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Photo of Maureen SmithIntegrating Traditional Healing Practices, Counseling and Psychotherapy into Health Kinesiology

Behind your thoughts and feelings, my brother, there stands a mighty ruler, an unknown sage – whose name is self. In your body he dwells; he is your body.

(Nietzche,F.1978:34,Totton 2003 p.1)

This paper is an introduction to a fascinating concept: that your body knows what it needs to heal itself, and that there is an inner communication between all parts of your body as well as with all present and stored emotions. This concept is in fact part of the road of discovery that I have been traveling for the past several years. To learn about these concepts I have studied a form of bio-energetic healing called Health Kinesiology (HK). This practice, that was developed about 40 years ago, is based upon psychotherapy and on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). To compliment the understandings of HK and to help me to more fully understand this form of energy healing, I have looked to what others have said about these concepts; and so I have based much of this paper on some of their ideas and thoughts and tried to relate those ideas to how Health Kinesiology ‘works’.

In many ways the idea that the body knows what it needs to heal itself, and that there is a strong relationship between our thoughts and feelings and our present health, seems to me to be a form of traditional healing – perhaps it is the modern form! Some of the feelings that I have been personally wrestling with since I’ve been studying and working with HK relate to the way that others see me, judge my practice, and try to make meaning of energy healing. Because this form of bio-energetic healing is relatively new, I feel that people are very skeptical of how HK works. I can completely relate to that as I also felt those similar doubts before I began to learn about energy work. I feel that this doubting probably is a good thing for we are all bombarded with new ideas and concepts that challenge many of us and this causes us to ask questions. People ask me, ”How does this really work?”, “What do you mean when you say that you are asking the body questions?”, “What part of the body are you asking?”, “ Where is the information coming from?”, “Is there a little person in there who is talking to you?”, and “The whole idea of your practice is totally weird!”

This paper will be to try to respond to some of those questions as I try to provide a deeper understanding as how these concepts actually do work.

This paper will have two sections. The first section will briefly explain the HK system and how it relates to both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and psychotherapy. By beginning the paper with these concepts I will be able to easily refer to them as the paper progresses. As well, I’ll momentarily touch on how this form of bio-energetic healing differs from allopathic Western concepts of medicine/ healing.

The second section will survey some of the research that has been done that examines how the physical body relates to the mind and emotions. I will examine some work done in the field of psychoneuroimmunology, as well as some ideas that other energy healers, psychotherapists, and scientific researchers have contributed.

How the Health Kinesiology System Works

To begin, I would like to explain a little bit about how the HK system of bio-energetic healing. HK was founded in the1970’s by a psychologist and physiological researcher from the University of California Medical School, Dr. Jimmy Scott. Through his research and careful thought Dr. Scott learned how to obtain information from the body to achieve greater wellness and functioning. Except for some concepts that are based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, all of his work is original and is a new form of Bioenergetic Kinesiology that works on the energy of the body. For more detailed information please check the HK website at www.healthk.org.

The Meridian System

The meridians and acupuncture points in the body were discovered and named by Chinese practitioners several thousand years ago. These wise practitioners discovered the systematic grid of pathways called meridians, just how these lines of energy flow, and to which organ the meridians are connected. The meridians are specific points that run up and down the body’s trunk, arms, legs, and across the head near the surface of the skin, as well as throughout the body at deeper levels. These pathways are still used today by acupuncturists around the world. In these pathways or meridians flow the body’s qi or life force that is sometimes called vital energy. This qi communicates with all the cells and organs in the body. Beinfield/ Korngold’s book, Between Heaven and Earth, describes qi this way:

The concept of Qi is absolutely at the heart of Chinese medicine. Life is defined by Qi, even though it is impossible to grasp, measure, quantify, see or isolate. Immaterial yet essential, the material world is formed by it. An invisible force known only by its effects, Qi is recognized indirectly by what it fosters, generates, and protects.….. In the human being, all functions of the body and mind are manifestations of Qi: sensing, cogitating, feeling, digesting, stirring and propagating. Qi begets movement and heat. It is the fundamental mystery and miracle. (Beinfield / Korngold 1991, p.30)

With this in mind then, HK understands that to maintain good health it is essential that the qi flows freely through all of the meridians in the body to enable all of the cells, and bodily systems, mind and emotions to be about their business of doing their job in the body.
Thurnell-Read in her book describing Dr. Scott’s work, Health Kinesiology she explains:

If this energy system is in balance, health can be maintained. If it is disturbed, then physical or other disturbances may be produced or sustained. These energy disturbances also have an effect on muscle response, and the term ‘Kinesiology’ has come to mean muscle testing to identify these disturbances. (Thurnell-Read, 2002, p.11)

These acupuncture meridians form part of the underlying system of the body that supports and integrates the different aspects of the individual to include spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental. As explained in HK classes, this qi carries the information to allow all parts of the body to function harmoniously. If there are imbalances or blockages in the Meridian pathways, then the qi or energy is not fed to the tissues and cells of the physical body and this can led to acute or chronic ill health. (Thurnell-Read 2002, p.12)

Dr. Scott states in the HK1 manual that:

TCM sees physical health and well-being as a direct reflection of the state of the underlying energy blueprint, including the meridian system. This is the same meridian system that is treated in acupuncture. Imbalances in this system can be the precursors of chronic or acute dis-ease. The flow of energy in the meridians can be disturbed by imbalances in virtually any aspect of life: nutrition, emotions, thoughts, relationships, environmental chemicals, electromagnetic pollution, etc. (HK1 Course manual p. 3)

HK uses the concept from TCM that there are fourteen major meridians. Two of the meridians on the midline of the body are the Central or Conception vessel that runs up the front of the body, and the Governing Vessel that runs up the back of the body. The other twelve meridians run bilaterally on the surface of the body. (HK1 p.4) Each of these meridians has it’s own acupoints and specific muscles associated with these meridians. These meridians are named after organs in the body, such as the lung meridian or spleen meridian. For example, the kidney meridian relates to the kidney’s ability to balance the fluids of every cell in the body to maintain biochemical balance within the body (HK 1 p.4).

Kaptchuk, in his book The Web That Has No Weaver, says that these fourteen meridians and some other minor meridians are “the warp and the woof of the body.” (Kaptchuk 200, p.106). These meridians are paired together in elements, and each pair has a Yin meridian and a Yang meridian. Seven of the meridians are Yang and seven are Yin. The meridians that run down towards the feet are Yang, and the meridians that flow up from the feet are Yin.

The Ying/ Yang symbol that illustrates the interconnectedness and balance resonates deeply within me to imply how everything in life is interrelated. We are so connected with nature and the world around us that each small occurrence in our life influences all parts of our being both emotionally, spiritually, intellectually as well as physically. What stands out the most to me is that when you go see an allopathic medical doctor that person needs to look at your whole being and not quickly compartmentalize you and only treat one small part of your body.

Muscle testing -Kinesiology

In HK muscle testing is used to gain information about what is happening in the body and how to restore balance. Muscle testing involves the practitioner applying gentle pressure to a muscle on the arm or the leg (in fact almost any muscle can be used). The muscle will be able to withstand the pressure if it is strong, or if weakened the muscle will give away. This will provide the Health Kinesiologist with information about what is going on in the body and the necessary procedures to correct the imbalance. HK recognizes that even when physical symptoms show up in the body, the source of the imbalance may be in the emotional or spiritual realm. This was a new concept for me to think about as I have always thought of illness as something physical that ‘happened’ to the body and I had not given much credence in the past to the connection between the whole body in terms of the emotional, spiritual, and psychological.

Balancing the body

The first thing an HK practitioner does is to balance the body so that some of the major highways can become unclogged and allow messages from the brain flow smoothly to all parts of the body. To do this, first a muscle that will respond to testing is found, usually this is an arm muscle but most other skeletal muscles in the body can be used as well. When pressed down the muscle will ‘hold’, but when ‘spindled’ or ‘alarmed’ it will weaken and release. To balance the body, the practitioner determines which meridians have the blockages and which reflex points will balance them. This is where TCM comes into play again. In TCM the twelve meridians are coupled as Yin and Yang and are grouped into the Chinese Five Phases or Elements and these relate to: Wood, Water, Metal, Earth, and Fire. In HK these same elements are used, and as well the Governing Vessel and Central Vessel have been added to make the HK Seven Element Sequence. Below is a chart illustrating the connection between the elements and the organs and the related emotions.

