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What Is Kinesiology?
The word kinesiology means the study of how muscles act and coordinate the body. Kinesiology is the science of energy balancing and is a unique form of holistic therapy as it combines the knowledge of Chinese acupuncture, modern chiropractic, osteopathy, nutrition, psychology and the subtle energy bodies (chakras). It promotes physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health emphasizing health maintenance, disease prevention, client education and client responsibility.
The muscles are used as a biofeedback system to identify the underlying cause of blockage from the person's subconscious mind via the nervous system. Muscle monitoring is used to access information from the bio-computer, the brain and the subconscious mind, in relation to the problem and also guides the practitioner to choose the priority correction in order to stimulate the person's innate healing capacity and supporting their physiology to return to normal function.
Kinesiology is unique as it looks beyond symptoms. It recognizes the flows of energy within the body not only relate to the muscles but to every tissue and organ that make the body a living ever changing organism. These energy flows can be evaluated by testing the function of the muscles, which in turn reflect the body's overall state of structural, chemical and emotional balance.
In this way kinesiology taps into energies that the more conventional modalities overlook.
Our life energy (chi) can become blocked by a number of factors such as emotional trauma, unresolved stress, nutritional deficiencies or self-limiting beliefs held in the subconscious mind. This blockage can cause a number of symptoms such as fatigue, poor immunity, aches and pains, headaches, allergies, emotional stress and much more.
It can help you upgrade your performance in every area of your life including relationships, efficacy and productivity at schools and in your workplace, problem solving and stress management.
Origins of Kinesiology
Kinesiology originated in 1964 with the discoveries of American chiropractor Dr. George Goodheart, the founder of Applied Kinesiology and the International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK).
He developed a new system of evaluating various body functions by testing specific muscles which reflect the current health status of a person's glands, organs, nervous system, endocrine system, lymphatic system, circulation as well as muscle and bone structures. This system complemented chiropractic spinal manipulation resulting in better facilitation of muscles, improved posture and better functioning of the entire nervous system.
In the early 1970's, Dr. John Thie, a chiropractor and student of Dr. Goodheart, systemized Kinesiology with a simpler system of self-help called Touch For Health and made these techniques available to lay people all around the world. This allowed people from every walk of life to take more responsibility for their own health and wellbeing. Touch For Health today is taught in 55 countries.
Since then many different branches of Specialised Kinesiology have developed incorporating various modalities and techniques with the aim of restoring balance to the three aspects of the triangle of health - structure (muscular-skeletal), mental/emotional (psyche) and biochemical (nutrition).
When the triangle is equilateral, all sides are obviously in balance and the person represented exists in a state of optimal life-force and vibrant health.
The truth is, that we live in a stressful environment making constant demands on our physical, mental, emotional and energy systems. These unresolved stresses can manifest on any side of the triangle of health.
This illustration shows a deficit at the mental/emotional level adversely affecting both biochemistry and structure. Increased levels of the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol result in tension of skeletal muscles and smooth muscles of the vital organs. This may pull the structure out of alignment causing pain, poor posture and biomechanical imbalance in the spine. Various signs and symptoms of ill health and dis-ease may manifest as a result of decreased physiological function.
What is Muscle Monitoring?
It is a natural feedback mechanism using a muscle as a communication tool (indicator) that supplies information through an information pathway via the central nervous system and the meridian system in the brain and the body.
When the body is under stress, it will block a certain degree of energy flow in the body. This is part of our natural survival systems and happens subconsciously.
Muscle monitoring can indicate a stress in some area or function of the body/mind/spirit system identifying the underlying cause of the problem, dis-ease, behavioural pattern, sensitivities to food etc.
Monitoring a muscle response can indicate stress directly to the muscle itself or its associated organ/gland/meridian system.
Using a muscle as an indicator also allows you to identify the correction of highest priority, which leads to a release of the stress response, resolution of the issue and a return to homoeostasis and integrated function of the central nervous system and the meridian system.