What is Kinesiology?
Kinesiology combines the art of muscle testing with the principles of Chinese medicine. It is one of the best methods to restore harmony which often reverses the process of dis-ease.
Kinesiology works successfully on many physical, mental and emotional levels and issues such as:
It's all about Energy
Kinesiology *1 relies on a deep holistic understanding of energy flows, energy distributions and energy centres within the body. Kinesiology rebalances and corrects energy imbalances and blockages to remedy the manifesting causes of unwellness, enhance prevention, and the optimisation of wellness - in all aspects, physiologically, mentally and spiritually.
This energy, pervading all animate and inanimate forms in the universe and which has been recognised for at least five thousand years, is variously called Chi (Qi) or prana, *2 universal life energy.
Allopathic therapies (conventional medical approaches) focus more strongly on symptomatic diagnostics and treatment, whether such symptoms are detected physiologically, biochemically or neurologically, where kinesiology focuses on underlying imbalances in energy flows and discrepancies in their concentration, to address their most underlying causes. Note that this does not depreciate the specific value of allopathic techniques at all, but means that these fundamentally different approaches orient themselves towards the total human being at different levels of the energy-matter spectrum.
There are therefore important differences to have a useful picture of, differences in the assessment techniques used in these contrasting approaches as well as differences in therapeutic orientation. In the allopathic approach, much use is made of technological, instrumental, and laboratory-analytical assistance in the diagnosis and treatment of disease symptoms, whereas in specialised kinesiology such technology is wholly absent.
We could say that allopathy works mainly in the physical-matter domain, whereas the kinesiologist works at far more subtle levels in the energy-domain.
A result of this difference in approach, is that improvements obtained in the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of an individual, in allopathy, are more secondary, indirect spin-offs from physiological / pharmaceutical procedures, whereas work in the human (and animal) energy field shifts closer to directly addressing these.
Again in comparison, therapies which exclusively direct themselves to the opposite pole of the physical - the mental / emotional dynamics of the human makeup - such as clinical psychology, do not direct themselves at the physiological domain in the normal orientation of their specialised approaches. With such, it is improvements in the physiological, matter domain, which are secondary, indirect spin-offs of the therapeutic intention. As one important conclusion we can therefore claim with much justification that the focus of kinesiology is not only far broader, but does not limit itself to looking with narrower specialisation at a select sub-domain of the entire energy-matter holism of the human individual. *3
The Energy Approach
Centres of energy-concentration, or chakras, have been known for several thousand years in oriental medicine and metaphysics, and are seen as nodes of convergent energy in the auric energy fields of organisms. Note the fact that the aura has been observed in ultra-high frequency imaging performed by such illustriously conservative institutions as the Charing Cross Medical Hospital - we now have solid scientific proof of its existence, apart from the already ancient understanding we have inherited.
Although there are a vast number of energy nodes, seven major chakras are recognised and assessment of their energy dynamics forms an essential basis of kinesiology.
The word "chakra" literally means wheel or disk - it is fitting in our modern information age where the digital storage disk is a primary example of program and data location, that the complex energy-vortices of chakras are also regarded to reflect storage of energy-information in the human energy field. They form central nodes in the energy-part of the human biocomputer. The brain, central and peripheral nervous systems, endocrine, vascular, neuromuscular and organ systems form the physical part of the biocomputer. The essence of this concept is that all systems are intimately interrelated, affect each other, and in important ways reflect each other's dynamics - with the understanding that the most primary formative causes of their condition lie in the domain of consciousness. This reflects a radical departure from allopathy which predominantly assumes causes of dis-ease to lie in the physical and non-self, environmental domains.
We understand that the most physical aspects of the human physiology represent the most material manifestation of deeply underlying energy dynamics which far exceed the boundary limits of the physical body. Your skin is certainly not your limit!
The total human individual therefore comprises a continuum, a spectrum with two poles, one, the most materially manifest, or most physicalised (the physical human,) the other, the least physicalised or most sublimate, energetic form.
This is analogous to the spectrum of colour, or light-frequency: so the seven chakra colours correspond to the seven colours of the rainbow, ranging from the lowest frequency, red, to its highest, violet. We understand that this is a representation of visible light, the spectrum being far wider than colours we can see and spreading beyond into infrared and ultraviolet.
Wells and Channels
Apart from the chakra nodes which we can liken to energy-wells, the energy-flows within the body lie along well-defined paths called meridians. These act like channels, or guiding conduits along which energy continuously flows through the human system. There are two main meridians, the central, and governing meridian, with many subsidiary energy-channels, each following a specific path of energy-flow and associated with a particular organ and its functionality.
Functions of consciousness are well-understood to affect specific organ systems in the body - their condition in turn being indicative of far-reaching emotional and mental dynamics. These manifest as disturbances of energy-flow through the meridians and chakras when there is emotional or cognitive conflict or dysfunction.
The almost incredible fact about kinesiology, is that it can trace such functions of consciousness, including deeply buried or engrammatic memories caused in the past or early childhood, with effective and convincing accuracy. In carefully making these conscious, they are presented for processing, solution, and resolution.
