Kinesiology is another name for muscle testing. Kinesiology testing was developed in the 1960’s by George Goodheart, a chiropractor who created a system in which the muscles and surrounding nerves are manipulated to alleviate ordinary aches and pains and also to diagnose and treat organic diseases.
As is generally true with new ideas, kinesiology has received its share of ridicule. Though muscle testing is unconventional, there is a basis for its effectiveness. Goodheart discovered that there was a relationship with the meridians and major organs in addition to the muscles. He called his system Applied Kinesiology.
Following these initial applications, kinesiology has continued to expand over the years. Methods have been developed to test many areas of the body as well as how the body is affected by food and other substances. Kinesiology is also used to determine how well one handles emotional, mental and spiritual stress.
Psychology pioneers like Dr. John Diamond and Thought Field Therapy pioneer Dr. Roger Callahan applied kinesiology to reveal a person’s unconscious belief systems. This gave them an effective way to shift destructive beliefs to supportive ones. Callahan’s information was synthesized by Gary Craig and called EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques). EFT uses kinesiology to assess negative, sabotaging beliefs called “psychological reversal.”
Muscle Testing with Kinesiology: How is It Done?
Muscle testing is a form of biofeedback. To perform kinesiology, a particular muscle is held in a contracted state. Then pressure is applied to this stiffened muscle. If the
muscle holds or “locks”, it is considered a positive feedback response. For example, if we have the patient think about her weight and the muscle goes weak (unlocked), that would indicate a negative response to the subject of her weight. It indicates that we have identified a “set point” that is keeping her stuck.
With kinesiology, many different types of stress and potential set points can be tested to see how they affect an individual. Muscle testing is both an art and a science. You must have an open mind, free of agendas, when testing another person or yourself. It takes practice to master.
Does Kinesiology Really Work?
As with all new ideas, it’s normal to be skeptical. We admit that muscle testing sounded a bit strange to us at first. The good news is that the proof is in the results, and with kinesiology, we’ve found the results to be no less than transformational. It allows us to help people to pinpoint stuck points that might otherwise go undetermined for months or even years regardless of consistent efforts to change.
The key is to try it for yourself and find out if it has value for you. As you’ll likely see, there’s nothing to lose and much to gain.
Is Muscle Testing with Kinesiology Safe?
Muscle testing is safe, non-invasive, and easy to learn. As with everything of value, accuracy improves with practice and practical experience.
Is this a form of medical treatment?
No. Kinesiology can help identify blockages and balance a person. It is not used to diagnose, treat or work with named diseases. Kinesiology enhances the body’s innate healing ability. It is not a substitute for seeing a licensed doctor.
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