How does it work?
Your conscious mind can tell lies and get confused, but according to kinesiology, your muscles tell a much more instinctive and naturally truthful story about your wellbeing. The theory is that certain muscles or muscle groups are related to other body parts, organs or bodily systems. For example, if you have a weak chest muscle it might indicate that your liver is struggling. A large part of kinesiology is about finding bodily imbalances and nutritional deficiencies, but it’s also used to discover and treat emotional problems.
A kinesiology session will normally last about an hour, beginning with a full medical history and an A-Z of your lifestyle, diet, personal relationships and emotional state.
You may have to bare your soul, but there’s no need to bare anything else; the treatment is almost always done fully clothed. Your practitioner will ask you to lie on a massage table while he or she begins by balancing your systems by touching certain points on your body that are thought to affect the flow of energy in your system (the thinking behind this is similar to other energy treatments like acupuncture). Then, he or she will test your muscles by moving them and feeling their response. In theory, the way your muscles respond should point the finger at any physical illness, mental blockages, food allergies or emotional problems.
It’s all very well finding your weak spots, but kinesiology doesn’t stop there; there are a whole box of tricks that can be used to treat you depending on your symptoms and the beliefs of your practitioner. Aromatherapy, massage, magnets or energy crystals (certain stones that are believed to change or boost energy in your body) are all common kinesiology practices. Some therapists also use visualisations or meditation to heal their clients and put them in a happier, more positive state of mind.
Is it for me?
If you’re feeling blue, getting headaches or falling ill quite a lot kinesiology is thought to be able to help you weed out those nutritional deficiencies or bodily imbalances, so you can bloom in full health.
Practitioners of kinesiology would also recommend the treatment for sports injuries, asthma, skin problems, the menopause, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue, panic attacks, depression, sexual dysfunction and insomnia.
Good to know
The study of kinesiology began with George G. Goodheart, an American chiropractor, who developed the idea of muscle testing in the 60s.