Ben Manalo has been a member of the IBA since 2001, and he is also an Advanced Certified BodyTalk Instructor (AdvCBI), Advanced Certified BodyTalk Practitioner (AdvCBP), PaRama BodyTalk Practitioner (ParBP), and BodyTalk Access Trainer (BAT). He was also the Volunteer Representative for IBA Members from 2011-2013.
Ben has been practicing The BodyTalk System since 2001 and teaching BodyTalk workshops across the U.S. and internationally since 2005. He feels fortunate to have received all his initial basic and advanced BodyTalk trainings from BodyTalk's developer, Dr John Veltheim. In September 2013, Ben relocated to Denver from Chicago and is currently actively involved in the study, research, and development of Advanced BodyTalk as a student of PaRama College. He has completed all of the basic advanced coursework as well as:
- BodyTalk for Animals
- Structural Integration
- Basic & Advanced MindScape
- FreeFall 1, 2 & 3
- BreakThrough 1 & 2
- PaRama Mindcrystals
- PaRama Units 1 & 2 (PU 1 &2)
- PU 1 & 2 Practicals
- Finding Health 1 & 2
- the BioPhysical Mind
- Body Psychology
- Eastern Medicine
- The Soul's Journey: Exploring the Mind & 3 Brains
- Circadian Rhythm
After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Teaching English from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and teaching English as a Second Language in Kenya, East Africa as a volunteer in the United States Peace Corps, Ben taught Massage Therapy at the Chicago School of Massage Therapy for nearly 5 years. As a result he brings more than 20 years of teaching experience to his BodyTalk classes which incorporate a lively mix of lecture, discussion, hands-on practice and experiential learning.
What initially attracted him to The BodyTalk System was its systematic Consciousness-based approach to health care. BodyTalk is where ancient wisdom meets modern science. He quickly realized BodyTalk was first and foremost a system designed to help people tap into their life potential - to live their lives fully & feel comfortable just being themselves. BodyTalk helps people become more aware of and unravel the patterns which led to their dis-ease & begin living their lives more consciously. As a result their dis-eases fade away quickly, easily and naturally - oftentimes without the use of drugs, supplements, soft-tissue manipulation or invasive procedures of any kind. In short, BodyTalk helps people wake up to their lives & who they are at their core.
"BodyTalk explained the concept of Energy Medicine in a very tangible down-to-earth way which made 'energy' less mysterious and more real. I was able to integrate it immediately into my Massage Therapy practice, and within a few months 90% of my clients were requesting BodyTalk instead of Massage Therapy. They were very happy because BodyTalk was providing them with deep long-lasting results by addressing the underlying causes behind their aches and pains instead of only offering temporary relief."
Over the past several years, Ben's clients have experienced significant improvements with conditions such as:
digestive issues, allergies, HIV/AIDS, lymphoma, phobias, depression, eczema, colitis, ovarian cysts, stress, tendonitis, psoriasis, rotator cuff injuries, lower back pain, migraines, PMS, self-esteem issues, thyroid problems, insomnia, asthma, STD's, learning challenges, poor memory & concentration, chronic fatigue, menstrual irregularities, spiritual crises, addictions, high blood pressure, depression, bi-polar disorder...and more.
Although most people initially schedule appointments with Ben to address physical & psychological health issues, the majority of clients continue receiving BodyTalk regularly because they notice the amazing changes happening in other areas of their life such as relationships, family dynamics, work, finances and overall lifestyle.
I am writing to share the happy news that all my thyroid labs are NORMAL!
The medical treatment for hyperthyroid is usually to kill off part of the thyroid, through medication or radiation, which often results in hypothyroidism, which is then treated with meds. Crazy! I knew there was another way. I am so very lucky to have received the insight and wisdom you have attained through years of body talk. My heart is full of gratitude for you, and I am recommending you to all my friends! Thank you, Ben, you are awesome!
I have suffered from migraines for 30 years, 25 of those years I have spent trying to find ways to stop them rather than medicating to manage them. Acupressure, acupuncture, massage, healing hands, naturopathy, chiropractics and many other more conventional and not so conventional methods. Everything I found just managed them and not well. I have NOT found anything that stopped a migraine once it had started, until now!
I was attending a retreat when I got a migraine. I then took medication and was still suffering so much pain and nausea I literally was laying on the floor of the meeting room because I did not want to miss any of the information. Yet, I would get to a point where it was difficult to think, let alone communicate, the brain just shuts down.
A BodyTalk practitioner and Instructor who was participating in the retreat offered to treat me. After the treatment, (over the lunch break) I had a quick nap and was shocked and amazed to find I was so much better. There was still some pain but it was tolerable. The really amazing thing was how clear my head was; I was able to think clearly. You have to understand it would normally take at least a day or two for my head to clear to that degree. I have never had any treatment that has changed a migraine midstream. I have had many treatments while having a migraine and they just continued on the normal path they would have taken which is 3 days. I am very grateful to Ben Manalo for treating me that day. Thank you Ben!
~ Wendy Bryden
It first began with a slight rash on the finger in 1987 after an allergic reaction to a nickel ring. It continued and worsened over the years never going away until BodyTalk. The client has tried acupuncture, cortisone creams, massage, Reiki, Polarity Therapy, and Ayurvedic medicine. After 3-4 BodyTalk sessions her "...hand was completely healed and looked like a normal hand again. I used to scractch my hand unconsciously as I was talking to people or doing an activity. That stopped and people mentioned that they noticed that as well as just seeing that it was gone from my hand."
