Listening to your body is something we know we should be doing but sometimes it can feel like you and your body are speaking completely different languages. If you’re in need of a translator, you may just be a prime candidate to try kinesiology.
Developed by chiropractor Dr George Goodheart in 1964, applied kinesiology is based on the principle that your body has a kind of “feedback system” that, when tuned into, can tell us where we have imbalances which could be causing emotional or physical problems.
“It’s a holistic way of detecting and correcting imbalances in your body,” says applied kinesiologist Andrea O’Shea from Kaizen Skin.Body.Being in Sydney. “We're using the art of muscle testing to find out where there is mental, emotional health, physical health, or if it's biochemical or nutritional imbalance.”
Drawing on the idea that emotional and psychological issues can manifest in physical health problems, kinesiology uses Chinese medicine, chiropractic theory and natural medicine to help restore balance in the body. Today applied kinesiology is used to treat everything from allergies to anxiety, and like many other holistic health disciplines, is definitely having a moment. Curious? Us too. That’s why we asked Andrea for her most frequently asked questions.
How does it work?
A kinesiologist uses a special technique known as muscle testing to identify where we have imbalances. “Muscle testing is like a natural biofeedback. A good way to explain it is, say for example you know if you get bad news, you get weak and you need to sit down,” explains Andrea. “That's a perfect example of a stress response in the muscle. So when we use that muscle as an indicator, it will show a stress and that will be the muscle falling down or an unlock.”
How are imbalances corrected?
Kinesiologists have a vast array of tools used to help restore balance to the body. “We use a range of different correction techniques. Some of them come from Chinese acupuncture, herbal medicine, applied kinesiology and chiropractic and nutrition,” says Andrea. “Kinesiology is different to other therapies in that once we find the imbalance, we can test for an emotion behind the imbalance as well. So as we do the correction, the client talks about the emotional imbalance in their life and then after the session the body is recalibrating and stimulating itself into that healing space and coming back into balance.”
What can it help treat?
You can visit a kinesiologist for help with all manner of things – from helping bring in a new romance to treating persistent back pain. “Anything physically, so pain like tennis elbow or frozen shoulders, back pain, migraines. It can help with mental and emotional stuff, anxiety, depression, overwhelm, stress,” says Andrea. “And it can help with achieving life goals, so getting rid of fears and phobias and negative belief systems from the past, so that can be in relation to career, business, relationships.”
How often would I need to go?
Andrea has seen huge shifts in her clients' lies begin to unfold after just a few sessions. “In relation to a certain issue, you would have say, two, three sessions. Sometimes it could be more,” says Andrea. “It just depends on how much emotion or how much imbalance there is behind the issue in the first place.”
Find out more about Kinesiology at Kaizen Skin.Body.Being