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Specialized Kinesiology Magazine

Meditation for

Emerging from the Mystical

Kinesiology NeuroEmotional Reflex Points

A Rose by any Other Name

What’s happening with Kinesiology in Canada?

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hungry for useful knowledge. It does not really matter who invented what: if it is useful knowledge, I want it in my kinesiology practice. I want theory that is solid and that includes all the most recent research and ideas; I want a model through which I can interpret the reality and get to the core of the issues at hand; I want techniques that can help me solve my clients’ problems in a more efficient way.

I searched in the kinesiology world and what I found was often disappointing. The same technique called different names; different schools that make me start over again because different systems do not complement with each other; the exact same concept referred to in many different ways; and good improvements that cannot be made public because of secrecy and competition. It is messy and challenging (and a waste of resources): I want the knowledge, but it is often impossible to know if a course or a technique is really what it looks like from the outside. When I began sharing these ideas in the kinesiology world, I just discovered I am not alone. Many people in kinesiology feel the same way: they want knowledge; they want integration; they want cooperation. They are ready to put their resources together so that scientific studies in kinesiology might become possible and bring this awesome methodology a step closer to the mainstream. I started to breathe deeply again: if so many people really want the change, a real change is possible! From anger and disappointment to belief… It is a very nice feeling! Now the challenge: how can I really make the difference to bring change closer? The answer came very easily: Knowlative is the answer. A single system where knowledge is at my fingertips. A system where I can add my information and watch it spread in the kinesiology community. A system that is going to link me with my peers in many different ways. Real change is possible. What are you waiting for? KinesioGeek Magazine, 2

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Editor/Publisher/Writer Proudly brought to you by and flawed dictator: Alexis contributing KinesioGeeks: Costello Alexis Costello (Editor/ Publisher / Flawed DictaContributors: tor) Alison Kingston Anne Jensen Jensen Anne Michelle Greenwell Debbie Rossi Natasha Polomski Linda Orr Easthouse Reenie Rose Robert Frost Ludovico Feletto Sylvia Marina Michelle Greenwell Cover image is a stock Robert Frost photo Sylvia Marina Opinions expressed by contributors and advertisers are their own.

Adam Lehman: inside the holoWhy Meditation gram for Kinesiology? page 6

page 6 Redefining and

Labelling: The ‘K’ Word in Canada

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Cover art is a stock photo

Contents: p. 4 Letter from the Editor p.5 Your turn: letters, questions and social media p. 8 Redefining and Labelling the K Word in Canada P. 14 Part 2—Around the World P. 17 Interview with Heather Philips p. 20 A Rose by Any Other Name p. 23 Emerging from the Mystical: Rethinking MRT as an Ideomotor Effect

P. 21 Why Meditation for Kinesiology p. 25 Kinesiology Tools, Definitions and Cooperation P. 30 Kinesiology Cooperation p. 33 NeuroEmotional Reflex Points P. 38 Classifieds p. 39 Because Health should be Fun!

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Making Work Work for You It’s not O’K’

This issue is a little different than the usual.

Yes, it is still a celebration of all KinesioGeeky things related to muscle testing, but it is also a check in. Because it seems like our work or at least the definitions and word choices of that work are being called into question. While I am not on the Board of CanASK anymore, I was for many years, so the realization that the rights of practitioners in Canada to call themselves what they like, to post certificates from the IKC, to keep the name they have held for decades has been removed hits me hard. The association is resolving to deal with this in the most mature manner possible—by focusing on the opportunity to redefine and to come together in a new way. But Canada is not the only country being challenged in this way, and it seems like the trend towards regulation is working differently in different countries. Read through the magazine to get a better understanding of what is going on and how we can adjust. And if you are interested in reading the blog post I wrote when I first heard about this a few months ago, the link is here. We’re all in this together!

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Rochelle McFarlane: I am happy to share that 42 people were introduced to the wonderful world of Touch for Health in the Central Okanagan area. I worked with a fellow practitioner, Kate Young & 2 of my students, Kasia Rachfall & Zane McFarlane to set up 3 demo days at a local health food store, it was fun to work with customers as well as the staff. I love seeing that state of awe and wonder when someone new experiences a balance for the first time. We kept it simple with mini 10 minute balances, mostly just zip ups, switch ons, clearing central and governing with meridian running. The best part was watching my son 16 year old Zane share what he knows, I feel giddy to think about what the future holds for him not to mention the reactions from the adults he was working with. Since this week felt like a huge celebration of this field, I decided to do a draw and give away a level one tuition as a way to connect with that inner excitement. I am happy to report, a mother won it! She’s excited to learn more about how to help herself with creating more emotional balance within herself and her family life. Overall this was a great start in the right direction and I am already thinking about how to build upon these successes for next year.

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In BC, Canada...

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The KF UK had a stand at the Mindful Living Show at the Business Design Centre, London on March 15th & 16th. Kate North, Binita Sama-Zakaria, Helen Griffiths, Sandra Cohen, Suzanne Lane & Rachel Lead enjoyed spending time talking to the public, linking up with other stall holders and generally spreading the word of what Kinesiology is and how it helps...With many thanks to Kate who worked so hard to make this event happen… Rachel gave a presentation in the Health & Science Theatre on Saturday 16th about Mindful Integration of Your Own 'Touch Heart Focus' through Movement. The talk explained how the applications of TFH/Kinesiology help the mind/body to shift from the 'midline brain stress centre' which may help the adverse reactions of 'distress' which may have been triggered. The body is then able to return to a state of 'being in the present'. The talk was linked to simple TFH exercises and the Five Elements, and advertised the KF stand where people could come and ask about future TFH/ Kinesiology training.

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In Costa Rica...

Alexis: We hosted a free ‘K for Kids’ class in our little village in Costa Rica. For some, this was their first experience with muscle testing. It’s always fun watching them figure out that they can do things to help themselves feel better!

In Serbia... Lisa Peters: I’m based in Serbia...and as I would be traveling for International SK Week, I celebrated it for one month with my clients. For the month all the balances were free. They just needed to drop money in a donation jar, or donate dog food, to one of my clients who feeds 200 stray dogs of Belgrade. The response was enormousand also wonderful for kinesiology because I got new clients who came to experience a session knowing that all they needed to do was bring some food for dogs. So I saw people who normally wouldn’t be able to afford to come. It was wonderful for me too—the chance to introduce them to kinesiology.

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Redefining and Labelling the K-Word in Canada

By Michelle Greenwell


s I sit to ponder the political aspects of our challenge in Canada with the “K” word, I am full of gratitude for the challenge that has been opened for us. Let me provide you with a little background before I dive into these insights. In Canada, we have a Health Act in Ontario that has passed a law that only the academic university world is legally allowed to us the “Kinesiology” title for studies and practitioners. This law was passed in 2007 and was initially misunderstood by the “Specialized Kinesiology” world of muscle monitors, as many believed that we could use an SK title to differentiate ourselves. Jimmy Scott, the creator of “Health Kinesiology” attempted to have the law

dropped and then changed, but it was not possible, so over the years he has transitioned himself into terminology that is “Natural BioEnergetics”. He has now completed rebranding with special titles for different aspects of his programs. In December of 2018 the Canadian Association of Specialized Kinesiology and Ontario SK Practitioners received cease and desist letters. It was a long time coming, and we were not prepared. We thought we were safe with our titles, and with our connection to the “Kinesiology” world of Touch for Health and beyond that exists Internationally. We were wrong. Over the last two months I have been a board member with CanASK who thought we could just remove “Kinesiology” from our title and use our acronym, and I thought we would be able to just drop Kinesiology off our certificates with ease.

