282: BodyTalk System
The BodyTalk System is such a fantastic tool that everyone should learn. Through the BodyTalk System, you'd be able to be more present and aware of what's going on in your body. And Lyn Delmastro-Thomson is the perfect guest to talk about the techniques behind the BodyTalk System in this episode.
Like many other experts who have taken control of their health and shifted away from healing treatments through medication, Lyn Delmastro-Thomson's journey towards true health began when she was pursuing her academic degree.
From college, Lyn Delmastro-Thomson went on to graduate school. She initially thought she wanted to be in the world of academia as a Professor of History.
Looking back, she realized it was because she was scared to be a grown-up. By the time she got into her graduate program, it felt like a mismatch but went on to pursue studies for three years.
At 25 years old, Lyn Delmastro-Thomson was supposed to have elective surgery during the summer of 2004. But the night before surgery, her doctor called and reported that her pre-op bloodwork showed abnormalities.
Postponing the surgery, Lyn Delmastro-Thomson was instructed to see a primary doctor who diagnosed her with leukemia. She was fearful and overwhelmed with the news.
Things took a drastic turn when two years later, Lyn Delmastro-Thomson found out it was a misdiagnosis. However, by that time, Lyn Delmastro-Thomson had already been taking medication wherein she was given a pill to target whatever the genetic abnormality was. And one of the side effects of the pill was nausea.
Because nobody listened to her, Lyn Delmastro-Thomson began to emerge from the dark cloud that hung over her. As a result, she began to seek alternative ways of healing her body.
Lyn Delmastro-Thomson got a different primary doctor outside the student health clinic. This what when the new doctor said she was misdiagnosed with leukemia. It wasn't long before Lyn Delmastro-Thomson filed a medical malpractice case against her previous doctor. But it didn't end the way she liked it. Nevertheless, she didn't regret filing a case because all she wanted was to hold the doctor accountable for his actions.
As for her new diagnosis, Lyn Delmastro-Thomson's new doctor reported that she had a different type of blood disorder. Her body was making too many different cells in the blood. This includes platelets, white cells, and blood cells.
Coping With Depression
When Lyn Delmastro-Thomson was trying to recover her health, she returned to getting weekly biofeedback sessions. According to her, it was something she was exposed to at the age of 12 when horrific migraines took over her life.
To heal, Lyn Delmastro-Thomson began attending a “yoga for healing” class at a local studio in Santa Barbara. She used therapy to help her process grief, fear and overwhelming especially since it was around this time that her best friend suddenly passed away the following year.
Lyn Delmastro-Thomson realized life is short. She realized she could no longer pursue something that brought her no joy. So she quit her program and got a job while trying to figure things out.
She recalls that it was during one of her my weekly biofeedback sessions, that she realized what she wanted to do. She saw herself learning the approach and eventually helping others. Because of that. She found herself enjoying yoga for healing class more, and became excited to train to teach therapeutic yoga as well.
“After I got over depression, I realized I was just terrified. Because I didn't know how to process any of the things that happened for the past year and a half,” said Lyn Delmastro-Thomson. “It felt everything in my life was falling apart. At one point I wanted to die, but I realized I didn't want to die.”
She adds, “I didn't know how to handle everything because I had no tools to process it. Part of it is going to a therapist and talking to them about how I was healing. I was fortunate to have a therapist who introduced yoga for healing.”
Benefits Of Yoga
According to Lyn Delmastro-Thomson yoga helped her find things that felt positive and good. Her yoga teacher worked a lot with people with cancer. That's why her focus was on assisting people to find ease and comfort in their body.
“One of the breakthroughs for me was when I was in a biofeedback session. I saw myself as the practitioner and doing this with somebody else. I see the same way about yoga because I found it beneficial for myself and eventually my clients,” said Lyn Delmastro-Thomson.
Lyn Delmastro-Thomson says 2007 was a pivotal year. She stepped out of the graduate program, had a job and had help insurance. Then she decided to take up a psychology program, where she studied for two years to get her Masters' degree.
Ultimately, Lyn Delmastro-Thomson learned a lot from the program. It was primarily about honoring the fact that there is an interconnection between the body and the mind. Plus, it also got she intrigued with the concept of combining dance and therapy.
When Lyn Delmastro-Thomson started practicing, she encountered something called BodyTalk Access at a networking event. It was through a woman who was a practitioner. Lyn Delmastro-Thomson remembered her a year later when she developed a pain on her left knee.
