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How Does Kinesiology Work? Here’s Everything You Need To Know

The definition of kinesiology is: the study of the mechanics of body movements. But what does that mean and how does kinesiology work? Here the holistic healing technique is broken down and explained.

What is Kinesiology Therapy?

Kinesiology is a holistic healing technique that looks at all aspects of your health.  It is grounded in the study of anatomy and physiology and is the science of energy balancing.  Kinesiology combines muscle monitoring, with the principals of Traditional Chinese Medicine to assess energy and body functions. The Kinesiologist looks at the different energy flows of the patient’s body to see where the stresses lie using gentle body movements, muscle manipulations and acupressure.

What is Kinesiology good for?

And what does kinesiology treat? Kinesiology can be used for a range of issues and symptoms including:

  • All types of pain
  • Boost sports performance & motivation
  • Weight management and detoxification
  • Depression, anxiety and stress
  • Fatigue and lethargy
  • Learning difficulties / enhance learning
  • Overcoming addictive and behavioural problems
  • Improve confidence & self esteem
  • Overcoming phobias & fatigue
  • Identifying nutritional deficiency or excess
  • Achieving goals

Does kinesiology really work?

After only a few sessions working on one or two issues, often symptoms disappear.  That’s because Kinesiologists view the body as a whole unit, versus just looking at one individual symptom. Everything affects everything else. That’s also the reason there is an emotional component to a session.  As humans, when you have a strong emotional response to something, the emotion can stay in the body until you acknowledge and clear it out.


How does kinesiology work?

Using muscle monitoring, Kinesiologists ascertain if there are any stresses around your diet, your muscles or your emotional, mental and spiritual state. While Kinesiologists do not diagnose or “cure” ailments, by balancing the body (by working through the imbalances highlighted though the muscle testing) often the negative issues and symptoms disappear.

What happens in a session?

The kinesiology session usually starts off with a brief chat about what you would like to get out of the session and how you would like to feel afterwards.  If there is pain or stress you may be asked to rate the pain / stress on a scale of 1 to 10. You would then be asked to lie on a massage table, fully clothed, while the Kinesiologist applies gentle pressure on an arm muscle while you “hold” it.  Any time the muscle doesn’t hold, would indicate a stress or weakness around the issue they are testing for.  You, as the client, should be able to feel the differences in your ability and inability to hold the muscle and most client’s first reaction is “Wow!”  If lying down doesn’t appeal to you, sitting is also an option.  The process usually goes for about an hour, but some Kinesiology sessions are only ½ hour and others can go for 1½ hours.  Depending on the symptoms being treated it may be an emotional session, however you should feel calm and balanced after the session. Sometimes there can be an integration time for the full effects to take effect, anything from a few days to a week.

Have experienced the health benefits of a kinesiology session? Or have you tried and disliked kinesiology? Share your experiences and ask any questions below – I’d love to hear form you!

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Carolyn King Kinesiologist

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.

SHOWHIDE Comments (2)
  1. Hi Carolyn,

    I have just read about your inspiring our online via the Casadekarma website. I’m from a medical background myself, appreciate the great kinesiology work you do, and am very interested to be lucky enough to book a session with you for myself. However I live in Auckland, New Zealand! If you have any ideas at all, I would be honoured to hear from you,

    Warm regards,

  2. Hi Rebecca,

    Thank you for your message. I do have Skype sessions available if you wish to book in with me, alternatively I can’t personally recommend any in New Zealand (as I don’t know anyone there that does the work I do) but I would suggest googling Kinesiology and looking for those with a PKP qualification. Given that Bruce Dewe (the creator of PKP) is from New Zealand I would assume it should be fairly easy to find someone with this qualification.

    Wishing you much health and happiness on your journey.


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