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Living In Balance

Living in Balance

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From a Qigong point of view, illness can occur in the body when there are energetic imbalances. When Qi (energy) is either stagnant, blocked or weak, illness may follow if the imbalance is not corrected. Practicing Qigong can help to balance and restore proper energy flow. There are many reasons for getting out of balance. Here's a few: improper diet, improper breathing, not enough rest, too much exercise, strong emotions, etc. Anything that is excessive can lead to imbalance.

One way to understand balance and imbalance is to study the science of Yin and Yang. Yin is a characteristic that is feminine, dark, cold, inside, mental, etc. Yang is a characteristic that is masculine, light, hot, outside, physical, etc. The best way to balance your health and life is to balance Yin and Yang. If you sit too much (too yin), then you can find balance by doing more exercise (yang). When you are too mental (yin), then being more physical (yang) will help you become more balanced. If you are physically exhausted from exercising too much, then you will benefit from much rest (yin).

Qigong brings balance when movement forms (exercises) are balanced with quiet forms (breathing and meditation). Movement forms help to open energy channels and detoxify the body and restore proper energy flow. Quiet forms relax (yin) both the mind and body allowing the body to release tension (yang). Both of which allow the energy of the body to flow more freely. Both movement forms and quiet forms help to build energy in the body, improving the condition of energy depletion or exhaustion. As demonstrated by the following symbol

Yin Yang Symbol

referred to as the Yin/Yang Symbol, Yin and Yang are opposites that when balanced, live in harmony. The parts in black represent Yin and the parts in white represent Yang. The nature of Yin and Yang is to seek balance. Thus, if there is too much Yang, Yin will emerge to balance the Yang. If there is too much Yin, then Yang will emerge to balance the Yin. Thus as shown by the symbol, there is always a little Yin, in Yang and there is always a little Yang, in Yin. An example of this is that if there is a physical injury (yang), the body automatically increases blood flow (liquid is yin) to bring about healing and restore balance. By practicing Qigong on a daily basis, you will bring more energetic balance to your body and as a result, improved health.

Applied Kinesiology

Applied Kinesiology, Muscle Testing


Applied Kinesiology is the study of muscles and the movements of the body, which employs muscle testing, and energy balancing through therapeutic touch to diagnose and treat many symptoms and underlying causes. Applied Kinesiology was developed by an American Chiropractor, George Goodheart DC in the mid 1960's. It is truly a holistic approach to health care because of its focus on three main aspects of health: chemical, structural and mental (referred to as the "Triad of Health").

Muscle Testing

In Applied Kinesiology, muscle testing is the principal method used for assessing the patient's health issue. It is based on the fact that problems in the body often show up as a weakness in related muscles or muscle groups. The reasons behind this fact was found in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). According to TCM, Chi (life force or life energy) flows through the body along pathways called meridians. An imbalance (blockage) of a meridian and/or its associated organs, sometimes results in a weakness of its associated muscles. Once the energy imbalance is removed and the muscle is strengthened, the healing process can begin. The practitioner identifies muscles to begin with based on the patients symptoms. A muscle to be tested, for instance the thigh muscle, is positioned by the kinesiologist. The kinesiologist will ask the patient to resist the pressure he/she will exert on the muscle and in a specific direction. If the resistance to the kinesiologist's pressure is weak, a blockage might be identified. Different muscles may be used to isolate the blockage.

Energy Balance and Treatment

The energy blockage is treated by massaging specific acupuncture point along the meridian to restore the flow of Chi. It may also require follow up treatments, vitamin and mineral supplementation, and dietary and life style changes to prevent future blockages. Applied Kinesiology may be used to treat a wide variety of conditions including, addictions, allergies, backache, constipation, depression, eye problems, headaches, joint pain, muscle aches and pains, and neuralgia to name a few.

References and Recommended Reading List

  • Thorsons Introductory Guide to Kinesiology, 1992, Maggie La Tourelle with Anthea Courtenay


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