Kinesiology™: What is the HK™ Difference
By Jane Thurnell-Read*
in KF News — The newsletter of the British Kinesiology Federation,
My first introduction to Health Kinesiology™
(HK™) was in 1987 when Kay McCarroll arranged for Dr. Jimmy Scott, the
developer of HK™, to come to England to teach a workshop. I had been
using Kinesiology for allergy testing since 1983: in that time I had tested
literally thousands of clients for allergies. I used Kinesiology to test for
allergies and then homeopathic drops to desensitize them. I had a very
successful and busy practice but I was getting bored and frustrated, feeling
that allergy problems were a symptom of energy disturbance rather than the
underlying problem. I had started to look at various branches of Kinesiology,
herbalism, iridology and homeopathy but none of them seemed to be quite what
I was looking for. Then I attended Jimmy's first UK course in Health
I was completely bowled over by what seemed to me to be a very holistic
system with a strong theoretical framework, so I went home determined to try
it. I used my eldest son as the guinea pig: he had severe reading
difficulties and had been diagnosed as dyslexic. Although he was eight years
old he read as though he had never met any of the words before. He was not
very willing to allow me to practice on him, so we compromised with him lying
on the sitting room floor watching television while I scrabbled around with
my new manual. I did not explain that I was trying to help his dyslexia, only
that I wanted to try out some new techniques I had learnt. The session lasted
less than an hour with Jonathan repeatedly asking “Haven’t you
finished yet?” That evening he read in phrases for the first time in
his life. The benefit of that session lasted, without any additional homework
or work by me: I was immensely impressed by the power of this Kinesiology.
From then on all my clients got HK™ and I have never looked back. I
found that with Health Kinesiology™ I could often correct allergy
problems instantly, and also that I could help people with a much wider
variety of symptoms and problems, including helping people to achieve their
potential intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. I am still amazed at
the power, depth and width of HK™ to help people with a whole range of
physical, psychological and spiritual problems.
The basic system is taught in 5 four-day courses. These are spaced about 2
months apart, but students can work at their own pace, taking much longer if
they wish. There are 4 teachers in the UK We all work to the same syllabus,
using the same manuals. It is possible for students to do different courses
with different teachers if they wish, but the courses must be taken in order.
Even Kinesiologists from other backgrounds have to take HK™ 1. Some of
them have been unhappy about this at first, but after taking HK™ 1 they
always say they have learnt a tremendous amount and it has been very
basic HK™ meridian balance, psychological techniques, allergy and
tolerance testing and correction, basic treatment protocols, etc.
further information on allergy and tolerance work, procedures for
detoxification to heavy metals, viruses, vaccinations, etc., techniques for
strengthening the body against electromagnetic pollution, self-testing, etc.
powerful psychological techniques, procedures for scars and pain, methods for
improving intellectual abilities, new protocols for working at a deeper level
of understanding with the body, etc.
more psychological techniques, working with programmed crystals, procedures
for improving the functioning of the five senses, designing affirmations,
more psychological techniques, chakra re-balancing procedures, more work on
improving intellectual functioning and remembering, designing exercise programs,
What is not clear from this listing of techniques is the theoretical
framework which surrounds and informs HK™. Jimmy Scott has developed an
energy model which allows a greater understanding of what we are doing and why.
HK™ techniques do not treat particular symptoms or illnesses directly,
but correct specific imbalances within the energy system, allowing the body
to heal itself. So, for example, psychological corrections are concerned with
energy flow within the meridians, the Body Brain Energy Integration Technique
is concerned with energy entering the brain, Tissue Energy Blocks are
concerned with energy blocks at the tissue level, Mechanism Control is
concerned with blockages at the level of cell receptors. In consequence two
people presenting with the same symptoms will almost certainly receive
entirely different treatments, because the symptom is a manifestation of
completely different energy disturbances.
Initial Balancing Technique
Before asking about the techniques needed, the Health Kinesiologist carries
out the initial balancing procedure. Unlike some other Kinesiologies, this is
based on working with over-energy rather than under-energy and working at the
level of elements rather than individual muscles or meridians. In HK™
there is also a preferred order for testing the elements [governing/central,
gall bladder/liver, kidney/bladder, large intestine/lung, stomach/spleen,
triple warmer/ circulation-sex, small intestine/heart]. This does not
correspond to the normal cycles used in other branches of Kinesiology and
TFH. Jimmy ascertained through extensive verbal testing that this is an
effective and robust way of ensuring the acupuncture meridians are balanced.
