Exploring the possibilities of Kinesiology for 20 years part 1

Exploring the possibilities of Kinesiology for 20 years part 1

Exploring the possibilities of Kinesiology for 20 years part 1

It’s quite amazing for me to think that in November 1999 I had my first experience of kinesiology and that it has been a part of my life ever since.


I used to assist at a Mind, Body, Spirit event in Cornwall, The Cornwall New Age Festival. I was lucky enough to meet Sue Lilly there, who has been a long term friend, teacher and mentor.

She gave a very compelling lecture on Hacking Your Body’s Computer, an analogy I still use today, to try and explain how kinesiology was accessing the information in the nervous system and using it’s response to stress and stimulus to observe what helped and hindered the body.


I was so fascinated by the analogy and the topics Sue spoke of, that I went to her trade stand after the talk, confessed to my allergic rhinitis and psoriasis and asked her if there was anything her amazing tool could do to help, her response was “Sit down and let’s find out.”


I still say the same thing to new clients now. We have no idea if, how, when and how much kinesiology will help any situation a person may come with. But I always see that as part of the point.

The body already knows what is effecting it and why and how to change it. But it struggles to communicate that with us better than the symptoms we are getting, and we are often poor interpreters.

What I don know after almost 17yrs in professional practice and about 16,500 clinical hours is that it helps a lot of people restore their health and resolve their health conditions.


I have now studied 5 different types of kinesiology, although they technically all have their roots in the original form of bioenergetic kinesiology which is Applied Kinesiology.


There are purely mechanical forms of kinesiology that just look at movement and inhibition (non-functioning) of muscles and limbs, this is often used by physios to assess function.

Bioenergetic kinesiology is any form that is also work with the acupuncture meridians of Traditional Chinese Medicine, this is what I do.

We look at the associations of the muscles and their functions with aspects of the 5 Element system in Chinese Medicine and, amongst a lot of other tools, use the same acupoints to help improve the function of the body.


All the systems use the manual muscle testing to assess or question the body. With inhibited or weak muscles (although weakness is not really what is happening) indicating one response and strong or stable muscles indicating another.

So kinesiology gives us a binary response system (on/off, yes/no, good/bad, thanks/no thanks) that we can use to listen to the body in response to almost any stimuli (foods, chemicals, patterns, colours, sounds, emotions, thoughts, people, movements, vitamins, minerals etc and much more).


I have explored and studied 5 main types of kinesiology and tried a few more. My main experiences have been with Health Kinesiology, Touch for Health, Assimilation Kinesiology, Quantum Kinesiology and Applied Kinesiology (as explored through the Epigenetic Protocols of Chris Astill-Smith). The last form, the Epigenetics makes up a significant part of my current practice due to its effectiveness and results.


What I’ve learned over the years regarding kinesiology is quite enlightening.


All the systems have their limitations, inconsistencies, pure beliefs and shadows (see my blog on the Importance of Shadow)


All of the systems are limited by the skill of the person doing the testing and their relative experience and self development. It’s quite difficult for anyone to accurately test around anything their don’t have actual experience of. They might say they can, but they are only really testing their belief about the thing, not the thing itself.

For example, if we wanted to see if living in Fiji would be a good idea for a person, but neither of us had been there, we can, at best, only test what our belief of the place is, because neither of us have the actual data of what the place would be like.


I had a client recently say to me that they didn’t want to make the changes to their diet that testing had indicated as she felt she had to believe in it for it to work. She couldn’t grasp that the mechanics of her body would respond to the diet changes like changing the type of fuel in her car would change its performance. The action of doing the change would have demonstrated the benefits, but her beliefs that it would not, meant she didn’t even try to make the change and therefore her condition stayed the same. It’s perfectly fine for people to choose whatever they want, but when we always do what we’ve always done, we always get what we’ve always got.


Our relationship with our client and how the flow of that works is also a significant factor. Its only in working with Integral Theory that I have really understood the importance of the relationship or culture of the therapeutic space (see my blogs on Health is a 4 Quadrant Affair)


So if we are able to create a healthy, supportive, encouraging relationship with our clients, they are more likely to do well. But is fair that not all practitioners can work with all clients, for some the fit is just not right based on shared beliefs, goals and ideologies.

Click over to part 2 of this discussion to learn some of the differences in the types of kinesiology that I offer.

Have any questions, just get in contact and let me now how I can help you with this amazing tool.

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