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interviews Melanie Palm

(Photo of Melanie taken by Access Instructor and Advanced CBP, Lisa Sullivan)

First BodyTalk Class - 10/09
Certified BodyTalk Practitioner - 11/09
Founded BodyTalk South Dakota - 12/09
Access Technician - 9/10
Advanced Certified BodyTalk Practitioner - 8/12 (35th in US)
PaRama BodyTalk Practitioner - 1/13
BodyTalk Access Trainer - 12/13 (238th in world)

BTSD's Jennifer Utter and Angela Johnson sat down with Melanie to find out her secret to success...

Melanie has been "listening to her head, heart and gut" since growing up in the woods in the beautiful Black Hills.  Her larger than life family encouraged it and modeled it.  Her life experiences, which include a BFA, a professional dance career traveling the world with Pina Baush, teaching in various Universities across the US, founding a Montessori/Waldorf school in Spearfish, homeschooling her children, becoming a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist and Holistic Health Practitioner, teaching yoga classes for 35 years, and studying BodyTalk, have brought her back to Rapid City, SD. Hard work and a true love and affinity for her clients have resulted in a thriving Body Wisdom practice at her newly remodeled Arrow Street clinic. In addition to offering Advanced BodyTalk and Phoenix Rising Sessions, Melanie, one of the International BodyTalk Association's newest Access Trainers, now offers Access classes in Rapid City and Sioux Falls, with plans to bring Access to other parts of the state, region and world!  Melanie is the founder of BodyTalk South Dakota, (which became a South Dakota non-profit corporation thanks to the leaders!) which has a vision to spread the benefits of BodyTalk across the state, and beyond!

Q:  What is your definition of success?
Melanie:   I grew up hearing 'do what makes you happy.'  If you love what you do, you will be successful.  I also read a quote as a young girl from Walt Disney when asked about success.  He said he felt his brother, the mailman, was a success because he was happy. The pursuit of happiness is quite a challenge! We have everything we need to be happy right now inside of us, and part of that is accepting all of the other emotions as well.

Q:  What's your secret?
Melanie: I don't believe I have a secret.  I do believe that I continue to stay in 'beginners mind.'  To take the 'cup half full' theory further...If there were three cups in front of me and one was "all the things I know I know," and another was "all the things I know I don't know" and the third was "all the things I don't know I don't know", I would want to always remember that the last is probably the fullest.

Q:  What's your favorite thing about BodyTalk?
Melanie: Definitely the people.  I love the eclectic nature of our circles, our cooperation as practitioners, our generosity as BTSD leaders, and our diverse perspectives.  I so appreciate that Angela Adkins, while presenting to the Instructors at the International BodyTalk Association in Malta this last year, cited BodyTalk South Dakota as one of three of the world's most vibrant BodyTalk matrices / communities.  I feel very blessed to be living here.

Q:  What would you say is the most amazing BodyTalk results you have witnessed in your 4 1/2 year career?
Melanie:  Even though I've witnessed many amazing results, my favorites are when people continue to come for sessions after they have resolved the pain, diagnosis or chronic issue that brought them in, and are freed up to then dive deeper into their vibrant health!  The comments such as "I feel more like me than I have since I was a kid!" or "I am courageous enough to be myself now" or "I feel so much joy (peace, contentment, happiness, etc.)" are by far my favorites because I can see it in their eyes, hear it in their voice, feel it from their heart.  BodyTalk is a mutually beneficial arrangement for all!

Congratulations, Melanie, from BodyTalk South Dakota, on your recent Certification as a BodyTalk Access Trainer!  Please visit to see upcoming class schedules, and bring a friend!

BodyTalk South Dakota now has:
~ 203 Access Technicians
~ 11 Certified BodyTalk Practitioners
~ 61 Fundamentals students
~ 40 MindScape students
~ 10 CBP's who have taken Advanced Modules
~ 1 Advanced BodyTalk Practitoner
~ 1 PaRama BodyTalk Practitioner
~ 1 BodyTalk Access Trainer
~ 5 BTSD Leaders
~ 98 members


BodyTalk Fundamentals

in Rapid City
Thursday - Sunday
April 3-6
9:00 - 6:00

When the Body talks to itself, it can heal itself!  Health can really be that simple.

All are welcome to this 4 day seminar for the layperson and the professional on April 3-6, 2014.We have met the minimum number of students so now we keep an eye on the maximum number!  Register and pay to reserve your seat.  We will start a wait list once we reach our maximum.  BodyTalk South Dakota members have priority.  This will be the only time this is offered in 2014 in South Dakota and is a pre-requisite for the BioDynamics (Mod. 4/7) in November. 
Download the flyer or register online

Continuing Education Credits Available at no extra charge!
32 NASW CE – Social Workers
32 NCCAOM PDA – Acupuncturists
32 NCBTMB CE– Massage Therapists
32 ACEP CE – Psychotherapists
32 AHNA CNE – American Holisitc Nurse
BodyTalk classes coming to South Dakota

BodyTalk Access
Sioux Falls
on Saturday, May 10
Location to be determined
Register Here
Please contact Angela Johnson

Rapid City
on Saturday, June 7
Location:  Sage Wellness Center
Register Here
Special additional class allows LMT's to receive 8 CEU's for NCBTMB.

