Question: What is kinesiology, and what is it good for?
You're probably familiar with the 'knee-jerk' test, when your knee is tapped to test your reflexes. Kinesiology is a system of diagnosis and treatment based on a similar principle. The idea is that the body, at some deep, unconscious level, knows exactly what it needs and by ‘asking’ it directly, the practitioner bypasses the conscious mind, which might think that it knows what is best, but which has actually lost touch with the body. Kinesiology looks at the person as a whole, taking into account their psychological state, environment, physical body and also the interplay between subtle energy bodies and the chakras (centres of energy in the body).
Kinesiologists believe each muscle group is related to other body parts, such as digestive organs and nerves. How muscles respond in tests to gentle manual pressure reveals how the whole body is functioning and helps locate imbalances: it’s rather like dowsing, but using the body instead of a pendulum. Having pinpointed any trouble spots, the practitioner will try to revitalise them with massage or tapping to appropriate pressure points on the body; or, some practitioners will use magnets, crystals, homoeopathic remedies, essential oils or affirmations while they are working on you. The theory is that this enhances blood flow to the muscles concerned and helps clear energy blockages. Your reactions to various foods may also be tested and dietary changes recommended.
This therapy is best known for helping people who have food allergies or sensitivities. The body is thought to react instantly to nutrients and chemicals and this affects the way muscles respond. Allergies can result in many symptoms, including catarrh, depression, headaches, indigestion, bloating, tiredness and a weakened immune system. Kinesiology is also increasingly being used to assist children with dyslexia and learning difficulties.
To find a practitioner near you, contact The Australian Kinesiology Association at
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