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The ‘K’ Controversy How wrong were we. We were so deeply embedded in the International Kinesiology scene that it was impossible to just drop a little word off our title. And, it is not only Ontario members who are threatened by this law; there are proposals for new laws happening in other provinces also. This was not an Ontario issue, this was a Canada wide issue. We needed to act on a much bigger scale.

With each rock we turned over to look at the situation, it raised awareness about other aspects of our profession and passion that we had never considered. The wave of influence continued to grow and expand with each day of deep research that we began. How do you get international certificates that come from a Kinesiology college that is not academic to be compliant in Canada? How do you write about Kinesiology in Canada and still be understood by the international community who use the title “Kinesiology” in a non-academic way, but still a scientific way? Where do you begin to rebrand a country that will be understood in the international community? This was no small feat, and definitely a daunting task. One thing I am grateful for as I begin this daunting task is my studies at Akamai University where I have been studying Complementary and Alternative Medicine. I have learnt how to research, how to analyze and assess data for relevance and authentic knowledge. I have discovered how to use and create terminology, and I have been thrown into critical analysis that turns any subject on its head. We needed this in our discoveries and perceptions of where Canada needs to go and how far it needs to dream for its thriving future and continued success.Once we were compliant with the laws of the Ontario Health Act and the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario, we had removed our website, lost our affiliation with the International Kinesiology College and had a wave of hysteria sweeping the country. No one likes to change, and no one likes to change what they don’t understand or that puts them at a disadvantage for their livelihood. But we can’t stay in this place of fear, we must move forward, and be

an example for other countries who are facing similar situations. So, research, what did it provide us? Clarity. Definitions. Knowledge. Specific purpose. Direction. A new Future. What do I mean by this? We can reinvent ourselves. We have the chance to understand the titles that we use, to create proper definitions for them. We had grown exponentially in the SK world over the last few years and science is starting to find ways to measure us. We have not been using accurate terminology. Nor have we been truly identifying the gift of SK and what it means to our world, our clients, our students and our lives. I say, bring on change. We are up for it. We will be stronger because of it. I identified three areas that needed to be addressed before we could move forward with a more strategic plan for our organization, which does take time and contemplation. First, we needed to put a proper term and definition to muscle testing. Second, we needed to find a term to replace the SK word so we could all understand what we were talking about. Third, we needed to find a new association name that would be recognized by the public and identify who we are. What is muscle testing? Physiotherapists, Trainers, and other health care workers use muscle testing to assess the strength of the muscle as well as the range of motion and structural dynamics of a movement. This really was not what we were doing with muscle testing. We identified over 16 titles that could be used for muscle testing and that are used by some of the different researchers and program developers in “K” around the world. What I also came to realize is that we use muscle testing in two different ways. When we use a muscle as an indicator for a meridian or organ system, we are accessing information about the status of the system. It is not strength testing but indicating a stress response for the corresponding system. This needed a title. But, some of us use an indicator muscle to provide support for details about a situation. That is, does a banana provide energy to

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the system or take energy away? Is the challenge structural, chemical, nutritional, mental, emotional or spiritual? Using a checklist of potential tools to assist with a balance or a session, a muscle test can identify the tool that will be most beneficial. This also needed to be identified and a title adopted. How do you describe SK or “Kinesiology” as used around the world? Akamai University identifies four main categories: Energy Kinesiology, Energy Medicine, Energy Psychology and Dynamic Energy for all the modalities that fall into Complementary and Alternative Medicine or CAM. We needed to identify if we were a consultant, a practitioner or a facilitator which may prove to be important as other legislation comes to light in coming years. Practitioner is not a recommended word with the Ontario Health Act. Since our model is self-empowerment it appears that “Facilitator” might be the complimentary word to support someone with their health and wellness. . This keeps us out of the diagnosis or treating model, as well as away from any form of psychotherapy-like action. We Facilitate what? We only had six recommendations for a replacement for “SK.” This is not a lot to work with. A very daunting task. And, so difficult to remain connected to the outside world using “K”.

Lastly, do we identify that all of us in the association use “Muscle Testing” or whatever replacement word we choose? Or do we go broader and start to look at words that link wellness and vitality? Are we an association, a network, an alliance? Do we want to be known as “Canadian” in our title? For this we compiled 24 names. Now to bring the membership through their turmoil and fear into a place of gratitude and trust that we can do this, and it is done. Also, a daunting task.

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The ‘K’ Controversy Part 2 of Defining a Nation What have I learnt that is even more powerful than a nation redefining itself? The incredible power of our Muscle Monitoring Modalities. Muscle testing, or “Kinesiology” as Dr. George Goodheart labelled it back in the 60’s has been such a powerful tool to develop a self-empowering model of health care and self-care. Through CanASK’s turmoil I received the book: “Energy Kinesiology” by Charles Krebs and Tania O’Neill McGowan. I have been devouring the science behind “muscle monitoring” that they have decided to use as the term within “EK” going forward. It is a good term, but it is not completely accurate according to my studies and the way I use the muscle testing techniques, and this is where the research gets really interesting.

Krebs and McGowan have identified how the sympathetic system creates a biofeedback loop for relaying the status of the systems. The science is fascinating… “astral and mental field vibrational patterns that are stepped down into etheric field distortions…changes in the firing pattern of neurons in the amygdala or other limbic or brainstem emotional centers…projected to reticular brain-stem nuclei and their descending reticulospinal pathways to spinal segments.” Delicious. They explain how the person experiences an arc of movement when a muscle change happens with a change in the system and how this is perceived by the person being muscle monitored. There are many juicy descriptions, but I will share this one from page 120: “despite the increased conscious effort [to hold the muscle], without the support of the subconscious pathways that actually control muscle function it is not possible to provide enough resistance to hold the muscle in place, and the muscle now passively gives in the direction of the force.” The experience of the person being tested is to exclaim that the tester is pushing harder than before, but in actuality “the muscle is objectively recruiting fewer muscle fibers when the muscle is unlocking, and

They conclude that “muscle response is totally contextual.”

and far greater numbers of muscle fibers when the muscle is locking.” The perception changes based on the number of muscle fibers and the person being tested has a subjective experience of this shift that they can not describe, because they feel that they are using all muscle fibers, while the subconscious pathways have created a change. They further explore what muscle monitoring can tell you and what it can’t tell you. They explore John Diamond’s research that “the body does not lie.” Identifying that questions can be inappropriately asked which cannot be answered by the body, and that bio-emotional -physiological aspects of a muscle monitor may not be accessing what we think it is, there are challenges to know if answers are true or not. They conclude that “muscle response is totally contextual.” The intention of the person, and the intention of the assessor “can have a direct effect on the outcome of the muscle response when monitored.” They go on to explain that this produces a “biased” response. They identify that creating a challenge would prove to be more viable. That is, by making a statement to the person that is heard by the conscious brain function and processed by the subconscious systems. Then the question is not looking for a “yes/no” response but identifying a “stress” in the system. They describe it this way: “this subconscious interface of the energetic circuits to the neurological muscle circuits is the basis of the indicator change observed in muscle monitoring.”

