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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

What is kinesiology again?


Although it’s becoming more and more popular, there are still a lot of people who have never heard of kinesiology, so I thought I’d write a post to shed some light on it.  First of all, most people get stumped on the pronounciation; it’s ‘kin-easy-ology’.

Modern kinesiology is a complementary therapy which was developed by a chiropractor, and it’s basis is a mixture of chiropractic and acupuncture.  There are many different types of kinesiology practised today, and although the procedures and techniques may differ slightly, all kinesiologies encompass some kind of muscle testing and the procedures are acting (in part) on the acupuncture meridians (or energy channels) in the body.  Unlike acupuncture, needles are never used.

The therapy works by identifying what causes a weakened muscle in the body (usually a muscle in the arm), and then correcting this weakness.  The weakness might be due to a stressful thought, an emotional feeling, a pain in the body, an irritating substance, or any other ‘stressor’.  One the stressor has been identified, it will be corrected using a bioenergy technique to rebalance the energy around that stress.  The techniques used in a session might involve the use of magnets, flower essences, essential oils, foods and biochemical substances.

No two kinesiology sessions are ever the same; even when two people appear to have the same concerns, the kinesiology procedures will be different and unique to them.  It’s important to note that the kinesiology practitioner doesn’t decide what needs to be done in a session because all the procedures are chosen by muscle testing the client, so effectively their body chooses what it needs.

The whole session is carried out with the client lying fully clothed on a couch.  It’s totally painless, and occasionally clients feel particular sensations whilst the corrections are carried out.  My clients sometimes report feeling tingling, warmth or cold, or seeing colours when their eyes are closed, although this doesn't happen all the time.  Most people leave the session feeling relaxed and calm.

Kinesiology has developed a reputation for ‘finding out what’s wrong’.  This is actually incorrect, and a kinesiology practitioner will never diagnose what a particular problem is caused by.  Rather, by using kinesiology the practitioner can help to identify what you need to help you restore your body’s natural balance, so that you can have a vibrant sense of well-being.

More information about kinesiology in general can be found on the Kinesiology Federation website.  The branch of kinesiology that I practise is called Health Kinesiology, and there is a wealth of information on the Health Kinesiology UK website.


Please call me if you would like to find out if kinesiology is appropriate for your situation.  I am always happy to chat.





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