(Note: Some clients know me by my former name "Soo-Hwa Yuan")
I initially went to try BodyTalk with Su looking for support with lower back/hip nerve pain, numbness and limitation in movement that had been persistent for about 6 months. After my first BodyTalk session with Su I experienced a profound shift – partly physical, also emotional, mental and energetic. I landed in a calm, balanced, quiet, peaceful, self-connected and trusting place almost completely pain-free. I felt a sense of beauty and expansiveness, an amplified gratitude for life.
During my 3rd session, some very strong emotions came up around “betrayal” with my 1st husband, including deep, whole-body releasing through crying, sobbing and breathing. I saw the string of experiences in my life that carried the “betrayal” signature of feelings in a way that linked them together and stored them in my body in my mid-back. I am very appreciative of the quality of presence that Su held for me during that time, creating a sense of spaciousness, without hurrying, his way of meeting me where I am. Following this session, even more surprising shifts happened for me with the complete dissolving of mid-back tension/”locked-down”/pain that I have had in varying intensities since I was 12. It was something that I had grown to accept as normal and permanent. I am in awe that this area in my spine and chest is continuing to be open and free.
I find Su to have a calming presence, inviting trust. He is clear, kind, compassionate, a very attentive listener. I appreciate how he follows up with communication and support. He has additionally given me techniques to use on my own to support my ongoing health and well-being.
As I have continued to work with Su, I have had multiple subtle and deep changes with general inflammation, other physical limitations or tensions, getting in touch with and releasing stored emotions, trauma and beliefs. I am also learning about and becoming more aware of how stress expresses in my body. I am experiencing more freedom and lightness in my whole being.
I have this image of him helping to open a doorway – to a view that I am truly appreciating – more freedom from the past which gives me the opportunity to step into infinite possibilities…
Mother/Grandmother, Lover of Nature/Adventure/Music/Dance/The Arts, Farmer, Counselor, Nonviolent Communication Practitioner, Somatic Awareness Practitioner
I began my BodyTalk sessions with Su nearing my sixth and final cycle of chemotherapy treatment for ovarian cancer. My CA-125 tests (the tumor marker for ovarian cancer) had yet to fall into the normal range after six months of chemotherapy treatment. I didn't realize he could do his healing work remotely. Remarkably, after three sessions with Su not only did the CA-125 plummet into the normal range, it had the most significant drop during the entire course of treatment. It was a stunning shift that left my oncologist surprised and said he had no explanation for the dramatic drop. I'm now four months post chemo, cancer free and feeling wonderful. Thank you, Su, for your skills and for making them available remotely!
My session with Su was profound and I found myself smiling from head to toe. With each breath my body fully surrendered allowing me to embrace a sense of integration and grounding on many levels. It felt like a wave of peace, harmony, and rejuvenation on a cellular level that allowed for deeper relaxation. Su's intuition is on-point and his presence created a safe space to support and sink into stillness. I would recommend a BodyTalk session with Su to anyone who is seeking balance and well-being.
Massage Therapist, AquaCranial Therapy Practitioner
Su is the perfect embodiment of a BodyTalk practitioner. His calm and peaceful demeanor supported me to go into a deep, almost trancelike state of relaxation. I felt like I was asleep, but awake at the same time . . . probably one of the most relaxed periods of my life. It is clear, that while in this state, the body's healing capabilities are awakened, and any number of stress-related problems can be alleviated. I see how this modality could play a crucial role in relieving many people of chronic imbalances in the body.
Publisher of HeartBeat of Kauai
After a few sessions with Su Ruan I experienced less anxiety, improved digestion, a better awareness of my impulses and am able to sleep deeply for the first time in years. Also noticeable was an overall sense of well-being and calm that renewed my Spirit and allowed me to access more of my potential. In working with Su Ruan I gained a better understanding of the Aristotle quote, "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts." I highly recommend Su Ruan's BodyTalk practice and wish him the best as he moves forward in creating a successful practice on beautiful Kauai.
