I was introduced to Systematic Kinesiology when I was pregnant with my first child in 2001. I was completely fascinated by how my body responded to the therapy and saw the benefits very quickly. After my first child was born at a bonny 10lbs 5oz, I continued to have Kinesiology sessions as a sort of MOT to support both my physical and emotional health. In 2004, I decided I would like to learn more so I enrolled onto a four month kinesiology foundation course and from the first day of the course I knew there was no going back. The results were incredible even with basic Kinesiology tools and so I continued to train to Diploma level which I completed in 2006. The results I have seen with my clients over the years has been incredible and it is such a joy to see people improve in every aspect of their wellbeing - often very quickly. Kinesiology is truly holistic and by looking at every aspect of the person we can really support lasting, positive change.
If you would like to know more, you can watch a short video made by the Kinesiology Association, that explains more.
What is Kinesiology?
Kinesiology is a holistic therapy which uses muscle response testing to measure the motor response of the central nervous system to a sensory challenge. By doing this, imbalances can be determined and methods to rebalance the body can be indicated.
History of Kinesiology
In the 1920s an orthopaedic surgeon, R.W. Lovett, developed a system for testing and grading the strength of muscles. His work was taken forward by Henry and Florence Kendall in 1949 and they produced a book entitled ‘Muscle Testing and Function’. Kinesiology, as we use it today, was developed by George Goodheart in 1964. He was an American chiropractor who realised that by using a specific technique of massaging the beginning and ending of a patient’s muscle, he could increase the strength of the muscle. He called this the origin and insertion correction and named this new therapy Applied Kinesiology because he was applying information gathered by studying the muscle response (kinesiology means `study of movement`). George Goodheart became famous for being able to solve health problems that no one else could and he taught these techniques to chiropractors, osteopaths, medical doctors and dentists. He went on to found the International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK) and only practitioners who have trained with ICAK use the term ‘Applied Kinesiologist’.
Using accurate muscle testing, George Goodheart and other ICAK members identified where imbalances in the body were occurring and could introduce various factors to find the most relevant types of treatment to help restore balance for that person. This meant every treatment could be tailored to each individual’s need. Working with Chinese medical theory they discovered links between muscle response, meridian energy and related organs. They linked these with Chapman’s neurolymphatic massage points and Bennet’s neurovascular holding points. Further research identified nutrients which would support rebalancing of the various systems and foods which could affect these circuits in a negative way. Emotional associations which contributed or resulted in imbalance and structural distortions were also identified and corrected.
Since its original inception in the 1960’s various branches of kinesiology have been developed, based on the core concepts of Kinesiology formed by George Goodheart and some have developed their own unique aspects of Kinesiology and related techniques. The aim of all branches of Kinesiology is to work holistically with clients to address their imbalances and rebalance their system in order to work towards optimal health and well-being.
What happens during a Kinesiology session?
During the first session I will take a full medical and lifestyle history and work with you, with your consent, to identify and address your specific individual concerns and areas causing stress.
Assessments are made using gentle manual muscle response testing where I seek to identify imbalances which may be contributing to the client's loss of health and well-being, and ways to restore balance. Clients are fully clothed. I will ask you to place your arms, legs or head into specific positions and then apply a light pressure against the muscle that is being tested.
Based on biofeedback from the muscle test, you and I can identify exactly what is involved and devise a plan. Suggestions and advice may include incorporation of foods, nutritional supplements, relaxation and other techniques, lifestyle changes and more.
Many different factors affect and contribute to our health and well-being and using Kinesiology (manual muscle response testing) clients can be supported to come into better balance and achieve their optimum health and well-being.
You can read all you like about Kinesiology but there is no substitute for trying it yourself. You'll be amazed to see how it works. And, of course, you'll begin to feel the benefits.