YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
by Heather Rogers
Owner, The Garden Day Spa & Salon
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I am constantly amazed at how Specialized Kinesiology works and improves the lives of my clients, on many levels. They may choose to target a physical pain or restriction, but through the session or few sessions, not only does it deal with the physical level, but also the emotional component of pain. That is where the power is. Unlocking the grip of negative emotions, even false self-beliefs, or generational tendencies have had on them. Now they can down-regulate those emotional factors and be able to access and make conscious, thought-out decisions, instead of reacting to triggers in their life.
- Heather Rogers
Specialized Kinesiology is a non-invasive, holistic approach to health and well-being. Your body’s innate tendency is to be well and healthy. Western or Traditional Kinesiology is the study of structure and function of muscles, tendons, ligaments, etc. It is the study of motion. The athlete, moving against gravity, propels the body using powerful muscles, while the surgeon must remain calm and only use the delicate hand and eye muscles to perform heart surgery. The ballet dancer traverses the stage as though floating inches above it. These are all examples of the dynamics of human movement, and kinesiology is the study of that human movement.
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WHAT IS SPECIALIZED KINESIOLOGY?
All of these Systems of Kinesiology are based on the foundation and developments of Dr. George Goodheart and his colleagues, synthesized by Dr. Thie’s Touch for Health and expanded by Richard Utt’s Applied Physiology. The over-riding commonality of these various systems is the use of muscle monitoring to communicate with the client’s being on all levels. Balance often involves rubbing or holding reflex points of various systems of the body in tandem with points of the Chinese meridian system and may include any combination of modalities.
Kinesiologists use a biofeedback system called muscle monitoring to discover areas of stress or imbalance in the body, mind and energy systems and identify ways to bring you back to a healthy balance. They look for ways to improve the efficiency and performance of the human body while at work or at play by studying the factors that influence human movement. We combine the muscle monitoring with various modalities to reduce stress and pain thus opening the door to optimum health, well-being and vitality. Kinesiologists tap into energies that other modalities do not assess. They look beyond the symptoms, and do not diagnose or treat named diseases. In fact, they do not limit themselves to dealing with ailments, since energy balancing can bring a person closer to achieving any goal of their choice, whether in sports, relationships, learning or coping with life in general.
Kinesiologists use muscle monitoring to identify and correct energy blockages within the body; it is a natural feedback system which receives information via nerve pathways and the meridian system of the brain and body. This muscle feedback system gives instant access into the holistic information held by the subconscious brain. A weak muscle test can therefore be an indicator that stress is having a tellingly negative effect somewhere in the system. By accessing the bio-system via this muscle monitoring tool, Kinesiologists can get quite specific and very quickly come up with the right answers. They are concerned with imbalances in the body's energy, and in this respect, have close links with the acupuncture concept of energy flow.
WHAT KIND OF TRAINING DOES HEATHER HAVE?
My B.S. is in Kinesiotherapy and Exercise Science, utilizing the western model of Kinesiology. I then trained and was licensed as a Professional Massage and Bodywork Therapist. I have maintained a successful Massage practice for nearly twenty years. During my career as a Massage Therapist, I constantly acquired and mastered up to date skills, including Myofascial Massage, Reflexology, Dr. Vodder Method of Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Neural Reset Therapy, and many other complimentary techniques to Massage Therapy. Then in 2018 I began training in Specialized Kinesiology. Specialized Kinesiology is known also as Energy Kinesiology, Applied Kinesiology, Applied Physiology, and sometimes just Kinesiology. Please don’t let that confuse you. It often refers to the person developing that particular Kinesiology program or from what aspect of Kinesiology they were trained. I have a professional level of training in the following Kinesiology Systems and am adding to these constantly: Touch For Health, Professional Kinesiology Practice (PKP), Stress Indicator Point System (SIPS), Learning Enhancement Acupressure Program (LEAP), Principles of Kinesiology (POK), Muscle Tuners International out of Canada and Injury Recall Technique (IRT) from Quintessential Applications.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A SESSION?
The client lies comfortably face up on a massage table, fully clothed except for shoes. Blankets are provided if necessary, for extra warmth as your temperature may drop during stress releases. A gentle & light touch is used on specific acupressure points. Several arm muscles are used as monitoring muscles, also known as indicator muscles, to identify the blockages or imbalances. Most often, other muscles are used to assess the stress in various meridians. A corrective technique is applied to complete the process.
HOW LONG IS AN AVERAGE SESSION?
Please allow at least 90 minutes for your first session. We will review and discuss your health history form that I sent to you. It is very important that these be completed with thoroughness and absolute honesty. Subsequent sessions can be from 60-90 minutes depending on the issues.
HOW DO I FIGURE OUT ABOUT WHAT OBJECTIVE TO WORK ON FIRST?
Most people come with a specific objective in mind while others require exploring to determine a priority of objective(s) in their lives. I will discuss with you upon scheduling how to write out a list of issues your experiencing. I will also encourage you to write for each issue you have how you would like things to be different specifically with that issue. As you can imagine, an issue could actually produce multiple related goals or outcomes, representing different aspects of the issue. Either way is acceptable. As you get used to how Specialized Kinesiology works, you will at times wish to schedule a session to address a goal that your body wants, from the list of issues/goals that you keep working with. All sessions recognize and respect the innate intelligence of your body to determine the sequence of priorities and how best to proceed.
WHEN CAN I EXPECT TO SEE RESULTS?
Depending on the objective(s), some clients notice a change immediately after the session. Others require more integration time. I do highly recommend that you commit 3-5 sessions, scheduled 2-4 weeks apart to really give it a go. Changes may be subtle or dramatic, but noticing a change is confirmation that you're headed in the right direction. Quite often, you may stay with a particular goal, but over time it will change depending on changes already obtained. Fine tuning a bit.
I adhere to a professional code of ethics when it comes to your privacy. All information obtained from clients and their sessions is kept in strict confidence. No information will be released without your prior written consent unless required by Law.