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Stress and anxiety from life, trauma and illness can stay locked in our muscle memory and cause energy blockages, imbalances and disease in our bodies. Kinesiology is a therapy that uses muscle monitoring to help bring about balance and awareness. In this episode, Jen speaks to Sal from Flow State Mind Breathe Motion, to find out more about kinesiology and how it can help you to be more in tune with your body.

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SHOWNOTES

In this episode, I’m talking to Sal from Flow State Mind Breathe Motion. I first met Sal as a surf teacher, and once I found out she was a kinesiologist, I’ve been going to her ever since. Knowing the power of this therapy, I wanted to get Sal on to talk to you about kinesiology so you can find out more about it and how it can help you to be more in tune with your body.

What makes kinesiology different from other therapies?

From my perspective, the power of kinesiology is that it is doesn’t rely on what someone thinks they should say. They are not self-diagnosing. We’re good at lying to ourselves and justifying behaviours, and that can often get in the way.

What continues to fascinate me with every treatment is that when I’m listening to someone’s body and the biofeedback I get from muscle testing to find out what direction the balance will go, I may say something like, there is stress showing around a particular organ or emotion, and a story comes out. They may not have thought about that situation or event for many years, but suddenly realising it is still impacting them; it brings it to the surface. 

This creates understanding and awareness, which is powerful. You may not know everything that is impacting your body day to day, but when it is revealed, you get the opportunity to connect the dots to your current behaviours and do something about it.

What are the benefits of living from a place of prevention?

I had many years of being unwell and knew it was a place I never wanted to return to. Living from a place of prevention helps you to read your own body and make informed decisions about what your body needs. 

You become aware of what is happening and gain awareness of what works and doesn’t work for you at different times. You gain awareness even down to your breathing, whether you are nose breathing, mouth breathing or breathing into your belly.

You’ve helped me so much with my breathing, can you explain box breathing to us as a takeaway?

Box breathing came from the military when they had to go somewhere really quickly and needed to drop their heart rate and focus. So, box breathing is very much like a box, you breathe in for five seconds, hold for five seconds, breath out for five seconds and hold for five seconds. 

It’s very much about breathing through the nose and expanding the bottom part of your lungs where the parasympathetic receptors are. That is why you feel relaxed when you do it. It turns on that rest and digest. It also slows your heart rate very quickly because of the breath-hold, drops your blood pressure and turns the thinking part of your brain back on. When we’re stressed, it can turn off that thinking part of our brain.

Healthy Life Hacks

So, the healthy life hacks I want to leave you with today are: 

  1. Consider using kinesiology to help you live from a place of prevention.
  2. Bring box breathing into your everyday life 

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