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The ‘K’ Controversy As Krebs and McGowan explore the contextual aspect of muscle monitoring, they identify that “the intention of the monitor also provides a frequency signature that becomes part of the context of the question or challenge and as such can influence the outcome of the muscle response.” The intention is an unknown bias, and they offer the opportunity for the tester to remain as neutral as possible. They also identify that in order for the muscle to unlock, there needs to be a shift in the system that exceeds 50% of the stress level to cause a shift. As a tester we do not know if the muscle is indicating something that is 45% or 55%, and this can have repercussion for action or

non-action towards a goal or a balance. Lastly, feedback loops may be influenced by “hydration, electromagnetic polarity reversals (switching), deep-seated emotions, irrational beliefs and fears.” There are several other aspects that they discuss in this chapter, but something that rings in my ears is related to “intention”. From my Therapeutic Touch training, we use intention in very specific ways to produce a wholeness for the person, with an offer to their field. Our intention is to provide an experience that releases the field of blocks which have been holding the person back from flow and wellness. These intentions are often without words but may be pictures, color, sacred geometry or a sense. The less we look at words and more at the picture of the outcome our intention to provide the space for wellness or calm to be achieved is set. . Is there a “bias” as Krebs and McGowan offer? Yes, there is. And that bias is what is leading the energy field to respond in a successful way. I offer that perhaps intention is a great bias for finding energy and vitality. Using what I refer to as “BioEnergetic Monitoring” we can identify what tool the body is looking for to create an experience for change, as well as identify aspects of the situation that may be helpful for bringing forward the matrix of influence that the body/ mind/spirit have locked into the system. Does it matter if the information is factually correct? No. Reality is subjective, history is contextual and remembered through a personal lens which includes age, experience and emotional status.

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The ‘K’ Controversy With this realization, we can identify aspects of a challenge that the person is wanting to release or shift and not worry about “truth”. It can be an interesting journey of discovery that requires no judgment but is open to gaining awareness and achieving release. The use of BioEnergetic Monitoring provides the opportunity for using a “fuzzy glove” as described in Bruce and Joan Dewe’s Tibetan Figure Eight course, which can provide a link in the biofield for awareness. Understanding if the challenge is structural, chemical, nutritional, mental, emotional or spiritual helps direct the person away from conscious conclusions based on narratives for our time (status of science, medical interventions, another person’s history). New possibilities open. Having a checklist of tools to test for the appropriate choice can be eye opening and releasing too. A solution does not need to be consciously determined, but a checklist provides the subconscious aspect of the muscle biofeedback to be involved in choosing an action for releasing. If this is bias, that is ok. The intention has been set and a solution is trusted, and an outcome is possible. It all stems from the intention and the bias towards success. This does need a differentiation from “muscle monitoring” and needs its own title. For now, I see this as “Bioenergetic Monitoring.”

What else has happened as a result of the Legislation changes in Canada? We are really looking at what we do, how we deliver our services, how we reach the public, how we are seen by the public, how we can market ourselves better, and how we are connected to each other. Nothing like a fire to bring people closer together to stay warm. Provide an opportunity for dialogue. Create a link for our large country. This is a challenge before us, but it is also a shift of consciousness. I embrace this new pathway, and I look forward to seeing how the international community responds and opens to our new possibilities. Michelle Greenwell is a dancer, educator, researcher, author, Tai Chi enthusiast, and a Specialized Kinesiology nut! She is currently involved with Healthy Dancer Canada’s 10th Anniversary Conference by creating conversations between Specialized Kinesiology tools and dance protocols to change the way that dancers, educators, therapists and researchers begin to look at dance training and outcomes. CanASK is a gold sponsor of the Conference along with Atlantic Therapeutic Touch Network, and together they are sharing the weekend offering mini session to conference attendees and opening up conversations about SK.

A quick update from Australia: Trevor Savage: “Our government has just blocked our health funds from paying out for Naturopathy and Kinesiology consults. I am very angry. There are Federal elections in a month, I am suggesting we don't vote for parties that support this action! I am livid as I was one of the people who fought for acceptance of Kinesiology in Australia in 1979! The government did not consult with our Associations!” According to one article published on March 30, 2019, “The Federal Government has drawn up a list of natural therapies private health insurers are now "banned" or "prohibited" from funding because the treatments are deemed to be lacking in scientific evidence...” (click here to read the article) Since February nearly 14,000 Australians have written their government complaining, causing this statement to reexamine healthcare choices. (click here to read the article)

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The ‘K’ Word in Canada: Part Two— Around the World

By Linda Orr Easthouse


he Ontario Health Act was changed was in 2007 to create a College of Kinesiology which clearly defined the scope and practice of university trained Kinesiologists that work with muscle and joint movement. However it also designated the word “Kiniesiology” to that College. There were numerous public meetings and information meetings sponsored by the government to introduce and explain this. Jimmy Scott, PhD and other in the Specialized Kinesiology world attended the meetings and spoke against this restriction of the name. There was a letter writing campaign promoted by various groups who had work in Ontario, including Health Kinesiology, now called Natural Bioenergetics. There was an attempt to prevent or reverse the legislation but it was clear that there was no movement on the part of the government. Without a loud and widespread outcry, which most Specialized Kinesiology organizations were not prepared to do, the law would be enshrined. Many groups like CanASK at the time decided not to fight it publicly. The bill provided a 10 year transition time so that groups like Health Kinesiology and others that used the word kinesiology could make the changes needed before it came into effect at the end of 2017. As the Regulations were fleshed out between 2007-2013 and the bill became law, the changes and information and fine print that was provided by the government up through 2013 made it clear to Jimmy that no amount of arguing our case was going to have any effect. Although he hold the Registered Trademark for Health KinesiologyR, he was informed that the health law superseded the trademark law and his exclusive right to the term would not protect him from the Health Canada law and he could not continue to use Health Kinesiology as a name. The law was clear that the terms kinesiology, kinesiologist, and all varieties or acronyms based on the terms would be the exclusive property of COKO.