I enjoyed coming to see Su for a Body Talk session. I did not know exactly what to expect, but found his office to be very comfortable and pleasing. I notice details and loved how he made his treatment table. Su Ruan has a very warm, soft, and caring touch. I was not sure what he was doing exactly as he held my arm and tapped points on my body but I felt safe and comforted. I soon began to release a lot of sadness and grief I have carried with me since the death of my mother and boyfriend. I was able to allow myself to get to deep levels of grief and abandonment. I left feeling brighter and lighter and still feel good. Thank you Su for providing a safe space for healing.
The first time I’d heard of Su’s work with BodyTalk the person speaking of it was very enthusiastic and highly recommending it. I’m a devotee of healing myself from the inside out and BodyTalk sounded very interesting. My body can talk. I want to listen.
Su has a gift. His ways are relaxing, almost mesmerizing without intruding. The work of BodyTalk allows me to clear my ancient patterns of incorrect assumptions that lead to body holdings and emotional limitations and falsehoods that ruin my life’s freedom of expression and correct them through the work Su uses in BodyTalk itself as well as the innate adult skills available to me. My life opens up to me, where before it was as though I went through a bad divorce with my body now we are working as one. A greater depth and peace gives me strength to manifest myself with confidence. A chronic lower back pain surged to an 8 seemingly out of nowhere. Job hunting had to stop, etc. After the first session with Su the pain dissipated to a 4 and then toward a 2 after I gratefully did follow-up session 2. Session 3 freed me from the chronic holding pattern I'd had in the first place. Thank you. Su. I love this system!
Upon entering Su's office, I felt I had walked into sacred space. Clean, quiet, and light-filled, the room reflected the calm confidence and respect exuded by Su himself. Dressed all in white, Su seemed like a holy man as he gently explained the BodyTalk protocol, invited me to relax comfortably on his table, and proceeded to work his healing magic. I could feel the alertness of his concentration as he listened to my body on subtle levels. He worked mostly in silence, with utterly non-invasive yet profound presence. It was obvious that BodyTalk is Su's true medicine, that he completely trusts and embodies this way of unlocking the body's healing power. Afterwards, Su shared a couple of simple messages, which I took with me for further integration. He also taught me a simple technique to relieve head-aches and support brain thriving in general. After my first session, I felt clear and peaceful, like I had been spring-cleaned on the inside.
Artist, Drummer, Nonviolent Communication Practitioner
The opportunity to experience a healing session with Su was a real pleasure! It is very easy to get into the meditative relaxed state required for the healing as Su's presence is very calming and grounding. I must say, the meditative state I experienced in my session was very unique and special. In the past, I've been able to relax or meditate on a massage table, but it often would lead to me falling asleep. In my session with Su, I felt as calm as ever, but I was not falling asleep. Reflecting on this experience, I could interpret this as being in a state of mind and physical being necessary to activate the self-healing process. The results of my session, although subtle at first, were very empowering in many ways. I walked away feeling very calm and pleased, but did not notice an immediate change. In writing this testimonial, about 30 days after my session, I notice significant differences in my life and well being. The main emotional stress Su was able to pick up on was one that may be common for most people. However, since I've been aware that this has been causing much of my emotional imbalance, I've made deliberate changes in my behaviors and my thought process. Today, I feel much more empowered and I haven't had any episodes of depression at all. Not to mention, it's improved the dynamic of my relationships with the people in my life. One of my main physical issues was related to my brain function. Having had some significant physical trauma and brain damage noticeable in the form of severe memory loss, Su went the extra mile after the session to teach me some technique which would join the two hemispheres of my brain, essentially allowing them to communicate more efficiently. In my daily interactions, I've noticed a clear difference. My memory impediments haven't been an issue since my session, which is really amazing! I haven't had any speech impediments trying to find the word(s) I'm searching for in my mind. I've been able to immediately remember where I've put things or the names of people I've just met and interacted with briefly. Furthermore, I've always had a slight problem with my posture and the way I tend to slouch. Even though I'd tried to correct and train myself in the past, I hadn't kept it up and the attempts would soon fade away. However, since my session with Su, I have been regularly noticing and correcting myself. Along with many other noticeable changes, I can say with confidence that I have become more aware in general.
