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What is Kinesiology?

Posted by Geoff Beaty on 13 December 2022
What is Kinesiology?

Kinesiology is a form of therapy that uses muscle monitoring (biofeedback) to look at imbalances that may be causing disease in the body. It is not used to diagnose disorders.

Kinesiology as used in the complementary health or natural medicine field, is defined primarily as the use of muscle testing to identify imbalances in the body’s structural, chemical, emotional or other energy, to establish the body’s priority healing needs, and to evaluate energy changes brought about by a broad spectrum of both manual and non-manual therapeutic procedures.

Kinesiology, therefore, may be understood as a system of natural health care which combines muscle monitoring with the principles of Chinese medicine to assess energy and body function, applying a range of gentle yet powerful healing techniques to improve health, wellbeing and vitality.

  • Kinesiology is the most comprehensive and most wholistic of the modern natural therapies, and combines the wisdom of both eastern and western traditions.
  • Kinesiology is a feedback tool that enables a person to assess and upgrade their performance in all areas.
  • Kinesiology is the science of energy balancing and is grounded in the study of anatomy and physiology.
  • Kinesiology uses muscles as monitors of stress and imbalance within the body.
  • Kinesiology enables people to detect and correct various imbalances that may relate to stress, nutrition, learning problems, minor injuries, and other issues they meet in their daily life

How Does It Work?
A fundamental premise of Kinesiology is that the body has innate healing energy and is at all times doing its best to care for itself, but that sometimes it needs to be helped into a better position to achieve this care.

Kinesiology also recognises that there are flows of energy within the body that relate not only to the muscles but to every tissue and organ that go to make the body a living, feeling being.

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, or emotional balance.

In this way, Kinesiology taps into energies that other modalities do not assess. Kinesiology looks beyond the symptoms. Kinesiology does not treat named diseases. Nor does it diagnose them. Kinesiology is concerned with imbalances in the body’s energy. In this respect, Kinesiology has close links with the acupuncture concept of energy flow. Kinesiology is not limited to dealing with ailments. Energy balancing brings a person closer to achieving any goal of their choice ~ in sport, relationships, learning or coping with life in general.*

Why Muscle Testing?
These techniques are applied to identify & correct energy blockages within the body. Always the answer is somewhere inside you. Muscle monitoring is a natural feedback system which receives information via nerve pathways and the meridian system of the brain and body.

Kinesiology bypasses conscious thinking processes to isolate causal factors in one’s being, whether emotional, psychological, in the subconscious, the body or other levels (e.g. emotional/spiritual). Honouring this system enables the body to clear itself at its own enhanced rate and priority.

When there are blocks or stresses preventing smooth energetic transmission, in turn affecting smooth functioning of our bio-systems, there are under-energies or over-energies. Both can add up to stresses that can eventually overwhelm the body’s compensatory mechanisms and have their read-out in physical pains, mental discomfort and the myriad expressions of dis-ease: allergies, depression, postural problems, poor performance levels, learning and relationship difficulties, digestive and nervous disorders. Whatever the presenting problem the system is saying it is malfunctioning.

Kinesiology encompasses a breadth of therapeutic aids but the real goal of any ‘balance’ is to identify the bottom-line cause of this malfunction and then to resolve it. It might be nutritional, emotional, structural, electrical or even spiritual – something as simple as an “attitude” or a forgotten memory.

The essential tool upon which Kinesiology relies is the muscle feedback system, a handy piece of human wiring that gives instant access into the holistic information held by the core operating unit of the entire body-mind system – the subconscious brain. This normally inaccessible neural substrate holds all of our memories, all the information about physical, emotional and mental states and it also determines our muscle tension. A weak muscle test can therefore be an indicator that stress is having a tellingly negative effect somewhere in the system. By accessing the bio-system via this remarkable muscle monitoring tool, Kinesiology can get quite specific and very quickly come up with the right answers.

What is the best way of releasing or resolving this stress? The body knows.


Author:Geoff Beaty
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