High­fields ki­ne­si­ol­o­gist Amy Manz nur­tures grow­ing anx­i­ety rates with holis­tic health

What would you say if some­one told you they were go­ing to at­tempt re­bal­anc­ing your body and mind through mus­cle test­ing?

By en­gag­ing with its re­sponses, and iden­ti­fy­ing the emo­tions in­volved, mea­sur­ing stress through mus­cles, and bal­anc­ing stress through these? Would you be­lieve this was pos­si­ble? This holis­tic type of health is called ki­ne­si­ol­ogy, and High­fields mother-of-three Amy Manz is lead­ing the way for nur­tur­ing our new age of anx­i­ety.

Ac­cord­ing to the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Ki­ne­si­ol­o­gists, it was in­tro­duced in the late 1960s by Amer­i­can chi­ro­prac­tor Dr Ge­orge Good­heart DC.

“As a so­ci­ety we are ter­ri­ble at deal­ing with our emo­tions, we pre­fer to lock them away and tell our­selves that we will deal with them later — after all, it’s not so­cially ac­cept­able to break down in pub­lic, or so we are led to be­lieve — who taught us that any­way?” Amy says. “Some­times we stop and deal with them, but more

. of­ten than not, we start to feel a lit­tle bet­ter so we think we have dealt with the emo­tion that flared to the sur­face.

“What we don’t re­alise is that those emo­tions will keep com­ing un­til we deal with the cause, the emo­tion will con­tinue to ge more and more in­tense, of­ten bring­ing with it other symp­toms, and if we deny the emo­tion long enough it may man­i­fest into dis­ease.”

Mother to three daugh­ters, Kya, Ariah and Izzy-mae, Amy runs Bliss­ful Essence, her ki­ne­si­ol­ogy and al­ter­na­tive health ser­vice from her High­fields home.

“Ki­ne­si­ol­ogy has changed my life — I am hap­pier, health­ier and more bal­anced than I have ever been and I love shar­ing what I do with my lo­cal com­mu­nity,” Amy says.

As a com­mu­nity, anx­i­ety is a com­mon and of­ten un­avoid­able emo­tion, how­ever it is cu­ri­ous as to whether stress lev­els as a col­lec­tive have grown in the last few generations or decades.

“Ab­so­lutely — or per­haps we are just more aware of it now and have made it okay to talk about it?” Amy ques­tions.

“It’s hard to know — ei­ther way, at least now we aren’t sup­press­ing it — we are sup­port­ing peo­ple to open up about their anx­i­ety. “Ki­ne­si­ol­ogy also looks at whether our be­liefs and the way we act them out are learnt be­hav­iours, for ex­am­ple, if mum has anx­i­ety, it is quite com­mon for their child to have it too — could this be be­cause mum has not dealt with the cause and has in­ad­ver­tently passed it down to her child?” With the ar­ray of options to­day for self-heal­ing and treat­ment when it comes to anx­i­ety and health in gen­eral, some of the cop­ing mech­a­nisms prior to their avail­abity were dif­fer­ent. “When I think of my grand­par­ents gen­er­a­tion, I be­lieve that their way was to ‘shut up and put up’ — you def­i­nitely didn’t let any­one see you as weak, which is what I think peo­ple thought emo­tions were ... a weak­ness,” Amy says. Amy strongly be­lieves that ki­ne­si­ol­ogy, western medicine and other health ser­vices can work in ad­di­tion or al­ter­atively to each other rather than against each other. “Ki­ne­si­ol­ogy isn’t a treat­ment, nor do we di­ag­nose or pre­scribe — we work with the body’s own self heal­ing abil­ity and use mus­cle test­ing (a form of bio-feed­back) to help find stres­sors and im­bal­ances in the body — we work with emo­tions,” Amy says. “Yes, there are of­ten physical symp­toms that go hand in hand with anx­i­ety but if we can help bal­ance the emo­tions, the physical symp­toms of­ten dis­si­pate. “Once we iden­tify the emo­tions on board, they lose their power, we in­ves­ti­gate the emo­tions in depth and then track down what it is that your body needs to help bal­ance the neg­a­tive emo­tion.” Anx­i­ety is a fac­tor in our lives that we of­ten push to the side, and Amy be­lieves that there are a lot of contributing fac­tors to anx­i­ety that we don’t con­sider, how­ever, they are all stress — just not stress as we read­ily know it. These can in­clude physical in­jury and ail­ments, emo­tional, chem­i­cal im­bal­ances (this can be from food), spir­i­tual, fi­nan­cial, en­vi­ron­men­tal (places we live and work in) and fa­mil­ial stress. “If we are stressed about some­thing, even the slight­est bit stressed, we can be thrown into a state of anx­ious­ness — as we go from liv­ing in the present to liv­ing in the fu­ture — wor­ry­ing about things that have not and may not hap­pen at this point,” Amy says. “Anx­i­ety is about liv­ing in the fu­ture.” How­ever, holis­tic health is not for every­one — it has been seen

Anx­i­ety is about liv­ing in the fu­ture. — AMY MANZ, KI­NE­SI­OL­O­GIST

as a neg­a­tive al­ter­na­tive or a push against western medicine.

“I guess peo­ple are al­ways scared of some­thing that isn’t the ‘norm’ — it wasn’t that long ago that chi­ro­prac­tors and natur­opaths were con­sid­ered witch­doc­tors but to­day they are prac­ti­tion­ers that we trust and go to for help,” Amy says.

“Ki­ne­si­ol­ogy is still new so I un­der­stand peo­ple feel­ing like that, and they are en­ti­tled to their opin­ion — every­thing has to be the new thing at some point and as peo­ple al­low them­selves to try the new and be­gin the un­der­stand how it works, so­ci­ety will be­gin to trust the process just as we have with all the modal­i­ties be­fore.”

Amy has a few easy tips to han­dle any anx­i­ety you may feel.


“I know that sounds sim­ple, but when we’re stuck in anx­i­ety we don’t breath ef­fec­tively,” Amy says.

“If we take shal­low breaths we can’t stop our rac­ing heart and the body can’t de­liver nu­tri­ents ef­fi­ciently through our cir­cu­la­tion, the di­aphragm won’t push down and the or­gans won’t be mas­saged to help them work ef­fec­tively.

“Look­ing at this holis­ti­cally, if the physical side re­mains in fight or flight mode, we also then can’t shift through emo­tions.

Breath­ing with Emo­tional Stress Re­lease

Cou­ple up breath­ing with a tech­nique called ESR where you lightly hold your fore­head.

This re­flex point has a har­mon­is­ing ef­fect and helps find new options or ideas; a place where we can be cre­ative and think of new so­lu­tions with­out let­ting the emo­tions of our be­lief sys­tem take hold.

Find a prac­ti­tioner

Arm your­self with prac­ti­tion­ers who can help you find the cause of your anx­i­ety rather than mask it.

Trust your gut when choos­ing your prac­ti­tioner, find those that you are drawn to — they are the ones who will help you.

Visit Amy’s Face­book page, Bliss­ful Essence — Amy Manz Ki­ne­si­ol­o­gist, call 0438 463 072 to see her in her High­fields clinic or visit her on the sec­ond Satur­day of ev­ery month at the High­fields Vil­lage Mar­kets at the High­fields Vil­lage Shop­ping Cen­tre.

Once we iden­tify the emo­tions on board, they lose their power. — AMY MANZ, KI­NE­SI­OL­O­GIST

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Reg­is­tered ki­ne­si­ol­o­gist Amy Manz of Bliss­ful Essence in High­fields is lead­ing the way in nur­tur­ing our cur­rent age of anx­i­ety.

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