dr. John Veltheim and Ashley James

BodyTalk System is earning raves from practitioners and patients from all over the world. Instead of using medication, the BodyTalk System teaches us how to connect with our body, use our intuition and energy for healing. To talk more about the BodyTalk System, I have no less than its founder Dr. John Veltheim expound on the BodyTalk System in this two-part interview series.

Starting Early

Dr. John Veltheim says he has always been interested in searching for life and interested in life itself. He started early doing meditation at the age of 7 and eventually also studied martial arts. Martial arts gave Dr. John Veltheim an appreciation of the energy systems of the body and the way they move.

However, Dr. John Veltheim says his first significant interest was philosophy or Indian Philosophy in particular. He was also very interested in comparative religion.

Dealing With Injuries

Dr. John Veltheim was no stranger to injuries. But he shares that doctors weren't helping his health situation improve.

So, Dr. John Veltheim eventually found alternative therapies like osteopathy, chiropractic, and acupuncture techniques which helped him a lot. That experience enticed Dr. John Veltheim to go into this Holistic field rather than the straight medical field.

Teaching Acupuncture

Dr. John Veltheim went to college in Melbourne, after which he started out doing chiropractic. From there, he went to acupuncture, studied extensively and decided that he needed to teach it.

“So, I formed a college that is now the second largest acupuncture college in the world. I wrote a four-year full-time curriculum. And I did a lot of work with sports medicine as well. I also did Naturopathy and Nutrition,” said Dr. John Veltheim. 

Work Challenges

Dr. John Veltheim says that one of the big problems having a bustling clinic is that it is hard to maintain. Hence, it was not surprising that he became swamped.

“My life has always been around healthcare. And the college that I developed, I was principal for many years. I wrote their curriculum, and it's still going,” said Dr. John Veltheim. “It's now a university course recognized by the government, a six-year full-time university course.” 

He adds, “The Federal Health Department and government also recognize our BodyTalk System in Australia. So, when practitioners get our basic qualifications, they can practice with health benefits among other things.” 

To further clarify, the International BodyTalk Association said that in France, BodyTalk has been officially recognized as a practice under “non-conventional healthcare activities” meaning practicing BodyTalk is legal. It is not recognized as an official healthcare modality, meaning it is not covered by healthcare programs.

In Australia on the other hand, a BodyTalk training course was acknowledged as an accredited program with the federal government. However, this program and its recognition expired in 2018. Natural therapy recognition is in the process of being changed by the Australian government and will be very different after April 2019. 

Personal Experience

Dr. John Veltheim also explored Taoism or Daoism. He also pursued a Ph.D. degree in Toronto University studying ancient Chinese medical philosophy.

“What got me going in BodyTalk was a personal thing. I worked for around 16 years, six days a week. And had the biggest practice in Australia by far. Then my health caught up with me. I suddenly collapsed, was hospitalized and given just days to live,” shares Dr. John Veltheim. 

Dr. John Veltheim contracted the Epstein Barr virus. His liver was severely damaged that he was given three days to live.

Finding A Cure

Refusing to give up, Dr. John Veltheim checked himself out of the hospital and proceeded to treat himself with Chinese herbs, acupuncture, and meditation. He soon recovered and realized the need to change his lifestyle.

A couple of months later, he went back to the hospital for a check-up and astounded the doctors upon seeing that Dr. John Veltheim's liver was back to normal size. Dr. John Veltheim eventually sold his practice and began teaching stress management, philosophy, and Reiki around the world.

Teaching Career

After his health improved, Dr. John Veltheim quit his practice.  He then met his second wife and went into teaching Mindscape and other things that his wife developed like the BreakThrough System which is defined as a dynamic process of self-inquiry.

By 1995, Dr. John Veltheim had a basic program that he decided he could teach on weekends. It had excellent results and kept expanding from there.

“Then I developed a concept of being able to get a protocol going where we could communicate with the body. I developed a system to talk to your body by biofeedback, question, and answer, and muscle testing,” Dr. John Veltheim said. 

He adds, “I refined it to a more accurate system. But basically, it's based on getting in touch with the intuition of the patient and your intuition. And then asking what to do based on a protocol. The protocol is the left-brain factor that enables you to focus on what you are doing and then focus the right brain.”

As Dr. John Veltheim introduced it to many different aspects, he brought in nutrition factors and sports medicine factors. He also did a lot of work involving neurology and balancing the brain.

“I simplified it so that people can understand it. Although it is best suited for practitioners who were ready to refine their practice and refine the principles of BodyTalk to their staff,” said Dr. John Veltheim.


Dr. John Veltheim says there's no such thing as a good diet or the perfect diet for a particular person. He never prescribes diets per se.

“I look at the person, their needs, chemistry, and blood group. Essentially, it's a formalized system that follows a protocol that makes sure we cover all the things,” Dr. John Veltheim said.


