Kinesiology is a way to get in tune with our bodies to learn what supports or takes away from our life energy. I met Erin Davis of Kinesiology Works at an event last year and was very impressed. I love her depth of knowledge of Chinese Medicine and the Mind-Body-Spirit connection. Not only is she a great kinesiologist, she is an engaging teacher. Recently I took a class with her on the basics of kinesiology so I could learn to test myself and others for what supplements to take.
Please tell us what is kinesiology, where does it come from and what are the benefits?
ICPKP Kinesiology is the cutting edge of the practical application of Mind-Body Energy healing. It is one of the most comprehensive and holistic forms of natural therapy that recognizes the importance of integrating body, mind and spirit in health and healing. ICPKP kinesiology is a composite system that blends the best of ancient and modern science. It draws heavily upon Chinese Medicine and also integrates in the latest in advanced nutrition, neurology and psycho-neuro-immunology.
Like all kinesiologies, it uses muscle testing as a biofeedback mechanism for assessing the flow of energy through the various body systems to identify and correct imbalances in the persons structural, chemical, mental, and emotional energy systems. By correcting these imbalances, and reintegrating all aspects of the person to a unified whole, the ICPKP 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.
Where does it come from?
The original roots of kinesiology can be first traced back to the muscle testing methods of American physician Dr. Lovett during the 1930s. Kinesiology (often referred to as Energy Kinesiology), is an outgrowth from Applied Kinesiology which was developed by Dr. George Goodheart, an American Chiropractor, in the 1940s.
Kinesiology has a significant impact on a wide range of health and well-being issues. Kinesiology can help: Overall Life Performance, Physical Body (pain, health issues, energy, etc), Mental/ Emotional Body Issues, Sexual Health, and Spiritual Body (with respect to your beliefs).
How can it be used with feng shui, the feng shui bagua map in our physical spaces?
Kinesiology can be a useful tool for feng shui practitioners or for people interested in enhancing their space. Feng shui is about harmonizing the chi in your living spaces, which then impacts the person - so it works from the outside in. In contrast, kinesiology is about harmonizing the chi inside the person which then impacts how they function in life– so it works from the inside out. Imagine what can happen when you combine the two!
Kinesiology can be used as a way to fine tune feng shui consultations and customize recommendations for each individual. Let’s say that the feng shui bagua says the northwest wall of the home needs to be red. Kinesiology can help you find which shade of red has the most favorable impact on the person’s chi. This allows an environment based on the feng shui rules, but uses muscle testing to customize the color shade for the unique needs of the client. For example, the average New Yorker may not need a vibrant red NW wall because they are already over energized from the city environment. Painting a vibrant red wall for a yang stock broker may not create the relaxing environment they need at home, as a pastel or softer color may be more appropriate.
Kinesiology can take feng shui guidelines developed thousands of years ago for ancient China and adapt it to the needs of people living in modern day America. Kinesiology muscle testing is a tool to show instantly what’s going on. It is tangible and obvious when the body responds to muscle testing so it is a clear way for people to realize the positive impact that the changes in their spaces have created in their bodies. Kinesiology can also show which colors, furnishings, art, and placement raise or lower life energy. Bagua maps don’t indicate ley lines, electric cables running under the house, underwater streams and subway tunnels. Muscle testing can take into account all these possible aspects and finds a solution that raises a person’s energy despite their existence.
Tell us about your Holistic Space in your office and how you make it a comfortable and soothing environment.
My office is located within Awakening NY, an urban sanctuary in Greenpoint/Williamsburg. The center is an eco-green 7000 sq.ft. Wellness Center and Healthy Café that aims to help people find their way to a healthier, happier and more fulfilling lifestyle.
My treatment room is a quiet retreat from the stress of busy life and clients regularly comment on how good they feel when they visit. My treatment room is softly lit, and has an orange glow from a Himalayan salt crystal lamp. Relaxing music plays in the background and the five element colors are incorporated into the space, with the room layout organized to ensure maximum comfort and work flow. The space also allows my clients to relax in the café after their sessions and sip a tea or juice before returning to their day.
Could you please share a simple kinesiology tip for the readers?
Are you feeling stressed? Want to feel the benefits of kinesiology right away?
Try a simple stress releasing technique for yourself. In just 30-90 seconds you can experience how a simple reflex from Chinese medicine can have a profound effect!
Assess your stress level (or your emotional energy towards your ’day’) on a scale of 0 - 10.
Helping yourself with the Emotional Stress Release (ESR) Balance:
- Close your eyes and lightly hold your frontal eminences. (On the forehead above the eyes - see the diagram.)
- Focus on the event or problem.
- See the details. (Be aware of the colors, sounds, shapes, smells and feelings involved.)
- Make it real. (You may notice shallow breathing, flickering of your eyes or tearfulness.)
- Continue to lightly hold your forehead, breathe and relax. These signs of stress will pass.
- Now play the day (or event) as you would like it to happen. Fantasy is OK here.
- When your mind starts to wander you know the event is cleared of immediate stress.
For more information on this technique click HERE.
How did you get into this practice? What's your background?
As an Occupational Therapist I lead orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation teams in Sydney, Australia and in New York City. I was searching for some tools that would encompass the whole person to heal and recover. I had fun dabbling with many modalities from Hawaiian lomi lomi massage, Ayurvedic medicine, Indian massage, Iridology, etc. I found what I was looking for in kinesiology - an amazing modality that integrated mind, body and spirit.
As a kinesiologist in private practice I see such a variety of clients and every day is different. One moment I could be working with someone to remove the blocks so they can easily conceive carry and deliver a healthy baby; then working with goals to sleep through the whole night; then with athletes wanting to improve their performance. I love the many ways kinesiology can be applied to bring about positive change.
Erin Davis of Kinesiology Works has over 9 years of experience in kinesiology and uses her knowledge to help her clients identify and clear issues that are keeping them stuck. Her unique, thoughtful, and playful approach is ideal for clients who are ready to take an active role in improving their health and life.
One of her primary areas of interest is Women’s Health and she works extensively with fertility and conception. She enjoys working with women and their partners, before, during and after pregnancy to assist in building healthy families. Her other interests include stress release, TMJ issues, relieving pain, clearing food sensitivities, healthy sexuality, and improving creative and sports performance.
Erin provides a learning environment during each session so her clients can discover and adopt strategies they can implement after the session is over.