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The ‘K’ Controversy Just to be clear, there is no move by the government to restrict what we do. They have no interest in what we do or even how we do it. They only care that we call it Kinesiology. At that time he began to rename and re-brand all of our training and teaching in Canada to Natural Bioenergetics. He no longer used Specialized Kinesiology as a term in new materials. His existing materials were left in the old name and his old sites were left up but all new materials were under Natural Bioenergetics. All our classes and materials had made the switch before 2017. However, just as CanAsk was sent a letter by COKO, so was Health Kinesiology. On advice he removed all his older websites, removed Health Kinesiology as a historical term from the Natural Bioenergetics website, and has begun the process of changing it worldwide. At the time CanASK choose not fight to based on information and attendance at some meetings, Jimmy came away with the understanding that this change was inevitable. As regulations and nuance of what the law meant came out of the years, some of the other affected groups did not track it and they have been caught unprepared, as the transition time passed, and enforcement is being pursued. To other modalities who followed the process and began the name changes years ago this is just the final step. The war was lost back in 2007-2008 when there was no campaign mounted, nor public outcry by all the people in Specialized Kinesiology affected by these changes. Everyone had their chance to speak and only a few took it. Without the court of public opinion clearly speaking, the government simple proceeded with their plan. To expect the government to change now 10 years later, is simply not the way government works. As a secondary note, I have been talking with the Natural Bioenergetics/HK people in UK, Germany, and Switzerland. In the UK Specialized Kinesiology is recognized under the

Complementary health act as a voluntary register. It appears to be safe for now. They have the Kinesiology Federation as a registering body that has been approved as a listing member in the public registry. In Germany, it is recognized under the medical system much like AK has been and is reserved for medically licensed people though they have an "audit" program for those who are not medically licensed. Their medical program for HK as a registered kinesiologist is a 2 year nearly full time program. The auditors can practice freely at this point but can not work in hospitals and clinics as the others can. In Switzerland that the annual meeting which was just in Jan (I think if memory serves) there was discussion that the government had been considering the term Kinesiology but it appears safe at this point. I have heard from an individual HKer in France that there is also discussion of regulating K in France and reserving it for the medical/university system but I haven't been able to confirm that. Australia has brought in restrictions and lowered the skills levels. There is a group of Doctors in Australia dedicated to pushing SK out. It appears to be a matter of time in many places. Had the PR and government advocacy been done over the past 10 years here in Canada as it has been done in the UK and other places it may have been different. But it wasn't and we are where we are now. I am not convinced that even a large outcry back in 2007 would have changed things as there is so much financial interest invested in this. It is a closed loop of economics for the universities to get and protect their students and

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grads. I doubt a non-profit self-care group of underground practitioners have the legal and government savvy to fight this and certainly lack the finances to fight this.

Linda Orr Easthouse Certified in Natural Bioenergetics Instructor Natural Bioenergetics Institute East House Natural Health

I understand people’s emotional attachment to the name that they have used for years. It has taken me a long time and a lot of work to get everything switched to Natural Bioenergetics. Phone: (403) 250 1627 The terminology around how we describe and talk about what we do is a major shift. However, in actual fact, Kinesiology is not a good term for what we do. Even in the beginning it was Http:// chosen in order to be like the medical system with the dream (online store) of one day being included. However, over the years as the medical system has closed ranks, the drug companies influence in the medical system grows, and government regulation becomes tighter, it is clear that using a term claimed by the medical system is not useful. We need to find better ways to talk about what we do that capture the essence of what we do. We do not primarily work on joint and muscle movement so why do we want to insist on calling ourselves that? Re-branding is a big deal but in the long run I think it is a healthy process and needs to be done.

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A Conversation with CanAS? President Heather Phillips What is really going on with this situation in Canada then? In recent interview with The -Association -Formerly-Known-as-CanASK President Heather Philips, I asked her to fill me in on details regarding the use of the ‘K’ word in Canada and what this means for practitioners and instructors trying to work there. This situation actually began in 2003 (see Michelle Greenwell’s article) it is just that we are now seeing the fallout from it. As someone who was involved with CanASK beginning in 2010, why did I not know about this? As far as we knew, if we were using the words “energetic” or “specialized” to define what we do then it was copasetic with the other board. There had been a conversation between a representative of the Board back in 2006 and a lawyer who had given us an idea that this was all the was required to be compliant. But unfortunately, it appears that the conversation was not recorded or documented. When care of the office changed hands a few times over the years, some things got lost along the way. The end result being that practitioners in Canada have all been going along blithely thinking that everything was OK for all this time, without realizing that the axe was about to fall… According to what we know now, no derivative of the term Kinesiologist may be used by anyone who is not part of the College of Kinesiologists in the province of Ontario. The rest of the country is currently unaffected, but the College has 5 affiliate groups in other provinces, so the concern is that this will soon become the standard across the country. Moving the office to another province would not be a solution, simple a temporary delaying technique. “The regulators are not going out and looking for people who are non-compliant, they only respond to concerns from the public; they receive phone calls from the public and then they have to investigate,” says Heather. “From a TFH perspective, I got involved with TFH in 1983 – Kinesiology wasn’t even a word that was on my radar. I had never equated the word Kinesiology with it until I came back into this world and attended the IKC conference in Banff in 2015. Because of this, I had developed a language and some key phrases to describe TFH without ever using the term kinesiology. ‘It uses energy to balance muscles’, or ‘It measures a biofeedback loop from the body to the brain’.” As a practitioner I can understand this, and I think that most of us already do this (as, let’s face it, in most of the world using the word Kinesiology to explain what we do really wouldn’t get us very far as no-one knows what that is), however, the IKC has been the regulatory body for TFH for a really long time. From speaking with a few practitioners and Instructors in Canada recently, it seems that some people are concerned even about the legalities of teaching/practicing and displaying / presenting IKC certificates. Is that going to be an issue for people?. (continued on next page)

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“Those teaching TFH and the TFH consultants and Professional Kinesiologists, all of that is under the IKC. And we have certificates and we hang them and we are proud to have recognition and qualifications from an International Kinesiology College. Somebody who is not familiar with our work or with TFH could come into your office, and they see ‘International Kinesiology College’ on the wall, or Professional Kinesiologist’ and they call the College to check up on you, which is what these associations actually advertise… I do know that when the law changed in the financial services industry, there was a huge push for the public to find out if their financial advisor was really a certified financial planner – that they should call the certification board to see if their advisor was on the list. And if they weren’t, the ads would say not to go to these people. So it’s a trend with regulators, period.” Heather goes on to point out that the word kinesiology as it is being studied and associated with the study of movement in universities, does not include the true scope of what we do – a thought echoed in the other articles in this issue. “They’re not telling us to stop muscle testing or stop muscle monitoring or stop energy balancing – they’re basically telling us to stop calling what we do kinesiology. They just want us to not call it that – they’re not stopping us from doing what we love.”

