Kinesiology has been the subject of warnings for several years about the risks it could cause to its followers. In question, according to the Miviludes (interministerial mission of vigilance and fight against sectarian excesses): the fact that “its followers and supporters advocate in a more or less radical way the break with lifestyle habits considered harmful, in favor of natural choices Authentic, such as organic food, alternative medicine, non-medicinal therapies or ecology, the radicalization of certain followers of this movement led to sectarian excesses in which the hygienist dimension raised to the rank of dogma constituted a determining factor “. Caution and discernment are essential for kinesiology and other approaches that advocate a radical break in lifestyle.
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“The arms fall to me.” ; “ I have cotton legs”. These popular expressions attest to the close relationship between our muscles and our emotions. Based on this principle, kinesiology, psycho-corporal technique, will detect our energy, emotional or physical imbalances to remove the blockages that dominate us. It relies on a manual test of muscle response to know how we work and awaken our potential.
The kinesiology test is different from the mechanical tests used by physiotherapists. It consists of establishing a dialogue with the body by asking a number of questions directly. The subject tends a limb, usually the arm, on which the practitioner makes a slight pressure. In a normal situation, the arm resists, it is “locked”. In case of stress, there is a change in the response of the muscular system that results in an absence of locking, the arm falls under pressure. The applications of this test have given birth too many techniques, here are the three best known.
*** The Three Best-Known Kinesiology Techniques
George Goodheart’s Health Through Touch is a way of testing and balancing the body’s entire body of muscles and meridians for overall physical well-being.
Educational Kinesiology, developed by Paul Dennison, focuses on improving learning. It aims to stimulate, release and relax to allow adults or children to reach their full potential. This technique is often used in addition to educational methods (school monitoring, speech therapy, etc.).
The three-in-one concepts developed by Gordon Stokes, among others, use muscle testing in the areas of personal development, stress release, emotional well-being and self-confidence. We do not only test the muscles or the energy circuits, but also the emotions and sensations.
2. The Origins of Kinesiology
The first muscle tests, created by neurologists, were used to take stock of paralysis and other motor problems. They already consisted of pressing on certain members of the body to evaluate the force of contraction. In 1964, George Goodheart, American chiropractor, discovered a new way to test muscles. He has determined that some of them are connected to acupuncture meridians (canals providing energy flow in the body), and that muscle tone reflects the state of functioning of our body in its entirety.
Over the years, Goodheart has developed many correction techniques in the areas of muscles and ligaments, nutrition, emotion management, and energy systems.
3. What Does Kinesiology Mean in Practice?
The subject defines its objective: to get rid of a diffuse and chronic pain, relational problem, insomnia, etc., the most frequent motivations being the stress and the improvement of learning. Paul Landon, president of the French Federation of Kinesiology and Practitioner, insists: “We are working on a global balance, not on a symptom. It is therefore essential for the client to formulate a positive objective such as “I wish to be relaxed in such a situation” rather than “I do not want to have a headache anymore”. It is common for the practitioner to check the relevance of the goal. He then exerts pressure on the arm. If it holds, the body is in agreement with the formulation of the goal. If the arm is loose, the objective will be re-specified.
*** Conversation Between the Practitioner, the Subject and His Body
A “three” conversation then begins between the practitioner, the subject and his body. To define the origin of suffering, the kinesiologist will interrogate the memory of the body to inquire about the events that have affected the person and of which he does not consciously remember. The practitioner can test at least 14 muscles related to different meridians, organs, or emotions. As soon as one of them accuses a weakness, he gives indications on the origin of the blockage. Thus will be determined excesses or lack of energy and imbalances to correct to achieve the goal.
*** Kinesiology Is Not Psychotherapy
About than to let oneself be carried away by these questions and to let his (unconscious) memories recreate a scene, a moment, a situation or an incident. Kinesiology is not psychotherapy. It is a question of finding what has been printed in the past so as to modify its intensity, rather than knowing why it was so. Then, occur the corrections. The most common is self-stimulation. The practitioner proposes the subject to exert pressure on a specific point of his body thus reactivating the flow of energy. It can also suggest the visualization of a situation or a color, a movement, a breath. If the correction is adapted, the tested muscle is strengthened and does not give up under pressure. We can then define another objective, test the muscles and make corrections to achieve it.
*** The Connection Between the Left and Right Brain
It is common, between sessions, to be advised a number of exercises: so-called integration movements designed to stimulate the connection between the areas responsible for left and right brain motricity and restore “lateralization” . One of the most common, the cross crawl is to touch in turn his right knee with his left hand and his left knee with his right hand.
4. Indications and Contraindications
Kinesiology helps to overcome chronic diseases: bulimia, motion sickness, pain, and enuresis.
Educational Kinesiology facilitates language learning, reading, writing, and apprehension of new situations. It builds self-confidence. Finally, kinesiology intervenes on the moral sufferings such as melancholy, indecision, irascibility, phobias, difficulties of orientation and choice of life.
*** Kinesiology Does Not Cure Diseases
On the other hand, it does not cure diseases. “We are not doctors,” says Jean-Claude Guyard, president of the National Union of Kinesiologists Physiotherapists. But we are complementary. Some seriously ill patients have used kinesiology to support their treatment by working on their fears.
5. Duration and Price
• The duration of a session is 30 minutes with a child and one hour for an adult.
• It costs between 25 € and 55 €.
• Count 1 to 3 sessions for a transient problem and 8 to 10 for heavier goals.
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