Kinesiology is not a spiritual modality; it is actually based heavily on scientific background. Understandably the concept of the body doing weird things or answering subconscious questions can seem a little farfetched and out of this world. Hence the reason I am writing this post.
Over the past few months I have received many questions and a lot of sceptic remarks relating to Kinesiology. Feelings and thoughts that it is going against God’s work or that it is conjuring up spirits and channelling them through to get results. Funnily enough this modality couldn’t be more science based and very little of it actually refers to anything ‘spiritual’. I would like to take this opportunity to share with you what I have found with Kinesiology and a little about its background.
Firstly, Kinesiology was discovered in the 1960’s by a Chiropractor named Dr George Goodheart who originally used ‘muscle testing’ to evaluate the body throughout treatments. He then found that holding certain parts of the body could generate longer and stronger results for his clients. He found that specific muscles within the body were associated to specific organs and functions of the body. By using the art of ‘Muscle Testing’ he could use the body, or more specifically the muscles, as a personal feedback system for each client.
Muscle testing was developed in the 1930’s and it is the act of testing the resilience or function of a particular muscle by applying a light amount of pressure to it. In neurology textbooks muscle testing is defined as “a means of testing the motor function of limbs”. By isolating a single muscle and putting it into a contracted position we are able to assess its function and in turn use it as a bio-feedback system for the body. Muscle testing allows a practitioner to communicate directly with the body, making the most substantial and honest feedback system known to man. No equipment, technology or machinery is needed, simply the muscles of the body. With the finest of touch and pressure used, the need for manipulation is minimal.
Since those humble beginnings Kinesiology has developed into a modality of its own, encompassing Eastern and Western medical techniques to further restore balance to the body. Kinesiology works with the entire body including all its systems, functions, muscles and organs. It is a core belief within Kinesiology that the body can heal itself.
For me personally, Kinesiology first came to me when I was 18 years old. My mother and sister had been visiting one for various reasons and were absolutely blown away with the results. When they came home and explained to me what occurred and the means of testing throughout a session I thought this was complete rubbish. Originally I thought the whole concept was completely out there and so ridiculous. At the time it was fair to say I was more than sceptical. It wasn’t until I experienced Kinesiology for the first time on a demonstration evening.
The practitioner asked me to get on stage and began doing some weird things with my arms (muscle testing). He then continued to explain to me that I suffered from lower back pain and gave me a brief outline as to why this was happening. Previously I had worked with Chiropractors, Acupuncturists, Massage Therapists and had taken many supplements to help me with my back pain. Continually I was told the pain was caused by ‘growing too quickly’ or ‘from playing too many sports.’ Each of these modalities helped for several days or several weeks but would only seem to ‘band-aid’ the problem. (Please also note that I am not demeaning any of these modalities, they are all equally as amazing but for this specific issue they didn’t work for me.)
The Kinesiologist then went on to tell me the pain was actually being caused by one of my kidneys and stress that was being held there. Still thinking this was rather ‘whacky’ he then continued to rub some points on the front of my chest which as I now understand are correction points related to the kidneys. To my surprise he only used light touch and rubbed these points for about 30 secs whilst talking to me about some emotions and feelings that are generally related to this area. He then asked me to stand up and move around to see how my back was feeling. Incredibly I rose from the table completely pain free and absolutely blown away. To this day I have not suffered back pain like that again.
This experience is what converted my way of thinking. Without referring to a text book and trying to diagnose the issue it was dealt with from its point of origin. We are all individual, meaning we are all completely unique. What works for me may not work for you and visa-versa but I feel the most beautiful thing about Kinesiology is it is not based on what happens for anyone else, but simply what happens for YOU. We all have the capability to live optimally healthy, happy and free from pain. We have an inbuilt healing process within our body that works to ensure we sustain this point of living. Unfortunately this process can become blocked and seemingly inactive due to stresses, emotions and traumas.
Kinesiology is not about being spiritually enlightened, predicting the future or knowing everything that happens within the world. It is simply about asking the right questions and allowing the body to speak. No-one is born to suffer or live a difficult life, to me Kinesiology is the key to this optimal way of living.