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How can kinesiology help me?

How Can Kinesiology Help Me?

Kinesiology can give you the courage and energy to face change and move forward in life with confidence.

It has earned an excellent reputation for the non-invasive and effective treatment of pain, illness and other conditions, including

•           Muscular aches and pains

•           Fertility and hormonal imbalances

•           Treating the after-effects of accidents, abuse and trauma including post traumatic stress

•           Promoting clarity of thought and decision-making

•           Maximising potential and improving performance on all levels

•           Relief from chronic pain and long-standing conditions such as depression, anxiety and addictions

•           and Learning difficulties

Kinesiology is a complementary therapy that supports and integrates other treatments you may be using including counselling, acupuncture, chemotherapy, chiropractic or western medicine.

Kinesiology: Seeking Balance

By Merryl Key Dip Heath Sci (H.Kin);  BA Communications; Cert App Astrology

My first experience of kinesiology was just over ten years ago when I started regular treatment with a kinesiologist in an effort to sort out my health and find a bit of balance. Two years later, I was a completely different person. I felt fantastic, managed my stress and physical health better, was able to follow through on tough decisions and had greater confidence in myself. My spiritual world seemed to open up and I felt newly connected to the love and guidance of a higher source. I found kinesiology fascinating, but after all those sessions, I still had no idea what my kinesiologist actually did. I only knew I felt better. So I decided to study it, ditched my computer job and became a full-time practitioner, still fascinated by the insights it reveals.

Kinesiology began about 30 years ago when American chiropractors John Thie and George Goodheart worked with the idea that muscle strength or weakness could give an indication of emotional and mental states – for example, when you feel depressed your posture reflects that condition with a sunken chest, round shoulders, down cast eyes…your muscles don’t seem to support you. John Thie and George Goodheart found that testing simple muscle response can give an indication of how the brain and the subconscious respond to stress.

The technique was fine-tuned by linking it to the meridian system of energy flow, using Chinese Laws of Energy to trace its movement and correct imbalances. Chinese Laws of Energy state that energy (or chi) moves along specific pathways in a specific direction. An imbalance or blockage in these pathways will eventually create dis-ease. Once the energy flow is restored, the body has the ability to heal itself. Kinesiology aims to restore balance and connect to the natural rhythms and flows of energy. The use of the body as a feedback mechanism through muscle testing means stress on any level can be very specifically located. The conscious mind is bypassed and the body communicates what is out of balance and exactly what treatment is needed to correct each stress condition.

This unique aspect of kinesiology treatment is the key to the philosophy behind it. There is an emphasis on ‘holistic and non-invasive technique’: you are not required to remove your clothes, the skin is not broken – as in acupuncture treatment, and the body only ‘gives permission’ to what it is ready to deal with, directing the course of treatment. This has a very empowering effect on those receiving treatment and allows the mind/body/spirit connection a safe space to strengthen. Obviously kinesiology is an excellent form of healing for people who have suffered sexual, psychological or physical abuse, but it also helps shift hard-to-break patterns and aligns you with the courage and energy necessary to face change and move forward in life on difficult issues.

During a session (which is called a ‘balance’), you may spend a bit of time discussing your issue and what you’d like to achieve. Sometimes a specific goal would be devised and the kinesiologist would work to align your energy and train your body to meet that goal. Typically, you would lie fully clothed (bar shoes) face-up on a massage table, however some kinesiologists will get you to stand or sit instead. The kinesiologist would then apply gentle pressure to isolated muscles in your arms or legs and start to get a picture of where your energy is blocked and what to do about it.

Corrections are anchored back into the body through the energetic and acupoint system or physical and structural techniques. This may take the form of releasing energy by physically rubbing reflex points, doing simple exercises or using meridian flow to balance chakras. In addition, vibrational methods such as creative visualisation, flower essences, affirmations and sound vibration are used to shift blocked energy and catalyse change. Many kinesiologists use tuning forks that tone the Hz frequency of meridians to correct imbalances.

One of the more mystifying aspects of kinesiology is the use of finger modes to set up an energy-based language to ‘speak’ to the body. One of my clients describes it as a cross between mime and 80’s new-wave dancing. In reality, it is just a convenient method of holding energy patterns and safely distancing the kinesiologist from affecting the result of a muscle test through intention, expectation or identification. Other times energy will be flushed or entrained through the bodies’ electrical system and energetic structures. To some people, it looks a bit weird (although I find it quite elegant) and because the methods are based on Laws of Energy, the explanations are reasonable enough and many people can feel the shift in energy as this is being done.

In my own practice, I see people wanting to address a wide range of issues such as chronic pain, serious illness and mental health problems like depression or anxiety. But I also have clients who feel stuck and want to free themselves from old behaviours, relationships or careers that no longer serve them or family problems with long enmeshed histories.

Kinesiology seems to open my clients to new ways of doing things because they develop the strength, clarity and confidence to make changes that improves their life. They become more authentic and connected to their purpose.

Another of its great assets is that it is a truly complementary health practice that integrates and builds on other treatments the client may be having, such as chiropractic, Traditional Chinese Medicine, homeopathy and naturopathy. I find it is very effective for my clients if used to support their regular counselling sessions because as they develop an intellectual understanding of behaviours, kinesiology trains their body to support them to act and take positive steps to change.

Kinesiology also has an excellent reputation for the effective treatment of illness and other conditions, including :

•           muscular aches and pains

•           stress release, including chronic pain and long-standing emotional stress conditions such as depression

•           allergies, hormonal imbalances and nutritional problems

•           treating fears, anxiety and phobias

•           learning difficulties

•           sexuality concerns

•           spiritual development

•           the after-effects of accidents or trauma

•           promoting clarity of thought and decision making

•           maximising potential and improving performance on all levels

Its very rewarding work and is so honouring it can be used to balance the health needs of animals, children and even babies without putting them through any unnecessary discomfort. As its popularity as a health modality grows, the professionalism and training of its practitioners is of an increasingly high standard, with Australian kinesiologists being some of the most respected in the world.

Merryl Key practices from St Kilda in Melbourne and can be contacted on 040 302 0161 or through the contact page here.

First Published in Spheres The Spirit Guide, “Kinesiology: Seeking Balance” by Merryl Key , Issue 2, April 2003.



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