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Demystifying kinesiology

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What is kinesiology?

by Elizabeth Carabetta

The word kinesiology comes from the word kinetic, meaning moving energy. Kinesiology is the practice of muscle monitoring, developed in 1964 by Dr. George Goodheart, an American Chiropractor. One of his students Dr. John Thie developed a system to teach the public these self help techniques. Known as Touch for Health, it combines muscle monitoring with the wisdom of Chinese medicine.

Using kinesiology, the muscles become monitors indicating stress and imbalance. By ‘muscle monitoring’, kinesiology becomes a versatile tool for identifying and correcting various imbalances in your body and, therefore, in your life.

Why muscles?

Your nervous system is designed to self regulate and adapt to change. Physical and emotional changes are registered by signals that work like feedback loops between the brain and the muscles. When you experience stress and can’t adapt properly, your muscles reflect and hold on to this tension. They hold the memory (including emotional) of every move they ever made. You may carry this stress for years and it can manifest as illness, aches and pains, dysfunctional behaviour or a personal crisis.

Muscles are the filing cabinets of the subconscious mind. By accessing muscles we can bring certain files to consciousness to be dealt with. The emotions are released; the muscle returns to its original length and the aches and pains dissipate.

How does it work?

To monitor your muscles the kinesiologist holds your arm (or any muscle) and exerts gentle pressure to asses your body’s response. The muscle will either lock or unlock. The muscle is not being tested for its strength but rather its ability to maintain un-interrupted, coherent communication with the central nervous system. If the muscle unlocks it has been inhibited at the physical, emotional or energetic level due to a disturbance in the flow of energy. Kinesiology can locate then remove these blockages identifying the time and situation that they occurred.

The healing begins

Once the kinesiologist has identified the problem s/he is able to monitor for the appropriate treatment. The kinesiologist will then touch reflex points and ask questions to identify the specific imbalance. As everyone is different, different ways are required to heal their imbalances. Muscle monitoring will tell the kinesiologist exactly what a particular person will need. Healing techniques include acupressure, flower essences, lymphatic stimulation, specific exercises, nutrient or homoeopathic remedies. There are of course many other modalities and techniques that different kinesiologists will specialise in.

You don’t need to be sick to see a kinesiologist. You may just be ready for change or opening up to your unlimited potential.


Elizabeth Carabetta is a successful kinesiologist with an intuitive style. She has thirteen years of clinical experience a Health Sciences Diploma in Holistic Kinesiology and a Diploma in Clinical nutrition.  Elizabeth has complemented her natural healing gift by completing studies in Alchemy and Vibration healing. She also teaches kinesiology and meditation.


My experience of kinesiology

by Raym Richards

Kinesiology is an interesting modality, as the therapist taps into the knowledge of your whole being through muscle testing your body, bypassing the conscious mind. The theory is that we hold, and can access, a record of all our experiences, through the body.

While you may not be consciously aware of anything that may be holding you back from total well-being, your body has the answer. It is just a matter of finding it.

It is a gentle, non-intrusive modality, suitable for anybody, particularly those who may not be having success with other therapies.

I asked my kinesiologist what had led her to this unique modality. She told me that many years ago she was studying Touch for Health, an early form of kinesiology which was emerging from the States. It was initially developed in the sixties, by a group of American doctors from a variety of disciplines.

She had friends staying with her and their little baby would not stop crying. The parents were becoming frazzled and desperate, the mother had been told by a heath professional that the baby was reflecting her own anxiety, which naturally made her more anxious. My therapist mentioned that she was learning a new modality and perhaps she could help.

Using the mother as a surrogate for the child, she discovered the child was allergic to the formula she was fed and was experiencing constant tummy pain. They then obtained samples of a variety of formulae and tested each for suitability; one came up as suitable. They changed the formula and the child stopped crying. It was as simple as that.

Kinesiology has grown rapidly in reputation and popularity over the past 40 years. It is now used by athletes to reach peak states of performance. My kinesiologist was recently invited to the Olympics to be the personal kinesiologist of an athlete, an indication that this technique gets tangible results.

Each kinesiologist is different, and no two sessions are the same. Kinesiology may be used to tackle physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges. In my session we worked on setting goals and removing any obstacles to my own peak performance as a teacher of my healing technique ‘Crystal Dreaming’ which, although effective, is not reaching a wide audience.

The obstacles she discovered were surprising, enlightening and accurate, and we worked on removing them during the session. Watch out world!


Raym (Raymond) Richards runs the Starlight Wellbeing Expo in Bangalow, near Byron Bay, in January and Easter, now in its 12th year. He has also published two books on holistic therapies, Spirit Guide and Alchemy of Crystals, and teaches his own Crystal Dreaming™ technique to practitioners.


The philosophy at the heart of kinesiology

By Trevor K. Savage

The body has an innate healing mechanism and when the triad of health is in balance optimal health can be achieved. The triad of health looks at the mental/emotional, nutritional and physical/neurological levels. This philosophy renders kinesiology one of the most holistic health modality in the 21st century.


Trevor K. Savage ND is President of the Australian Institute of Kinesiologists.

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