Even although I have practiced kinesiology for many years, one of the most challenging questions for me to answer in a social situation is still … â??So tell me, what do you do?â?

The truth is that there is no simple answer to this question, but in my opinion there are two different and quite distinct concepts to grasp: Muscle testing and the Ancient Chinese system of Health.

Kinesiology can increase your quality of life

To start with, Kinesiology uses muscle testing as a primary feedback mechanism. Our bodies are responding to environmental stressors on a neurological level all the time; if you think of clenching your jaw when youâ??re in pain or lifting your shoulders when youâ??re tense, you will become aware of your muscles responding to stress every day. Kinesiology uses this concept to pick up stressors â?? mental, emotional and physical â?? on a neurological level by testing different muscles and asking the client a series of questions.

When a Kinesiologist starts working on a client with a specific stress issue one or more of their muscles may indicate a â??weakâ? response. By defusing the stress in these areas the muscle may then change to a â??strongâ? response and the client now has a good chance of using energy more efficiently and in doing so increasing their quality of life.

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Kinesiology uses ancient Chinese practices

Ok, concept number 2: The Ancient Chinese system of health. Health in our western society tends to be seen as an absence of disease and our health practitioners make their livelihoods off prescribing medication when we are ill. In ancient China one would regularly visit and pay their practitioner on a regular basis but STOP paying should they become ill.

Using this ideal, Kinesiology aims at not only keeping the body free of disease but also at keeping the body well and in doing so increasing physical stamina, mental clarity, resistance to stress and emotional stability. What Kinesiology canâ??t do is heal; only your body can do that, but it can accelerate the recuperation process.

Addresses imblances in your energy pathways

Your mental, emotional and physical bodies are interconnected by energy pathways called a meridian system. Each of our 12 major organ systems has its own meridian line which peaks for two hours a day and has anything from nine to 67 specific acupuncture points. A muscle that tests as â??weakâ? could be associated with an imbalance in one of these meridian lines and its related organ or body system. The practitioner may use pressure on these points to clear the system and recheck for a â??strongâ? muscle.
Kinesiology identifies your stressors

There are associated emotional stressors and patterns that are being held in the body and the Kinesiologist helps the client identify what stressors are most prevalent in their lives and helps them to find solutions and change. The practitioner may then take the client back to the specific age when the stressor/ trauma or misperception first occurred (we find this age by using muscle testing) and then look at how the negative pattern was established.

As a child we may have had limited understanding and responded in a way that may not have been optimal and certainly will not serve us in the best way now. By identifying this pattern and associated catalysts the client may then make positive and lasting changes.

Kinesiology uses proven techniques from Applied Kinesiology, Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Psychology, Chiropractic Educational Philosophies, Principles from Energy Medicine and Quantum physics. It is completely natural and can be used in conjunction with other treatments.

Kerry van Huyssteen (B.A:Psychology (S.A.); N.O.T.) is an Active Specialised Kinesiologist at the Positive Health Complimentary Medical Centre, Morningside, Durban. She can be contacted on:

Tel: 031 303 5578Fax: 031 303 8768Cell: 082 650 5538E-mail: kerryvanh@absamail.co.za  

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