In the holistic capacity of kinesiology, so also can unaware issues, emotional / cognitive conditions acting in the present be assessed, and bring these more effectively to the surface consciousness , such as underlying reasons for acute concerns, stressful relationships or frustrating domestic or work-conditions.
An important aspect to understand here, is that the organic effects of such consciousness dynamics, whether in the present or buried, even forgotten, or long-suppressed, will act out their physical-equivalents - whether known in the conscious awareness or not. An invaluable capability of kinesiology is the capacity to trace their origins with strongly convincing evidence, and to treat their physical effects by the rebalancing of related energy flows and concentrations.
I coped with that, didn't I?
An individual's coping strategies can be either deficient, or over-compensating. Of course this is sensitively relevant during young, and very early childhood when coping mechanisms are undeveloped and where instead, the impact of any event is protectively buffered by a parent or society.
Such inadequacies in coping, or coping failures, are certainly not limited to younger years however, and can often act in adulthood or even advanced age.
A direct spin-off from the kinesiological approach is the access to conscious processing of such interactive dynamics between self, and non-self - and the acquisition of actively aware coping mechanisms of greater value and effectiveness.
Too Much or too Little..
Coping with stress, trauma or negative experiences can result in one of two polar extremes: increasing one's energy and the development of excess energy in order to confront and overcome the conditions, or the withholding and resulting deficiency of energy in a self-protective withdrawal from the situation.
Such energy excesses or deficiencies, especially if they have become engrained over many years, lead to symptomatic organic conditions, and are reflected in energy imbalances distributed between the chakras. As a result of such dynamics, ultimately reducible to dynamics of consciousness, some chakras will have too much, and others too little energy.
Blockages of energy may occur - just as a rock in a streambed will disturb free flow, create turbulence and gather debris, so a chakra can become cluttered, and as a disturbed vortex, change the level and freedom of flow both further upstream and downstream.
The kinesiologist strives to rebalance such energy differences - and such therapy can be astoundingly effective.
Testing the Biocomputer
The brain's circuitry acts out its neurologically embedded experiences whether the consciousness is aware of these or not. In this view, ineffective coping mechanisms do not just mediate potential confrontation with environmental or social elements, but ultimately lead to self-confrontation. Such disharmony is analogously reflected in the body's energy dynamics and its organic conditions, not forgetting that these may be accompanied by severe or even traumatic emotional effects.
In the most objective view of these dynamics, they reflect learning experience, in itself never just negative but which can catalyse leaps in personal growth and psychospiritual evolution.
Kinesiology uses indicator muscles, often just casually called IMs, which respond sensitively to muscle-testing, the technique of which is carefully learned and fundamental to this therapeutic field.
Indicator muscles, a set of well-defined muscles belonging to the musculoskeletal system, are understood to respond to interaction between the intentionalities of the therapist and the client. That such intentionalities contain both conscious, subconscious and unconscious aspects is pertinent.
Each IM is primarily associated with an organ or organic system, related meridians or chakras. Energy imbalances can be detected by the response of an IM, variously a "lock" or "unlock," in response to the conscious intentionality of the therapist in interaction with the client's biocomputer.
In the physical domain, such conscious intentionality can be represented by the mechanics of muscle testing, or the acoustic vibrations of a verbalised question or suggestion, although this represents the physicalised aspect of the intention. It's vital to understand that such intentionalities have a non-physical equivalent in far more subtle levels of energy interaction. In looking through different "lenses" of this perspective, we can therefore see, either client and therapist, two inter-communicating human intentionalities, two interacting biocomputers, or two interactive energy-systems!
We are capable of offering effective therapy, chakra and meridional energy balancing, fourteen-muscle balance, working with and resolving emotional issues, age-recession, energy-blockages, emotional stress release (ESR), one-point balances and more.
This article was researched and written by Frank Valentyn.
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*1 From the Greek kinēsis, “movement, motion,” from kinein “to move” (also source of the English kinetic, and cinema)
*2 Chi, in Chinese = "breath," whereas prana, associated with the yogic technique of breath-yoga, literally means "breathing out."
*3 A negative result of pure symptomatic treatment is that symptom shift may occur - "treating" a symptom without treating its most primary causes will invariably result in symptoms shifting: other symptoms arising where this may even occur in apparently unrelated organic subsystems. The worst cases of this concern symptom suppression - for example, pain-suppression alone, does not address an underlying infection.
*4 This chart (by FV) shows basic aspects associated with their respective chakras. This compressed format is however of necessity extremely abbreviated. For an expanded treatment we would suggest: Judith, Anodea; Eastern Body, Western Mind; Subtitled: Psychology and the Chakra System as a Path to the Self. Publ. Celestial Arts (2004) Berkeley, California; ISBN 1-58761-225-9
*5 For those interested in learning the original names of the chakras, this mnemonic may help: "MUles SWeat MAnically ANd VIciously About Jokes Not Absolutely SAne." Note that the capitalised letters of words 6 to 8 inclusively spell Ajna.