Kinesiology – what is it?

Kineisology, pronounced ‘kin-easy-ology’ is technically the study of the movement of muscles.  Kinesiology sessions use muscle monitoring, a biofeedback system which allows the subconscious stresses and imbalances within the body to be observed.  Muscle monitoring began in the early 1900’s by Lovett, a Boston orthopaedic surgeon who used it to asses the level of disability from nerve damage.  In the 1940’s muscle monitoring was studied further by a husband and wife team of academic kinesiologists, Kendall and Kendall who then published their research.  It was this research that then came to the attention of Dr George Goodheart, a chiropractor in the early 1960’s.  Dr Goodheart started using muscle monitoring in his practise and was able to provide a deeper level of healing to his patients which he was not able to provide previously.  Through his work, he began to observe that not only where the patients finding relief from structural issues they began to experience relief from certain organ disturbances. 5 Elements In the late 1960’s Dr Goodheart recognised the link between the muscles being tested and the meridian system of Chinese acupuncture and his system known as ‘Applied Kinesiology’ evolved.  Dr John Thie D.C., a student of Dr Goodheart, developed Touch for Health in the early 1970’s which allowed the general public access to these techniques. Today Kinesiology has evolved further and is a holistic system of natural health care that combines muscle monitoring with the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), energy balancing and other healing modalities.  It works with the inter-relationship between body structure, chemistry, the mind and emotions and energy systems to promote physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. 

So what is health?  It is not the absence of disease but the absence of dis-ease or un-ease.  For health to be experienced then the mental (beliefs and thoughts), emotional (emotions and values) and physical (structural, nutritional and biochemical) aspects of a person need to be addressed.  Image an equilateral triangle, each side is the same length and therefore has the same angle between the two lines.  Each side represents an aspect of the person: mental, emotional or physical.  If either one side or one angle is changed/challenged and the person is unable to adapt to this challenge then this will affect the other two sides and other two angles and therefore un-ease (symptoms) will be experienced.  Kinesiology is used to find where and how a client is unable to adapt to all kinds of different things.  To verify the clients  ability to adapt to a challenge, a Kinesiologist will apply a small amount of pressure to the clients extended arm or leg to engage a muscle response.  When the client can adapt efficiently their nervous system will reflect this through the muscle response.  The client will be able to hold the limb’s position firmly when someone else exerts pressure against it.  If the client is not able to adapt efficiently the client’s muscles will unlock or appear to have less strength and the limb will give way under the pressure applied.

what is kinesiologyThe Kinesiologist works more like a detective – following clues of the body through the muscle responses and allowing the body to reveal precisely the location and / or nature of its imbalances, leading to the cause of the issues.  What is exciting is that the client’s muscle response also leads the practitioner to the preferred therapy that will most effectively resolve the issues.  The Kinesiologist does not ‘heal’ or ‘fix’ the client, it is a collaborative journey between the practitioner and client, as they explore and discover the factors that have created the symptoms and what is required to facilitate the body to move towards health, allowing the body to heal.  As each person is unique, each session is utterly different and is a journey for both the Kinesiologist and the client.

Whatever the symptoms, Kinesiology balances the body and puts it in the optimum state to heal itself, by removing the negative stresses, be they physical, mental, chemical or emotional.  Regular maintenance with Kinesiology can prevent a build-up from occurring of of this stress.

In good health, Vicki

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