The Organ- Emotion Link (Cohen 1997 pg. 237)
Element Metal Water Wood Fire Earth
Organ Lung Kidney Liver Heart Spleen
Harmful emotions Anxiety, sorrow Fear Anger Joy, shock Pensiveness,empathy
Qi effect constrict drop rise scatter knot
Positive emotions integrity wisdom kindness order trust

The elements can be identified by lightly touching around the navel, as well as above and below the lips, and muscle testing at the same time. This is important in determining which element is unbalanced so that a correction can be made. In addition to determining the element (e.g. Lung meridian), Reflex Evaluation Points (REP’s) are used to determine which point along the meridian needs to be held for the correction of acupressure. The Reflex Evaluation Points include: Sedation, NeuroVascular, NeuroLymphatic End Points, and Activation Points. These reflexes are found on special points on the front of the body between the breast and pubic bone. When any of these points tests weak, then the practitioner can hold the appropriate reflex points to eliminate the blockage and allow more communication to travel from the body to the brain.

The above procedure is used at the beginning of the HK session to balance the client so that accurate testing can be then done to determine the correct energy work that is needed specifically for that client. (This differs form allopathic remedies and treatments that may be used for many clients who present the same symptoms.) The same HK procedure is also used later to make the energy corrections. During the correction, the Yang meridian points are held first, and the Yin meridian points are held second.

Once balanced, it is now possible to find out what particular issues are disrupting the body’s work. One method is to directly ask the person what is their complaint or concern at this time; this is called Client Specified Issue. The person may have a constant headache, but when you ask the body permission to work with that headache, the body may respond with a ‘no’ meaning: “Well that headache is not my main (energy) concern right now, as we’re really dealing with a blockage in transporting the blood from the heart and we need to get that fixed up first of all. You can deal with the headache later.” It could also be that if the heart’s issues are addressed, then the headache will also go away. This answer is determined when the person tests positive for Body Sequence and not Client Specified.

Asking the body questions using HK

This communication with the body is done through questioning the body and eliciting ‘yes’ and ‘no’ answers. A strong arm response means ‘yes’ and a weak arm response means ‘no’. It takes some time to grasp the idea that the body can hear you and know what you’re saying. I had always believed that the mind / head was the seat of knowledge and knowing, and that the body was just the package that covered the insides. It took a while for me to realize that mind and body were connected and that the body and mind take everything literally and is always listening to what we say.

This amazing new communication concept has been supported by my reading of other materials such as the book by Barbara Hoberman Levine, Your Body Believes Every Word You Say. I needed to go to outside the HK literature to find support for Dr. Scott’s belief that you can talk to your body. I found that your body indeed hears not only what you say, but at a cellular level also knows your thoughts and feelings and responds directly to them as well. This is one idea that I’d like to further explore in this paper. Some examples in Levine’s book that supports this concept are:

There is a rich and intricate two – way communication system linking the mind, the immune system, and potentially all other systems, a pathway through which our emotions, our hopes, and fears can affect the body’s ability to defend itself. (Levine 2002, p. 20)

Levine also states that:

Just as the nose and thumb refer to different parts of one body, mind and body refer to different aspects of the same whole. Every emotion you feel and every thought you think is also a physical event. Though mind and body are inseparable, actually they are functionally inseparable. Both aspects of self must be present for a human to be fully alive human.(Levine 2002, p.24)

Again Levine says:

The human body has a network of billions of cells beneath your body consciousness awareness. … When these cells receive a message about a headache, they can join together to create an ache in your head. In this sense language becomes a connecting link among the cells in your body. (Levine 2002, p.60)

And so in HK testing when the health issue is revealed, the practitioner then consults several charts that indicate which meridian acupoints are to be held and for how long. For instance, if a person has a broken leg, or a fractured foot it may require precise placement of magnets and specific acupoints to be held to reconnect the meridians to get the healing mode activated to accelerate the body’s ability to heal. As well, the liver and the spleen may need more energy so the body can get back to making the necessary repairs.

During the correction certain words or phrases may need to be thought and focused on by the client at a cognitive level. Throughout our life many situations occur that stresses our body, some of them we are completely aware of while some of them we have never consciously thought about. If these thoughts/ feelings are not addressed, then they are stored in our energy system at a deep level that may be completely unconscious to the person. However, these thoughts and feelings can create blockages in our physical body that can impede the body’s flow of energy and its ability to do its work at a cellular level. Identification of these thoughts or feelings is necessary to enable them to be acknowledged and processed and corrected.

Allopathic medicine

For so many years I have gone to the Western medical doctor to heal me and to tell me what is wrong and what to do, I have given my power to him/her to determine my body’s needs. While I am not about to discount all Western wisdom and learning, (for certainly western medicine has done amazing work in the field of surgery), I am now realize that there are other ways of healing, and HK is a way that makes a lot of sense. We are all connected in nature and are not ‘islands unto ourselves’.