Despite trying Holistic approaches, nothing worked. Until Lyn Delmastro-Thomson got in touch with the woman who quickly got the root of what was going on.
“She facilitated something which was active memory techniques. It helps the brain process and dissociates whatever trauma and emotion are blocked from that experience,” said Lyn Delmastro-Thomson.
According to Lyn Delmastro-Thomson, the BodyTalk System is created by Dr. John Veltheim who is from Australia. Dr. John Veltheim is a chiropractor, acupuncturist, philosopher, Reiki Master, lecturer, and teacher.
It was in the 90's when Dr. John Veltheim first developed the BodyTalk System. Like Lyn Delmastro-Thomson, he developed the program in an attempt to resolve his health issues.
Dr. John Veltheim eventually found a simple technique to correct his condition. Because of this breakthrough, he improved it and started training instructors so the system could be taught to people who needed to be treated.
Listening To Your Body
Lyn Delmastro-Thomson says that to understand your body, it entails listening to anything from the immune system, allergy and energetic part of your body. And her role is helping clients understand the situation.
“The body is telling its story to the practitioner, and then I'm sharing that story. This is what your body is communicating to me about why you're having these particular issues. It's a layer by layer process,” said Lyn Delmastro-Thomson.
Lyn Delmastro-Thomson says that the end point of her program depends on her clients. Because each person is different, and the program is customized, it isn't possible to achieve results within the same time frame.
“Personally, this was my health care. Even if I'm not working on some big issue, I would need some maintenance like occasional acupuncture or massage,” said Lyn Delmastro-Thomson.
She adds, “I typically work with clients for six months to a year. This applies to most of my clients with chronic illness or autoimmune disease. I speak to people twice a month since it is a period for integration between sessions of the body.”
You Are Not Your Diagnosis
Lyn Delmastro-Thomson's book, You Are Not Your Diagnosis is a memoir of what she went through. It also contains tips on being cautious about what language we use because our words are powerful.
“It's like you're claiming ownership. There are tips on how to talk about chronic illness or chronic diagnosis without reinforcing it into your reality with the words that you use,” said Lyn Delmastro-Thomson.
Aside from that, the book also contains strategies for people to implement, to take control of their health and heal without band-aids or pills. Her book is an excellent resource for people trying to recover.
She cites another excellent book, The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton. The book will help you understand the importance of positive thinking, so you can truly heal.
The BodyTalk System Access Class
For those who are in the Portland, Oregon area, you're in for a treat! Because on September 14, Lyn Delmastro-Thomson is conducting a self-care protocol from 9 am to 5 pm.
The protocol is pretty simple. It only takes around ten minutes a day and involves five techniques. First is the Cortices, which is a Brain-Balancing Technique. It is followed by Switching or Stress Level Balance.
The third technique is learning to balance hydration. The fourth is about Body Chemistry, to help balance the immune system. Last but not the least is Reciprocals, to help re-establish the integrity of the body’s structures, improve postural alignment, increase flexibility and circulation of fluids and energy.
Here's how to condition your body to heal. According to Lyn Delmastro-Thomson, this can be done in ten minutes or less.
- Breathe deeply. Inhale and exhale while being present and aware.
- Do a body scan from top of the head all the way down. Notice the areas where there is tension anywhere in the body.
- Ask is there anything that area wants from you or asking for.
Power Of The Mind
Like many experts, Lyn Delmastro-Thomson says our brain is powerful. To get well, you have to believe that it will work.
“When somebody is dealing with something like chronic illness, the first thing that's important is realizing that it doesn't have to be your reality,” said Lyn Delmastro-Thomson. “Doctors come from a perspective of what they observed and learned in medical school, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it will happen to you. You can shape things by believing your body can heal.”
Lyn Delmastro-Thomson has a master’s degree in somatic psychology and is a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner and BodyTalk Access Trainer. After being misdiagnosed with leukemia at the age of 25, she became a curious explorer of a wide variety alternative medicine approaches.
In this process, Lyn Delmastro-Thomson discovered her life’s work: supporting women living with life-changing diagnoses to find true healing so they may thrive beyond their diagnoses. She lives in the Portland, Oregon area and is an avid ballroom and Latin dancer, pianist, wife, and a proud mom to a puppy (Chico) and kitten (Cannoli).
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