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How To Muscle Test Yourself – A Kinesiologist Explains

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 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 (6)
  1. Ok I really don’t understand I was told to do this to see if I have mold poisoning do you ask yourself if its mold or what do you do

    1. Hi Vicki,
      I would see a local kinesiologist or your GP to determine if you have mold poisoning. Something like that would be difficult to determine on your own.
      Kindest regards,

  2. Hello&thank you for your article. Being already familiar with this practice(my former chiropractor was a kinesiologist) it was easy to understand. I wanted to note, that when performing testing on myself, I use the middle finger-to-thumb for my circle, I was taught that each person responds differently it may not always be the index finger.
    I recently heard, that for testing of some body/nervous systems, that persons having back surgeries or spinal trauma may respond more slowly, or have to be asked multiple or more probing questions due to energy flow. Is this true?

    1. Hi Terilynn,

      It’s fantastic that you are using muscle testing on yourself.

      With regards to you question about persons with back surgeries or spinal trauma, I personally have not had issues muscle testing. But as everyone is different and we all process our injuries differently it may well cause issues for some.

      Hope this helps,

  3. I began reading here trying to find why some days I just loose the ability to muscle test, maybe for an hour or two or maybe all day, like today. It can go suddenly and return suddenly.
    I’ve been using the thumb for testing for a couple of years with no problem. I’s the only way that worked for me except the sway test. I’ve used it for emotions, supplements, food etc and on others. It has only been lately that I’m finding sometimes it simply won’t work! Seems it must be an energy blockage or something but would love to know if you have a reason this happens?

    Many thanks if you can reply and give me any insights on this.

    1. Hi Cheryl,

      Thank you for your comment. It can be difficult to work out why you are loosing the ability to muscle test, without actually muscle testing you myself to see what is actually going on.

      In saying that, if you can’t get to a kinesiologist to determine the cause, when you loose the ability to muscle test, ask yourself the following questions:
      How do I currently feel? Excessive stress may impact your ability to muscle test.
      What have I consumed in the last 12-24 hours? Often foods and drinks can impact our energy
      Why am I muscle testing? Sometime we can become too reliant on muscle testing.

      If you are loosing control of other muscles in your body I would also suggest going to see your local GP to rule out any other issues.

      I hope this helps.

      Wishing you a lovely day,

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