MUSCLE TESTING DEMYSTIFIED

The first time I experienced kinesiology I was convinced that the kinesiologist could read my mind. It was quite unsettling to think that maybe this lovely lady knew my deepest darkest secrets. I was relieved to discover that she wasn’t reading my mind. What she was reading were my muscles.

Muscle testing is a simple but powerful tool that allows you to access crucial information that you can use to heal and navigate your way in life.

Muscle testing is basically about finding locked or unlocked muscles. A locked muscle feels firm and is easily held when light pressure is exerted against it. An unlocked muscle feels spongy and gives way under light pressure.

Muscle testing is the core tool of kinesiology because it is used to answer questions that are asked of your body. We can ask your body to show a “yes” response with a locked muscle and “no” response with an unlocked muscle. Or we can simply ask your body to indicate with a change from locked to unlocked or vice versa.

At the beginning of any kinesiology session, I will help you find a really good worded goal for your session. For example, say I have a client named Susan who comes in for relief from chronic back pain. We would find a really specific and measurable goal for her session such as “My back is now comfortable and moves with ease when I put my toddler, Jack, in his car seat”.

Susan and I would determine if this was the best goal for her session by asking her body to use a locked muscle to show YES and an unlocked muscle to show NO in response to the question “This goal is in Susan’s highest good for today?” If the body responded with a YES we would proceed with the balance. If Susan’s muscles responded with a NO we would modify the goal in some way until we receive a YES response.

So as you can see, muscle testing allows you to zone in on what your body knows it needs. Your body is so clever and wants to heal. Muscle testing allows your body to show you the path to healing.

As you may or may not know kinesiology places a big focus on moving out of stagnant emotional states. By using muscle testing we can ask your body to identify emotions that need to be cleared to restore healthy energy flow. One of the funniest sessions I’ve had was with a client who had never had kinesiology before and wasn’t used to discussing emotions. Every time I found an emotion that needed to be cleared he would respond with a slightly suspicious “Who told you this?” to which I would always respond “Your muscles are telling me.”

I think it’s really important to note that your muscles will never betray you by bringing up a trauma that you are not ready to deal with. Everyone heals at their own pace and your body has a wisdom and an order to healing that is in your highest good. In this way, your body is a powerful ally for your personal growth. It sends you messages in so many forms. These messages can often come in uncomfortable forms such as pain, anxiety, digestive issues or fatigue. Throwing up these issues is the way your body communicates. What your body is saying is “Hey, I have some important information for you. Exploring this issue will help you learn, grow and heal. I will help you.” You can learn so much from listening to your body and muscle testing is, in my opinion, the most efficient way to hear it’s messages.

Interview with Massage therapist Belinda Fox from Well Nurtured

So it’s been 5 months since my family and I up and moved to Mosman, Sydney from Melbourne. This has meant that I’ve had to restart my clinic in a new city. As a practitioner working from home it can get lonely without the camaraderie and connection to other therapists on a day to day basis. That’s why I’m delighted to have met some amazing like-minded practitioners recently to connect and brainstorm with.

I had the great pleasure of interviewing one of these ladies to find out more about her fabulous clinic, her mission and what makes her so special. Her name is Belinda Fox and she is the owner and operator of Well Nurtured in Hornsby.

We met via Facebook in a group called North Shore Business Women. We were both looking for a sounding board about some workshops that we were thinking about running. After a wonderful chat, I decided to interview Belinda to learn more of her story and share it with you. Here’s what I learnt…

What practices do you use to nurture your clients at your clinic?

At Well Nurtured, I offer massage and meditation. In terms of massage, I am trained as a remedial massage therapist with specialty training in oncology, lymphatic, pregnancy, aromatherapy and hot stone techniques. 

I am also a qualified meditation teacher and I like to incorporate this into massages where I can see a benefit and I also do one-on-one meditation sessions with clients. I like the one-on-one setting so that we can really tailor the session to the client’s needs.

