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PHYSICAL ENERGY: Your physical energy is divided into Seven Energy Centers. Each Center represents a special and unique function. The energy that flows through the physical body provides nourishment to the nervous system. This energy pulse is similar to a vibration rather than a beat that is detected when feeling a blood pulse. When the energy flow is blocked you will experience pain or discomfort, which may be temporary or continuous. As a preventative action it is wise to keep the energy centers open. This can be accomplished through several means.
ENERGY CENTERS: Each Energy Center has a particular function and association with specific organs as well as emotional responses. The First Energy Center is associated with the adrenal gland and governs the kidneys and the spinal column. The Second Energy Center is associated with the sexual organs (ovaries in females and testes in males). The Third Energy Center is associated with the pancreas and governs the action of the liver, spleen, stomach, gall bladder and aspects of the nervous system. The Fourth Energy Center is associated with the thymus gland. It governs the heart, blood, and circulatory system and influences the immune and endocrine systems. The Fifth Energy Center is associated with the thyroid gland and governs the lungs, vocal cords, bronchial apparatus and metabolism. The Sixth Energy Center is sometimes referred to as the Third Eye. It is associated with the pituitary gland. It governs the lower brain and nervous system, the ears, the nose, and the left eye. The Seventh Energy Center is associated with the pineal gland and governs the upper brain and right eye.
BALANCING THE ENERGY CENTERS: When the Energy Centers are out of balance you will experience discomfort. Imbalance can occur with physical and emotional trauma. The Energy Centers can be brought back into balance using specific acupressure patterns and verbal messages.
Acupressure is an ancient Chinese healing art that uses the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin and thus stimulate the body’s immune system to self-heal. When stimulated, these points relieve muscular tension and promote the release of endorphins – neurochemicals that relieve pain. Acupressure uses the same points and meridians (patterns of energy flow) as acupuncture, but instead of needles, treats with gentle, firm pressure of fingers and hands. With acupressure the client experiences no side effects from drugs, while experiencing a safe treatment. It is an excellent way to balance the body and maintain good health by reducing tension, increasing circulation and strengthening the body’s resistance to illness.
Acupressure also increases the nutrient supply to muscles by promoting cellular exchange, while preventing the buildup of harmful fatigue products, metabolic wastes and lactic acid. Further, acupressure improves overall muscle tone and relieves painful muscle spasms. This process takes but a few minutes resulting in strengthening and revitalizing the status of the entire body including a feeling of emotional and mental wellbeing.
In traditional Oriental thought, every human is born with a fixed amount of life energy, or Chi, at birth. Chi flows through the body in pathways known as meridians. Some have likened meridian pathways to an electrical system. The meridian pathways carry messages from the acupressure points to specific organs or parts of the body.
There are twelve traditional meridians throughout the body. They do not necessarily follow the same path that is taken by the circulatory system in the body. When applying acupressure to the surface of the skin the person using the patterns works along a meridian or on a combination of points from various meridians to achieve a specific goal.
Applying acupressure to points on any or several meridians simultaneously can naturally reduce pain by stimulating the release of endorphins (the body’s own built-in pain relievers).
Telepathic communication is the sending of understandable messages through a non-audible sound. The message is sent and received through a nonverbal communication process, which is highly developed in some humans.
If you are not inclined to believe this consider the following scenarios: It is time for your child to go to the Doctor, take a bath or to do some other stress-inducing activity. Without an audible sound from you (you are just thinking about it) they seem to disappear just as you are ready to embark on the activity. Just the act of thinking about such an activity results in less than the eager presence of your child. Is it possible that there is some type of remote sensing going on? We often say “They Know, They just know.” Do they “read” our minds or do they “read” the changes in our behavior, the anxiousness or excitement in our voice or touch? Regardless of how they get the message we have a lot to do with how our children behave.
