Kinesiology is a gentle, effective natural therapy that supports growth and change in all areas of life. Kinesiology is the therapeutic use of muscle monitoring (formerly referred to as muscle testing).
What is Muscle Monitoring?
Muscle monitoring (muscle testing) is the single defining feature of Kinesiology.
It could be called Neuro-muscular biofeedback. It is the way a kinesiologist places pressure on a muscle to get a response from the client’s nervous system to access the unconscious, or what is sometimes referred to as the innate intelligence, of the client.
Kinesiology’s singular defining feature is muscle monitoring, which is a way of working with muscles that enables the practitioner to gain information from the client’s innate awareness.
The purpose behind muscle monitoring is to gain information from the body. The body will naturally supply information that is beneficial to the overall wellbeing of the individual who is being monitored. This information is diverse, in that it covers such topics as muscle health, organ and gland health, nutritional health, and emotional, mental and spiritual health. This intelligence or awareness that is tapped into during a kinesiology balance is referred to in kinesiology circles as the body’s innate awareness. This concept of the innate awareness, an all-knowing intelligence that works from the responses of our muscles, is a challenging concept for some. However, as we learn and work with kinesiology, our experiences over time show this to be true. And with this knowledge we have the comfort of knowing that the wisdom we need to traverse life is always with us and accessible.
How does Kinesiology work?
Kinesiology uses muscle monitoring as a biofeedback technique which directly accesses the causes of stress.
By understanding the deeper needs of the whole being we are able to provide specific support and so create what we require for healing and transformation.
Kinesiology is a therapeutic tool that uses muscles as a guide to uncover the causes of stress in a holistic way.
“Holistic” means that we are looking at the body as an integrated whole, where all the so-called parts of the body are represented and interrelated with all the other parts…nothing works in isolation.
Once the causes of stress are uncovered, the muscles are used in a similar way to provide the support the body needs in order to resolve the stress. Once the underlying stress is resolved, the client’s body is more able to self-heal. The client’s self-healing is the primary goal behind kinesiology.
Kinesiology and Brain Plasticity
Find out How Kinesiology enhances the learning potential
More than 12 years ago shortly after I had read the first book by Norman Doidge, “The Brain that changes itself” on brain plasticity, one of my then students brought her mother-in-law in for some kinesiology.
Her mother-in-law had recently undergone brain surgery (3 months prior) for the removal of a large benign brain tumour in her occipital lobe. Following the surgery, the doctors rated her visual function as 12% and informed her that it would be unlikely that it would improve further. As a consequence, she would never work nor drive again and although there was nothing wrong with her eyes themselves, she would in fact remain technically blind for the rest of her life. The occipital lobe (at the back of the brain) is where our visual processing takes place. The shock and damage to her brain caused by the removal of the tumour had impeded how her brain processed the visual information streaming from her eyes….
Kinesiology the Search for Truth
Dr. David R Hawkins’s research concluded that kinesiology was able to derive any true answers about any topic in the whole Universe.
The release of his very curious book Power vs. Force, written by one so qualified started a wave of new aspirants from all around the world seeking to learn the art and science of muscle testing (monitoring). Unlike previous commentaries on kinesiology, Dr. David R. Hawkins interpreted kinesiology in a profoundly spiritual manor whilst blending it with contemporary scientific understanding. His work painted muscle testing as a tool that would launch the aspirants into an accelerated journey of spiritual growth through the power of its enquiry.
The reality for most that embarked on the Hawkins styled journey was not as he had painted it, finding ambiguity and fickleness in the muscle response. When Dr. Hawkins’s aspirants questioned him about the difficulty in obtaining kinesiology responses he said that you need a level of consciousness over 200 before you can muscle test. So Dr Hawkins’s followers and kinesiology aspirants who were struggling to muscle test with accuracy and ease were now labelled and bundled into the category of sub 200. This, by his own measure, accounts for approximately 80% of the human population.
Kinesiology has been going through an amazing growth in popularity over recent years. This is largely due to the results it delivers reaching into the community of south east Queensland. Only 50 years old, kinesiology found its way into Australia in the early 1980’s. The local pioneers some of whom are still practising today, did their training through workshops. More often than not, these workshops were taught in someone’s living room. With a contingent of housewives and enthusiasts it more resembled a Tupperware party than the beginning of a new futuristic heath movement poised to take the world by storm. In the early 80’s I was finishing high school and starting my science degree at university, never really sure of how I was going to lead my life. I had a strong sense of purpose which would rise up in me as a ball of frustration all through my 20’s; I had no idea how I would be directing my purpose and passion.