About John

The Kortum Technique

Brief Bio

John is an autodidact, author and the developer of The Kortum Technique. He consults, speaks, and teaches worldwide on sensory integration. His reproducible applications of cognitive techniques in healthcare have been independently evaluated with 93% accuracy.


John has over twenty years of experience facilitating workshops. His facilitation skills have been written about in The Washington Post. He was a residential trainer at the world-renowned Monroe Institute from 1998-2012, where he led 6-day residential programs that explore human consciousness through an audio-based technology model.                                                                                                         Photo credit Joe Henson

John has been featured in A&E Biography Channel’s new original series The UneXplained and The Dr. Oz Show. He has conducted live demonstrations of his medical perception on camera as well as before audiences in media and conference settings with sustained levels of accuracy. By adapting his perception to medical language he substantiates a heuristic for health care practitioners to develop sensory integration. He teaches practitioners how to apply the Kortum Techniques in their patient practice.

While the implications are far reaching in medical science, John can show anyone how to recognize the body’s visually perceptible language for health and healing.

At a young age, John recognized the human body projected health information in an obvious way. He noticed people who had health imbalances exhibited a distinct textural presence, a quality, which he did not perceive when he looked at healthy people. “I did not set out to find the body’s universal language for indicators and healing,” John says, “The body kept getting my attention whenever I observed anyone with a health imbalance.” In the early 1970s, he began noting his observations and over the next few decades correlated the variety of textural qualities with each of the body’s organs and systems. “People often reasoned that I had some kind of unique talent or ability. However, I came to understand that my perception was simply noticing the unnoticed which is available to anyone,” he states. “We’ve reached a point in our cognitive development where ideas and sustainable solutions can be found both within or beyond formal knowledge models or didactic learning. The creativity of the human spirit is a forever unfolding dimension,” he adds.

Perceptual Explorations

John is interested in any phenomena that do not fit into our ordinary box of accepted reality. He works with investigative groups to identify, understand, and relate to unusual happenings. He often roams the globe, as a “perceptual anthropologist”, in search of locations where, and how, past or forgotten cultures applied natural sensory perception. By learning from the wake of sensory clues, John adds to his experience base and deepens his understanding of natural sensory detection.

Personal Interests

John is in the process of achieving gourmet chef status. His global roaming has introduced him to foods of all nations and a desire to reproduce elegant cuisine in his own kitchen. He is interested in historic architecture and preservation and is currently restoring his 1912 residence. He plays guitar, piano, bass, djembe, and jun-jun. He continues to write and is working on a new book project while immersing himself in video production.

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