One very neglected area of the body is the feet. Unless the client really doesn’t want their feet touched, I always finish with a foot massage, but not just an ordinary foot massage either! The feet are warmed with a hot towel first and then again to finish to take the oil off. Finishing with the feet helps to ground the client again before they head off to the rest of their day.

No one is ever rushed. I make sure there is enough time to sit and listen to each client and to complete the appointment without ever rushing anyone. I leave time between appointments to allow this. With so much rushing around and everyone so focused on being “busy”, I think it is important to be present with the client and for them to feel happy and rested when they leave.

What led you to become a natural therapy practitioner?

It was actually my husband, boyfriend at the time! I didn’t believe in alternative and natural therapies at all!! Doctors and antibiotics could fix anything! I came down with something and Greg arrived with a bottle of some sort of herbal drops from his mum and wow! They worked! I then looked into other therapies and went to an aromatherapy workshop. I soon had a wonderful collection of “lotions and potions” as my family called them and my interest in the different areas just continued to grow. My first massage table was actually my mother-in-law’s!

What does a typical first session with you involve?

At the first session, the client fills out their details and medical history, we discuss their presenting condition and have a chat about how they are feeling. We then do some range of movement testing and postural analysis. We discuss a treatment plan for the session before the client is on the table. The initial appointment is a little longer so that we do not need to rush the assessments and the client still gets a full treatment on the table. After the massage, we discuss what I found and we discuss and do any recommended stretches and exercises that may help with their presenting condition.

What is your mission?

My mission is to empower and educate my clients to live happier, healthier, more fulfilling and less stressful lives.

 What is one surprising thing that most people don’t know about you?

This was really hard to answer because I am so open! I used to part own a rally car with my brother. I even went to a Rally Navigator course on my 20thbirthday!

Could you share 1 simple tip that can help you to become grounded and centered when life is feeling chaotic?

Stop and breathe! Take time to close your eyes and focus on your breath.

What is Kinesiology anyway?

Kinesiology is a non-invasive energetic healing modality that uses a combination of ancient eastern science and western muscle monitoring techniques to balance the body on a physical, mental and emotional level. By tapping into the body’s innate healing intelligence kinesiology helps to restore balance and function to neurological and physical systems.

Stress can cause blockages in the body’s energy flow or “chi” creating imbalances. These imbalances manifest as physical pain, low mood, postural issues, poor performance, learning difficulties, relationship problems and digestive and nervous disturbances.

A kinesiology consultation aims to identify the cause of an imbalance and resolve the issue. The resolution may involve addressing nutritional, emotional, structural, psychological and even spiritual stresses.

Muscle monitoring provides instant feedback from the subconscious which holds our memories and information regarding our physical, emotional, mental and energetic states. This information is used by the kinesiologist to determine strategies that will restore balance.

After a kinesiology consultation, you may experience a sense of lightness or relief. It is also common to feel tired or emotionally unsettled for a couple of days. These are all normal responses and are a sight that your energy is reorganising. Home reinforcement helps to support you during these times.

To resolve any issues on a physical, mental and emotional level three kinesiology sessions are recommended with a review at the end of the 3rd session.

Kinesiology truly is an amazing tool for unlocking your energy and potential.

BE ASSERTIVE! BE BE ASSERTIVE!

BE ASSERTIVE, BE, BE ASSERTIVE!

Assertive behaviour keeps coming up as an issue with so many of my lovely clients.

I think that's because the ability to be assertive is so critical to our wellbeing and the health of our relationships.

For many of us, myself included, being assertive doesn't come easily. We are worried about coming off too aggressive or on the other side of that coin, a pushover. Of course, our ability to be assertive is all tied in with our sense of self-worth.

Being assertive means we can figure out how we feel, express our feelings, state what we want and also be able to discuss any issues and finally negotiate, compromise or resolve problems.

Oh my goodness … even as I'm writing this I'm reflecting on that last bit about negotiation. Not my strong point😫 OUCH! (I think I'm due a kinesiology session to work on this).

