What is the difference between kinesiology and traditional medicine? The medical paradigm deals with symptoms, diagnosis, therapy and treatment, all based upon the principle that the expert has the knowledge to do the right thing for you. We trust our doctors as we trusted our parents…they knew more than we did, they wanted the best for us, they would take care of us better than we could for ourselves…all of this is very well as long as it is a clear medical issue, such as an appendicitis or a problem for which traditional medicine has a clear answer. We honor and are thankful for our medical professionals. They save lives. Yet sometimes there is no proven answer to the particular symptoms of the specific individual. The tests give no clue. The doctor may say it is psychosomatic…which really means that research and studies can shed little light upon what is happening with this specific individual, namely you, your friend, or a beloved family member.
Although Descartes and his mechanistic view of the universe was formed centuries ago, it still affects us and medicine today. My grandfather was an excellent surgeon, far ahead of his time, who helped many patients who had suffered for years. Even he said: “The doctor is like a car mechanic. You find the part which is giving trouble (diagnosis) and fix it (treatment/ operation)” As wonderful as traditional medicine is, it underestimates the main issue that we are not machines, we are body, mind and spirit which all interact to make us who we are. How can the mechanic, no matter how dedicated and expert, have any inkling about why the machine is operating as it is, what has been causing the wear and tear to the system and its parts, how thought, feeling and spirit affect the workings of the physical body, and so on….The body is the car but the mind and spirit drive it.
How can we explain that twins with the same genetic code can show completely different characteristics and diseases? Why is it that people raised in the same family, even with different genes, develop the same diseases? Why do people who are completely healthy, according to all medical tests and examinations, suffer symptoms which doctors cannot explain? Very simply, because we are all individuals, not machines, each with our own complex interpretation of our experiences and the world around us.
For example, when I was about four years old, I remember standing in the warm California sunshine and looking at the hydrangeas, as my mother and our neighbor loomed over me. They were trying to explain that the different colors of the blossoms are caused by putting dye on the roots. I stood looking at those flowers and I imagined the roots growing out of dead people who were buried under the ground. I still do not like those flowers! This is not a case of major trauma, merely an example of how interpretations are stored in our memory. The sun, the warmth, the colors of the plants, the fresh smell of the lawn just watered, my shocked confusion as I could hardly believe what I thought they were telling me, the erroneous image created by my brain in response to my misinterpretation of the language used, the stature of the adults who towered over me and whose authority suggested I should believe them, all of this is stored in different parts of the brain. Any one of those fragments of sensory or emotional experience may trigger the entire memory and the false conclusion my childhood brain reached. For me, although the logical error has long since been corrected, the emotional reaction remains. I do not feel good when I look at hydrangeas. I have to ask my logical brain to come to my assistance and reassure myself that they are simply pretty flowers, nothing more. It is a mild discomfort for my adult self, and one which I could resolve with a kinesiology session to reprogram the unpleasant memory. This works the same for traumatic experiences. Any aspect of the past perceptions stored could trigger the emotional response, creating the emotional state experienced at that time. This is not under the control of our conscious mind. Our body reacts. We become subject to a feeling which does not match the gravity of the situation in which we find ourselves in the present moment. For example, a competent professional starts sweating profusely, his heart races, and he feels terrible whenever he has to give a presentation. His conscious mind knows he is capable, but his body system throws him into a state that would be required if he were facing a tiger. Our body systems intend to help us, as do our left brains, to protect us from danger. But the information they have stored may not at all apply to where we find ourselves in the modern world. As a child, this man may have been humiliated in front of his grammar school class, at a time when his parents were being divorced and he was feeling endangered, fearful of losing a parent, or he did actually lose one or both parents, or he was being abused at home, or any one of a vast myriad of possible scenarios that he may not even remember in adulthood. Somehow, his system learned that this situation could be very threatening. The reaction his system provides is the best possible option available to him, hardwired as the one that enabled him to survive before. Kinesiology is all about activating new resources, updating the memory and belief system, providing a better neurological option. It can be easy, it does not have to be hard! Such a situation may be resolved in one session of 60 to 90 minutes. Or it may be a sign of a much deeper issue with many aspects which may take a number of sessions to address. However, any one session brings relief and more balance, more peace, more power than the individual had when he or she was living, probably struggling, with the old paradigm, burden, outdated belief or misconception.