In my interactions with Su, it was refreshing to meet a practitioner of healing work that was sincerely genuine and eager to help others, like myself. He was very open about himself as well as the methods in BodyTalk used to achieve the results. Not only did he share his knowledge, but the sources of his knowledge and teachings. There were no gimmicks involved or products to up-sell. He also sent me sources of information that would allow me to practice the techniques he had introduced to me for better brain function. In short, Su is a wonderful human being that is driven by the desire to heal and help others. I would urge anyone considering improving their physical or emotional health, to experience a session with Su.
Entrepreneur, Student, Lucky Earthling
Salt Lake City, UT
I found Soo through a friend of mine in Miami, who had been seeing a Body Talk practitioner there, with very positive results. I have been battling with hair loss and sleep issues for a long time. After consulting various Doctors hoping to figure out the causes and find some solutions, the repeated response I got was – I am healthy and my issues were basically part of growing old – not a good answer in my book! So I decided to go and see what Body Talk could do for me. Soo has a wonderful presence and I felt immediately comfortable. As he listens to my body I become more aware of what is going on between my body and mind and some of the underlying causes. After each session I feel more balanced with a deep sense of relaxation and harmony. I had signed up for six sessions, which I just completed. I have been sleeping without any medication since and my hair loss has been drastically reduced.
San Francisco, CA
I first learned about BodyTalk while reading a book about the practices of cancer patients achieving radical remission despite difficult odds (Radical Remission by Dr. Kelly Turner). BodyTalk was mentioned as one mechanism to assist with releasing emotions and reconnecting the mind, body, and spirit. The goal of releasing emotions is to boost the immune system. As a cancer patient who is currently taking a physician-monitored “watch and wait” approach, I decided to do my best improve my immune system naturally through lifestyle changes. After reading about BodyTalk, I thought I should give it a try. I looked up San Francisco BodyTalk practitioners, and found Soo. I was so impressed with Soo that I have been seeing him for the last 6 months. Soo is a wonderful person. He is calm, serene and very professional. I might walk into his office a bit hurried and stressed. But, I leave feeling like I have been on vacation – calm and relaxed. I have also learned a lot about my body and its functioning/dis-functioning. I have felt physical improvements occur during a BodyTalk session (i.e., lung congestion clearing up, etc.). My case is a bit more complicated than the average. However, I do feel a big difference in my health and my life over the time that I have been seeing Soo. He is an integral part of my wellness team. I truly value his time with me and think that he is helping to reconnect my mind, body & spirit. I think this is valuable for anyone, not just cancer patients.
Cancer Patient / Homemaker
San Francisco, CA
Although I’m generally a pretty skeptical guy, my work in neuroscience reinforced the concept of increasing communication between different areas of the brain and body. So with mind open, I started seeing Soo for a diverse set of issues, from chronic back and neck pain to gastrointestinal concerns. To my delight, I’ve experienced sessions where I walked in at a “10” on a pain scale, and walked out at a “2.” With results like that, sometimes we just need to stop trying to logically figure out the mechanism, and just go with how great you feel afterwards. As Arthur C. Clarke once said, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
Integral Coach, Writer, Musician
San Francisco, CA
I found clarity of mind and a deeper sense of centeredness after one BodyTalk session with Soo. It was extraordinary how much better I felt. It was as if all the cobwebs in my mind had been cleared away and I could finally think straight. Soo’s gentle demeanor and beautiful studio only enhanced what was a transforming experience. I also brought my 8-year old son to Soo for a BodyTalk session and am scheduling a couple more sessions to go deeper into what we uncovered. I wasn’t sure if my son would like BodyTalk or be able to be still for the hour or so required. What I saw was remarkable — my son stayed calm and still and was truly inspired by learning about himself. His body responded easily to the session and together we learned so much about his anxiety and where it comes from. Since then we have used the knowledge we acquired to help support my son in anxious times and his overall level of anxiety has diminished. I am so grateful to Soo for his skill, warmth, and wisdom.
Marriage & Family Therapist / Certified Yoga Instructor / Coach
San Francisco, CA
I met Soo at the BodyTalk booth at a health expo and had a mini session with him. That night I slept the best I’d slept in many months! I was sold on BodyTalk then and there and decided to have some full sessions with him. Because of our sessions I experienced better sleep and achieved an emotional balance I had been having trouble maintaing while going through a difficult period in my life. Soo also taught me a BodyTalk technique that I could do on my own as needed, to regain balance when I needed some extra support. I highly recommend working with Soo, especially if there are things you’ve been struggling with that have not been helped by other types of healing modalities or traditional medicine. It really works!
