New alternative medicine keeps some students aligned

BodyTalk fuses body and mind to encourage health

A new form of alternative medicine, BodyTalk, is available to students here in Boulder.

“The body is a complex and amazing mechanism, with systems, cells and atoms in constant communication,” Maggie Manelis, a certified BodyTalk practitioner said. “Unfortunately, the stresses of everyday life can compromise these lines of communications or overload the energy circuits.”

Manelis uses the BodyTalk System with her clients.

“It provides a simple and effective form of therapy that allows the body’s systems to be re-synchronized so they can operate as nature intended – and effectively respond to injury and illness,” Manelis said.

Philip Parker, a junior music major, plays the cello at CU and is one of Manelis’ patients.

“In the last two years I have discovered how physical playing the cello is,” Parker said – the area between his shoulder blade and spine tenses up and sometimes spasms after playing.

Since Parker has seen Manelis he says that he does not have any more spasms.

When a patient comes in for a session of BodyTalk Manelis will tap different areas of the body.

“The practitioner lightly taps the client on the top of the head, which stimulates the brain center and causes the brain to re-evaluate the state of the body’s health,” Manelis said. “The result is that the general energy balance of the body is greatly improved. The practitioner then taps the client on the sternum to “announce” the corrected energy flows to the rest of the body.”

Manelis knew she wanted to help people with BodyTalk after she tried it herself to alleviate a problem she had with having panic attacks.

“After getting trained in BodyTalk, I saw incredible results so fast that I knew this is what I wanted to do for good,” Manelis said.

Manelis does not like to use the words problem or diagnosis.

“We find the priority in the body, which is basically where there are areas of miscommunication or energetic or physical blockages,” Manelis said. “The practitioner relies on the body’s inherent knowledge of itself to locate the energy circuits that need repair by using a form of biofeedback, which is a subtle muscle-testing technique.”

Manelis said she has helped many students with problems such as ADD, learning disorders, stress, anxiety, sports related injuries and irregular menstrual cycles.

Parker says he has found more than a physical change within himself after seeing Manelis.

“It is a personal thing because of the associations,” Parker said. “Not only is she seeing my physical body but everything is incorporated in the body – it’s all one.”

Rachel Hinojosa, a current student at Naropa University, said she decided to see Manelis.

“I wanted to try it and see what it was all about,” Hinojosa said.

Hinojosa said that she dealt with feeling “coldish” but has noticed a dramatic improvement in her body.

Hinojosa said when she first saw Manelis she had a cough that wouldn’t go away.

“I noticed significant changes pretty quickly – it really helped balance me,” Hinojosa said. “I noticed some improvement as the days went by.”

Hinojosa says she would recommend BodyTalk.

“It has worked for me and has helped me,” Hinojosa said. “You don’t have to believe in it to make it work.”

Manelis can be reached at (303) 718-2354 or log onto her Web site Maggie’s Site.

She offers a student discount at $50 a session; non-student sessions cost $80.

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