The Interrelatedness of the Mind and the Body

This is reflected in the TCM concept that the physical body, the mind, the emotions and thoughts and feelings are all connected. This differs from the allopathic, Cartesian mind/ body division that tends to compartmentalize us into neat sections. I now believe in my body and see it as part of me, and not simply the shell that houses the organs and ‘other mysterious things’. I believe that my body knows my thoughts and at the cellular level and knows what is best for me. I now understand the body relationship to the subtle energy fields that are both inside ourselves, and that surrounds our physical body. Thurnell – Read describes Subtle Energy as, ‘a loose term to describe any energy that is not recognized and categorized by conventional scientific knowledge’. (Thurnell-Read 2002 p.163).She goes on to describe Subtle Bodies as :

Traditionally, six subtle bodies are recognized (etheric, emotional, mental, causal, intuitive, and spiritual). They are as much part of the individual as the physical body. They are progressively less physical and more spiritual. Meta analysis works directly with these subtle bodies. (Thurnell- Read 2002, p.163)

This section has provided a very brief overview of HK and some of its principles. This next section will look at some of the work that other scientists and researchers have found that supports some of the above beliefs and principles.

Candace Pert’s research

Researcher, Candace Pert in the field of pyschonueroimmunology, has been developing the idea that all illnesses have a psychosomatic component. She has been examining the molecular basis of emotions and has developed an understanding that molecules of emotion share inseparable connections with our body. (Pert 1997, p.18)

Pert explains how these emotions can communicate with the body. She begins by suggesting that peptides are tiny pieces of amino acids that when joined together produce a chain called a protein and this protein is in every part of our body. She then speculates that the amino acids are the letters of language, and that the peptides and proteins are the words that are made from the letters. Thus, all together the peptides and amino acids make up a language that directs every cell, organ and system in the body.
(Pert 1997, p. 65) Pert states that originally scientists believed that:

The flow of neuropeptides and receptors was being directed from centers in the brain-the frontal cortex, the hypothalamus and amygdale. This fits the reductionist model, supporting the view that thoughts and feelings are products of neuronal activity, and the brain was the prime mover, the seat of consciousness. However, we found that the flow of chemicals arose from many sites in the different systems simultaneously – the immune, the nervous, the endocrine, and the gastrointestinal – and these sites formed nodule points on a vast superhighway of internal information exchange taking place on a molecular level. (Pert 1997 p. 310)

Pert explains that the information does not come from the brain but from emotions. She feels that molecules of emotion run every system in our body. Her research went on to suggest that the connection between the body and the brain that links together and communicates to all the cells in the body is a separate realm called the ‘inforealm’… that allows us to experience the emotions, the mind and the spirit……some say it is the wisdom of the body and others call it God.” (Pert 1997 p. 310)

Pert calls this the emotional resonance, which she explains as the connectors that “ flow between individuals moving among us as empathy, compassion, joy and sorrow… it is a scientific fact that we can feel what others feel…. Our molecules of emotion are all vibrating together.” (Pert 1997. p. 312) This concept resonates with me when I am working with a client and I feel their energy both at the physical level (when I hold my hands over their body) and at the emotional level when I look at them and see their emotions displayed on their face and in their body language.

Pert goes on to explain how the energy in the body relates to other energies in the universe. She suggests that the neuropeptides and receptors are the biochemicals that are called ‘information molecules’. These information molecules use a coded language to communicate via a body-mind network. Pert believes that information exists outside of time and space and belongs to a different realm from what we think of as reality. Pert goes on to say that “information in the form of biochemicals of emotion are running in every system of the body and thus our emotions must also come from a realm beyond the physical.” (Pert 1997, p. 257)

Pert’s theory proposes that:

The emotions are the informational content that is exchanged via the psychosomatic network with the many systems, organs, and cells participating in the process. Like information, then, the emotions travel between the two realms of mind and body, as the peptides and their receptors in the physical realm, and as the feelings we experience and call emotions in the nonmaterial realm. (Pert 1997 pg. 261)

One of Pert’s friends responded that now she sees her body not as a machine being pushed around by the brain but an integrated body and mind that has an intelligent system that rapidly exchanges information between the mind and the body. We can begin to understand that the cells are talking to each other with an emotional intelligence and talking at the same time to the brain that is in on the conversation. (Pert 1997, p. 262)

Levine’s research

This concept seems to support Levine’s work, which was mentioned above, as well as the TCM belief that there is a two-way communication system that travels around the body connecting all our organs and emotions and thoughts and feelings. The ancient TCM belief is that each organ is responsible for the different emotions that we feel now and have experienced. To maintain good health, both physically, cognitively and emotionally the qi needed to flow freely through each organ. In TCM there is the understanding that the qi moves with the blood and air simultaneously to all parts of the body. When there is no qi then there is no life.

