In a Treatment

The client lies fully dressed and relaxed on a massage table.  They are asked to hold either an arm or leg in a certain position. This is in order to test each muscle separately. The tester pushes gently on the limb for a few seconds while the client tries to hold it steady.  If the muscle is working correctly the limb will not move under the pressure. This means that the muscle and its controlling circuits are in balance.  If the muscle is not firing correctly the client will be unable to hold the limb against the tester’s pressure.  The limb will move slightly showing that something is out of balance and needs to be fixed.

I fix any imbalances by rubbing points on the body called Neuro Lymphatic Points. This moves a fluid called lymph which feeds the muscle cells and also removes toxins from the area.  I also hold points on the client’s head called Neuro Vascular Points. When held lightly with fingertips these points bring blood flow to the muscle we are working on.  After working on these points for a short time I will re-test the weak muscle.  Now it is usually back to full strength and better able to do its job. Each muscle is also associated with an organ of the body.  By working on the muscle more energy flows to that organ giving it strength and support..

Regardless of why the client comes for treatment I check muscles throughout the whole body from head to toe.  A weak muscle in one area may cause pain and stiffness on the opposite side.

Kinesiology works in four ways


Our thoughts, emotions, problems, dreams and aspirations affect the body as a whole.  Kinesiology can help people with emotional and stress issues. They do not even have to reveal what the actual problem is.  The client just brings the stress to mind and the kinesiologist holds some points on the forehead with gentle pressure for a minute or two.  We can also help people to achieve long and short term goals.


Includes the food and water we consume, the vitamins and minerals we take and hormonal and chemical reactions within the body. Through muscle testing we can easily and quickly find foods that might be a problem.  We can also check which supplements the body requires at any particular time. We can also balance and support the person’s hormonal system.


Includes bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments and spinal discs.  We can help aches and pains by holding or massaging points on the body to increase blood and lymph circulation to certain areas.  We can release tension in overly tight muscles which is a common problem in the neck and jaw area.

Energy system

By contacting and holding certain acupressure points we encourage energy to flow freely through the body.  People feel lighter and more relaxed after this treatment.  By balancing the energy system we help keep the body strong and healthy

Whole Body Treatment

The most powerful aspect of Systematic Kinesiology which makes it different to other therapies is that we work on all four areas of the body in one treatment.  We compliment physical fixes by adding in beneficial nutrition and stress relief. When treating clients with stress or anxiety we can find out if there might be a physical or nutritional factor involved.

The underling principle of Systematic Kinesiology is that everything in the body is connected.  Our muscles, organs and glands are connected through the fascia, meridian and acupuncture system.  Therefore a problem in one part of the body is often related to a problem in another area.  Pain in the neck and shoulder can be due to an imbalance in the pelvis and vis-versa.  We never assume that the source of a client’s problem is where the pain is. Through muscle testing we ask the body where the problem lies and in what order to fix it. This means we can get to the root cause of many niggling and annoying problems which people put up with for years.

History of Systematic Kinesiology

Systematic Kinesiology was founded in the 1960s by an American chiropractor Dr George Goodheart.  He was curious as to why some of his patients only got temporary relief after many treatments for the same complaint. Then he discovered that rubbing an area on the body away from a painful joint brought quick and long lasting relief.  Together with a small group of innovative doctors he continued his research and discoveries. He even found a way of integrating elements of long established Chinese medicine into his system of healing.

After years of research and vigorous testing this group found lots of simple, natural methods of relieving pain and strengthening the body. When used by different doctors across the country the techniques still gave the same positive results. These trusted findings were then included in a new system of health care which became known as Applied Kinesiology.

From this system Mr Brian Butler developed Systematic Kinesiology and brought it to the U.K and Ireland in the 1980s. and 1990s.  Systematic Kinesiology is a complementary health therapy which treats emotional, chemical, physical and energy aspects of the body in an integrated way. This means the client benefits from four different types of healing all in the one treatment.

In Ireland The Academy of Systematic Kinesiology  (TASK)  provides training to a very high standard.  Siobhan Guthrie and her team of instructors run foundation courses  twice yearly in several locations throughout the country. The Academy also runs a Diploma course in Dublin for people who wish to train to professional level in Systematic Kinesiology.

Patricia at Sligo Kinesiology muscle testing
Patricia at Sligo Kinesiology doing a treatement to help relieve stress
Patricia at Sligo Kinesiology treats clients using an integrated whole body approach
Patricia at Sligo Kinesiology helps people with lower back pain