Kinesiology is an alternative health practice that arose from Chiropractics in the 1960’s. It combines a detailed understanding of Anatomy and Physiology with Eastern energy practices. It looks for the root causes behind symptoms, health concerns, emotional trouble or the inability to move forward and works to address the underlying problems so that the body can heal itself and equilibrium can be restored. Kinesiology is designed to attempt to remove blocks and unsupportive mental processes, allowing people to reach their health, emotional or life goals. The practice considers the body-mind and energy of a person to all be important in achieving balance and looks for stresses in any or all of these systems – considering the person as a whole.
Kinesiology uses manual-muscle monitoring – testing how a muscle functions by pressing gently on the muscle to see how it responds – to identify imbalances. In this way kinesiologists get direct feedback from the body and use the body as a bio-feedback machine – the muscles allow Kinesiologists to find subconscious problems and work with people who can’t communicate verbally, don’t wish to talk about issues or are very young children. Each treatment programme is unique and individual as it follows what the body – i.e. the muscle response- says. When a muscle responds differently to what is expected this provides clues to the underlying causes, allowing the treatment to pin-point the real issue and identify what will help.
Numerous, non-invasive, correction techniques are used to help the body remove stresses or blockages. Corrections will vary depending on the type of kinesiology being used and the kinesiogist’s background but may include acupressure, needle-less acupuncture (using a tai-shin), reflex point stimulation, emotional stress release, nutritional advice, counseling, sound/ vibration, massage, coaching, cranial release therapy, bach flower remedies, lymphatic point stimulation, exercises or affirmations. A Kinesiologist will usually provide guidelines for the client to continue the healing process at home.
The meridian and acupuncture system of Traditional Chinese Medicine is very much part of Kinesiology. Consideration is given to the the meridian-organ-gland-muscle relationship and in NeuroEnergetic Kinsiology and Applied Physiology acupuncture points, alone or in combination, are used to find problems, drill down into them and to heal or restore balance. Consideration is also given to all the body’s physical systems, the environment and the emotions and how they all affect and interact with each other. For example if there is a problem with digestion you could look at any number of things to help such as the muscular system (smooth muscle and fascia), the hormonal system, neurotransmitters such as serotonin, the stress response, brain parts like the amygdala that deal with the stress response, the TCM meridian system and specific acupuncture points, environmental toxins etc.
How the stress (fight/flight/freeze) response gets subconsciously activated and what these reactions, hormones and neurotransmitters do to the body and mind in the short and long term are often relevant to a Kinesiology balance and are investigated with a client.
One way to understand Kinesiology is to think of the body-mind-energy as an electrical circuit! When functioning optimally the circuit flows smoothly with little resistance and all the appliances connected to the circuit function properly. Sometimes switches get turned on or off and fuses blow – affecting the circuit and the appliances that it operates. This is like an out of balance body, if the flow is not smooth then various parts of it may malfunction! Kinesiologists test the circuits, find those switches that are off or fuses that have blown and reset them so that the circuit flows freely again. Another way to look at it is to think of a stream – if there are numerous boulders and stones upstream the flow downstream will be effected, if we are downstream we will see the interrupted, uneven flow but maybe unaware of the boulders and stones upstream. Kinesiology goes upstream to find and remove the stones, starting with the largest boulders and helping to reestablish the river flow.
Throughout my years of being in the health industry I have been constantly reminded of the importance of emotional and spiritual health. Without those two hugely important factors physical health cannot be achieved. It is the most amazing thing seeing people’s energy rising dramatically when inner emotional factors have been released. I have experienced this myself in my own journey many times. Thus designing this Inner Rainbow Mindfulness course, for all ages, has been something in my mind for many years.
Every one and everything has a vibration which has cause and effect upon everything surrounding it. This is also the same for every cell, organ and system in our human bodies. Seemingly undetectable frequencies being sent and received to our other cells, nervous system and brain as well as to others and our environment. There is a constant exchange of information through electromagnetic waves, this is a very well known and scientifically proven fact. Being mindful is an attempt to tap into these messages and to consciously try to react to them. That is what true presence is all about.
Sounds woo woo, but it is so simple. Some call it intuition, some call it gut feeling others call it the voice in their head. Its all really the same. The messages just get louder and louder till we sit and listen. As we age we get better at ignoring the signals as there is much around us to distract us. The head often gets in the way of the heart. Our kids have to have a sharper connection to it and their reactions to the messages are bigger and louder. Here is some more insight in to the benefits of mindfulness
Inner Rainbow Mindfulness 7 week Course
The Inner Rainbow mindfulness course has come from years of experience from both myself and Kate Baldwin a very passionate Kinesiologist and long time friend of mine. Seeing clients, friends, family members and of course ourselves trying to figure out the causes of dis-ease and imbalance. Using our skills to teach others, methods to cut through the noise and distraction, to help us to decipher and receive the messages, amplify or invet these frequencies to better effect in our body and the world around us.