Carrying on with her research, Pert feels that when feelings are not expressed appropriately but are buried deep below the unconscious, they are stored in the body’s energy field at a cellular level. Our culture has a challenge expressing our emotions appropriately and honestly, as we tend to deny feelings and suppress them and go through the motions of always being happy. Some of our feelings are fresh and very moving, while other feelings are deeply buried that may have originated many years ago. When both kinds of feelings remain un-addressed they are stored at a cellular level and at this level they cause blockages that impede the smooth flow of energy and nourishment in our body. While psychotherapists will address the thoughts and feelings they do not address the physical body; and conversely, the western physicians treat the physical body but pay little if any attention to the mind and emotions.

Linda Hartley’s research

Linda Hartley, in her book Somatic Psychology supports Pert’s work by stating that the energy body and the physical body interact and when the energetic flow is blocked then this is reflected in the body and mind. Hartley’s work looks at the conscious awareness of the interconnection between the body and the mind. She suggests that our thoughts, feelings and images are in constant movement, and that our sensory impressions from both the inner and outer world impact on our nervous system at a cellular level of our body. (Hartley 2004, p. 4)

Hartley goes on to suggest that the skin is the body’s largest organ and it defines the body’s physical space. The skin is where communication between the inner and outer world takes place. This sensory organ registers pressure, contact, and threat, and the sensory nerves send impulses to the brain that interprets the messages as pleasure or pain. She feels that it is through the skin that we learn about ourselves and about those around us. While the layers of fat provide warmth and protection from the body, they also hold energy as a form of protection from either outside that may harm us, or from the inside to stop our feelings from flowing out. Hartley continues to suggest that the fat that we hold on to may be connected to our emotional and mental states that “are woven into our unconscious neurohormonal process of the body”, and thus how we hold or express our feelings may be related to our body fat. (Hartley 2004, p. 144) This view supports the idea that victims of sexual abuse may carry a protective shield of fat around their hips and genital area.

Hartley proposes that there is a direct relationship between our thoughts and feelings and our body’s ability to protect itself from invaders in the form of viruses, infection and disease through our lymphatic immune system. The process begins with the bone marrow producing B-cells that patrol the cells and provide natural antibiotics that protect us from invading bacteria, toxins and viruses. Then the thymus gland produces T-cells that check out the body and destroy worn out, damaged or infected cells in a process called ‘cellular immunity’ (think of this in the form of housekeeping). When the body is in good health, the T-cells and B-cells work together harmoniously.

However stress, in the form of fight or flight, disrupts this balance by activating the sympathetic nervous system, which increases the B-cell activity and decreases the production of T-cells. Thus the stress upsets the harmonious balance and weakens the immune system. While the body has increased B-cell activity to fight off the invaders, it is not attending to the clean up duties at a cellular level. Under prolonged ‘military’ action, the body looses touch with the internal self-regulating balance and healing. (Hartley 2004, p. 146)

While may of us feel that occasional ‘fight or flight’ experience, far too many of us are living in that mode on a daily level with no opportunity to allow the body to rest and relax and return to a balanced situation. Not only are we suffering from emotional stress, our body is also dealing with toxins in our air and foods, drugs and vaccinations that results in a compromised immune system.

Rather than looking to drugs to fight off our infections, perhaps we need to more aware of our own ability to reduce toxins in our foods and the environment, as well as eliminating the negative thoughts that weaken the immune system and over activate the sympathetic system. We can support our parasympathetic system to restore the natural balance of the immune system by providing periods of rest, and improving our nutrition. Balance can be achieved by visualizing the inner workings of the lymphatic system and even by imagining the B-cells and T-cells working together harmoniously. Hartley suggests that both bodywork such as T’ai chi, qigong, as well as touching the cells directly (such as holding or pressing on specific acupressure points along the meridians as we do in HK) can profoundly support the process of cellular immunity. Hartley quotes a T’ai chi Master Liang who says:

When the mind moves, the mind intent is immediately aroused; when the intent is aroused the ch’i will follow. So heart (mind), the intent, and the chi are closely connected like a circle.
(Hartley 2004, p.148)

