BodyTalk Wows Holistic Nurses in Louisville

Jul 08, 2011

By Jalma Marcus RN, BS, MS, CBP, AT, HNB-BC

After months of planning and wonderful collaborative efforts with Ellen Hall and the IBA staff, Chris, Anja and Monique, we, Jalma Marcus RN, HNB-BC , AT and Mollie Yunker , arrived at the American Holistic Nurses Associations' (AHNA) 31st Annual National Conference in Louisville, Kentucky on June 2.

It was the first time that BodyTalk had a booth presence at the AHNA National Conference. The opportunity to introduce BodyTalk to 600+ Holistic Nurses from throughout the country was a dream come true.

Key Players
Mollie had previously attended a local AHNA meeting where she taught the group Cortices. She was thrilled to see the national conference coming to Louisville. Jalma, a Board Certified Holistic Nurse Practitioner, CBP and Access Trainer, encouraged Mollie, who lives in Louisville, and Ellen Hall, RN, CBP to share the booth. The IBA graciously supported this endeavor with a quarter page advertisement in the Journal and with promo materials, flyers, a banner and an IBA tablecloth. At the last minute Ellen was unable to attend, but her participation in the planning helped everything move smoothly.

The Event
Mollie, with her previous skills as a graphic designer, created a small poster with a headshot of both herself and Jalma and organized a functional, inviting and aesthetically pleasing booth. We chose a corner location which provided a great deal of visibility and a private feeling when giving sessions.

Many who did not have time to receive a session were taught cortices and given promo materials and a new awareness of BodyTalk's method of initiating communication and the natural healing process. Throughout the conference, people approached us saying how different they felt, sometimes after just receiving Cortices. For session work, they were thrilled and surprised at how quickly and easily we got to their "stuff" and the shifts they were feeling after. Everyone wanted more.

It was an honor to be able to refer people to other practitioners in their states. Many had heard about or received sessions previously and were amazed at the extensive availability of BodyTalk.

It was exhausting. We gave sessions, taught Cortices, attended some wonderful workshops, networked and just had fun, including going on the local Trolley Hop to dinner at a fabulous restaurant with local foods and dancing at the closing event. Jalma can get down! We found having a booth was a perfect fit for the attendees. Mollie also had one local palliative care nurse register for the BodyTalk Access class the following week.

Next year, the conference is in Utah and we hope to expand to a double booth with many more practitioners. The energy that we were able to create with just two of us was amazing. Imagine the matrix we can create next year!

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