At this point I ask Heather: “So, you’re saying that doing TFH is going to be fine, teaching TFH is going to be fine, hanging your certificates on your wall might not be fine?” “It’s all about risk – the regulators will only contact you if there is a concern raised by the public and they call. That’s the risk factor. If you hang a certificate on your wall that says ‘kinesiology’, what are the chances that someone is going to see it, understand what it is, and know who to call to complain. So it’s not necessarily that you can’t do it, but it is a risk for you, a 25,000 - $100,000 risk. That’s what the issue is. We’re doing our best to inform people, ‘please don’t do this because you’re putting yourself at risk.’ And that’s why we’re saying to the IKC; please issue us certificates that are from the TFH School – just take the word kinesiology off. We have some outstanding questions ourselves, like is it ok for the Canadians to accept certificates from an international kinesiology college, at whatever level it is, and be onside with regulations? We’re trying to mitigate the risk by taking the word kinesiology off the certificates so we can proudly hang them in our offices. We’ve sent a letter to the IKC asking them for this and alerting them to that issue, but we didn’t frame it in a risk perspective and maybe that’s what’s next. It puts our people at risk for fines of thousands of dollars.” Me: Does CanASK officially have a new name now? “No. I’m actually feeling extremely hopeful and extremely happy and proud to be in this position. This position allows us to expand the scope of what we do. It allows us to be more distinctive in what we do. TFH, energy medicine, SIPS, LEAP; anything that uses muscle testing, is way more than the study of movement. What we’re hoping to do is to carve out a word and a description and a scope of practice that’s different from kinesiology. I believe it’s possible and we’ve been blessed with the opportunity to do that. It’s a big responsibility for CanASK and we have 160 people. Many of them showed up for the special meeting and many of them put their hand up and said, ‘I want to be part of the conversation.’ KinesioGeek Magazine, 18

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A Rose by any Other Name Would Smell as Sweet

By Sylvia Marina

Prov. The nature of a thing is more important than what it is called. (From Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet.)


o someone who has never seen a rose, felt its stem, leaf or petal or been jabbed by thorns, it’s not easy to explain the beauty of the rose... ... until they experienced its nostril tingling fragrance.

KINESIOLOGY truly comes to life in the experience – words never truly do it justice – it’s an experience. My UK friend and colleague, Sandy Gannon put this picture in my mind on the final workshop day of me teaching Transforming DNA Memories “what we have just been through is more than a workshop, it’s an experience”. My mind raced back to my first Touch For Health Kinesiology workshop in the early 1980’s. I was an experienced health professional, coerced to attend, make even the workshop numbers. It was a favour. I didn’t want to be there, I didn’t want to offend – I was there for all the wrong reasons AND silly me did it all again in TFH 2 a couple of weeks later.

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The ‘K’ Controversy A week after TFH 2, I was amazed my neck that frequently went for Chiropractic adjustment, was not burning with pain anymore. I humbly asked the TFH instructor if I could start over again and learn attentively rather than just “make up the class to an even number’. It’s the experience that makes the difference. I became a Touch For Health radio celebrity, with occasional national TV appearances – when I expanded TFH to include more “K” techniques – that’s when I received “non-love-letters”. Fortunate, I had never used the chiropractors revered Applied Kinesiology. I knew the law of our State of West Australia – our State Government law has different acts to adhere to than our Federal Government law. It’s important to know your individual country specifics. Kinesiology is a generic word – it’s how it is used and what it is used with, that makes the difference.

Internationally as I travel within the scapes of Kinesiology I am often asked for advice regarding the advancement of our industry. In terms of country specific’s it is not appropriate for an outsider to tell another country what to do. Collectively, Kinesiology is here to stay. This conversation has happened over many years, as a Kinesiology Elder I wish I had a conclusive answer to bestow my international AK, BK, EK, A Rose is still a Rose whether it is called Minature, Standard, Climber, Rambling, Grandiflora...

The nature of a thing is more important tha n what it is called. - Shakespeare Sylvia Marina – Human Behaviour Specialist E: W:

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Have you ever wondered What Time of Day it is, Really?! Now with a quick glance you can see which Element is at its Peak, and which Meridian is the center of focus. The Time of Day Clock Dance with the Five Elements With a pilot project in June of this year, a selection of dancers and parents participated in a 4 week program centered around the music used to create the art pieces, movements that integrated the 42 muscles, 14 meridians and 5 elements, as well as bringing the paintings onto the dance floor in different combinations. Our results were astounding. By placing different paintings in the center of the floor and choosing movement patterns that felt right for the music, each painting created a different dance as well as a different way of hearing the music. Yes, you read right – even listening to the music with different colors present changed the way we were listening. Our movements responded to this process and the dance moves completely changed as well. More interesting was what happened when we combined several elements together. For example, when we danced to the Metal Element using a musical selection called “Follow the Sun” by Xavier Rudd, the dancers picked out the hard beats in the music and moved in a robotic fashion. We talked about the elements and wondered what would happen if we added the Fire Element next to the Metal Element with the same music. The dancers tuned in to the softer melody of the music and began to dance in a more lyrical way. All of this was of their own interpretation, but everyone reacted the same way. It was amazing. An eight year old in the group described the first experience as hard and cold, and felt that when the red painting was added that everything seemed to soften by being together. This was her expression of the experience with no knowledge of the Elements or what they mean. She didn’t know that Fire could melt Metal, but she could feel it! The Time of Day clock created by Emily has taken a portion of the paintings from each Element and combined it into the 24 hour clock. The Elements and the Meridians are identified by color and label. The intention of each painting is represented in each square so that anyone tuning into the clock can have a similar experience while focusing on the time of day. If you use the Time of Day balance from Touch for Health, it is with a quick glance that you can know which system you need to focus on for making changes to the system. In a classroom the Time of Day wheel is easily represented through the clock and builds a reminder of the order and the flow. This is great for Level 1 and 2 students in Touch for Health.

The Five Element Feet were created to bring the paintings into a focus for standing on. With several goal setting foot maps created over the years, and the desire of the dancers to stand on each painting, I had to respond with some meaningful ways of bringing the power of the paintings to our activities. The paintings can be printed on canvas, sheets, duvets or pillows to bring the power into a useful means of exploring their power. In addition, each element was transferred into foot patterns to create a Five Element Wheel, our topic of discovery for Level 2-4 Touch for Health students and beyond. With this Star creation students can follow the flow of the elements for both the Ko and Shen cycles, as well as stand in the spaces they need for supporting the body while doing a Color Balance. The power of this symbol can be added to mugs, bags, books, t-shirts and more. There is even a sticker and a postcard that can share the energy. Bringing the textbooks to life for Specialized Kinesiology provides more meaning to the use of the techniques in our every day. For dancers and athletes who want a simple way to energize and support the body, adding some infused color to the program can change everything. Have a look at the project, check out the products that might help you with your balancing, and enjoy the wonderful richness that happens when collaborating talents get together. You can find it and other items for the Elements at: Click on “Energy World”, and scroll down to “clocks”

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Emerging from the Mystical : Rethinking Muscle Response Testing as an Ideomotor Effect Anne M. Jensen1,2*, Richard Stevens1 and Amanda Burls3 1

Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, UK ● 2 Department of Continuing Professional Education, University of Oxford, UK ● 3 School of Health Sciences, City University London, UK *Email:

ABSTRACT Introduction: Muscle Response Testing (MRT) is an assessment tool estimated to be used by over 1 million people worldwide, mainly in the field of alternative health care. During a test, a practitioner applies a force on a patient’s isometrically contracted muscle for the purpose of gaining more information about the patient which guides care. The practitioner notes the patient’s ability or inability to resist the force and interprets the outcome according to some predetermined criteria. While recent research supports its validity, little is known about its mechanism of action. Nevertheless, its causation is often attributed to an ideomotor effect, which can be defined as muscular activity, potentially nonconscious, and seemingly brought about by a third-party operator. Accordingly, the aim of this study is to investigate if the ideomotor effect is a plausible explanation of action for Muscle Response Testing (MRT). Methods: A retrospective, observational study of data extraction from a previously reported study of the diagnostic accuracy of MRT used to distinguish true from false statements. Additional analysis was carried out on the dataset of assessing for potential sources of bias – both practitioner bias and patient bias.