Similar to the TCM’s concept that each organ regulates the different emotions in the body, Hartley also sees a direct relationship between our organs and our emotions and our overall health as seen from her work in the chart below:

Heart connects with fear, openness, love, and compassion.
Lungs connects to the 4th charka that deals with grief, sorrow, loss, letting go, and sense of connectedness
Kidneys filters the blood and eliminates waste and toxic substances, as well as stressful lifestyles
Spleen is the internal balance of the body and the chemical messenger system of the body
Liver assists with the digestion (Hartley 2004)

Hartley describes the mysterious energy fields that flow both in and around the physical body and how the physical body and energetic body influence each other:

In the human body, there is a great complexity of energy movement, currents, and vibrations. As in the ocean, body energy can exist freely, in layers, or in an organized flow that maintain their integrity and have little tendency to mix. Energy can be blocked, flow freely, or vary in frequency of vibration: it can be in excess or deficient in quantity; and it can be of varying quality. (Smith 1986, Hartley 2004, p.47)

Hartley discusses the three ways that energy takes form in the body:

The first level is the background energy fields that is diffused and unformed, is influenced by forces from without and permeates the whole body. This level forms an aura that extends beyond the body, and it can be seen and felt by some people. In this level every thought and emotion is registered and the general feeling and vibration of the person is available here.

The second level are the channels where the energy flows in a vertical fashion through the body, and maintains the independent integrity of the person as well as the interdependency of the person to nature. It connects us to the universe, to heaven and earth moving and transforming the energy that passes through us. It flows through the skull, spine, pelvis and legs, as well as through the skeleton that is the densest of the body tissues.

The third level that energy takes is flowing internally in specific pathways within the body. At the deepest level the energy flows through the bones and bone marrow, while in the middle level it flows through the muscles, tissues, nerves, glands and blood. The more superficial level flows just below the skin and has a closer connection to the emotional and mental life than the flow through the skeletal structure. Many healing systems such as acupuncture and TCM have developed ‘sophisticated models and methods to balance this energy system. (Hartley 2004, p.49)

Barbara Brennan’s Thoughts

The interrelatedness of the body’s energy system and its relationship the enmeshment of the body and mind, our emotions and health is well described by Barbara Brennan when she says:

We stop our feelings by blocking our energy flow. This creates stagnated pools of energy in our systems which when held there long enough lead to disease in the physical body…. The connection between therapy and healing becomes obvious when disease is seen this way. The broad view of the healer encompasses the totality of the human being. In healing there is no separation between body and mind, emotions and spirit- all need to be in balance tom create a healthy human being.
(Brennan 1998 p. 99)

What the Bleep Do We Know!??!

A fascinating book called, What the Bleep Do We Know!?, looks at scientific research based on the scientific method and compares some the ideas with looking at it through the eyes of quantum physics. Their findings prove the interconnectedness of each of us to the universe, and among many other ideas the profound effect that emotions and feelings have on our well being.

The authors mention the work by Dr. Masaru Emoto and his research in his book, The Hidden Messages in Water. Emoto’s work showed photographs of pictures of water crystals that changed shape and arrangement after being subjected to music and words and thoughts. Negative words and thoughts caused the water crystals to take on malformed, ugly shapes, while positive words and thoughts caused the same water crystals to form beautiful shapes and designs.

When we realize that anywhere from 60-80 % of our body is made up of water, it gives us room to think about the effect negative thoughts and feelings have on our physical body and our health. It does make one wonder of the impact the phrase ‘mind over matter’ has on our ability to become and remain healthy!

My Final Thoughts

This is a brief attempt to describe how our minds and body are all interconnected and how our emotions play a pivotal part in maintaining our health. I have attempted to describe this compelling energetic system that we call our body. When I practice Health Kinesiology and bio-energetic healing, I ‘see’ inside the body and visualize the miraculous interplay between all of the systems.

I know that when I ask questions of the body through muscle testing, that the answers are coming from the cellular level and the innate wisdom of the body that knows what it needs to run this incredible complex system. I know that unresolved thoughts and feelings have a profound effect on our health as they can create road blocks that impede the flow of energy in the meridians. By identifying these thoughts and feelings and addressing them by using HK, we can then assist the body by helping to remove the blockages that impede the flow of energy and cause imbalances that lead to pain, inflammation, and many other health issues.

I feel truly blessed to be working with such an incredible organism that is powerful beyond words.

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