BodyTalk Fundamentals (Mod1/2)
with Wendy Nelson
April 3-6, 2014
Rapid City
Register Here
For all Practitioners In Training who would like to be Certified BodyTalk Practitioners, Wendy Nelson will be available after the April Fundamentals to offer the written and practical exams.  Please contact Melanie if you'd like to reserve your time.  Please note the study group support at Sage for PIT's.

BodyTalk BioDynamics (Mod 4/7)
with Melanie Buzek
November 6-9, 2014
Rapid City
Register Here
John Bedingfield, Jennifer Utter, CBP,  Sylvia Muznieks (seated) and Renee Foltz, CBP
Module 6: Macrocosmic Bodymind
Calgary, Canada February 2014

BodyTalk South Dakota congratulates Renee Foltz, CBP, Jennifer Utter, CBP, and John Bedingfield, for their recent completion of BodyTalk Module 6:  Macrocosmic Bodymind, a study focusing on the incorporation of Minor Chakras, 8th Chakra, Life Cycles (Planets and "Houses") and the Chinese Clock, within a BodyTalk session.  For more information about BodyTalk courses, and the topics covered, please visit the IBA website at  Tuition discounts for IBA members!

What have your practitioners been exploring lately?

BodyTalk South Dakota leaders listened to members and have brought so many opportunities to South Dakota.  Here is what's been happening in the last 6 months...
Practical for Advanced Procedures
(Mary Shields) - Gayla, Jessica, Renee, Angela, Judith, Linda, Melanie, Melody, Jennifer
Principles of Consciousness Mod 3 (Mary Shields) - Gayla, Jessica, Renee, Angela, Judith, Luke, Linda, Melanie, Melody, Jennifer
Access (Lisa Sullivan) - Angela, Melanie
Practitioner Support - Deepening your Practice (Lisa Sullivan) - Jessica, Renee, Angela, Melanie, Jennifer
Access in SF and RC (Melanie Palm) - Angela, Jennifer, Jessica, Renee
MindScape in SF (Angela Adkins) - Jessica, Angela, Melanie
Money Matrix Technique for CBP's (Melanie Palm) - Gayla, Jessica, Renee, Angela, Jennifer
Many of your practitioners have also been involved in BTSD Study Groups, Public Presentations, Community Service Events, other BT Study Groups, and online events.  Contact one of them today to set up your session!
Other recent BodyTalk studies outside of BTSD:
Judith Kennedy- Fundamentals (Mod 1&2) with Elizabeth Allen in Wyoming and also certified as CBP!  Congratulations!
Renee, Jennifer - Macrocosmic BodyMind (Mod 6) with Sylvia Muiznieks in Calgary (see related story)
Luke, Angela, Melanie - MindScape Study Group with Angela Adkins
Melanie, Angela - Environment and Vivaxis series with Todd & Angela Adkins
Luke - "Run a Spirit-led Business and Thrive" with Heather Strang
Melanie - Structural Integration, Instructors' International Conference, BodyTalk Access Trainer Training with Sylvia Muiznieks

Study Groups and Presentations

Rapid City
Join us for a special month of support each Monday for all BodyTalk Access Technicians.  Come refresh your practice and renew your commitment to your deepening health!
Mondays, March 3, 17 and 31  from 5:30 - 6:30 at Sage Wellness
Monday, March 10 from 5:30 - 6:30 at Body Wisdom

Free Public Presentation on March 22 and every 4th Saturday of the month at the Rapid City Public Library (except Nov and Dec) at 9:15am-10:30 am.  Contact Jennifer Utter, CBP at Sage Wellness Center, 605-786-3974 for details!

Black Hills Holistic Health Expo --Visit the BodyTalk South Dakota booth at the Rapid City Civic Center on May 3 and May 4, 2014!
Sioux Falls
1st Thursdays (March 6)
6:45pm  BodyTalk Access balancings & FastAid for BodyTalk Access graduates & guests
7:45pm  BodyTalk Practitioner-In-Training support (anyone may stay to observe/receive demo-sessions)

4th Saturdays (March 23)
10am-11am - BodyTalk Access balancings & FastAid for Access Techs & guests
11am-noon - BodyTalk Practitioner-In-Training support (anyone may stay to observe/receive demo-sessions)
Noon-1pm - Drawings for 1-on-1 BodyTalk demo-sessions and discussion to support Practitioners-in-Training
Please RSVP Angela 521-4281
The Sanctuary, 1600 S Western Ave Ste. E, Sioux Falls
more details on BodyTalk South Dakota Facebook

Sioux Falls Healthy Living Day
Saturday, March 29, 9am-Noon
Morningside Community Center
2400 S Bahnson Ave
Courtesy of SF Parks & Rec Department
Healthy_Living_Day website
Access graduates may contact Angela if you would like to volunteer to help!! (605)521-4281
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