Results: When Practitioners were blind they achieved a mean MRT accuracy of 65.9% (95% CI 62.3 - 69.5), and when they were not blind, 63.2% (95% CI 58.3 - 68.1). No significant difference was found between these scores (p= 0.37). When Practitioners were intermittently misled, the mean MRT accuracy decreased to 56.6% (95% CI 49.4 - 63.8), which proved to be significantly different from when the Practitioners were blind (p=0.02), yet not significantly different from then the Practitioners were not blind (p=0.11). In addition, no evidence of patient bias was uncovered. Summary: The results of this study demonstrate that when comparing blind and not blind conditions, the practitioner evokes no influence, so it is unlikely that the practitioner is responsible for an ideomotor effect. Likewise, the patient has been shown to produce no significant influence either, so it is also unlikely that the patient is responsible for an ideomotor effect. The limitations of this study are those of any retrospective, observational study in that data was not collected to answer the specific research question of this study. Future research should include a study specifically designed to answer this question, for example, intentionally attempting to induce bias in the practitioner. In summary, the ideomotor explanation of MRT should be regarded as obsolete until such a time as a more plausible explanation of its mechanism of action is established.

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Why Meditation for Kinesiology?

By Debbie Rossi Over the years that I have been practicing Kinesiology I have found that my clients were not taking responsibility for themselves, they were relying on me to give them the answers with little or no personal responsibility. I would have clients coming back time and time again (which is great for business but not so great for my clients), but they would not take responsibility for their own issues, forgetting to do their homework and to follow through with the work at home. I have always said to my clients, “I will set you up for success here in this session but what you do at home on an everyday basis will ensure that this success continues way past this hour we have together”. When I started incorporating Intuitive Meditation into my Kinesiology sessions, I was able to give my clients the opportunity…

to see for themselves, to feel for themselves, to think for themselves and to understand for themselves Rather than me just telling them through muscle testing. I found that by creating a space for them to have this experience allowed them to be more present in the session, take responsibility and bring a greater awareness into what was going on for them. My clients became an active participant in the sessions and in their own healing. This is a key component for my clients to be able to heal themselves and return themselves to love.

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The ‘K’ Controversy What is Intuitive Meditation? Traditional Relaxation Meditation is the practice used to calm our mind from the usual chatter that continually goes on. By doing this it empowers us to feel calmer and at peace within. To allow us to step into a space of clarity, centeredness and love within our everyday lives. Intuitive Meditation is all of the things that traditional Relaxation Meditation is but so much more. It is taking Meditation to the next step, the new paradigm. To step Traditional Relaxation Meditation into intuitive Meditation we simply bring in the intelligence of our heart during the meditation. When we are in a meditative state we naturally drop out of our thinking mind (analytical mind) and we drop into our feeling heart space (intuitive mind). It is here in our heart space that we begin to access our own intuition and inner knowing. Our hearts are very intelligent and are the store house and communication point for our intuition. Heart Math Institute has been researching the heart and scientifically proving its power since 1991. Their research has taught us that our heart emits the largest electromagnetic field of our bodies, and it is through this field that we connect to our highest power (our intuition). This field is even larger than the field that surrounds our brain! Our heart is also pre-cognitive, which means that our heart feels six seconds before our brain thinks. This is a big change to under-

standing that our feeling state has the biggest impact on our actions and reactions. When we use Intuitive Meditation to connect into our heart space (feeling state) we are connecting into a powerful and life-changing space. This is exactly what we do when we are using Intuitive Meditation within our Kinesiology sessions. We are moving beyond a relaxation and calming meditation into a space of inner knowing and intuition, through connection to the intelligence of our heart. This empowers our clients to feel, know and understand what is happening for them, which in turn allows for an ownership and deep knowing of what the client needs to do to move away from their pain or stress. The client no longer tries on a healing modality or relies on a practitioner to tell them what they should be doing, they know it for themselves. When a client can embody and take ownership of what is happening in their own lives, true and lasting changes can be made. A client can no longer live the same way, expecting a different result. How Meditation Fits into a Kinesiology Session? We as Kinesiologists access our client’s subconscious through muscle testing, on behalf of our client. Intuitive Meditation empowers our clients to access their own subconscious, which is just as safe and effective for our clients. In my own practice, I have found this to be invaluable for my clients as they get to experience what is actually testing up and giving them that ‘lightbulb moment’ which

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The 5 Principles of Meditation.

In the traditional style of Kinesiology, the Kinesiologist holds all the answers through muscle testing. This is powerful in itself, as the accuracy of muscle testing is a skill and gives the client an understanding of what is happening within their bodies. Unfortunately, in this model clients do not take on selfresponsibility for what is happening in their own life. They are looking for someone or something outside of themselves to fix them. This model can only work so much, as with anything in life until you take on the responsibility of it, the changes will not last.

These 5 principles give you the framework and structure to a successful Intuitive Meditation.

By combining Intuitive Meditation into Kinesiology, we are accessing the best of both worlds, traditional and intuitive. We are able to guide and teach the client how to understand for themselves what is happening within their own bodies, which will empower them to maintain the corrections.

1) INTENTION Setting the intention of what you want to achieve is essential. The intention sets the tone and overall purpose of the Meditation.

During our Kinesiology balances we use Meditation with purpose and not just for relaxation or to feel good in that moment. Therefore it is essential that we, as the practitioner, understand what the intention is and also to convey this to our client so they can be involved in the process and take ownership of what is happening. What the purpose of the Meditation is for your client?

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The ‘K’ Controversy Is this pain relief, stress management, access to their inner knowing / intuition etc. Often this intention is the same or similar to the original goal for the Kinesiology session.. 2) BREATH The breath takes us within our bodies and away from the superficial world around us. It grounds us into our inner world. Focusing on our breath is a powerful tool, and can be used just by itself, but here in our Meditation we use to bring the client’s awareness out of their logical / analytical Left Brain thinking and into their body. In this space the client begins to let go of their thinking and starts to focus on their feelings. The breath here is usually deep breathing, but you can also use many different breathing techniques, ie: counting breath, holding breath, breath visualization etc. The specific breathing technique to use here can be simply tested up using Muscle Testing. Throughout the whole Meditation it is important that the client maintains a slightly comfortable extended breath. This will signal to their bodies that they are safe within this process. 3) HEART SPACE CONNECTION Here we connect to our Heart Space, this is the connection point to our higher consciousness and inner knowing. By bringing in this connection we are aligning ourselves to our highest good and raising our vibration. We can do this in many ways; primarily it is done by bringing your attention to the heart space with thought or touch and then igniting feelings of joy, gratitude and love here in this space. The option of bringing in a colour or heart chakra connection is also available here.

