Applied Kinesiology, Reiki and Nutrition

The focus here is on enhancing overall wellbeing. AK is a system that uses muscle testing to evaluate areas of dysfunction within the body. Nutritional assessment looks at the food, liquids and supplements we consume and how these can optimise health. Reiki aims to still our mind and create inner peace.

Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a system that uses basic muscle testing for evaluating areas of dysfunction within the body. AK uses the proprioceptive aspects of the nervous system (the part relating to joints and muscles) to assess the function of the musculo-skeletal system and also the chemical and mental-emotional aspects of health and wellbeing. Health is composed of structural, chemical and mental factors which must be balanced and this is known to naturopaths and osteopaths as “The triad of health”. Ill health will involve at least one of these factors, often two or all three are involved. The AK practitioner will analyse and check all three factors.

What can AK help with?

AK can refine the examination and diagnostic testing of any of the musculoskeletal problems normally associated with a visit to an osteopath, such as low back pain, neck pain or sciatica. It can also help with any functional aspects of health by highlighting which areas of health are below par and may therefore be contributing to symptoms.

What to expect when you see an AK practitioner

You should expect to be actively involved in the examination, diagnostic process and the solution. AK, used alongside a careful case history and standard diagnostic tests, brings a better insight into how the body is functioning. Testing will include aspects of musculoskeletal, visceral (your body organs and glands), metabolic (such as toxicity or nutrient deficiency), and cranial disturbances. Treatment may involve manipulation of the joints and muscles, nutritional support, homeopathic or herbal remedies, and protocols to deal with stress, together with lifestyle or exercise advice.


There are various practitioners who describe themselves as “Kinesiologists”. However, to be a full member of ICAK, of which the UK has it’s own chapter, there is a minimum undergraduate training requirement, which is, “a single professional education with a minimum of 3500 hours and a degree such as DC, DDS, PPM, MD, DO, PhD in psychology. An absolute requirement is the licence to diagnose.”

In practice that means, in the UK, most members are osteopaths and chiropractors, though the chapter also includes medical doctors, acupuncturists and other practitioners with appropriate undergraduate training.

Reiki is a unique therapy that can support your emotional and spiritual wellbeing through relaxation and meditative techniques and an improved sense of self as a result of your treatment.

Developed in Japan, by Buddhist Mikao Usui, Reiki uses the principle of light touch with the philosophy and belief that energy is expelled and received through energy centres in the body known as the Chakras, it is these centres that the Reiki Practitioner focusses on throughout the treatment.

During your Reiki therapy session, you will be asked to lay down fully clothed and relax on a treatment couch. Your practitioner will gently place their hands over the different energy centres, gradually working from your head through to your feet during each treatment.

Reiki is a very gentle and non-invasive therapy with some people reporting a sense of warmth, calm and relaxation during and after a Reiki treatment.

Food, whether in relation to its production, culture and lifestyle or health and nutrition, is seldom out of the news these days.  At the same time ironically, so much ill health in the UK is directly attributable to poor diet – obesity, diabetes and heart disease being just a few obvious ones.

It can feel like we are being bombarded with advice and ideas about nutrition and diets and sometimes it seems to be conflicting or contradictory.  Many of us do not make the connection between how we are feeling physically and emotionally with how we are eating.

Helen can help you understand the basics about good nutrition, and make the right choices for you and your lifestyle.  She can help you pin point the foods you eat that may be contributing or causing symptoms of ill health or discomfort, and help you regain balance.  Some dietary choices could be contributing to inflammatory processes and allergies or gut disturbances.

Helen will make use of a careful case history, diet diaries and a variety of laboratory testing (blood and urine tests) along with manual muscle testing to assist in formulating the dietary advice along with lifestyle and exercise choices.