I find using the HK™ system that I can often have a client balanced and
ready to proceed with further work in less than 5 minutes. My experience has
been that this is a quick, effective and lasting way of ensuring that the
energy system is balanced, so that I can, in general, get accurate answers to
my verbal questions.
Once the energy system is balanced the next step is to ascertain which
procedures to use. Establishing where the imbalances are is not the daunting
prospect it might seem at first sight: Health Kinesiology™ uses an
extensive and systematic verbal protocol to establish exactly what is needed.
In general we use one indicator muscle: often the anterior deltoid or the
brachioradialis. The on/off response correlates with yes/no, so it is
possible to ask a wide variety of questions using this indicator muscle.
In Health Kinesiology™ we do not use finger modes, but teach students
to be able to ask clear and precise questions: this means the possibility of the
dialogue with the body is enormous, particularly because we are not limited
by the number of known finger modes. Verbal questioning is the real skill of
a good Health Kinesiologist and all the teachers spend a lot of time teaching
students how to do this accurately and as objectively as possible.
In HK™ there are three basic ways of working: according to body
priority [item or issue] or according to an issue [or goal] specified by the
client. Asking the body for the preferred issue is a fascinating and
sometimes revealing exercise. A Belgian client's energy system wanted her to
work on her relationship with the midwife she blamed for her baby's death
many years before. She had not told me about the incident so this was
established by muscle testing. When I discovered the issue, she immediately
recognized that emotions she had thought long gone had been suppressed and
were now ready to be addressed. She also realized that this terrible tragedy
had influenced her life and her relationships since then. If I’d asked
her to provide a goal for the session she would never have suggested this.
Five Types of Procedures
Health Kinesiologists make a distinction between five types of procedures:
Energy correction factors:
these are procedures which are only carried out once in that precise format.
In other words once they are properly done they stay done and do not need to
be repeated. This is the vast bulk of the Health Kinesiologist’s work.
factors: these are procedures which might be carried out
repeatedly: they are designed to establish stronger energy flow and more
easily accessible energy pathways, unlike energy corrections which are
designed to correct underlying energy problems. Some of these procedures are
carried out during a client session, but often they are things people do at
home to strengthen the energy system. Taking homeopathic remedies and flower
essences or carrying a suitable crystal fall into this category. Although
they affect the physical body, it is indirectly through their effect on the
subtle energy bodies.
this is mainly homework; things that the person goes home and does for
themselves which could be taking a nutritional supplement, following a
specific exercise program, etc. The exact nature of the homework is
ascertained by using verbal questioning. They differ from energy toning
exercise in that they are designed specifically to work directly on the
factors: these are procedures which are needed sometimes
when the energy work has been done, but for some reason the energy system has
not picked up the change. These procedures tell the energy system that there
are better options available now and to look for them. Not all clients need
these procedures: for many people as soon as the changes are made [mainly
through energy corrections] the new possibilities are immediately utilized.
factors: these techniques and procedures are covered in
some advanced and supplementary courses. They include consideration of
toxins, intrusive energy and geopathic stress.
In HK™ we have an extensive menu of techniques and
procedures, backed up by a model of the energy system, coupled with a rigorous
protocol of verbal questions for establishing a dialogue with the body
through muscle testing. At first sight the system seems to be very
complicated, but as understanding of the model and protocols grows it is
clear that in many ways HK™ is breathtakingly simple: it consists of a
limited number of building blocks which are put together in endless
permutations, allowing each session to be tailored precisely to the needs of
the individual client.
I have now been practicing HK™ since 1987 and teaching it since 1990;
it never ceases to fascinate me. It is a Kinesiology with great depth and
subtlety capable of helping people in a very profound and long-lasting way.
*Jane Thurnell-Read is the senior teacher and coordinator of Health
Kinesiology™ in the UK. See Jane's biography for contact information.
And visit the HK™ web site of the United Kingdom at:
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