BODYTALK FOR ANIMALS
"I asked Ben for a session for my little budgie [parakeet] Tinkerbell. She had been deteriorating for several days and has not been well for over a month. She was constipated, low energy, stopped flying, not chirping, hardly ate, and when she did have a bowel movement it just stuck to her bottom. She also had an accident a few years ago and has a crippled leg. During the last week or so she has hardly been able to land or turn on her perch. We have been so sad to see her suffering.
When I received the audio for her session from Ben Manalo, my partner and I listened with Tinkerbell. At one point she let out a tiny chirp and lifted her wings. We were hopeful. After an hour she came out of her cage and started looking at herself in her little mirror and chirped. She ate an almond from our hand. It was a good start but still she was not herself.
By morning she was a different bird. She was speaking again saying" I love you, Tinkerbell, Tinky, Baby birdie". It is now about 18 hours since the session and she is on her perch chirping away. Thank you Ben! I am so grateful to have you working with Tink and myself. You have saved me on so many occasions." - Terryann Nikides
SLEEP, MEMORY, HEADACHES, ETC.
"After our first session all I could say was - WOW!...What you and BodyTalk did for me, or to me, has been nothing short of amazing. For the first time in years I can now sleep through the night. For the first time in years I am able to awake at 6 or 7am to start my day! I am able to stand for longer periods of time without back pain. My headaches are less severe and don't last as long as they used to. My tachycardia events seem to be more manageable (which keep me from overnight stays at the local hospital.) More importantly my short-term memory recall ability seems to have improved a little. (Which for me is a miracle). The cloud of all my physical troubles seems to be clearing up, its not overnight, but its moving toward a positive outcome and making everything more manageable and the only thing that I have done different was to be your patient/client at two BodyTalksessions."
~Keith Enrique Beck
BODYTALK & AFS (ADRENAL FATIGUE SYNDROME)
Hi Ben ~ I have written you many ‘thank you’s’ in my head and heart these past few weeks – some one-liners and some essays - because the results of the sessions you did with me have been truly extraordinary and life-changing. To be honest, I have purposely delayed actually writing to you as after all these years living with the AFS, when I have felt good, its always been somewhat manic and unsustainable. This time however, everything is different….
For the first time in 8 to 10 years, I am feeling alive and plugged in and with all the treatment(s) I have had, including hundreds of BodyTalk sessions, I have never had such dramatic – and sustained - results. My energy and vitality levels have sky-rocketed and symptoms (on all levels) have virtually disappeared, even when I do ‘push the envelope’. As a result, my relationships, work, health and environment are flourishing and I am still feeling great in spite of life proving extremely challenging in the interim!
After the demo[nstration] session you did on my lungs, I coughed for 3 to 4 days and then all my airways loosened up and I can now take deep hearty breaths again and it has definitely helped maintain my energy levels more efficiently. Yoga and my daily walks (recently sometimes skipping or dancing!) are now a lot easier as well.
For several months, I have had a strong feeling there was a missing link in my treatment/healing protocol, and your sessions found that link. Was it that exquisite heart vivaxis [*an advanced BodyTalk technique which energetically optimizes the alignment of a body part]? I don’t ever recall feeling as blissful as those few moments….. or was it the life/death cx [consciousness] work? This has resulted in all sorts of “Aha” moments which has helped me understand so much more, which in turn has lured me into being a lot more loving with myself ……….or was it your gentle, caring and generous manner which was a new experience for me and has filled me with so much more trust and joy? Whatever it was, I am so utterly grateful and now I know why I have wanted to attend a class with you for all these years!
Thank you Ben, I feel very blessed to have had the honour of connecting and working with you.
Love ~ Jenny Lehr, Certified BodyTalk Practitioner (South Africa)
BODYTALK FOR LOW BACK PAIN, IRREGULAR MENSTRUATION & STRESS
A client contacted me for a distance BodyTalk session done over the phone. It had been over 6-7 years since her last BodyTalk session. Her main complaints were low back pain which she'd had for about 5 years, very irregular menses & a lot of stress. The low back pain started with the pregnancy/birth of her son. MRIs, CAT scans & other medical tests showed nothing was wrong with her lower back. Chiropractic adjustments several times each week for months helped relieve the pain, but she was still in a lot of discomfort. And she was regularly taking medication for nerve pain.
Her irregular menses had been going on for about 1 year. They had shifted from normal periods with a healthy flow every 28 days to black, spotty, and unpredictable. She was also experiencing a lot of stress due to recent unemployment, financial issues & a pending divorce and has been taking 2 anti-depressants + anti-anxiety medication.
During her session, we addressed several fears & stressors using some advanced BodyTalk techniques. I received the following message the day after:
"So when I laid down to begin our session yesterday the very 1st thing I noticed was the major discomfort in my lower back and that was the first thing we addressed. Needless to say I'm always in awe of your ability to tap into my body's exact needs!! Today I have ZERO discomfort in that region. NONE!!! Also my period came in HEAVY & bright red and is still going! Like it's flushing out all the scar tissue and adhesion break up we did. When I get a job I'm going to start sending you small payments until I rack up enough for several back to back sessions! ! ?? I couldn't sleep last night I listened to music did some yoga, some writing, some sewing, some cleaning and lots of positive affirmations. I haven't felt this sense of peace in YEARS." ~ Carissa
BodyTalk Cortices Technique: How To
Video testimonial (Pregnancy)
Radio interview with Ben Manalo: 10 January 2014 (1 hour)
Radio interview with Ben Manalo: 18 December 2013 (30 min.)
Television interview with Ben Manalo: 17 January 2008 (Part 1 - 10 min.)
For class information, in-person or distance appointments, or to host a class in your area, please contact:
Ben Manalo, Advanced Certified BodyTalk Instructor & Practitioner at: 773-593-5348 or at BodyTalkProfessionals@gmail.com