The course is aimed at different ages but will all have the same core skill set and tools available to the participants. The key aim is to allow you to take back control and responsibility for your body, no matter what age you are is, in a way that is appropriate and accessible to you and your abilities. To recover communication both with yourself and the world around you, step by step. Skills you should have and need to be able to react to the world around you with more care and better effect.
We are not perfect beings, however, we are allowed to make mistakes, its is what we take from those hiccups and how we react to them that matter.
What the Inner Rainbow Mindfulness course contains:
During the class you should expect to benefit from the following tools we bring to the class:
Each week we will use a different colour corresponding to a different Chakra area of the body. This will allow us to open up different emotions, physicality and focus with each week building onto the next. The class will help participants to engage all their senses using age appropriate movement exercises (Brain Gym exercises which may help to relieve stress and improve co-ordination between left and right brain activities), meditations, food discussions, emotional communication games, aromatherapy oils, Bach Flower Remedies, Kinesiology muscle testing, EFT (in some cases) crystals and each class concludes with journal either writing or drawing (depending on ability and desire to communicate).
Alongside the weekly classes, we have complied exclusive online content including;
Video of the exercises
MP3 recordings of the meditations
Bach Remedy Cards
Cards with tips and foods discussed in the class.
These will be available to continue you ‘work’ outside the class room and help build these new skills into your daily lives.
Each week will have a crystal bead to build a Chakra Rainbow band, a room spray with Bach Flower Remedies and aromatherapy oils to help to build their safe space and routine at home. We will also provide a notebook for journaling activities. These should be brought back each week.
Here are some further articles written by either myself or Kate
To get a get a good visual image of the impact the protest is having on the city check out here
On the eve of China Day I wanted to reflect on the events in Hong Kong since Sunday. I am not sure how the events here have been publicised in the country you are in, they seem to be a mixed bag of information and opinion.
On the ground, I wanted to report that the response is also mixed here. There has been a great sense of pride and gratitude towards those holding their exemplary peaceful protest. All that the Hong Kong people protesting want, is to be heard and acknowledged. They believe that they have been promised something that has not been delivered. Occupy Central is not a new idea for us here; it is a movement that has been gathering pace for a long time. Universal suffrage (Hong Kong currently has a Chief Executive that is appointed by China ‘puppets’ and currently we are able to vote for our representatives however they are also only from a pool of people hand picked again from China) is something that Hong Kong has been requesting for longer than sunday.
When Hong Kong was a British colony, it was not unlike the current arrangement. Our Governor was appointed by the British Government – however anyone could and did run for government posts. When the country was given back to China’s ruling it was under the understanding that it would be one country, two systems. As China was a very different place then as it is now (travel was restricted and it was still a very strict communist rule) most were very worried about the lack of civil liberties which may be thrust upon us. It was agreed that there would be no major changes for 50 years.
Hong Kong people over the years have exercised the right to protest and most importantly we have enjoyed our freedom of speech and thought, something which has remained since the handover. There have been several pro-democracy demonstrations throughout the last few years. There have also been Tiananmen Sq remembrances every year. Although the newspapers here have changed and appear more China biased in their reporting and I have not watched the local news channels for a long time- it still felt like for the most part Hong Kong’s one country two systems was working. Monday was the most censored day in China since Tiananmen Sq remembrances as reported by the FP. There have even been reports that the gathering is in preparation to celebrate China Day.
Hong Kong is rich in its diversity- even when it was under British rule is was not a jot like Britain! I discovered this when I moved there for university (read about my experiences as an expat in my ‘own country‘). Coming back to Hong Kong with my young family was exciting for me and I relished the chance to give my own children a taste of the amazing childhood I experienced living here. Hong Kong is completely unique in its size, combination of nature and structure, its business opportunities, its successful merging of east and west and it dynamic and exciting vibe. The number of people living here has grown over the years and the impact of the travelling mainland chinese has had positive and negative consequences for Hong Kong. A couple of years ago when the Government announced a surplus in the budget (what other country has ever announced a budget surplus) they decided to give every permanent resident an amount of money. It wasn’t a huge sum to many (about the amount of the air ticket from the uk to Hong Kong for me to pick it up) but very cool all the same. Untouched by the global economic downturn over the recent years Hong Kong is, for the most part, thriving. This is largely to do with the huge cash injection from the mainland chinese coming and buying ‘all the things’!!