San Francisco, CA
Receiving BodyTalk and Reiki from Soo has been a tremendous support through some major life challenges. In his good hands I’ve been able to release stored trauma and access more freedom within the scoliosis in my spine while opening up to more intimacy in my life. With Soo’s attention to detail, calm presence and inquisitive nature I feel well taken care of and can trust that he is there for me.
Reiki Master Teacher, Certified BodyTalk Practitioner, Registered Yoga Teacher
San Francisco, CA
Dear Soo-Hwa Yuan: I just wanted to share an update about my mom’s recent BodyTalk session. She was suffering from her issues for months before finally coming in to see you. After her first appointment she left feeling better and got her appetite back. She is sleeping through the night and doesn’t’ have pain or swelling in her feet. She also has her energy back and has been more active during the day. I’m very grateful that I was referred to you. I also appreciate you taking the time to check in to see how she is doing. I have referred others that I know in the bay area to come and see you. Thank you kindly for all that you’ve done. You’ve helped turn my skeptic mom into a believer in BodyTalk!
I don’t know how or why BodyTalk worked. I didn’t expect it to, but after an hour session with Soo and tapping a sore place on my ribs related to the pancreas, I had my first normal blood sugar readings in a long time an hour after dinner, verified by several tests with a glucose meter.
I feel grateful I was led to Soo for BodyTalk. My nephew Michael (see testimonial by Laurie Zuchowski) is living a normal life now because of surrogate work I did with Soo. As this was my first experience being a surrogate in long distance sessions, I was quite amazed that – after every session we did for Michael – there was a major, dramatic shift. In terms of my own progress, I have had excellent results in many areas: constipation has been replaced with daily regularity, thyroid medication was cut in half by 50%, breathing has become easier and my meditations have been more focused. Where once I had to remind myself to hydrate, my normal thirst mechanism calls the shots and I drink lots of water; as a result, I no longer have dry, flaky skin. I have more confidence and clarity and my dance teacher has commented on my improvement as a dancer. Because I have had over a dozen sessions, I can definitely speak to the value of going the distance. I am seeing my Innate Wisdom repair layer after layer of communication breakdowns. Soo’s expertise is evident; however, I am impressed that he is a life-long learner who continually deepens his understanding of BodyTalk, strengthens his Vipassana meditation with daily practice and annual silent retreats, and supplements BodyTalk with other energy practices such as Chi Gung and Reiki. As well, Soo is committed to outreach for the purpose of bringing a greater understanding of BodyTalk to the general community. Although my presenting symptom was daily stomach malaise (which is no longer present) we have uncovered much, much more. As a result of his approach – a perfect blend of left and right brain – and how awed I have been of the BodyTalk System, I have joined my niece Laurie as a student of BodyTalk, with the goal of becoming a practitioner. Soo has become a helpful mentor in this endeavor.
Aside from all the wonderful health benefits for my mind and body, I must mention a recent special session that was designed to boost my performance as a presenter in a nationwide conference for childhood educators. I had an amazing experience of presence, clarity and connection while presenting a somewhat avant guard program (yoga for preschoolers). All the technical aspects came together perfectly and people were coming up afterward, telling me that it was the best session they had attended! A director at a university lab school told me later that she decided to implement my program in her school. I see many great things coming from that presentation. I highly recommend a performance agenda session from Soo for any important event you may have coming up in your life. You will feel supported by your highest self!
Early Childhood Educator
San Francisco, CA
My husband Michael was having a difficult time recovering after a major surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital when his aunt Sarah suggested distance BodyTalk sessions with her practitioner Soo in San Francisco. I couldn’t wrap my brain around this idea, but we were desperate. I am SO glad that we agreed! After the first session with Soo, Michael was discharged from the hospital. After the second session, he was back to work after being off for two months. With every session we witnessed more amazing leaps forward in healing both physically and emotionally! After seeing these wonderful changes I knew I needed to learn more about BodyTalk and share it with others. I’ve since taken classes and plan on becoming a certified practitioner. When I had my own session with Soo I was dealing with a lot of anxiety because of Michael’s long illness and tough recovery from surgery. After just one session I felt I could breathe better, and was absolutely more calm. I am looking forward to the day when I am a certified instructor, helping others with the same kindness, compassion, honesty and professionalism that was shown to us by Soo.