Practitioners bring in tough cases, and Dr. John Veltheim says his job is to treat them by going through the process. He does the appropriate linking through the nervous system, energy system or the blood system. And through the process of lightly tapping on the head, sternum and the gut, it activates the neurological systems.

“That tapping is something I development many years ago. A lot of people are using it now,” said Dr. John Veltheim. “The power of tapping is when you tap, you set off a wavelength that causes any form of subtle imbalance that you are aiming at. It causes the body to start balancing, and then the body heals itself.” 

The Effectiveness of the BodyTalk System

Since developing the BodyTalk System, Dr. John Veltheim never made any decision about a patient. He sits with the patient and let their body tell him precisely what to do.

“I don't make any decisions about it although I have to know which questions to ask. But beyond that, the body heals itself,” Dr. John Veltheim said. 

He adds, “Those people who are patients or BodyTalkers for a while, start looking at things differently. Our upbringing and our genes will determine a lot of what we can or can't do in life. Then we start looking at the cells differently because the kidney-adrenal complex controls the cells' energy.”


Dr. John Veltheim reveals that a significant percentage of athletic injuries are due to emotional life or sometimes diet. Emotional factors play a substantial role for athletes because it is devastating to train for the Olympics and then miss out at the last moment. And Mindscape helps them deal with that.

“Mindscape that I developed back them is now used throughout the world. I think Björn Borg was one of the first to apply it. We are all intuitive. It's just a matter of learning the pros and cons of how to do it,” said Dr. John Veltheim.

Healing Organs

According to Dr. John Veltheim, the heart and liver are the easiest organs to heal. He also says the microbiome is the physical part of our body. And that they are the most influential thing in the body. It's about getting the right condition for creating health.

“I teach energy manipulation to get them into position. The body then gets to synchronize and communicate well between the brain in the head, the brain in the heart and brain in the gut. However, the heart brain is more complex than the brain in the head,” said Dr. John Veltheim.

He adds, “When you train the body and the brain system to work properly, it means the right brain is doing the right things. And that's part of the BodyTalk System.” 

BodyTalk Access

BodyTalk Access is the basic fundamental for BodyTalk that will generally balance out the body. Its domestic first-aid techniques will help you heal quicker.

“You can't practice professionally with it. But it's great to use in the family or yourself. It balances the brain, reduces stress and allows the brain to function better. Ultimately, it makes a big difference,” Dr. John Veltheim said.


Dr. John Veltheim D.C, B.Ac is the founder of the BodyTalk System and the International BodyTalk Association. Dr. John Veltheim is a chiropractor, traditional acupuncturist, philosopher, Reiki Master, lecturer, and teacher. 

The BodyTalk System was first developed in the 1990s by Dr. John Veltheim. Originally from Australia, Dr. John Veltheim ran a very successful clinic in Brisbane for 15 years. He was also the Principal of the Brisbane College of Acupuncture and Natural Therapies for five years. 

His extensive post-graduate studies include applied kinesiology, bioenergetic psychology, osteopathy, quantum physics, sports medicine, counseling, and comparative philosophy and theology. 

Dr. John Veltheim discovered the BodyTalk System in the mid-1990s.  His state of health was compromised despite being a leader in the healthcare field working with both eastern and western methods.  He eventually found a simple technique that corrected his condition.  Dr. John Veltheim saw this breakthrough as a new priority in his life and proceeded to investigate the techniques and principals involved. 

In 1998, Dr. John Veltheim moved to Sarasota, Florida to further his practice and research of BodyTalk. Soon he began to teach advanced levels of the BodyTalk System to professionals as well as lay people. When word spread about the successes of this remarkable new healthcare system, he took on the task of training other instructors so the BodyTalk System could be taught worldwide. Today there are over 200 instructors teaching in over 50 countries with a translation of training materials into ten languages. 

Today, Dr. John Veltheim travels the world, teaching sessions in BodyTalk and its related wellness programs to professionals as well as lay people. He continues to mentor and train a network of instructors to ensure this remarkable new healthcare system can be taught worldwide.

Get Connected With Dr. John Veltheim!

Official Website

Facebook – The BodyTalk System

Facebook – Dr. John Veltheim

Book by Dr. John Veltheim:

The Science And Philosophy of BodyTalk

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Energy Medicine by James Oschman


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Ashley James

Health Coach, Podcast Creator, Homeschooling Mom, Passionate About God & Healing

Ashley James is a Holistic Health Coach, Podcaster, Rapid Anxiety Cessation Expert, and avid Whole Food Plant-Based Home Chef. Since 2005 Ashley has worked with clients to transform their lives as a Master Practitioner and Trainer of Neuro-linguistic Programming.

Her health struggles led her to study under the world’s top holistic doctors, where she reversed her type 2 diabetes, PCOS, infertility, chronic infections, and debilitating adrenal fatigue.

In 2016, Ashley launched her podcast Learn True Health with Ashley James to spread the TRUTH about health and healing. You no longer need to suffer; your body CAN and WILL heal itself when we give it what it needs and stop what is harming it!

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