Specialized Kinesiology is an adjunctive natural healing method that uses muscle testing as a biofeedback technique that is used to determine communication problems, imbalances or dis-harmonies in mind, body or spirit. Once identified the practitioner may employ wide range of techniques to correct the imbalances identified and confirm the correction by re-testing the muscle.
At its most basic level muscle testing is used to check if individual muscles are functioning properly. The Specialized Kinesiologist places your limbs into specific positions and then applies firm or light pressure depending on the type of testing being employed. The quality of response to this pressure determines whether or not the muscle is working properly or facilitated, or not working properly inhibited. Imbalances in the muscle tone result in structural deviations that can cause a verity of client complaints from discomfort and pain to more serious conditions of dis-ease.
Each muscle is also linked to an acupuncture meridian and has physical, emotional, nutritional and energetic components. Many somatic reflexes that affect body fluid flows such as neurolymphatic and neurovascular reflexes also have organ and muscle relationships and are used in many correction procedures. Imbalances in any one of these systems can also cause a muscle to weaken and correction of the imbalance in most cases corrects the muscle weakness.
A Specialized Kinesiologist through muscle testing can detect and correct
many different components of an imbalanced system and restore harmony which
often reverses the process of dis-ease. In specialized kinesiology the Specialized
Kinesiologists observes the client as a whole organism rather than a symptom.
This allows many different avenues of approach and requires that the client
be totally involved in their own healing process.
written by Richard Duree, Neuroenergetic Psychology Institute, Oregon, USA. He was former executive board member and the Research Director for the International Association of Specialized Kinesiologists (I-ASK).
Energy Kinesiology is a term first used by Donna Eden in the early 1970’s. The Association of Specialized Kinesiology, formerly known as ASK-US or the Association of Specialized Kinesiologists in the United States - now Energy Kinesiology Association, EKA, has recently adopted this name in 2003.
Energy Kinesiology or simply Kinesiology can be thought of as a hands approach to wellness. Many believe it is the most effective stand-alone technology of the future in alternative medicine.
How Did Kinesiology Begin?
Kinesiology has its roots in the early sixties with an American chiropractor, Dr. George Goodheart. Dr. Goodheart correlated the relationship between internal organs, acupuncture meridians, and skeletal muscle. He realized that the skeletal muscles not unlike acupuncture meridians also were a way to monitor internal function. He called this work Applied Kinesiology.
Of the many advances in Applied Kinesiology, the most well known is the diagnostic
procedure called muscle testing. This procedure establishes a monitored primary
feedback mechanism between the nervous system and the skeletal muscles.
An examiner will typically use the straight-arm test (deltoid muscle) to evaluate how well the muscle will resist an externally variable force. If the muscle is capable of ‘resisting’ then the examiner can proceed with a second principle called therapy localization, a diagnostic scanning tool developed in 1974. This unique procedure can be used to ascertain the status of most any neuro-physiological event in the body whether that event is physical, chemical, emotional, or a memory. If a neuro-physiological event is identified to be in deficit, then the muscle will exhibit that same deficiency manifesting as a weak muscle test. This method, when properly applied, will function as an efficient evaluation tool to guide the practitioner in determining the most appropriate therapy.
Then, in the early seventies, another chiropractor, John Thie, DC, systematized kinesiology for the lay person, making the techniques simple and practical for anyone to learn. He wrote the book 'Touch for Health' , and began teaching courses to interested people. Since then the book has been translated into many languages and the system has been taught to millions of people in 50 countries.
There are many courses such as Touch for Health, Educational Kinesiology/Brain Gym, One Brain, Health Kinesiology, and Neural Organization Technique, to name just a few.
The concept of “muscle testing” becomes a very effective and versatile tool for detecting and correcting various imbalances in the body which may relate to stress, nutrition, learning problems, injuries and so on. This exciting aspect of kinesiology is also called “muscle checking or muscle balancing” and is being taught to individuals in all walks of life.
One of the great virtues of kinesiology is its versatility. It’s concepts and techniques can be applied almost anywhere at anytime. They can be expanded upon and developed to suit individual needs and can be used on oneself, within the family, or in a professional situation.
The following are brief outlines of some of the main aspects of kinesiology that one can learn in courses, or experience in one-to-one consultations.
Muscle strength and balance is evaluated using muscle checking and can imbalances can be corrected using often simple skin surface reflexes that require rubbing or holding points similar to that of acupressure, massage, and the Chinese meridian system.
Much of the electrical / circuit work in kinesiology comes into the realm of brain integration and works with aspects such as learning problems. Kinesiology has developed many switch-on points and techniques for the eyes, ears, coordination, and for the brain as a whole.
The power of kinesiology in this area has been brought to the fore by Dr. Paul Dennison, the developer of Educational Kinesiology (Brain Gym) whose discoveries on updating conventional cross patterning movements have been most profound. While “cross crawling” is considered a normal motor activity, many people are not switched on to this integrated movement. (Bilateral muscle activation can create stress and weakness). Consequently, their body prefers nonintegrated models, which have a detrimental effect on the ability to learn, or respond appropriately to stress. Switching people back on in this respect is very basic kinesiology work. The simplicity of techniques that one can learn in this area is truly amazing.
Emotional Stress Release
Stress release is what kinesiology is all about. Physical, mental, emotional, chemical, environmental and behavioral stress are things which cause our problems, and the area where these techniques have their greatest effect. Every course and consultation in this field includes techniques to relieve some kind of stress.
Various stress release techniques are combined with emotional balancing, affirmations, visualization, massage techniques, and movement exercises.
Charles Krebs, Gordon Stokes, Daniel Whiteside and Candace Calloway of Three-In-One Concepts have done a great deal of work in the area of emotional diffusion and advanced re-patterning. This kind of stress release of past trauma frees the person to get on with his or her life. Their courses in Three-In-One Concepts can bring about profound positive changes in people.
Food Sensitivity Testing
In recent years allergies and sensitivities to food, environment and chemicals have become major concerns. Most of us have some food sensitivities, and are often not aware of its negative affect on our health. Links in muscle checking can serve as a wonderful tool for determining food intolerance or sensitivities
written by the EKA, Energy Kinesiology Association, USA, 2003