What is Kinesiology?
By Liz Barrington, Natural Body Healing
At Natural Body Healing, we love to work with clients using
Kinesiology techniques in our
Integrated Healing therapy who are
amazed at the fast and long-lasting results that we achieve.
Applied Kinesiology was originally developed by George Goodheart
in the 1960's, and is the originating form of kinesiology which
Chiropractors often learn and use. It focused
substantially on the physical aspects of the body and nervous
Today, Kinesiology has become a truly natural and holistic
therapy that combines muscle-monitoring with principles of the
Chinese meridian system, the chakra system, the neuro-lymphatic
and neuro-vascular systems etc and other techniques to assess
energy and body function and movement.
The ancient Chinese discovered a subtle free-flowing energy or
‘vital force’ in the body known as ‘Qi’ or ‘Chi’ that sustains
all life. Qi connects our body and our consciousness (spirit)
and so when it’s in balance – so too are our body, emotions and
Qi runs along energy channels called ‘meridians’ which connect
all the muscles, organs and systems in the body. These energy
pathways run along the body in one continuous ‘one-way’
direction of unbroken energy flow, and each meridian has a
‘beginning’ and ‘end’ point. Acupuncture/Acupressure points
exist along these meridian pathways which are electro-magnetic
in nature and are also detectable by techniques such as
In kinesiology, muscle-testing is not concerned with the
strength of the muscle but with the body’s energy passing
through that muscle or muscle group. Stress and anxiety, for
example, can overload the body’s circuit to create energy
blockages. In kinesiology, our meridians and chakras etc
therefore have to be re-set or re-balanced before the energy can
flow harmoniously again.
Kinesiology is a highly-effective treatment and can help to
correct any physical, emotional, mental and spiritual imbalances
to restore balanced free-flowing energy which enables the body
to heal itself naturally. Furthermore, it can help improve
posture, increase flexibility, and reduce stress levels and pain
in the body.
During a treatment, the client lies on the therapy couch and
holds their arms/legs in certain positions in a process which we
refer to as ‘muscle monitoring’ whereby gentle pressure is
applied to the muscles for a few seconds. This method is which
is used to see how well energy flows within the body. Weak
muscles indicate energy blockages which would require further
The client’s posture is observed before and after a treatment
and the practitioner runs initial ‘pre-checks’ on the muscles to
make sure that the information received from the muscle
monitoring is going to be accurate. The practitioner also checks
for ionisation and that the client is sufficiently hydrated as
these can also affect the results. A 'goal' is also set
and agreed with the client at the beginning, so the the client's
'being' knows what physical and/or emotional issues are to be
cleared throughout the session.
If the client does need any corrections during the treatment,
then the practitioner may have to touch, rub or massage certain
points on the body and he/she may even ask the client to assist
in doing this too. This is explained throughout the
session during which the practitioner always encourages open
'two-way' communication and feedback.
In addition, the practitioner will also use Chinese Meridian
therapy, Acupressure, Sound Therapy, Crystal Therapy,
Essences, Imagery, Laser, Medical Intuitive techniques and other vibrational therapies to help rebalance and harmonise the energy
flow around the body. The session is usually very relaxing and
the client leaves feeling much more energised with a greater
sense of inner-calm.
Usually, it is recommended that clients generally have 2-3
treatments initially, once every 1-2 weeks. The client may
experience a little discomfort while holding some muscle
positions used in traditional Applied Kinesiology and they may
feel a slight sensation as their muscles release/re-set.
Furthermore, the client may feel a little tired afterwards – so
it’s important that he or she just takes it easy following a
session and that they drink plenty of water (2 litres water per
day if possible). As always, it’s important for each client to
try to get plenty of sleep, eat lots of natural foods, fresh
fruit, wholesome pulses and vegetables to try to alkalise their
diet to restore inner-balance.
In addition, they must always try to keep their thoughts and
feelings positive and the client should cut down on
alcohol/caffeine. Finally, they should look to incorporate more
‘relaxation’ into their busy lifestyles through simple walking,
deep-breathing, swimming, meditation and pilates. Importantly,
they must avoid doing anything that causes pain!
Body Healing today to see how Kinesiology and
Integrated Healing can help
you and all your family by restoring
health and harmony to the body at emotional, spiritual,
mental, neurological and also physical levels.