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What is holistic kinesiology?

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by David Corby

Holistic kinesiology aims to provide understanding and solutions to the causes of your issue. The answer lies within you.

Holistic kinesiology is much more than a unique natural therapies tool. It is a science and profession outstanding in its scope and application.

Like all natural therapies, holistic kinesiology aims to improve your health and well-being by stimulating your body’s own healing potential.

Holistic kinesiology is perhaps the broadest form of complementary medicine, encompassing many aspects of both Western and traditional medicine. Holistic kinesiologists are trained in the structural, emotional, nutritional, electromagnetic, energetic, metaphysical, physiological, and psycho-spiritual areas of natural holographic health care.

Use is made of aspects of virtually every area of complementary medicine, including acupressure, nutrition, chiropractic, blood and lymph reflexes, various forms of counselling, homoeopathy, traditional Tibetan and Indian medicine, reflexology, and aromatherapy.

What is unique to kinesiology is the use of manual muscle monitoring feedback to provide understanding and an appropriate solution to the client’s issue.

How does it work?

If you have used a mouse on a computer you will know that it allows you to access a great deal of information about that computer. With two buttons and the use of menus you can find out a lot about the computer.

Muscle feedback is similar. Holistic kinesiologists monitor muscles to access the body’s computer –the brain. Muscles are wired to the brain via the nervous system. The muscles act somewhat like the mouse on a computer.

Certain muscles have been found to relate to specific acupuncture channels, organ and gland systems. For example, imbalances in certain muscles may indicate stress in liver function, others a stress in the digestive system.

Always, the answer is somewhere inside you

You may suffer from a sore and stiff neck and feel anxious and stressed. Is the stress due to the sore neck or is the sore neck due to stress? It can be either.

In one case muscle feedback may prompt the holistic kinesiologist to work to defuse the stress causing the sore neck.

In another case the practitioner may work on the sore muscles that are causing you stress. The holistic kinesiologist would look for factors that are causing the muscles of the neck not to function well. For example, there may be a problem with the tonic neck-righting reflexes that tell the brain where the head is positioned. When these reflexes are working properly the muscles of the neck work in unison and will not fatigue and become sore.

Holistic kinesiology does not diagnose or treat symptoms or conditions; instead it merely addresses relative underlying stress patterns associated with imbalances in the system.

Once the stress has been corrected the indicator muscles will respond accordingly, confirming a positive change. This change in muscle response anchors the changes into the body, giving it conscious positive feedback. This also gives the body more information and better strategies if the same situation occurs again.


David Corby, MAppSc (acupuncture), Adv Dip HSc Holistic kinesiology, BEconomics (Hon), is is CEO of College of Complementary Medicine, senior lecturer of holistic kinesiology and mind body medicine and published author of ‘Finding Joy Within’, ‘Energetic Protection’ and ‘Neuropressure’. 

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