Kinesiology does not diagnose, prescribe treatments or “heal” the client. The kinesiologist simply offers many options, many methods, from which the person’s innate intelligence may choose. The conscious mind is bypassed to communicate with the vast area beneath the surface of the iceberg. This is where old programs are running automatically without our awareness or conscious consent. Kinesiology has no negative side effects, no false diagnoses, no problems with the professional not understanding and correctly interpreting the symptoms. All of this is the medical paradigm. Kinesiologists make no decisions. They simply offer options. The client’s system determines how far and how deep the session goes, how much will be revealed to be resolved, or what is best to keep hidden for the moment. A topic such as conflict with a parent or spouse may have many levels, many layers, like an onion. Each of these is gently and effectively resolved for the highest good of the client. The Kinesiologist accompanies the client through the process, which the deep intelligence of the client directs.
You would be astounded to learn what is going on beneath the surface of your conscious mind!
Many of us feel successful, are seen by others as successful, and actually are successful, yet we still have no idea of which old programs are running. We can all be more joyful, more powerful, more well balanced.
Consider questions such as:
I want to be happy
I want to be successful
I deserve to be loved
I am lovable
I am valuable
I am a good woman/ man
I deserve to be wealthy
The answer that is consciously given, which we think is how we really feel and what we really believe, is often the opposite of the reply the inner self gives.
In other words, a conscious “yes” to these questions would be contradicted by the “no” answer of the muscle test. Our conscious mind does not know what is going on under the surface and what is actually running our lives. It can be like driving a car with one foot on the brake and another on the gas. This is not only unproductive, it is exhausting and uncomfortable, if not painful. A session frees up the wasted energy which is used to keep things hidden, or which is burnt up in such situations of inner conflicts, of which we are not even consciously aware.
The muscle test allows the inner being to tell us what can be improved, in what way, to what extent, and how to support and follow up on the helpful changes.
Let me give one possible example of a person whose system says “no” to “I want to be happy” or “I deserve to be happy”. The individual holds a belief that being a good person and accomplishing worthwhile endeavors is inconsistent with being happy. One must suffer and struggle as Christ did in order to be worthy and to be a responsible person. Situations in which one does feel happy are burdened with feelings of guilt and failure. Work and other activities have to be hard, not enjoyable.
Where this belief originated could be from society, from parents or ancestors, from experiences in childhood or in life. The mind is so complex that it could have taken on the belief from many different sources and reinforced it in various situations. Wayne Dyer’s Book “Believing is Seeing” explains how our beliefs create our world view and our way of interpreting and molding events. We see the effects of this everywhere in our world. It is often not so obvious in one’s own personal life. We take things for granted which are actually changeable. The kinesthetic basis of kinesiology is movement….life is change, as water flows or stagnates, we must all flow and adjust ourselves, growing to meet the challenges that confront us. This is the mental and emotional movement. In addition there is the physical and energetic movement which should also flow freely in our systems. Principles of Chinese medicine are included in many kinesiological methods. Muscles and organs are connected to emotions, and trauma can be stored in many places in the body. Any imbalance can be corrected and balance restored. Kinesiology has no invasive methods, rather a gentle touch to let the body know the blockage is being seen, addressed and resolved. Acupuncture points may be tapped, neurovascular points may be held, neurolymphatic points may be gently massaged, eye positions may reprogram the various areas of the brain. Cognitive methods are used which bring new insights and new perspectives. Healthy, natural movement in the flow of energy is restored.
In other words, anyone can benefit from kinesiology sessions! Motivation to try a new method often comes from the discomfort of stress, distress or psychosomatic symptoms. Our inner wisdom wants the best for us. It speaks to us through what we often view as unwelcome symptoms. These may be an invitation to make a step forward, to be bigger and better, to free ourselves of whatever restricts us, to be healthier and more fulfilled.
A session is always a win-win situation, for the client’s inner wisdom is in charge. Thus, the process leads to the best possible outcome.