A really powerful balancing technique for assertive behaviour (one I intend to implement for myself as soon as I've posted this😂) is the following method:

I FEEL

I WANT

I'M WILLING

I feel….(e.g. hurt and ignored) I want …..(e.g.I want my recommendations to be heard) I'm willing….(eg. Could we start over and discuss this one more time and I'm willing to clarify anything you are unsure about).

Don't jump right in though, support yourself by writing down what you want to say, channel your high school drama classes and role play with 2 chairs (sit on one, talk to the other) etc. Whatever works, keep practising until you think you are ready then give it a go.

May the force be with you! Be assertive😊

Are your skull bones moving the way they should?

Ever wondered why that cute headband is so uncomfortable to wear? 

Pain above your eye that continues up to your hairline?

The problem could be that your skull bones are just not moving as they should. For many years people thought the bones of our skull were fused. We now know that they are joined by elastic substances including connective tissue, nerves and blood cells. It seems that our 22 cranial bones have another important job on top of holding and protecting our precious brains. They need to MOVE!

The rhythmic movement of our skull bones acts as a pump for our cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) which circulates our brain and spinal cord. The critical function of our CSF is to remove metabolic waste (nasties) from our nervous systems. 

Accidents/concussion and exposure to certain chemicals (including those produced by our bodies when we are under stress) can impair the movement of our cranial bones and in turn the flow of our CSF pump. Nasties start building up in the nervous system leading to memory problems, a foggy head and mood issues. 

Checking for cranial imbalances at the beginning of every session is so important because of their impact on our physical, mental and emotional well being. My mantra is "Always check for cranial imbalances FIRST."

The Life Changing Magic of WORDS

Spoken, read or heard…WORDS are probably the most powerful Life-Enhancing or Life Depleting forces we encounter. 

In our amazing brain, we have a structure called the reticular formation. If you've ever noticed that you seem to get what you focus on you can thank your reticular formation, or more specifically your Reticular Activating System (RAS). 

Say you've just bought a black Volkswagen Golf! You can bet your bottom dollar that you'll be noticing black Volkswagen Golfs EVERYWHERE. That's because your RAS has registered that you like Volkswagen Golfs. It acts like a search function automatically looking for what you've been focusing on, in this case, a black Volkswagen Golf. 

So on Sunday when we were all saying "This is awful weather" our RAS's registered the word"awful" and started looking for other awful things around us. 😲

When we speak, hear or read positive words our brain releases feel-good endorphins! YAY!!!!

A helpful exercise to incorporate in our daily lives so that we have regular boosts of those good endorphins is to PRACTICE FINDING GOOD things. 

For example, if you are frustrated with your boss, co-worker, partner try this 

WRITE their name down on a scrap of paper and then write "I like you because…". 

Then find one reason to like them. 

Your brain will automatically go into search mode and find other reasons to like them. Not only that, your brain will begin to search for other things that you LIKE in your environment or throughout the day. 

There are countless ways to get your Reticular Activating System working for your highest good. The trick is to focus on the GOOD as much as possible. It takes practise and persistence but it's 100% worth the effort.

Have you done your homework?

If you’ve invested the time and money in having a Kinesiology consultation don’t short change yourself by forgetting to do your home reinforcement! Home reinforcement is that stuff that comes up at the end of a balance that your body has indicated will support you! A Kinesiology session is like having a direct phone line to your body, mind and soul in all its wisdom. You are tapping into your innate intelligence so you’d best listen. Your body might indicate that walking for 30mins every morning or meditating for 10mins a few times a week is in your highest good. You might need to massage reflex points or supplement with specific vitamins, minerals, herbs or enzymes. Whatever your home reinforcement is IT IS UNIQUE TO YOUR NEEDS. I get it...when I go to see a kinesiologist it can be a mind-blowing experience. I gain insights, I’m relieved and sometimes so relaxed at the end of a session I could drop off to sleep. Most of the time Kinesiology brings a lot of information to the surface that I need time to digest. So yes, it can be easy to forget home reinforcement because frankly, a lot can happen in a 60min Kinesiology balance. BUT home reinforcement is IMPORTANT!!! Just as important as those insights you’ve gained in your session. Every time you do the Home Reinforcement you are supporting and strengthening yourself just that little bit more. So don’t forget to do your homework. Xx