Stories of mainlanders coming over with suitcases of money to buy flats and designer goods are mixed between them buying up all the baby formula (which led to restrictions on weight of suitcases allowed over the border). Distrust in goods coming from China has encouraged the mass travel of newly rich chinese people from Mainland China to Hong Kong and around the world. Everybody is clambering over one another to sell them something. So much so that the fear is that this protest may somehow stop that generous flow of cash. This is the main opposing argument and I have heard all sorts of people saying this.
I have heard many complain about the ‘inconvenience’ caused by the protesters, talk about the protest being ‘bad for business’ for Hong Kong. That it will increase people’s (well China’s) desire to move Hong Kong to Shanghai – thus effectively ‘killing’ Hong Kong’s unique nature and economy. Hong Kong is actually fighting for their economic future (as seen in Time). Lets face it- its only money. I would rather have a country I can say what I want, read what I want and have freedom of commerce and thought. I also prefer a country where people pitch in together for the good of the whole country. A country that is truly rich in culture, diversity and community spirit. Something the protesters are teaching us all with their recycling while they protest, organisation of their resources and peaceful yet direct attitudes whilst spending down time to study! There is no other place in the world that has a 3 day protest without any shops broken into and looted, all the cars etc are safe, it’s safe to take your kids to go see and is clean and tidy with space for pedestrians to walk through.
The influx of Mainland Chinese money has meant a huge increase in house prices, rental prices and every shopping mall is full (there are so many shopping malls in Hong Kong!) of people and designer stores. All of the mid range stores are being pushed out and it is getting more and more expensive to live here. It seems incredulous the amount of money that just keeps pouring in and young residents are finding it impossible to keep up. Getting on the property ladder means that you need a 50% deposit on flats a little larger than a cupboard for upwards of HKD$2 million – that is before it is even finished being built, by the time it is built it can be double that in some cases. It is not on our radar to be able to buy anything here and even schooling is proving to be more and more out of reach. Local schooling is subsidised but the system of schooling here is more rigid and full on (3 year olds have homework and there are exams all through primary schools) than I want to put my kids through so we are having to pay through the nose for schooling. However I have never been in a country with lower unemployment and strong work ethos. There is a big divide between those who literally live in cages and those who live in sprawling mansions on the peak. That divide is only getting wider. This is something experienced in the global community and you can’t help thinking ‘somehow this has got to end somewhere?!’
There was even cases a couple of years ago where Hong Kong residents could not get into local hospitals because they were full of heavily pregnant mainland women coming over to go into labour so their children could be born here and have rights to schooling etc. All of this has frightened and angered local residents. The future is uncertain and they are saying something about it. They are saying no. They are saying we want something different and I quite frankly support their right to do so.
The protests themselves have had mixed receptions. Scheduled to actually be on tomorrow I think some of the excess of the response was from the excitement and fear of it all starting early. It has been called a riot and indeed the police were in their riot gear. I have heard people complain and want a refund because their childrens schools in the district closed, that their shop/business has suffered because of the protest route, people fearful to go into town or that they cannot continue their lives as normal. I find it unbelievable that people would be so unbelievable. It is a landmark event for Hong Kong and a really good reason. But I guess there are always haters who are gonna hate and moaners gonna moan!
To the point where there is the video of students constucting anti-tear gas masks from water bottles and sugical masks. Which is both sad and genius at the same time. However there have been no breakages or violence- they simply wouldn’t leave. People are joining them in their droves. Bringing supplies (they are asking for water, raincoats, goggles and facemasks incase there is more tear gas and pepper spray, empty spray bottles and cool towels and gel packs to try and help people cool down and cable ties to help secure the boundaries), even bringing food and bbq’s and coming in to show their support. I brought water and apples today! There are yellow ribbons being given out to wear and to tie around railings and lampposts around Hong Kong. People are smiling at each other and generally showing kindness and solidarity. Its amazing to witness.
Please keep sharing your positive experiences. I keep hearing “I admire the protestors but its not going to change anything”- Who knows. I for one have a renewed sense of faith in my beloved home town. I have hope for the future in Hong Kong and I feel a sense of incredible pride and goodwill towards my fellow Kongers. If you want please check out this Petition and share hopeful sentiments about our future. The youth coming through seem pretty cool and incredibly inspiring- so Anything is Possible!
as an update- on tuesday night (the night this was written) it rained and someone took this extraordinary picture!
Both by talented Hong Kong Photographer Kirti Manian. Check out her Etsy shop here
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