School Secretary, BodyTalk Student
Soo’s calm, thorough and organized manner of explaining the fundamentals of BodyTalk made it easy for me to understand and I felt completely at ease. Even though I was somewhat skeptical, I had my first session and about an hour later left feeling very good about it. At every session Soo was able to pin point certain physiological and emotional issues that had been bothering me without me telling him. Most surprising has been my ability to sleep. All my life (50+ years) I had trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, and I used to get only 3, 4 hours of sleep each night. I don’t know or understand how, but after a few BodyTalk sessions with Soo I now sleep far better than ever, about 7 hours each night. Another positive has been the change in my mood. I feel increasingly calm, clear, joyful and energetic, as well as optimistic about life.
San Francisco, CA
I suffered from chronic fatigue for longer than I could remember, and I had tried various methods to address this problem. The problem was especially worse in spring and summer times when it captured my whole body and caused lower quality of life. When I met Soo I described this situation to him and hoped he could change this “destiny”. We had two BodyTalk sessions. After just one session the numbness I had felt in my legs for a long time had completely gone away, and I have been feeling noticeably more vigorous ever since. In addition to my chronic fatigue Soo also helped me with other health problems. I am thankful to Soo and, as I said to him, maybe one day I will become a BodyTalk practitioner as well. Thank you, Soo, and the BodyTalk system.
Building Supply Company Owner
From only three BodyTalk sessions with Soo, I have already experienced incredible developments in virtually all areas of my life. I was in a period of transition and financial distress, and dealing with my physical and mental health issues including PTSD from a traumatic marriage, chronic neck and back pain, constipation, ADD, and lack of self-discipline. From my very first session I felt a shift happening right away and a clearing of hidden issues. It paved the way for my second session, where I felt more peaceful and clear than I could ever remember being, and inspired on so many levels. I was filled with surges of creativity, and found myself making better decisions for my well-being such as making the time to meditate, be creative, and be more mindful. After the third session, miracles started happening. I found myself in a constant flow, accomplishing things that I’d put off for months and even years, and was constantly in the mood to organize, plan and execute; somehow I’m always in the mood to be productive! I couldn’t recommend Soo’s BodyTalk more emphatically. He is truly intuitive, knowledgeable, and dedicated to his work. He’s genuinely supportive, gentle and patient, making me feel comfortable and safe to find my own answers and inner guidance. After only three sessions, I’m thrilled to report that my results have blown me away. My chronic pains, constipation and ADD have dissipated and my mental, physical and spiritual energy feels balanced. I haven’t felt this peaceful and this confident, ever, and I keep getting pleasant surprises in how well I handle situations that previously overwhelmed me. I feel liberated from my old self-sabotaging beliefs and inspired to live a life with purpose. In a sense, I feel as if he has helped me peel off layers of rubbish with each session, creating space for me to feel more connected to my body, and with the deepest part of me. Soo’s BodyTalk has become an indispensable part of my healing journey, and I’m looking forward to realizing my full potential with his help.
Waldorf School Teacher
San Francisco, CA
I felt very good after our session…of course finding the words is difficult. I felt light…a lightness that seemed to originate somewhere in my heart (or near it). I felt light (lightweight), and light (sparkle). I was flooded with energy – the pleasant kind of energy, not the kind you get with too much caffeine. As far as emotions…I think we unlocked something that may have been stuck for a long time. I believe this is where the lightness came from. I don’t know what emotion(s) it was, and I don’t think it is important to identify it either. THANK YOU!
My session with Soo felt very profound and powerful…… I immediately felt my mind going into a deeply relaxed stated with a lot of imagery and visions on my mental screen…. I found Soo to be very intuitive, empathetic, compassionate and totally present as a healer….. I’ve been seeing him since a few weeks for chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pain, sore throat and thyroid related hormonal imbalance issues…. I’m finding myself able to rest better, feel my brain shifting which in turn governs the functioning of the glands, and overall feel more alignment in my mind, body and spirit, emotionally feeling more positive and focused… Overall I’m feeling more harmony within… I highly recommend BodyTalk sessions with Soo if you’re working on healing yourself from the inside out and bringing deep spiritual transformation in your life.