Our physical movements are messages to our friends and family. If we behave in common patterns of behavior they react one way. When we behave in an unfamiliar manner they act in another way. When assisting family members that are experiencing discomfort it is wise to behave in as common a way as is possible. Make every effort to maintain a similar pattern of behavior when attending to your family when they are well or while ill. Your consistency of behavior is crucial to the manner in which they will receive the care you are offering. Above all remain calm and deliberate in your actions when caring for a family member who is experiencing physical, mental or emotional discomfort.
Kinesiology is the study of the principles of mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement. The application of such knowledge has resulted in the development of an approach to the assessment and treatment of imbalances of the energy systems. Applied Kinesiology uses muscle testing to assess the body’s energy and then applies various touching techniques such as acupressure or therapeutic touch to facilitate the healthy flow of Chi (energy) throughout the affected portions of the body. When a certain area of the physical body is touched while being muscle tested, muscle resistance will be weak if the area that is being touched contains dominantly negative energy and stronger than normal if the energy is dominantly positive. Applying this principle, muscle test resistance indicates whether an acupressure point is functioning normally and whether the reflex-point on the muscle being tested shows a lack or a surplus of energy. A similar method can be used to identify a particular organ, which might contribute to sources of the imbalance. Using acupressure the body’s natural healing responses are stimulated by applying pressure to the appropriate reflex and acupressure points simultaneously.
When testing for the condition of your body's energy levels, using the finger technique illustrated, you will break through if your energy is low. Often times drinking a glass of water will bring your body back into balance and you will test strong.
It is important to remember that the muscle testing is not to determine strength as an end in itself but rather to determine the quality of the muscle response. Applied Kinesiology utilizes the communication between the meridians (energy pathways) and specific muscles, which have been identified to be energetically connected. Once this relationship is identified, appropriate therapeutic patterns can be applied.
The Principle Behind Muscle Testing
A very sophisticated system of biologic energy allows the body to react in a "strong" or "weak" manner to the stimulus. This is gauged by applying pressure to a muscle group, usually the shoulder muscles (supraspinatus and deltoid), although any muscle group will do. Certain stimuli will temporarily weaken the muscle being tested and the subject will be unable to resist the pressure, thus giving a "weak" response. This weak response indicates that a verbal statement is not at this time true for the subject, or that the corresponding center needs to be activated to restore its proper functioning and balance. A "strong" response indicates the statement or center being tested is not an issue at the time of testing.
Muscle Testing Another Person
To muscle test another person, have the subject sit or stand erect, his left arm relaxed at his side, the right arm held out parallel to the floor, elbow straight and palm facing downwards. Face the subject and place your right hand on his left shoulder for balance and to help determine if he over-compensates by raising the left shoulder. If he does, ask him not to, as it may influence the results. Place your left hand lightly on the back of his right arm, approximately where a wristwatch would be. Tell the subject you are going to try to push his arm down as he resists. Push down on his arm smoothly and firmly. Apply enough pressure to check the strength of the shoulder muscles without forcing the arm down. It is not a question of who is stronger, but of whether the muscle can lock the shoulder against the push. Arms may be alternated should the subject tire.
Practice this technique and learn your subject's weak and strong responses by verbalizing true and patently untrue statements. Have your subject repeat them and muscle test after each statement. With practice you will learn the correct amount of pressure to use for your subject's unique response.
Therapeutic Touch is a technique of moving physical energy without actually touching the surface of the body. Persons applying Therapeutic Touch place their hands two to six inches away from the body and with rhythmic and slow-hand motions, assess the presence and flow of the energy (Chi) to determine where the flow is blocked. When found they move their hands in specific ways to break up congestion and encourage normal flow of energy. Such treatments have been scientifically documented to have successfully treated a variety of medical conditions.
The proper use of Therapeutic Touch can decrease anxiety, reduce pain, and ease problems associated with dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system, which governs involuntary actions of the body. Clinical studies have shown that Therapeutic Touch has physiological effects such as altering enzyme activity, increasing hemoglobin levels, reducing fever and inflammation, and accelerating the healing of wounds. The most common use of this technique is to relieve pain and reduce stress and anxiety. A treatment session usually lasts for twenty to twenty five minutes.