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Kinesiology College of Ireland

What is Kinesiology?

Kinesiology is the study of muscles, and the science of testing and balancing them to restore equilibrium. Dr George Goodheart, D.C. and fellow chiropractors in the U.S.A developed it in the 1960's. In 1970, Dr John Thie extracted some Applied Kinesiology techniques as "Touch for Health", and made them available to the non-professional public. Applied Kinesiology means that we apply the information that the muscles can tell us about the mind and body to facilitate the healing process. This is really a method of tapping in to one of the body's biofeedback mechanisms. It is used in a gentle, non-invasive therapy (no needles!) and can be used with success to help in the treatment of virtually all types of problems.

In addition to muscle balancing, we balance the whole body using meridian theory, lymphatic drainage, and neurovascular holding points, physical manipulation and emotional stress release.

Our bodies operate on many levels, including electrical, emotional, nutritional, physical and spiritual levels. Muscle testing is used to establish if any imbalances exist in the body being tested in these and other levels. Not only can muscle testing establish where imbalances exist in the body, it can also be used to establish the most suitable remedy for the particular person being tested. This means that the person being tested will find out the root cause of the problems, and also the correct program to follow to get well again.

We are all familiar with orthodox western style medicine, which tends to treat the symptoms of disease. The holistic approach is to find and treat the root cause of the problem by bringing the body back into balance. Here is a common example: a person who gets headaches frequently may take headache tablets for relief (often self-administered!) and this would indeed treat the symptom in that the headache may go away. However, the headache could be caused by bad diet, or result from constipation, or be caused by any number of other conditions. This means that the underlying problem is not being treated and could worsen over time leading to more and more serious symptoms. This is just one example of how treating the symptom may not always be the best thing to do. Kinesiology techniques can be used to help establish and treat the root cause of the problem from the word go.

Monitoring and testing the response of specific muscles can obtain a huge amount of information obtained directly from the body. This is possible because the body is like a computer, with a vast storehouse of knowledge regarding its condition. All the therapist does is access this knowledge!

Kinesiology for Kids

In addition to assisting in the treatment of medical problems, Kinesiology can be used effectively to help with other types of problems. Educational Kinesiology is used to help with learning difficulties, dyslexia, co-ordination problems, hyperactivity and aggressive behaviour, to name a few.

In Edu-K, the body and mind are viewed as one. By improving posture through Applied Kinesiology, and by using simple exercises, learning becomes fun as unnecessary stress is eliminated. Every child learns differently, and is as unlike any other as two fingerprints. Edu-K recognises this, and works with the specific needs of each child.

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Kinesiology for Pain Relief

Pain regrettably plays a part in many peoples lives and can be caused by many problems including arthritis, back problems, sports or old injuries. Many kinesiology techniques are particularly beneficial for pain relief. Energy flows continuously around our bodies, 24 hours a day, and blockages may occur for all sorts of reasons. If not released, these blockages can lead to more serious illnesses. Kinesiology is suitable for all including the very young or old.

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Kinesiology for Stress

We are all affected by stress. Whether we like it or not, stress is part of our lives. The ability to handle stress varies from person to person. If stress is not handled correctly, it can lock into the body and can cause physical symptoms at a later stage. Have you ever seen stress on a death certificate? No! Yet, stress is one of the major causes of death in the world. Kinesiology techniques can be used to identify and deal effectively with all types of stress and emotional problems. Every one can benefit from the stress release from school children to business executives. Fears, phobias, past and present trauma can all be dealt with. You can even deal with the stress of future events, for example exams, weddings and other upcoming stressful events.
Our body's response to stress is natural, and has a vital part to play in our lives. You may have heard of the "Fight or Flight" response. This is a survival mechanism and is used by the body to direct resources (blood/energy) to parts of the body as needed. In our modern world we generally don't need to run fast from predators, but our bodies response is non-specific and reacts to modern stresses as if they were life threatening. Physical problems such as stomachaches, indigestion and ulcers could be indicators of unresolved stress. Kinesiology can be used to confirm the cause of stress and to release it, enabling the person to deal with the problem objectively.

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Kinesiology for Nutrition

Modern living is inherently unhealthy. We buy food containing pesticides, flavourings, preservatives and colourings. Continued ingestion of these chemicals undoubtedly leads to health problems. Our bodies can in fact become toxic. Nutritional problems may relate also to imbalance, where an individual diet does not contain sufficient nutrients or vitamins to remain healthy. If your diet is not balanced then you need to eat more of the foods you do eat to get the nutrition your body needs, and this is clearly unhealthy. Eating a balanced, nutritious diet means you eat less, are not hungry as often and are far healthier.

Kinesiology techniques can be used to help identify specific nutritional weaknesses and sensitivities in the body and to detox the body using herbs, homeopathy, flower and gem essences, colour and sound.

Nutrition does not always mean giving something extra, sometimes it means taking something away, for example any food that the person is allergic to.

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Kinesiology for Structural Problems

Backache, tennis elbow, hamstring injury, pulled muscles, sports injuries are all examples of structural problems. Kinesiology techniques have helped many people with such problems to become completely well again. Using the principle of balancing, a complete range of muscles are tested and corrected. In addition to improvements in general posture, relevant meridians are also vitalised. One of the commonest contributing factors to structural problems is bad posture, where the person assumes an unnatural position and so puts strain on the entire structural system. Fixing the muscles involved, and thus correcting the posture obtain balance obtained again.

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Kinesiology to Stay Healthy

In an ideal world, nobody would ever get sick. It is a sad fact that our modern lifestyle increases our likelihood of getting sick. The ever quickening pace of life, food additives, pollution, radiation of all kinds and our social structures all contribute to the wearing down of our physical and mental defences. This is evidenced by the increased incidence of heart disease and cancers, which are considered relatively "modern" diseases. People nowadays have to be more vigilant about their health and staying well. Diet, mental attitude and minding our body have never been as important as they are today.

In China people go to their doctor to be kept well! Regular visits for "balancing" help keep the body healthy and catch potential problems before they become real problems. An analogy of this is the regular servicing of a car. To keep cars running well, most people have them serviced regularly. Failing to service the car will eventually result in serious and possible life threatening failures for the driver (by brakes failing, worn tyres etc. etc.). In the western world we accept the logic of car servicing without question. However, we only visit our doctors when our body starts to give trouble, instead of going for a regular service to keep us well. It is unfortunate that orthodox medical practitioners expect visits only from sick people. Now, with a holistic approach to health, one can have regular balancing sessions to help keep the body healthy and sickness free. You can book regular balancing sessions in the Freedom Holistic Centre. Keep balanced and stay healthy!

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Kinesiology is Complementary

All of the therapies offered by the Freedom Holistic Centre are 100% natural and based on holistic principles. These therapies are complementary, which means that they work alongside any medical treatments already being prescribed, and will not interfere with them. Clients are advised not to come off any medication without their GP's advice.

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