Soothing Rayne Wellness Services (SRWS) uses the terms Applied Kinesiology and Muscle Testing interchangeably. In this context they refer to the practice of using a muscle to detect the body’s response to stimuli it is exposed to.
The body responds to everything in the environment. Even before we eat something our body is responding to the thought of it. Think about it. When you are hungry and you think about what you want to eat your body has a reaction. Sometimes it is very noticeable, like your mouth watering over the mentioning of your favorite food. Sometimes it is more subtle, maybe a tug in your stomach. The best way I’ve heard Kinesiology explained is that ‘when something you are exposed to (touch, think of, look at) is good for your body it will make your electrons spin faster, making your cells momentarily stronger. When something is bad for your body it will cause your electron to spin slower, making your cells momentarily weaker.’ Kinesiology is the practice of using that response system to listen to the body and the subconscious.
One way to test the body is for a doctor or health practitioner to ask you to hold your arm out and resist them from pushing it down. Before they attempt to push your arm down they may ask you to hold a stimulus. It could be herbs, medicine, food or any other stimuli that may be meant for you to ingest or to use on your body in some way. When they attempt to push your arm down, they are checking the muscle’s response, hence the name Muscle Testing. It is not a strength test. What happens is that those faster spinning electrons that we talked about help the muscle lock into place if the body has a positive response. Or the electrons will slow down, keeping the muscle from locking, if it is a negative response. A good tester need only press on your arm with 2 fingers to make it move if the body has a negative response.
SWRS often uses galvanic skin response. Instead of testing a muscle, the changes that occur on the skin are utilized. There will be friction (it will be hard to rub two fingers together) if it is a positive response and the skin will be slick or smooth if it is a negative response. In this situation the practitioner uses their own fingers as surrogates, or substitutes, for the client’s body. This is a desirable alternative to making the client hold their arm out for most of the session.
When the body is responding, the subconscious mind is providing answers as well. The brain registers everything that is going on in our body and mind, and all that has happened to us. Physical, mental, and emotional health is regulated by the autonomic nervous system. Your body intrinsically knows what it needs to keep itself functioning. Conversely, it knows when something is out of balance and why. As mentioned, muscle testing works with thoughts as well as things. The practitioner asks ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions and tests in the same manor as when a stimulus is present. In this way, Applied Kinesiology is used in conjunction with other modalities. We muscle test to know what issue to start with. And testing is also used to learn what emotion to address with the Emotion Code and to know what vials to use with the Halo System.