Dance Instructor & Performer
Santa Monica, CA
In mid-2012 I started to have alarming discomfort in my right abdomen. A trip to the emergency room suggested that I might have gallstones. Thereafter I avoided greasy food such as French fries, pizza, and buttery pastries. I tried to be good, but there had been times when I gave in to the temptations. Each time I paid the price by spending two to three weeks of my life feeling sick, weak, and tired. In the middle of the night I would put my hand over my gall bladder and pray for healing. It was during one of those weeks when I visited Soo-Hwa and had a BodyTalk session. By the end of the session the tension in my right abdomen loosened up considerably. That night the dull pain that had been with me for weeks just vanished and I slept like a baby. The next day I had the most productive day in a while as my body was free from discomfort. Of course I still need to watch my diet, but that single BodyTalk session seemed to set my innards on the right track. Thank you, Soo-Hwa.
San Jose, CA
Wow – I always felt calm and peaceful around Soo as a friend, but didn’t realize how amazing and effective he would be as a healer. He is incredibly thorough, gentle yet confident and assuring. His background as an artist and architect makes him both intuitive and logical – he has the perfect balance of both left and right brain thinking! He was able to help me surface chronic symptoms that my body was no longer able to even feel, like stomach issues and recurring bladder infections, and completely release them out of my system. Even though I’m a BodyTalk practitioner myself, I get tremendous results from working with him. His studio also feels great to be in and receive sessions in. He is also the first male practitioner I personally have felt truly comfortable receiving sessions from. I highly recommend Soo as your go-to BodyTalk practitioner in San Francisco.
Business Owner, Healthcare Practitioner, Musician
San Francisco, CA
During a BodyTalk session Soo was able to discover a new food intolerance that was on its way to being a digestive problem for me. The new intolerance was to Maltose. This sent Soo and I to the internet to research exactly what this sugar was. Strangely enough, I had recently switched beers. The new beer was barley based, and maltose is a by-product of malted barley. The new beer was making me considerably bloated, but I didn’t think much of it until the session. I was amazed at the specificity of the potential allergen that Soo discovered, and how quickly it was uncovered. Thank you, Soo for helping me clean up my diet!
Business Owner, Animal Communicator
Castro Valley, CA
I am amazed by the healing capacity of BodyTalk, as well as Soo’s skills as a BodyTalk practitioner. Soo was able to identify a very specific somatic pain present in my body since three years ago, and the root cause that lies in my emotions; this is fascinating to me. After a few BodyTalk sessions with Soo this chronic pain is practically gone, and I have an overall feeling of being more internally balanced and being more focused. I also sleep better and feel happier. I have found BodyTalk to be light and gentle, yet effective and powerful.
I am grateful to Soo for introducing me to BodyTalk as a technique for healing. I have been working with an acupuncturist for several years to maximize my health. My ultimate goal is to feel dynamic and bring my hormones and thyroid functions into balance. My first BodyTalk session was peaceful yet energizing. I experienced different areas of my body filled with light and sensation. I felt energy surrounding my body. Soo accurately identified thyroid and female reproductive zones in my initial session that needed alignment. I have had several additional sessions and have been experiencing a heightened sense of awareness of my whole being. I look forward to continuing to explore the BodyTalk techniques with Soo.
Architectural Color Consultant, Business Owner
San Francisco, CA
Sometime after starting my inner journey, I realized that I had a completely repressed anger in me. I was trying to find and feel this anger for the last couple of years. Most of the things that I went through pointed to that repressed emotion, but I wasn’t able to reach it in any way. I had to feel this anger in order to find a solution. Since Soo came to Istanbul, I had witnessed the amazing results of his healing sessions. During our session, even though we hadn’t talked about it, he told me that I had a repressed anger in me and asked where in my body I felt it. Suddenly I felt sensations in my knees, and I found my anger that had been hiding there. Afterwards, I also realized how and why I taught myself to repress this anger. So now, instead of repressing my anger, I am living it openly and transforming it into good things. With my deepest thanks to Soo…
Wellness Center Owner