From its early beginnings in Chiropractic in the 1960’s Kinesiology has evolved into an extraordinary complementary healthcare modality, one which combines Western techniques with Eastern wisdom.
Over the years, research pioneers who were specialists in their disciplines contributed to its huge body of knowledge and so today we find many different streams or forms of Kinesiology that have been integrated to form a vast amount of knowledge and techniques designed to access and assess stress within the body-mind system. Read more about kinesiology's history.
Professional Kinesiology Association of South Africa focuses on the stream of Kinesiology known as PKP or ICPKP.3
Stress can be defined as what we feel when the limits of our endurance (mentally, emotionally or physically) are being severely tested.
Stress can be helpful and good when it motivates people to accomplish more. For example, competing in a race or accomplishing a task by the stated deadline but stress becomes a burden when we feel increasingly overwhelmed and out of control.
In our busy modern day lives we all carry stress, often not consciously realising just how damaging it is. Stress can show up in physical symptoms and we become ill. Stress has a direct effect on the gut, the immune and hormonal systems, the brain and liver function. We may experience aches and pains, an inability to sleep, anxiety, a feeling of anger and frustration, indigestion, fatigue, an inability to cope, skin disorders, frequent colds, apathy, depression, feelings of hopelessness, dis-ease; the range of problems caused by stress is endless!
When we are under stress, either mentally, emotionally or physically, our body talks to us through symptoms or dis-ease. All these symptoms are a messenger telling us that something in our life is out of sync and that we are not coping. Your body is literally talking to you. Treating the symptoms is like killing the messenger for bringing bad news. It is important to find out what the message is and what area of your life it is telling you about!
Undoubtedly stress is an inevitable consequence of modern life; fortunately, the downstream damage caused by it is not. The body is designed to adapt to stressors to help maintain equilibrium and healthy functioning and Kinesiology can help to find out what our body is trying to say and why we are not adapting appropriately
Kinesiologists use muscle testing as a feedback mechanism to access and assess information on your health and wellbeing. Muscle testing is a profound method that allows the Kinesiologist to “talk to your body” accessing conscious, subconscious and body memory. This provides a real time evaluation of the mind, the body, the neurological systems, the endocrine and hormonal responses, the energy system as well as feelings, emotions, old negative behaviour patterns and memories. More importantly, it shows the integration or lack of integration of the various systems in relation to each other.
Specialised Kinesiology is a participatory process involving the client in making changes to regain control of their life and the ability to make informed choices. Kinesiologists use muscle feedback as a stress monitor to identify imbalances in their client’s structural, chemical, mental and emotional energy systems. By correcting these imbalances the kinesiologist is able to re-activate the body’s built-in healing ability as well as identify external factors affecting the client’s well-being.
Kinesiologists help their clients to recognise and adapt to stressors in a way that is safe and effective. They support the health and well-being of their clients to help prevent the vast array of health issues that are associated with chronic activation of the body’s stress response.
Kinesiology is a communication tool that enables a person to assess and upgrade their performance in all areas of their life. Kinesiology is the science of energy balancing and is grounded in the study of anatomy and physiology. Kinesiology uses muscles as monitors of stress and imbalance within the body. Kinesiology enables people to detect and correct various imbalances that may relate to stress, nutrition, learning problems, minor injuries, and other issues they meet in their daily life.