What is it? The very basic principal of Kinesiology is to ‘muscle test’. There are 2 main ways in which we can test a muscle.
History: Kinesiology has emerged recently as some sort of new, unknown and whacky kind of health modality that has been met with a lot of skepticism. The truth is, that kinesiology has been around since the early greek reign in the development of sciences and all the terminologies that are still frequently used in such circles, albeit, many scientific improvements have been established since those early days and Kinesiology is no different.
There was a break in time of the use of natural medicines. I believe the industrialization of the world distanced us from our natural healing abilities and this was further influenced by the development of allopathic medicines and the availability of conventional doctors to masses. Science convinced everyone of their authenticity and decreed that anyone using anything other, were not to be trusted. It became very much the cultural norm to consult with what was socially reformed as ‘the doctor’.
However, sometime in the 1960s a group of American chiropractors developed Applied Kinesiology in an effort to complement their existing expertise and give their patients lasting benefits. Shortly after Dr John Thie, (one of the original group), developed a take home booklet for his patients that gave them directions in a variety of pressure or holding points based on ancient Chinese acupuncture and meridian therapy techniques. This was the true beginning of Kinesiology, called Touch for Health.
Sometime later, in the 1970s, a young doctor by the name of Dr Bruce Dewe MD, discovered Applied Kinesiology and Touch for Health while he was on a personal endeavor to manage an inherited medical condition that was about to cut his life unbelievably short. He has since developed PKP, Professional Kinesiology Practice, while his wife and he have added much of their knowledge to this profession. Dr Dewe is a testimony to the strength of Kinesiology as he is still living a healthy and fulfilling life many, many years past his expected expiry date.
Since this time, there have been a number of Kinesiology styles that have been developed, each having a strong foundation in a particular arena of health. To date there are at least 12 and the number is growing. Like all business practices, you will find that there are some that are very good, many others are good to average and a few that are down right backwards.
PKP, developed by Dr Dewe MD, is the style that I have studied, and enjoy as a client. I do my best to stick to it as it was instructed and have benefited from it personally and am very satisfied by most of my clients results.
How can it help? Usually someone will not seek help unless they have been experiencing a problem that they can not fix without assistance. They believe that they do not have the knowledge or the skill. Yet, it is your body that knows the problem intimately, and therefore will know the best way to heal it, even if it is not until it is offered as an option. A Kinesiology practitioner will know a good number of methods to instigate the healing process and relies on muscle testing to give intimate directions.
These problems can be of a physical nature, ie. pain, or dysfunction, that is effecting your Health and Fitness. They could otherwise be of an emotional nature, effecting your ability to apply healthy living principals.
Sometimes, healing is spontaneous and dramatic, another time it will be so subtle that it seems unnoticeable, taking just enough stress off the situation to unburden the body and give it time or space to begin doing what it has been trying to do all along.
What can it help with? I think that each practitioner will have their own individual calling based on personal knowledge, learned skills, and interests and hobbies.
Many Kinesiologist are focusing on emotional counseling and or clearing. Some will have developed energy optimization and or clearing. Others will use brain integration techniques, since all begins or ends in the brain. Only a few, I have found, enjoy the more structural focus with muscles and movement. True Kinesiologists will look for a balance within all three areas, believing that holistic health means that there is no one element receiving more energy or effort than another within the pyramid of health.
I have been for a long time a Personal Trainer. I originally studied Kinesiology because it was so beneficial in resolving some of my injuries that I figured it would be a feather in my cap, since so many clients come with pre-existing injuries. For me, the structural focus of working with kinesiology, includes Chinese principals of healing and strength testing muscles. I have been highly motivated to improve my health through movement all my life and am passionate about coaching other people into receiving the same benefits that I have enjoyed, particularly as I move into ‘mid-life’ and look towards the later stages. I have found that many of my kinesiology clients are also attending for anxiety related disorders including stress, digestion and elimination. I have found that I have great success in this area of health, putting this down to personally having had a number of family members with mental health problems. It is familiar to my personal space. My last calling is towards weight management, or weight loss. This has forever been a strong interest of mine and I am passionate about enhancing the chances of individuals making changes that improve their enjoyment, longevity and quality of life.
That is not to say that I do not look for and resolve issues around emotional, energetic and nutritional elements of health and fitness. More than one element can be involved in dis-ease and therefore are required for healing. I can and do, work with whatever comes through my door. As always a kinesiology practitioner is looking for stressors and ways to reduce the stress around it, or eliminate it all together.