Kinesiology, a clients perspective: Maria

This interview is part of a series of interviews by Dr Anna Rolfes as part of the article Kinesiology, a clients perspective

Maria is a 31-year-old teacher who has kinesiology sessions to heal her chronic fatigue.

Anna: Maria, can you recall a session with P? What sense did you have about the procedure, lying on the table and your arm being muscle tested?

Maria: So, you basically want to know what was the essence for me with muscle testing?

Anna: Yes.

Maria: What was important for me is the trust that my body knows. That there are things in my body, secrets in my body, that muscle testing can tap and I can connect to my brain.

There is a difference between my body knowing about illnesses and certain upsets of the body and the preconceived knowing from my brain what was going on.

Bypassing my brain and going straight to my body through muscle testing gives me answers to questions and I find out lots of things, information about my body, that was not available to me in my conscious mind.

Anna: So you feel that the muscle tests access something which you cannot access with your mind?

Maria: Yeah, you could say that. It’s there, but I cannot tap it and I guess the muscle testing was a way to tap it directly.

I mean, I’m sure I could get to it myself because that was why I went to P.

I felt in my body that there were things disturbing me and I tried to sit and meditate to find the answers.

But it was really clear that I needed help in accessing that information. I wanted to access that information. By muscle testing I could do it.

Anna: Do you think with the muscle test you can access information quicker than just sitting and meditating on it? Or what does muscle testing give you?

Maria: Well, I have a very strong mind and I have a very strong stubbornness about how I think things are.

So how I think about what is wrong with me, like my worries or anxiety, dominates my whole perception of that. When I have muscle testing it bypasses this mental anxiety.

What’s wrong, what’s happening… that sort of anxiety that then blocks the issue of the information that my body needs to have.

Anna: Do you think that being muscle tested enhances your perception of your own reality?

Maria: Well, it makes me see very clearly that what I think is going on is not actually what’s going on. For example, P asked me what my attitude was to get healthy.

She asked me that question: what’s my commitment to getting well in the lower part of my body because that’s where I was working on at the time?

I thought that I had a very good intention to the problem and I was ready to get healthy very quickly. Then she muscle tested me and my willingness to get well was only forty percent.

That was what my body was saying and, at the same time, my mind was saying: “No problem”, but my body was saying: “Something is interfering with your willingness to get well”.

So that was one example of how my mind was perceiving things differently. 

And then we tested the next week and I got my one hundred percent, and there was a line between really wanting to get well and my body saying: “Yes, this person really wants to get well”.

I really felt it in my body this time. I really felt the determination to get well whereas, before, I thought I had the determination to get well but it wasn’t really a body sense.

Anna: Do you think the results of the muscle tests help you to see what direction you need to go?

Maria: Yeah, it gives a lot of direction and a lot of insight into what is really going on in my body, and to my attitude, to my emotionality and to my physicality.

And I have been tested about a lot of different levels of my energetic body, my physical body, my emotional body, etcetera.

Anna: Do you think it accesses intuitive knowledge you have? 

Maria: Yes, very much.

Anna: How would you describe what is accessed when the muscles go weak or strong. What part of your being would that be?

Maria: Well, I think the body has its own voice. And I think when one is really stubborn and stuck with ideas, then the body has a space to speak up about what’s really happening.

The body’s voice… basically, that is what muscle testing accesses, this body voice. What it needs, what it doesn’t need.

I think when one is rigid with ideas of how things should be, then that voice will become strong, and if one knows this voice more and more, you can get in tune with yourself, in tune with this voice.

Anna: So would you say muscle testing is a communication tool for you with yourself?

M: Well, I couldn’t do it myself. That is why I went to somebody else because I needed that other person to access that voice. So it was very much a communication with that voice, a commitment of being well, how the body is feeling at that point in time.

Anna: Have you been muscle tested by someone else as well?

 Maria: Yeah, I have, actually — two other people, because I have a very bad curvature of the spine, scoliosis, and I have done a fair bit of work with two different practitioners.

One gave me a scoliosis test which was an hour and a half of absolute muscle testing of my body, and another one was a chiropractor.

Anna: When you now look back to those sessions, what do you think is the muscle testing giving you in relation to the therapists using the muscle test?

Maria: I always think muscle testing is accessing me. Muscle tests bring the therapist more in contact with me, what I need, and there is an easiness about it.

Anna: When you go into a room to be muscle tested, how do you receive the procedure? Do you think… is that OK for you or is it invasive?