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Feel healthy and balanced with Kinesiology

By Helen Mawson

In this article, I share with you some information concerning Kinesiology, mainly highlighting what it is and how it can help you to feel healthy, balanced and vibrant!

Muscle Testing

Many people refer to Kinesiology and Muscle testing interchangeably, however, the two are quite different. Kinesiology is a healing or health modality in its own right and often takes the practitioner several years to train in. Muscle testing, however, is a technique we are trained in as Kinesiologists in order to get feedback from the body when asking very precise questions or when using a food or allergen to test the body’s response. Muscle testing as a technique has been adopted by many health practitioners such as nutritionists and herbalists to ascertain information from the body concerning supplements or food intolerance or allergies.

What is Kinesiology?

Kinesiology is a healing / health modality that was developed in the late 60s seventies by an American Chiropractor Dr George Goodheart founder of Applied Kinesiology and the International College of Applied Kinesiology. Goodheart discovered that each muscle in the belongs to a specific circuit within the body and that when things in the circuit are out of balance the muscle would test weak.

Goodheart used many kinds of therapies to address health problems for clients, such as; massaging reflex points on the body, holding acupuncture points, making spinal adjustments, giving nutrients or carrying out an emotional diffusion technique. He became famous for being able to solve health problems that no one else could and taught these techniques to chiropractors, osteopaths, medical doctors and dentists.

There are now many different types of Kinesiology and schools teaching these all over the world.

Health Kinesiology

I originally trained in Health Kinesiology which was developed by Dr Jimmy Scott in Canada in 1978. I also trained in Touch for Health Kinesiology which was developed by Dr John Thie in the 70s.

In practice, I use Kinesiology when I am looking at nutritional balance or allergies and intolerance for clients. I also use the system for balancing emotional issues or dealing with things like phobias or fears. My kinesiology training opened me to the wonderful healing potential that we are all able to access within our own bodies. The training I undertook exposed me to and taught me many techniques and tools in order to help restore health, vitality and balance.


In Kinesiology training we learn where the meridian energy lines are located throughout the body and precisely where the hundreds of acupuncture points are located. We then learn lots of techniques that can be used to balance the meridians such as gentle massage or tapping them lightly which helps revive and restore them. Health Kinesiology works by re-tuning meridian energy to accept a pattern of stress that has been highlighted within the body. There are 14 main meridians on the human body – two of them run directly up the centre of the body, one at the front, one at the back, and the remaining 12 meridians are bi-lateral – i.e. they are in pairs, one on the left and one on the right of the body.

The Chinese discovered that each of the meridians directed energy into one of the main organs of the body (for example, we have a pair of meridians each for our Liver, Heart, Lungs, Kidneys etc.). If the meridian becomes blocked, or malfunctions in some other way, the organ does not receive its usual amount of energy and becomes ‘under-energised’, and therefore does not work as well as usual, and this causes symptoms in the body. An organ can also become ‘over-energised’ when too much energy is directed into it by the meridians, which can also have a detrimental effect.

The Chinese also found that certain emotions tended to under- or over-energise particular meridians, and so our thoughts and our emotions can influence the functioning of our internal organs. For example, the Kidney and Bladder meridians are particularly influenced by ‘fear’ and ‘anxiety’-type emotions.

A self-help Kinesiology technique for you to try

The Thymus Tap

The Thymus tap is an efficient and effective variation on a “Meridian Balance” that I perform as a Kinesiologist before I work with a client. Tapping the Thymus in this way for around 20 seconds will balance your meridian energy system for around 30 minutes. It is a great technique to get into the habit of using throughout the day. It is perfect to use before or after a stressful interaction or situation.

The Thymus Tap will:

  • Balance all of your meridians and energies
  • Boost your immune system
  • Dilute stress response
  • Increase strength & vitality

Thymus Tap Technique:

  • Bunch the fingers of your dominant hand together
  • Tap around your thymus area (between your throat and breast’s) in a large circle in anticlockwise direction (or left to right) for 20 seconds

Kinesiology based Workshops

I run a Wellness Workshop which is packed full of useful techniques like the above thymus tap, that can be performed on yourself for harnessing wellness and vitality. I am happy to run these for 6 or more participants. Please get in touch for more information.


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