Frequently Asked Questions

Health kinesiology may be new to you, but it forms an important component of the holistic approach at Bedford Integrative Health Centre. While HK is suitable for all ages from infancy to old age, it is particularly suitable for children as it is non-invasive and painless.

These frequently asked questions are from the HKUK website ( with kind permission.

If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

  • Imagine if you could ask your body what you needed to enjoy vibrant well-being, and actually have your body answer back.
 This is the founding principle of Health Kinesiology™ (HK) – a long established BioEnergetic system that combines the ancient wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine with the modern technique of muscle testing. 
HK is a very gentle, non-invasive system of holistic therapy and is suitable for all ages from a newborn babies to the elderly. It accesses your body’s unique inner wisdom to find out exactly what you need to help you restore balance in your BioEnergy system, both inside and out.
  • Because Health Kinesiology™ corrects imbalances throughout the whole BioEnergetic system, the list of changes are endless that clients have reported benefit with. HK enables the client, through various procedures, to take responsibility for their life, allowing their own innate ability to balance and help themself becoming the paramount focus of each session.
  • HK uses a muscle-testing technique that accesses the body’s unique inner wisdom, to determine where imbalances lie along the body’s 14 energy meridians. Using this information, your HK practitioner then performs a range of corrective techniques specifically tailored to the clients’ individual needs.
  • You, the client, lie down fully clothed on a couch, with one forearm resting at right angles to the couch. The HK practitioner asks your body a question, or introduces a ‘stress’ item, (either an actual item or a thought), and gently exerts a light pressure on your arm to ascertain the level of resistance that your muscle is able to give.
If the muscle relaxes and ‘gives way’ this is interpreted as a ‘NO’ response or an indication that the item being tested is causing stress to your body or mind in some way. If the muscle remains strong and rigid, this is interpreted as a ‘YES’ response or an indication that the item is not causing stress to the body.
 The HK practitioner follows a tried and tested series of questions, interpreting the answers from the muscle testing each time. In this way, the HK practitioner can discover what is weakening you, physically or emotionally, and more importantly, they can establish what is needed to strengthen you! 
The practitioner will then perform the BioEnergetic corrections necessary to rebalance your system in the face of the ‘stressors’ thereby relieving energy into the system so your body is then freed up to implement its own innate self-healing process.
 A range of other muscles can be used to carry out this muscle testing technique if needs be.
  • The most common ‘stress’ item is simply a particular thought or emotional feeling. You may be asked to think about a particular situation in your life that you found distressing or difficult to cope with. Once the muscle has tested weak, the practitioner will then hold specific acupressure points, (no needles), to relieve the imbalances in your BioEnergy system that has built up in the meridian energy system, in relation to that particular stress. Other common stress items used during HK sessions are magnets, essences, foods, chemical substances or homoeopathic substances.
  • HK practitioners do not diagnose what is wrong with you. By using Health Kinesiology™ they can help to identify what you need to help you restore your body’s natural balance, so that you can have a vibrant sense of well-being.
  • Once your original reasons for visiting an HK practitioner have been worked with and the practitioner has muscle-tested that no more work is needed, then there is no reason for anything to return. However, life events or changes in circumstances can create imbalance within the body once again, so once or twice-yearly top-up sessions are recommended as a preventative measure.
  • The ancient Chinese discovered subtle pathways of energy that run around the body just under the surface of the skin. They mapped these pathways and marked various points along the pathways as being particularly significant. They found that these points can be used to release excess/blocked energy from the pathways, much in the same way that slip-roads release excess traffic from blocked motorways!
 There are 14 main meridians on the human body. Two of them run directly up the centre of the body, one at the front, one at the back. The remaining 12 meridians are bi-lateral – i.e. they are in pairs, one on the left and one on the right of the body.
The Chinese discovered that each of these meridians directs energy into one of the main organs of the body (for example, we have a pair of meridians each for our liver, heart, lungs and kidneys). If the meridian becomes blocked, or malfunctions in some other way, the organ does not receive its usual amount of energy and becomes under-energised. It therefore doesn’t work as effectively and this can cause imbalances within the body. An organ can also become over-energised when too much energy is directed into it by a meridian.
 The Chinese also found that certain emotions tended to under- or over-energise particular meridians and so our thoughts and emotions can influence the functioning of our internal organs and bodies. For example, the kidney and bladder meridians are particularly influenced by fear and anxiety – most people can recall occasions when they have felt fearful and have had to visit the toilet more often than usual!

    Resource: Meridians in acupuncture and infrared imaging by Lo Sy

  • Health Kinesiology™ (HK) was invented by Jimmy Scott Ph.D. an American Psychologist who now lives in Canada. It originated from principles developed from the ancient Chinese art of acupuncture and from Applied Kinesiology that is used by chiropractors, osteopaths, dentists, etc. 
Instead of using needles or manipulation, the HK practitioner simply holds various acupressure points on the body to bring the body’s BioEnergy system into harmony and balance. This allows the body’s natural healing mechanisms to work more effectively so that you can reach your full potential, both physically and emotionally.