WHAT IS KINESIOLOGY?
kinetic: (adj) relating to or resulting from motion
kinesiology: (noun) the study of the mechanics of body movements
We talk everyday about the importance of ‘balance’. Our lives are all about balancing commitments to our wider family, to partners, to employers, to friends, to our children, to the community.
What we hardly ever talk about is the importance of balance in ourselves.
Too often, illness, fatigue and stress result from the brain and the body not working in tandem. When we neglect the physical, it impacts our brain’s ability to think faster, better, with more clarity. Neglect to stretch our mental muscles? We are less inclined to be excited and curious about being healthy and active.
But what if you observed the body and saw how it affected our ability to perform mentally, and feel our optimal physical best?
So, what is Kinesiology? Kinesiology is, literally, the study of how our bodies move. But what it is really about is balance. It’s not by chance that a session with your Kinesiologist is called just that! Kinesiology uses our muscles’ ability to provide feedback through response to indicate exactly what we need to do to restore equilibrium to our system. There are specific tests that can provide incredibly detailed information for our general wellness, and to give perspective on individual ailments and mental challenges.
Energetic Kinesiology calls this ‘muscle monitoring’.
FLEXING YOUR MUSCLES
Energetic Kinesiology is a specific type of Kinesiology based on the findings of Dr George Goodheart in the mid 1960s, who had in turn benefited from research carried out by academic husband and wife team Florence and Henry Kendall in the 1940s.
Originally, the way in which Kinesiology talked about the methods used to measure results were referred to as ‘muscle testing’, but now it is more accurately called ‘muscle monitoring’. Why? Because:
- Kinesiology is all about that integral word – balance;
- Kinesiology isn’t about looking at a muscle from the perspective of its strength compared to another muscle’s strength, rather;
- it’s about the ability of the muscle to give information about the body’s condition –
- and that means the way in which it delivers feedback between its sensors and the central nervous system, indicating specific problem areas, whether physical, mental, or in some cases, both
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Think of it this way. Your muscles are the bouncers at the door of an exclusive nightclub. It’s the best place in town – Le Club Body. They’re incredibly busy, because everyone wants to be a part of that action. The flu, arthritis, stress, sports injuries, diabetes, PMS, insomnia, hayfever, anxiety, ADHD – you name it, they’re lining up around the block to have the opportunity to attack your physical and mental wellbeing. No wonder you are feeling completely off-kilter!
So your muscles stand up like – well, like the muscles they are. And, in the course of a balance, what they tell trained Kinesiologists through their reaction to monitoring, is whether or not one of these undesirable guests has managed to get past the red rope whilst their back was turned, dealing with the other twenty or so clamouring in the background for attention.
The monitoring of your muscles, and the results – whether they are able to perform under pressure, so to speak – give very specific biofeedback. When applied within clinical practice, they can work effectively in dealing with all the physiological systems of the body:
- hormonal issues
- digestive issues
- the immune system
That’s the background of Energetic Kinesiology – but what actually happens in a Balance?
Your trained Kinesiolgist, who has learned from Australia’s premier Kinesiology institution, O’Neill Kinesiology College, will use techniques that consistently get long-term results when applied in clinical practice.
This means using a combination of muscle monitoring and acupressure points to open up the pathways between your body and brain, and removing any ‘roadblocks’ that may have been set up by – you guessed it – the gang of no-hopers who constantly want to gatecrash your wellness. It is an approach that incorporates scientific advances from Western thought, with the wisdom and historical knowledge of Eastern healing practices.
If our neural pathways – the way our brain speaks to our body – are blocked, then both our physical and mental capacities to perform at our best are reduced. We can’t think at our best, it’s harder to feel motivated, to stay healthy, sometimes even to want to get out of bed. Aches and pains are more pronounced.
Again, we are off-balance.
The fact that a combination of techniques is used again shows the importance Kinesiology puts on the need for balance, and Energetic Kinesiology sees the importance of incorporating a holistic approach in making our bodies healthy. Kinesiologists associated with O’Neill Kinesiology College also place great importance on continued training and staying up to date with new methodologies and techniques.
You can find them all here, along with the Kinesiology ‘Find Your Balance’ Test