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  1. Well, to pass on information of course… but is it that simple?  We pass our driving test and then we REALLY learn to drive…. And in so doing we can forget what it was like to learn – BEFORE we knew nothing - before we could park without thinking (and maybe turning the radio off to do so) or before we could simultaneously negotiate a roundabout while thinking about what to do for dinner.

    One of my greatest pleasures is seeing my kinesiology students move on from the classroom and become wonderful Kinesiologists  -  some of them professionally, others for their own and their family's benefit.  Some of them also go on to teach kinesiology, which is wonderful.   Whatever it is, the "journey" never ends because, aside from regulatory CPD requirements (!) we are constantly learning from ourselves and others.

    That act of “forgetting” what it was like to learn or before we had our kinesiology skills, can impede our ability to teach - we forget what we didnt know.  Of course we don’t want to patronise but also not overwhelm.  We need to gauge the different levels of ability in the room – ability to remember short term or long term, ability to listen (really listen), those who are visual, auditory, kinesthetic, ability to have the abilities we cannot teach – and project to them all

  2. In my Corporate days I worked with a lovely Training Manager whose favourite phrase was “It’s not WHAT you say IT’S THE WAY IN WHICH YOU SAY IT”.   He was an easy target and we had many laughs – WITH him AND at his expense AND of course he was/is right.

    In Kinesiology we have many techniques to erase past habits and reinforce new ones, but blindly repeating affirmations “parrot fashion” simply doesn’t cut it.   The client really has to say what they want, like they mean it, and if the phrase/affirmation isn’t working for them they need to change it to THEIR phrasing to make it truly personal and effective.

    Suggesting to a client that there could be some conflict in their thinking or subconscious beliefs is a tricky business, but important if they want to move forward.

    I came across a phrase today that I hadn’t heard before – “toxic positivity”. 

  3. When we test a muscle in kinesiology we are looking for resistance – the client should be able to resist the very gentle pressure we are using.  We also look for the muscle to have a bit of “give” – it should “weaken” under certain conditions, otherwise we refer to it as “hypertonic” which means it doesn’t relax.

    When we find a hypertonic muscle this can sometimes be more important to balance than an overtly “weak” one.

    Today I had a client with a hypertonic anterior deltoid – this muscle relates to the gall bladder and in Chinese Five Elements the emotion is anger.  As I was able to test which “mode” (structure,

  4. I’ve been pondering mindfulness lately – notice I said “pondering”, not “practicing”  

    I’ve always had a tendency to be rushing on to the next thing – if I’m brushing my teeth I’m wondering what else I could do at the same time – a leftover reaction from always having worked in busy offices I think.  I’ve noticed that I never do anything without thinking about the next thing I need to do, or place I need to be, or thing I haven’t done.

    I don’t like the term “mindfulness”.  I’m not really sure why but it just seems to me to be something else to add to the list of things I have to do…. creating even more stress and pressure.

    So recently I’ve tried replacing It with “being present”.  I know it’s the same thing but for me it feels more meaningful and less of a chore.

    So I will persevere at being “present” and in that old phrase “yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery but today is a gift, that’s why they call it a present”  I look forward to accessing my gift

  5. Kinesiology is wonderful because it treats people holistically.  What do I mean by that?   Well, we look at ALL the components of a client’s health and wellbeing, not just individual symptoms or elements:

    • Emotional wellbeing and general stress levels
    • Physical and structural integrity – bones and joints
    • Chemical input – skin and cleaning products, medication
    • Nutritional status – lack and surplus, current food choices, hydration
    • Electro Magnetic Stress – Bluetooth, wifi, strip lighting
    • Lifestyle  - work life balance, exercise, hours at work, enjoyment or otherwise

    Then of course we want to know what it is they want “fixing”

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    SUE Scale (Subjective Units of Emotion)

    One of the issues I end up discussing with my kinesiology clients after they have released negative emotions, memories, habits or feelings is “filling the gap”.  These have often become such a regular fixture of the person’s life that suddenly not having to deal with it, whilst a relief, leaves a wide gaping hole, which if not careful can be refilled with sludge and other negativity.  The analogy I use is in the garden –