The previous 3 steps have set us up for success here, our client is aligned and here we take our client on a journey (through meditation) to bring in their own visual awareness of what is happening. This intuition will drop into their conscious thought as a thought, word, image, sound, person, song, book, sensation on the body etc. There is no right or wrong here, everything is perfect in our intuition. 5) GROUNDING / CENTERING This is an important step to ground the client back into reality and in the now. This is done through breath, gentle movement to the body and looking around the room. Often a glass of water is very helpful here. Please note here that a key component of any type of meditation is to create a space after for integration and allowing the experience to settle. Here I would suggest that you spend a few minutes with you client asking them how they felt, what they saw, what they heard and to talk about the meditation. It is important to do this step as it will help the client to integrate what occurred and to understand the connection to their intuition here. When the client is at home practicing these meditations, I would suggest that you ask your client to journal what comes up for them during the meditation. This will give them the opportunity to express what occurred and to understand the experience.

4) INNER GUIDANCE / INTUITION Our inner guidance and intuition is the key to all answers and complete healing.

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The ‘K’ Controversy YOUNGER SELF GUIDANCE MEDITATION Here is a beautiful Guided Meditation that you can take yourself and your clients through, it is called Younger Self Meditation (to listen to my recording of this use this link https:// Close your eyes Take in 3 deep breaths Breathing in through our nose and out through our mouth Just allowing each breath to bring you into this moment as you feel it move through your body Letting go of any thoughts, expectations and leaving them outside of this room Just letting go Place your hand upon your heart Here you will feel your heart beat under your hand And the warmth of your chest As we signal to our bodies and our minds that we want to come from this space This space that is filled with love, joy, freedom and gratitude Embody these feelings now As you bring to mind certain events, people or memories that evoke these feelings strongly Trust in this process Leaving your heart expanded with these beautiful feelings You place your hand back in your lap Now in your mind’s eye Imagine yourself sitting underneath a beautiful oak tree Your back is against the trunk You are sitting amongst the roots that are appearing out of the ground It is very old and large oak tree that reminds you of great wisdom and strength

You hear a rustling behind the oak tree, and you turn to your right There appears your younger self from behind the tree trunk She is excited to see you

You invite her to sit down and you place your arm around her With no judgement or expectation You notice what age she is, what does she look like, what is she wearing, what is her demeanour She is here today because she has a message for you One filled with wisdom and strength Listen now as she brings you this message With no judgement, just allow the words to come You may have some questions about the information she is sharing with you, ask her now You have all the information now You thank her for bringing this wisdom to you today You embrace one another, as you embrace you become one She integrates back into your body for she is a part of you and always has been Allow this integration to happen Now that you are one together, take in 3 deep breaths Breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth Bringing your awareness back to your body in this room Moving your fingers and your toes Opening your eyes when you are ready Look around the room and connect yourself back into this space.

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Kinesiology: The Tool, the Definition and the chance for cooperation

By Ludovicco Felatto


inesiology - what does this word mean to you? There seems to be confusion at a global level with regards to what the term ´kinesiology´ really means. This is a concern for many of us practicing kinesiology, especially now that in many countries the legal use of this word is being strictly regulated. However, I feel that, beyond what we call our practice, there are far bigger challenges that are facing us today. How is this practice being performed? Is this a profession or a tool? Has kinesiology become a branch of complementary medicine? ‘Kinesiology’ – the word – was invented in 1894 to describe the “the study of the principles of mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement” (REF: Merriam-Webster online dictionary). Since then doctors, physiotherapists

and sport trainers and the “official” academic institutions have been using it to describe a part of their work. In 1964, after discovering the Muscle Response Testing (or MRT) (REF: BMC Complement Altern Med. 2016 Nov 30;16(1):492. “Estimating the accuracy of muscle response testing: two randomised-order blinded studies.” Jensen AM, Stevens RJ, Burls AJ), George J. Goodheart, used the term ´Applied Kinesiology´ to describe the new technique. Since then almost all of us have referred to Muscle Response Testing using the word “Kinesiology” (REF: Knowlative, #vocabulary: Kinesiology). But are we really practicing “kinesiology”? … not according to the dictionary!

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The ‘K’ Controversy The majority of us are not even considering human movement, mechanics or anatomy in our practice. We work with concepts like emotions, ideas, food, biochemistry, hormones, acupuncture points, meridians, chakras, as well as and joints, muscles, movement. We definitely are NOT simply doing “kinesiology” in its original definition; we have been using this name wrongly, without even realizing that we made this mistake until we are forced to examine what we say by external causes. And, by the way, adding another word before “kinesiology” (Applied or Specialized) does not change its meaning.

This is the tool that is common to all “Kinesiologies” and what actually characterizes what we do, and this can probably “name” us. The Vocabulary section of Knowlative was the first part we developed within our platform, and will soon be free for everyone to access. This is because we strongly believe that using a common vocabulary to describe what we do will bring more unity and dialogue within our “tribe”. Muscle Response Testing (MRT) is one of the more cited definitions there and, maybe, using it as our flag we will be more easily recognized by people.

I personally do not believe that we should go on clinging to this mistake only because we spent a lot of time making it, even if our national law allows us, for the moment, to use this term.

‘Kinesiology’ – the profession – is an open issue, too. Is it a stand-alone profession? Or is it a skill that enriches a profession? I believe that probably it is both. Some of us already had a “healthcare related” background when we approached Kinesiology. I was almost a specialized orthopaedics and trauma surgeon when I started using the MRT in my practice and now it is the main tool I am using to help people. Others continue to use it as one among many other tools in their practice. Others come from different areas and gradually begin building a whole profession around ‘Kinesiology’.

We should not cling to this term to honour the memory of George Goodheart, either. I did not have the privilege to meet him and I am forever grateful that his Genius described the Muscle Response Test. But he was a chiropractor, thus he “studied the principles of mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement”; a “kinesiologist”. From the simple muscle test and correction with reflexes that he practiced at the beginning when he chose the name, in 55 years of his practice and that of many other brilliant minds all over the World, things have profoundly changed and new applications of the Muscle Response Testing are described every day (REF: Knowlative, #vocabulary: Muscle Response Testing). Many different schools and associations of Applied Kinesiology and Specialized Kinesiology use the word Kinesiology (or part of the word) in their name, while some of them decided to not use it. The panorama is quite complex and differentiated also regarding their protocols, but every one of us use the Muscle Response Testing as the core technique of our work.

