As a Kinesiologist, muscle monitoring is the main tool I use with my clients. It can be used in emotional healing; when choosing supplements; determining food intolerances and immune mismatches, plus more.
Some call it muscle testing but I actually tend to prefer the word muscle ‘monitoring’ because we are monitoring for a response to stimuli, and not actually ‘testing’ the strength of the muscle.
Muscle monitoring is a biofeedback mechanism to assist us in determining what and where the stressors are that lay in our body and/or lives. Through muscle testing questions and monitoring, we’re able to get answers from the subconscious mind. We do this by using the subconscious muscle response as the feedback tool, because the muscles respond to varying types of input differently.
It can show us the subconscious stresses and imbalances within the body (through a change in the muscle state), so that both the practitioner and the client can feel it. And as most of our physical, emotional and mental processing happens outside of our awareness, this is a great way to dive deep and see what’s happening at an unconscious level.
Because muscle monitoring shows us what and where the imbalances are, and what we need to implement to bring the body back to balance, in my work as a Kinesiologist, I use it as a tool to help clients achieve whole body-mind balance.
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Kinesiology and muscle monitoring is great for people of all ages and beliefs as there are no spiritual or religious affiliations. A session can be purely structural, that is, only working on the muscles; or more emotional by defining and clearing out emotional stresses; or more spiritual, working with chakras and auras. The session is dependent on the Kinesiologist’s skill set and what the client is comfortable working with.
If someone wishes to have a session but does not have a muscle available for monitoring due to pain or amputation, or if a child is too young to muscle monitor, a surrogate can be used. What this means is that someone else’s body and muscles are used in place of the person requiring the balance. I have had quite a bit of success with this technique when a mother brings in her baby.
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If you want to try muscle testing yourself, there are a few simple techniques you can try at home. The first one I will describe is using your whole body as an indicator for stress.
For example, if you are at home, pick up a piece of fruit and see if your body sways forward or backward. It is usually a subtle movement but if it is advantageous for the body to eat the fruit now the body will sway forward. If it’s not good for the body now, it will sway backward.
Or if you’re wondering how to muscle test yourself for supplements, another example using the same method is if you are standing in front of different supplement or vitamin bottles and you can’t decide which brand to purchase, hold the bottles near your stomach and notice which way the body sways. It’s a great way to determine which one is the best for your body.
A single hand muscle testing technique you could use, is to touch the tips of your index finger and thumb together forming a circle. Then use the other hand’s index finger to see if you can break the connection. A positive response is when you can’t break the connection and a negative response is when you can. It can take a bit of practice to get the pressure right but it is quite affective.
The last method you can try is to hold your arm straight ahead of you and ask yourself a question. If the arm stays strong the answer is a positive or yes. If the arm wants to drop the answer is a negative or no. Of course you could get a sore arm doing this if you try to ask it too many questions and then the arm will naturally want to drop.
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Muscle monitoring another person takes practice and some people are easier to monitor than others. The pressure put on the arm being monitored is only light and the purpose is not to test the strength of the muscle, but to see if there is a change in its integrity when a stress is introduced. You can have a play with a friend but there may be times that the muscle just doesn’t respond and that could be because the person is out of balance, and the messages from the brain to the muscle are not getting through easily. Your muscle testing questions are to be centred around the particular feeling, thought or situation at hand that you want an answer to. Once you get an answer to one question, you can ask another one to then see if that also stands true. By asking multiple questions this can help you reach the true answer or root cause of the situation.
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I hope you have found this article useful and would love to hear your feedback (comment below) after you’ve tried some of these muscle testing techniques.
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Carolyn is a certified Kinesiologist based in Berwick, Victoria. With over 5 years experience, she's passionate about using kinesiology for a variety of situations, but particularly to work through: Learning difficulties, emotional wellbeing, depression, chronic fatigue and kinesiology for kids. She's also the author of 'Empowered Happiness: Discovering Bliss beyond Depression' a must-read for anyone battling depression or struggling to escape your own darkness. Carolyn also co-authored SHE Leads and “Book of Inspiration” and runs a Facebook Group empowering others with tools to find their happiness.
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