Seeing is Believing

For those that don’t know already Kinesiology uses painless muscle testing to detect imbalances in the body and mind. It works from the perspective that different muscles relate to different organs and healing systems. When these muscles are ‘weak’ the energy (chi or prana) of these organs and/or healing systems is out of balance. Through looking at the whole person, Kinesiology can bring that energy back into balance so homeostasis can take place.

Homeostasis is the body’s natural ability to regulate itself which often allows healing to spontaneously take place.

Although I have stated above that Kinesiology uses ‘painless’ muscle testing, there are times when for one reason or another testing does cause pain, fatigue or is impractical (with babies for example) and this is where surrogate testing comes in. Surrogate testing allows us to use another person’s body to test for imbalances in the client’s body. All the client has to do is make physical contact with the surrogate.

I demonstrated surrogate testing on the psoas muscle with Helen (sitting down) and Yaz (lying down) on a recent training course as you can see from the pictures below.


The Psoas muscle (pronounced so-as) draws the leg forward and across the body as in the football kick which swings the leg across the mid-line. It is often related to backache, restlessness, skin conditions and foot problems … and fascinatingly research is now starting to discover that it is vitally linked to our psychological well-being as well with many experts believing it to be profoundly connected to our emotions. See link at the end of this blog for more info about the psoas.

In the first image you can see me testing Yaz’s psoas muscle which is strong and meeting my pressure. Helen who is sat next to her (but is not making physical contact) presented earlier in the day with a weak psoas muscle. As soon as Helen makes physical contact by gently touching Yaz’s face with her hand, Yaz’s psoas becomes weak as well and falls to the treatment bed as you can see in the second image (notice how the movement of Yaz’s weak psoas muscle causes the camera to blur her sock.) After these pictures were taken the rest of the class, took turns at being the surrogate, the client and the practitioner and without exception were astounded by their own experiences with this mind blowing technique.

There is much more to explain about the ‘ins and outs’ of surrogate testing and also how it can also be used to bring about balance, however it really has to be seen (and felt) to be believed. If you would like to find out more about it, please do take a closer look at the details of our Foundation course where this technique is taught and demonstrated in great depth.

Most people will have psoas muscles that fall in and out of balance from time to time for many different and unique reasons, however perhaps this is a muscle that we would do well to pay attention to as when it is functioning well it can be thought of as ‘the still point of the turning world.’ For more information about how powerfully the psoas muscle relates to our emotions CLICK HERE