From the Knowlative point of view ‘kinesiology’ is a tool. You can use it in your profession among other tools or become a specialist and use it in an exclusive way. In both cases you are a Muscle Response Tester and need to constantly hone your skills because every day there is some evolution in our young Science. ‘Kinesiology’ – the tool – is another problem area. Who is allowed to use this tool? Are we allowed to apply this tool to every aspect of health and well-being? The MRT can be applied to humans, animals and plants. Human health experts have, in the Western system, very different and separate areas of interest: psychologists and psychiatrists who deal with thought and emotions, counsellors, coaches deal at different

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The ‘K’ Controversy levels with the person’s “organization”, nutritionists deal with food and diet, doctors, physiotherapists, trainers, massage professionals deal with joints, muscles and fascia, doctors and pharmacists use drugs and supplements, Chinese Medicine professionals deal with meridians and acupoints. Animal health is an area controlled by veterinary doctors. Plants have their professionals, too. ‘Kinesiology’ can affect any one of these aspects in a very effective way and, as we know from our practice, the complaint of our client manifests in one area and, most of the time, the solution is to work in a completely different area. How can we deal with all the legal requirements to work with all aspects of life? I know that every country has its different regulations but only acting in unison globally can we hope, with time, to obtain our safe space in this complicated field. These three nebulous aspects of our profession should not be consuming all our energies and detract us from far more important things. We believe that by coming together, sharing a common vocabulary and focusing our discussions and resources on improving our skills and strengthening our community, we will naturally resolve these conundrums. We need to come together and build a strong community with an open dialogue. We invite you to join the Knowlative platform and Facebook group to shape the future of our work, to share information, knowledge and skills; to help build scientific evidence the way only we can; to be advocates for health – freedom of choice for patients and medical care professionals. Changing our name will not change what we do, who we are and our value, nor will it change the smile on our clients’ face when they tell us how their symptoms disappeared. Until a new name is “forged”, I am happy to share my “Nameless practice” with you and to learn from your intuitions and experiences. Only being “nameless” for a while could Ulysses defeat Polyphemus.

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Neuro-Emotional Reflex Points

By Dr. Robert Frost


hile looking for more emotional stress reflex (ESR) points, a pioneer of Applied Kinesiology, Michael Lebowitz D.C. reasoned that they must exist for all the meridians that begin or end on the head. These are the Yang meridians. He researched and found very effective points for all six of the bilateral Yang meridians. The points he found are located mostly upon the trunk of the body. He named them “emotional circuit breakers”. These differ from the previously known ESR points in that ESR points are only gently held. These “neuro-emotional reflex” points require very firm and deep stimulation to be effective. So, although they have a similar usefulness in releasing blocked emotional energy, the deep stimulation required indicates that they are of a different nature than ESR points.

Working from this basis, Bruce Dewe M.D. sought for and located the corresponding Yin meridian points. And he located corresponding points for the Central and Governing meridians, too. He named the whole group of fourteen, the neuroemotional reflex points. Interestingly, the Yin meridian neuro-emotional reflex points are located upon the limbs. Dr. Dewe believes these points to be as effective and useful as neurolymphatic points and the ESR points. They are especially useful for releasing blocked emotional energy. Massaging active neuro -emotional reflex points gives a boost of energy, both physical and emotional. Dr. Dewe teaches that you should always test the related emotion before treating these points. In professional training courses, Dr. Dewe teaches that these points ought to be rubbed so firmly that the patient may well squirm and cry out –

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indicating a deep emotional release is taking place. However, this advice is for professionals. Unless you are trained to deal with deep emotional release, go easy with these very powerful points. In his latest book for lay persons, Epigenetic Healing Cycles, Dr. Dewe calls them Stress Tolerance Points. Massaging these points can indeed increase your tolerance to stress. Dr. Dewe’s book is available from http:// and as an iPad app in the K-Power area. Hypersensitivity to pain may indicate a very common deficiency, calcium. When neuro-emotional point massage hurts, Dr. Dewe recommends placing a calcium supplement in the patient’s mouth. If this reduces or eliminates the pain produced by neuro-emotional reflex massage, ongoing calcium supplementation is indicated. If several types of nutritional calcium are available to test, the one that eliminates the pain most effectively is the one to prescribe. Neuro-Emotional or Stress Tolerance Points

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The ‘K’ Controversy After you determine the type of calcium that reduces pain the most, add magnesium and vitamin D to that calcium and check that the indicator remains normotonic. If these two additions don’t affect the hypertonic muscle, advise the patient to take them together. Since calcium and magnesium are synergetic and the utilization of both is increased by vitamin D, prescribing all of these “en bloc” is recommended. If the addition of magnesium makes the indicator muscle either hypotonic or hypertonic, try another until you find one that tests normotonic. Magnesium citrate often tests well. The principle here is: First find the nutrient (or other remedy) that makes the indicator muscle normotonic. Then add other nutrients/ingredients that your medical knowledge suggests and test again. If all of them together still test normotonic, prescribe them all. Concerning this technique, Dr. Lebowitz says, “It more ups your capacity to handle stuff than gets you over stuff.” According to Dr. Lebowitz, stimulation of these points results in a calmer disposition, improvement in chronic visceral conditions and an increased ability to handle stress. Dr. Lebowitz was delighted to learn that his old technique from the 80s has been extended and updated. Dr. Dewe found them to strengthen weaktesting muscles, improve muscle tone, help to relieve stress and increase energy levels. Dr. Frost’s Technique for Neuro-Emotional Points Dr. Frost suggests that these neuro-emotional points may be used much like neurolymphatic or neurovascular points to strengthen weak-testing muscles. As with other reflex points, it is easy to determine if neuro-emotional reflex points would be useful.

Evaluation: 1. Locate a muscle that tests weak. Any other weakness, such as one produced by TL, can be similarly utilized as the beginning point for this method. 2. While the patient places one hand on the frontal eminences (forehead), retest the muscle.

3. If it now tests strong, emotional corrections can correct the muscle weakness. 4. Touch the neuro-emotional reflex point of the meridian that is correlated with the weak-testing muscle or factor tested by TL. 5. Retest the muscle (with TL if that was used in 1 above) while touching the corresponding neuroemotional reflex point. 6. If it now tests strong (or eliminates the active TL), massage of the neuro-emotional reflex point is indicated. 7. Since these corrections do release blocked emotions, if you test related emotions, do so now and discuss the issue before the correction. Correction If you are experienced in dealing with emotional release, firmly massage the tested neuroemotional reflex point. If the patient complains, explain that these points often do hurt, that stimulating them helps to free blocked energy, and that it’s worth the pain. Remember to also test if oral calcium reduces the pain and advise as indicated. Confirm the correction Retest the previously weak-testing muscle. If it now tests strong, the correction is confirmed. If it still tests weak, locate other relevant correction procedures (NLs, NVs, testing the relevant emotion...) and perform the indicated correction(s).

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The ‘K’ Controversy Dr. Dewe’s Technique for Neuro-Emotional Points Dr. Dewe recommends massaging all the points for 30 seconds to two minutes each. Evaluation: 1. Access energy level on a scale of 1-10 (via muscle testing).

2. Select the neuro-emotional point for the corresponding meridian time of day (see chart below). 3. Test the emotion. Balance: 1. Massage the neuro-emotional points for the Central and Governing meridians. 2. Massage the neuro-emotional points (bilaterally) for the current time of day meridian. 3. Massage all the other neuro-emotional points (bilaterally) continuing on from the current time point in the order of the time cycle of meridians. Challenge: 1. Re-access the energy level. It should be greater now. 2. Retest the emotion. It should no longer change the indicator muscle. Source: Private conversations with Michael Lebowitz and training courses with Bruce Dewe. Bruce Dewe’s source material is available from: & iPad: Kinesiology Please share your experiences of using these points with him: More data and related courses available at (still in process!) For those on Facebook: and LearnAppliedKinesiology

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