Kinesiology: How it Works & How it Can Help You
I still struggle to explain what Kinesiology is when asked. Initially, my excitement and passion usually get in the way of any well-thought out sentences, which result in a somewhat incoherent explanation. But not only that, the whole modality is quite complex and extremely broad in nature that there is no snug fit type of definition. It seems everyone you meet has a different grasp on what Kinesiology is, based on his or her varying interactions with it. So let’s explore further.
What is Kinesiology?
The definition of Kinesiology literally refers to the ‘study of human movement’, and it is the ‘applied’ version of Kinesiology that encompasses the complementary therapy of which we speak of today. It first originated amongst Chiropractors in the 1960’s, who discovered a means of muscle testing to gather information from the body. This western technique of muscle monitoring, integrated with ancient eastern energy sciences forms the foundation of Kinesiology as an energy healing modality.
The important premise here is that our bodies have their own ability to heal. This is the basis of homeostasis – the notion that the body is self-regulated to maintain stability. Just like when we overheat, we sweat to cool down.
Because of today’s fast paced lifestyle and exposure to chemicals, processed food and other allergens, our body often is ‘stressed’ and unable to maintain a balanced state.
The tools of Kinesiology enable us to communicate with the subconscious to identify where there are ‘imbalances’ and points of stress or trauma. The same tools are able to determine the body’s desired correctional techniques, allowing the client's healing potential to be maximised and balance to be achieved.
Every Kinesiology session is unique. No two Kinesiologists use the same methods and no blueprint exists as to how a session will unfold. The COMMON thread of every session however, is that your subconscious will guide the process. It will surface your body’s stress and communicate how it needs to heal. The practitioner simply guides the method.
Your Biology is your Psychology
It is becoming more accepted now that illness and disease is generated by our thoughts and state of mind. Energetically, our mind is more powerful than our body, and therefore what we think, we create. This concept is talked about so commonly these days as manifestation principles, the Law of Attraction, affirmations and through the work of Medical Intuitives.
Before an illness reveals itself in our physical bodies, it has been mulling over in our mind, after initially being conceived in our subconscious. Our subconscious is constantly picking up on things within our environment that we are unaware of. Combine this with a sense of unconscious guilt and maybe a negative belief pattern and an illness is birthed!
Wouldn’t it be fantastic to tap into the issues at the subconscious level, long before it manifests as an illness or issue in the physical plane?
Muscle Testing Explained
Using the technique of muscle testing, we can instantly unlock access to our subconscious, which is akin to the CPU of out mind-body system. The reason our muscular system is utilised for this process, is because movement is a neurological process. As we react to cues in the environment and messages from our brain, our body responds with muscle movement.
When we are happy, the muscles around our mouth contract and result in a smile. This is an appropriate physical response to a positive emotion. A tight jaw, tensed shoulders and a churning stomach demonstrate compromised, weak and imbalanced muscles from a stress response. This is how muscle testing is able to find stress in the body – through an imbalanced or weak muscle response.
In a healthy system, if a muscle becomes ‘switched off’ it will usually be switched back on within a few seconds. But if your body is under more stress than it has resources to deal with it, it will take longer to self-balance. Stressors inhibit the neural response as well as the energy flow within our meridians and chakras. The compromised neural response signifies muscle weakness, leading to structural problems, like back pain. The energy blockages will cause insufficient flow to organs, resulting in disease and illness. This is the mechanism that makes us sick.
The philosophy of Kinesiology allows us to challenge the subconscious to identify a change in muscle contractile integrity. How the subconscious perceives that challenge, determines whether the muscle responds strong or weak. If the muscle tests weak, stress is identified, indicating a disturbed energy flow. This imbalance could manifest in a structural, chemical, nutritional, mental, emotional or spiritual issue in your conscious reality. These issues can carry over from any time in your past and can even be ancestral in nature. Only your subconscious will reveal such truth!
During a Kinesiology session, people are often surprised to find themselves recalling long forgotten incidents. Our bodies never forget, because our survival-oriented structure means subconsciously we hold all memories, particularly of negative experiences, somewhere in our physical system.
How Muscle Testing Uncovers your Story
Did you know that channels of energy, called the Meridians fuel our mind and all of our major organs and muscles? As do our energetic organs, the Chakras? This is where ancient eastern healing philosophies meet with western science to fuel Kinesiology.
When we are healthy, energy flows through these channels effortlessly, allowing our body systems to function efficiently. Blocked energy however, can lead to muscle weakness, which relates to a specific organ. A muscle test will determine where the weakness exists, its associated organ and often the issue can then be balanced through techniques that increase energy flow.
For example, a person may present with a bladder issue. Because the bladder communicates with the ankle muscles, weak ankle muscles may have caused a weak bladder. By addressing the ankle issues, the bladder function returns to normal. Isn’t it fascinating how it all links up? You really do have all the answers within you.
It is important to remember that everyone is different. What works for one person, may not work for another. Muscle Testing, however, is the gift that makes it possible to identify every individual’s unique story.
How can Kinesiology help you?
Kinesiology is a holistic system. It considers the:
BODY (structure and chemistry);
MIND (mental structures and emotional states); and
SPIRIT (energy meridians/chakras)
Kinesiology will not diagnose, treat, prescribe or cure.
Kinesiology will work with symptoms to find the underlying message that the body is communicating and help you work towards a solution.
Kinesiology will improve your quality of life and so ‘re-educate’ your body and thought processes.
Kinesiology can assist with:
o Muscle imbalances
o Physical pain
o Emotional stress
o Structural deviations
o Energetic/vibrations imbalances
o Learning difficulties
o Nutritional/biomechanical imbalances
o Performance below desired levels
o Other health issues
Has this clarified your understanding of Kinesiology? How can Kinesiology help you?
Until the next post.