What Is Muscle-Testing?

Updated: May 31, 2020

(Note that muscle-testing can be done in various ways. For my therapy, I uses "lock in lock" method that does not require any contact with my clients. This is especially useful to enable good safe-distancing and also conducting the therapy over virtual platforms)

Until one acknowledges the genius within oneself,one will have great difficulty recognising it in others. - Dr David Hawkins

Imagine if you have the ability to find the truth of any answer you wanted to know? 

Muscle testing was discovered more than 20 years ago when scientists realised the corresponding relationship between the body muscles and the subconcious mind. Generally, when an answer is positive, the muscle responds with strength and vice versa.

Muscle testing is also known as Applied Kinesiology. Kinesiology refers to the study of body movements and muscle testing is an application of this method for alternative healing purpose.

Here are some excerpts of explanations for your reference:

What is muscle testing?

Muscle testing is a way of using those muscles to find out what things are weakening and strengthening the body. Practitioners can actually ask your body questions and get answers. Practitioners are able to check the function of every major organ in the body because of the electrical activity."


Is muscle testing legitimate?

It's generally accepted that most practitioner-applied assessment tools are rarely 100% accurate or entirely bias-free. But given the simplicity of muscle testing and its good safety record, together with its reasonable accuracy rate, muscle testing may be a reasonable addition to medical evaluation.Dec 18, 2012


What is muscle testing techniques?

Muscle Testing is another term used for kinesiology. "Kinesiology is a holistic system of natural health care which draws on a blend of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Techniques to assess the whole body. The muscles will remain strong, the person will easily resist and the arm will hold its position.


Muscle testing is used as part of The Emotion Code therapy process for two purposes. One is to find out the associated Trapped Emotion for the problem at hand. Two is to help the client retrieve past information (e.g. childhood memories, an impactful event, life experiences) that may have triggered that emotion.

There are several techniques for muscle testing. For example, raising one arm up and pressing at the wrist area to test the strength after a question is asked. Another method that I usually use is the "loop in loop" where you can simply interlock your thumb and index finger of both hands to create a chain-like position. When pulling the lock apart, if the lock stays, it's a sign of strong muscle and hence positive answer.

As a practitioner, we practise this for 100 times a day to increase the level of accuracy. Hence, if sometimes the client is unable to do the muscle testing themselves as they are unfamiliar or lack of confident, the practitioner will test on their behalf, this is also called proxy testing.

That said, this technique is so useful that I feel it is one of the must-have self-care tool that everyone should learn.

Here's a demonstration video by Dr. Bradley Nelson:


Dr. Bradley Nelson explains what muscle testing is:


Do note that muscle testing is a tool for alternative healing or complimentary medicine, it is not a "medical" treatment in itself.

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