5-Element Sound Balance

The 5-Element Sound Balance, one of my favourite balances, came up today in a session with a client! It doesn't come up very often but when it does you had better believe HUGE emotional shifts are coming! It's not always the most ideal balance if you practise from home and your toddler is having a nap! 😂🤣 But Theo was out cold thankfully… I did need to go into the house to prewarn hubby that we were about to let loose in the studio! This balance is amazing because it releases stored emotion that has often been hanging around for years. My client said, "But I never shout!" It was probably the first time in years that she had truly allowed herself to shout and laugh. So we had a good shout and a good laugh (I channelled Ali Wong!) and it felt fantastic. AND you had better believe that weak liver meridian muscle, the pectoralis major sternal, was strong and locking after this exercise. 💪

Let's talk about the connection between Vitamin C and Stress..

Oh Vitamin C, what would we do without you?

Not only does this Herculean antioxidant vitamin boost your immune system, repair tissues and protect you from free radicals vitamin C is directly involved in the production of cortisol (otherwise known as the stress hormone) in your adrenal glands. 

When you are under stress the vitamin C in your body is rapidly used up in the production of cortisol and other stress-response hormones.

During periods of prolonged stress your vitamin C stores become depleted. Paradoxically your adrenal glands respond to very low vitamin C levels by increasing their production of cortisol. 

Cue anxiety, blood sugar imbalances and a weakened immune system. 

Unfortunately we live in a society where stress is rife the line between productivity and burnout can be crossed without us realising if we aren't listening to our bodies. 

My advice coming into winter is increase your vitamin C intake with FOODS. I say foods because our bodies are experts in extracting nutrients from foods. 

However, if you have been under prolonged stress or you have been struck down with a winter bug you may need to supplement. PLEASE DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY on vitamin C tablets from the chemist or supermarket. They are not bio-available (your body has no idea what to do with them) and can do a lot more damage than good to your system. 

If you need to supplement choose the highest quality available. I use and recommend GNLD supplements which are excellent food supplements. 

However, there are a number of other fantastic supplements on the market. Just ask your health professional for advice… but stay away from those popular supermarket supplements. 

Stay healthy. xx

Allergy Friendly Oat and Seed Bars

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On Friday one of the lovely ladies at who looks after Theo at childcare requested this recipe. D was looking for a slice to bake for an upcoming Mother's Day morning tea at the centre. But as we all know the food that goes into childcare centres and schools must be nut-free to protect children with nut allergies. This recipe is nut-free, vegan, egg-free and dairy free, delicious and nutrient dense. It's also full of protein for growing kids and big people alike. Matt and I love munching on these bars.

So as requested, this one is for you D and for all those parents out there scratching their heads and wondering what on earth to put in their kids' lunch boxes.

For those of you with zero waste goals this is an easy recipe because everything can be bought at a bulk store. If you live near Seddon and you want to cut down on packaging get yourself down to Eka Wholefoods on Victoria Street. That's where I pick up my ingredients with my very chic recycled jar collection…haha!

So without further ado… Recipe time!

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp rice malt syrup
  • 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 sultanas
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
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Method:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 170C. Line an 8 inch square pan with parchment paper (I use compostable parchment paper). 
  2. Place 2 cups of the oats in a large mixing bowl. 
  3. Add the remaining half cup of oats to a blender or food processor and pulse it until it is a rough flour. 
  4. Add the oat flour to the bowl of oats along with the baking powder, salt, sultanas, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. Stir. 
  5. Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan and stir in the rice malt syrup and vanilla. Add this to the dry ingredients and stir well making sure that all the oats are coated. 
  6. Spread the mixture evenly in a pan and press down firmly. 
  7. Bake for 20mins. 
  8. Allow to cool down for about 10 mins before cutting your slice into rectangles. 
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Enjoy!