An American chiropractor Dr George Goodheart amongst others researched the link between muscles, meridians, organs and systems of the body. This work became Applied Kinesiology in the early 1960s. Dr John Thie with the assistance of his wife Carrie developed the Touch for Health programme in the late 1960s initially for lay people, with the permission of the team leader Dr. George Goodheart. In the early 1970s the first edition of the Touch for Health manual was completed and a foundation kinesiology grew for those who wanted to know more. Many kinesiologists over the years have contributed to the world of kinesiology – hence the many different versions. My own kinesiology training has been within Touch for Health, Creative Kinesiology and Perceptual Bodywork. Along with other core skills I qualified as a Professional Kinesiologist. I linked in my previous Remedial massage training from the Northern School of Massage and now call myself a BodyKworker.

Kinesiology offers a route to people who want to be well on all levels. Muscle Response testing (MRT) – is at its core,  a gentle non-invasive way of getting a direct feed-back from the whole body. All levels are addressed, structural, emotional, bio-chemical, and electrical reactivity. Through communicating via the muscle you can by pass the part of your brain that thinks it knows what it is all about and access the ‘other’, wiser parts of yourself. This helps to explore the meaning behind the symptoms, to track to the root cause of a problem and helps to facilitate energetic healing at all levels. When we discover the cause of our symptoms; where they are rooted in our system and why they have originated, we then have the pieces of the jigsaw we need for healing to take place.

It is a science and an art form, a blend of ancient Chinese 5 Element energy medicine – with its understanding of energy in the body, and modern Chiropractic – with its knowledge of muscles and bones and how we move. The approach is one of working deeply with energy, helping people to overcome deep seated emotional, physical and energetic patterns which can manifest as aches and pains, illness, frustration with life, learning difficulties, depression, lack of confidence, low energy states and a lack of fulfillment or purpose.

Kinesiology is therefore an excellent method to uncover the underlying causes of health problems, as well as assisting in releasing stresses that are carried in the body’s systems. Muscle testing allows the practitioner to use their own individual skills and other healing techniques/modalities and integrate them into the session where appropriate.

During a session it is important to work together with the client to discover the root causes of the problem and the triggers to effective healing. In this way, conditions are created for the body to find its own way of healing. This approach knows that we are all made up of our stories – that our life experiences contribute to who we are today. Not all of our past is helpful or supportive to life now.

By releasing unwanted or unhelpful results of our life experiences (whatever they are) the body, mind and energy systems are able to find a new zest for life and reach a fuller potential. Using gentle balancing techniques, such as rubbing neuro-lymphatic points, holding neuro-vascular points, tracing a meridian or holding acu-pressure points to name a few. This is all guided by the innate wisdom of the body using muscle monitoring, therefore the inner powers of healing help to achieve a greater wellbeing.

Rachel lead

I would summarise myself as a ‘bodyworker’ of over 25 years experience. I have been a member of the KF since 1993. I joined the KF Policy Board in 2013 and was involved with training standards and became the chairperson until 2019. I encourage students to join the KF for support in this profession. I have helped people over the years with a wide range of problems, physically, emotionally and by looking at nutritional support – ‘you are what you eat’…I expanded my practice skills by training in RMTi – Rhythmic Movement, to expand my knowledge on working with children/adults. I qualified as a Consultant in 2019 –

My objective is to promote the use and understanding of Touch for Health and Bodywork Kinesiology to the general public, for health care/wellness and support for themselves and their family. I love empowering people by teaching ‘energetic exercises and applications’ for self – use and sharing. I absolutely love teaching students who wish to learn the art and skills of ‘muscle response testing/monitoring’ and to watch them blossom and grow… and to guide them onto becoming practitioners/carers/instructors, or whatever their dreams intend… 

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