What is it?

The word 'kinesiology' comes from the Greek work kineses, which means motion. In the medical sciences it is the name given to the study of muscles and the movement of the body. 'Applied Kinesiology' was the name given by its inventor, Dr George Goodheart, to the system of applying muscle testing diagnostically and therapeutically to different aspects of health care. Today Applied Kinesiology refers only to the parent system, as taught by the International College of Applied Kinesiology. As a number of different branches have evolved, the term Kinesiology has come to be accepted as a general term for all of these systems.

Kinesiology is a system of diagnosis and treatment that asks the body what it wants by combining muscle testing with the principles of Chinese medicine, to assess energy and body function, using a range of gentle yet powerful techniques. Muscle testing is the principal method of assessment used in Kinesiology, and it is the use of muscle testing that distinguishes it from other therapies. There are a number of different ways of using muscle testing in assessment - as a series of specific muscles tests, to find out how well the body is functioning in all aspects - structural, chemical and emotional, and with an indicator muscle test, which uses a single muscle to get a non-verbal response to a stimulus. All branches of Kinesiology use both methods, and some branches make greater use of the indicator muscle test.

The Kinesiology Federation gives the following definition:

'Kinesiology, literally the study of body movement, is a holistic approach to balancing the movement and interaction of a person's energy systems. Gentle assessment of muscle response monitors those areas where blocks and imbalances are impairing physical, emotional or energetic well -being. The same method can identify factors that may be contributing to such imbalances. The body's natural healing responses are stimulated by attention to reflex and acupressure points, and by use of specific body movements and nutritional support. These can lead to increased physical and mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.'

What to expect

Almost all Kinesiologists will give a session lasting one hour or longer. Much of the first session will be spent in gathering information, in order that the practitioner can built up a picture of the balance of your structural, nutritional and emotional state. The Kinesiologist will pay attention to any specific symptoms you may have, but all aspects will by covered, as it is a holistic treatment. At the end of the first session, the practitioner will be able to give you a summary of the main areas of imbalance that your body has shown. You may also be told about the corrections you have been given. You may be advised to attend weekly for three to four sessions, and then at less frequent intervals.

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