Is there a peb­ble in your shoe?

“The past is a peb­ble in my shoe.” – Edgar Al­lan Poe

Living Now - - Editorial - by Su­san Martinez

Ki­ne­si­ol­ogy is an out­stand­ing modal­ity for deal­ing with the emo­tional ‘rock in the shoe’.

The emo­tional rock in the shoe I re­cently came across a quote by Brene Brown that said; “If you have a rock in your shoe you don’t just keep walk­ing, you stop and deal with it. But we of­ten don’t do that with our emo­tions”.

Our un­re­solved emo­tions are at the heart of our health is­sues and yet so many peo­ple don’t want to get un­com­fort­able by work­ing on them. I be­lieve ki­ne­si­ol­ogy is an out­stand­ing modal­ity for deal­ing with the emo­tional ‘rock in the shoe’.


Ki­ne­si­ol­ogy is quite well known as the tech­nique that uses mus­cle test­ing to un­cover what parts of our bod­ies are

un­der stress and what is needed to heal. The source of the stress can be struc­tural, chem­i­cal, nu­tri­tional, men­tal, or emo­tional im­bal­ances.

Mus­cle test­ing is of­ten seen as the hero of ki­ne­si­ol­ogy. How­ever, what is of­ten not spo­ken about enough is that, at the very heart of a ki­ne­si­ol­ogy ses­sion, and what I be­lieve to be the un­sung hero, is the un­cov­er­ing and re­lease of stored emo­tions.

Now, to be fair to mus­cle test­ing, it is the method or tech­nique used by ki­ne­si­ol­o­gists to find which emo­tions are stored sub­con­sciously. These stored, and usu­ally un­re­solved emo­tions are like a virus in a com­puter. They lurk around un­seen but cause a hell of a lot of prob­lems for the client.

While most peo­ple un­der­stand that un­re­solved emo­tions can re­sult in emo­tional or men­tal distress, the idea that emo­tions can also con­trib­ute to struc­tural, chem­i­cal, or nu­tri­tional is­sues is be­ing more slowly ac­cepted.


Take, for ex­am­ple, Felic­ity, a 74-year-old lady who pre­sented with ten­donitis and arthri­tis in her right shoul­der, with pain of three months. Her fam­ily doc­tor had pre­scribed anti-in­flam­ma­tory med­i­ca­tion af­ter the first month of pre­sen­ta­tion and when this did not re­lieve the pain, a steroidal anti-in­flam­ma­tory was in­jected into the site.

De­spite these treat­ments there was resid­ual pain when the joint was over­worked, which caused the pain to ra­di­ate down her arm. She was skep­ti­cal about ki­ne­si­ol­ogy but was des­per­ate to try any­thing that might re­duce the pain.

Al­though Felic­ity’s goal was pain re­duc­tion, only one pain man­age­ment tech­nique showed up as be­ing ef­fec­tive. Most of the bal­ances ad­dressed un­re­solved emo­tions, and it be­came clear her emo­tions were the trig­ger of her pain. She had been ‘shoul­der­ing’ a lot of re­spon­si­bil­ity and this was man­i­fest­ing it­self phys­i­cally in her body. Af­ter three ses­sions she had no pain, even when the shoul­der was chal­lenged.

Some­times peo­ple who have had many coun­selling or psy­chother­apy ses­sions are sur­prised when emo­tions that have al­ready been dis­cussed at length come up again for dis­cus­sion dur­ing a ki­ne­si­ol­ogy ses­sion. Our bod­ies can be a stub­born store­house of feel­ings!

As ki­ne­si­ol­ogy is an en­er­getic prac­tice, it recog­nises that there are flows of en­ergy within the body. When the flow is in­ter­rupted, the whole body is af­fected. And when the source of that block­age is emo­tional, sev­eral cor­rec­tions may be needed in ad­di­tion to, and at the same time as, dis­cussing what the emo­tion means to the client for it to be fully re­solved.

As Richard Ger­ber says in Vi­bra­tional Medicine: “Health and well­ness are a re­flec­tion of the nor­mal unim­peded flow of higher vi­bra­tional en­er­gies through the body/mind/spirit. Each per­son may be viewed as a chan­nel or con­duit of many dif­fer­ent kinds of en­ergy”.


Peo­ple book into ki­ne­si­ol­ogy to feel bet­ter for a num­ber of rea­sons. Most ar­rive at their ses­sions without re­al­is­ing they have been walk­ing around with one, or many ‘peb­bles in their shoe’. And when they do stop to pull out, look at, then toss those peb­bles out, they walk away feel­ing freer and hap­pier than they have for a long time. ■

“If you have a rock in your shoe you don’t just keep walk­ing, you stop and deal with it. But we of­ten don’t do that with our emo­tions”

Su­san Martinez from Ki­ne­si­ol­ogy Af­fect is a PKP qual­i­fied ki­ne­si­ol­o­gist and herbal­ist. Based in Syd­ney, she helps peo­ple achieve bet­ter health and hap­pi­ness through ki­ne­si­ol­ogy and plant medicine.

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