Kinesiology is a complementary health therapy that was developed by chiropractors in the 1960s. It brings together a detailed understanding of Anatomy and Physiology with traditional Eastern medicine such as the traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture system and the Indian Chakra and Nadi System. It considers the body, mind and energy to all be important in achieving your optimum balance and health and will look for potential ‘stress’ in any of these systems. As no two people are the same, treatment plans are created around the individual. Kinesiology tests muscle response by pressing gently on a muscle, checking if it reacts the way that it should, and testing what will change this muscle response and restore homeostasis. The muscle test gives direct feedback from the bodyabout the underlying causes of health problems, emotional stress or learning issues and how to best address these. There are numerous ways to help the body ‘correct’ problems.
‘Correction’ methods used are non-invasive and can include ‘needle-less acupuncture’, acupressure, counseling, coaching, nutrition support, vibrational medicine, lymphatic point stimulation and many more. Kinesiology looks at the person as a whole and helps the individual to remove blocks or interference they may have to healing so that their body can work to support them. It can also be very useful at uncovering subconscious beliefs and thought-patterns that are held in the body / mind/energy which are preventing you from living at your maximum potential. It helps adults and children with many conditions and is also really good for support in achieving your goals and new skill development. It is a very effective stress management system!
Kinesiology considers the possibility that any, or all, previous stress or trauma – be it emotional, physical or energetic – can be held in the body as a memory, almost on a cellular level and that neutral stimulus can be gated together with negative stimulus and trigger adverse reactions in the body. Seeking and removing these stresses can bring about significant changes to a person’s health or wellbeing. It is a wonderful tool for unlocking the reasons we may be self-sabotaging or not reaching our full potential!
Additionally, neuro-energetic Kinesiology is interested in the interface between the energetic body and the nervous system and how these scan impact whole body-mind health. It looks at the connections between all the body’s systems and seeks out the glitches in these connections. An analogy to help understand this it to picture your health like a river, if there are boulders and stones it will be rough and uneven if not it will flow smoothly! Kinesiology goes upstream from the problem area, looking for the biggest boulders and removing these in order of priority to restore the flow as quickly and smoothly as possible!
During a session clients lie face-up and fully clothed on a massage table (children do not need to stay still as the Kinesiologist will work with the individual!). Each session lasts approximately 45 minutes for a child and 50 – 60 minutes for an adult. The initial consultation maybe a little longer and there is a detailed intake form and case history. For children it is best if this can be completed ahead of time. After the session you may notice a change in energy levels – some people feel energized and others sleepy, both are normal and depend on the individual! Some will notice a mood swing or emotional release or a slight headache or sensations in their muscles – but these things if they do occur will be transient and should settle down very quickly.
The number of treatments required will depend very much on the individual and their specific needs or how complex the issue is. It may be as little as 4 or the client may need to come for longer. Some people will experience significant improvement with just one treatment, especially if they are using Kinesiology to support their other therapy. Many people like to see a Kinesiologist intermittently by way of maintenance– i.e. once a month, once every 3 or 4 months for a quick ‘tune-up’! Others choose to book a few Kinesiology treatments when they are facing difficult decisions, have a goal to meet or to help with life transitions. The best way to determine your treatment plan is to consider your own needs and time-constraints together with the therapist!
Kinesiology helps you to optimize your health and well-being. When your mind and body work the way they are supposed to, the way nature intended, you can live your life in a balanced, healthy, happy and fulfilled way. That is how we all deserve to live and we should not settle for anything less.
What Can Kinesiology Help With?
It is helpful for a number of conditions and can be used with adults or children. People will often use Kinesiology to address chronic health conditions or support them through difficult times in their lives.
- Stress management
- Learning difficulties
- Emotional stress/ trauma
- Developmental issues
- Autoimmune conditions
- Digestive disorders
- Migraines / headaches
- Skin conditions
- Weight management
- Skill development
- Life goals
- Recovery from illness/ injury
- Hormonal imbalances
- Back ache
- Pregnancy support
- Detox support
How About Children?
Kinesiology is a wonderful tool for helping children, even those that don’t wish to or are unable to articulate what is going on. Some areas of particular interest when working with children include;
- Anxiety and stress
- Learning difficulties
- Behavioural disorders
- Teen hormonal changes
- Digestive health / facing dietary challenges
- Skill acquisition and development
- Developmental delays and milestones
- Supporting other therapies (particularly useful for removing blocks to speed up the process or when an impasse is reached)