How does a NeuroMuscular Reprogramming practitioner go about discovering what’s not working in someone’s body? They use muscle testing!
So when a client has a specific problem, the NMR practitioner goes to the area where the symptoms are and discovers whether or not all the coordination in that area is working properly. Sometimes the area that’s tight is actually not functional; it’s weak. So we might have a situation where one might think that with a tight muscle, what is needed is to go and loosen it up. But a weak muscle doesn’t get stronger by being loosened up!
With NMR we realize that this area of the body is inhibited, and there’s some larger global consideration that is the reason why that muscle got tight in the first place. The muscle tightens in that area because of weakness. So before we start doing massage or bodywork on someone who has a tight, fixated area in their body, we need to muscle test to determine whether those muscles are on and functional, or off and inhibited.
We are testing to discover how is the coordination system supporting the function of a joint and then connecting that joint with its relationship to the other joints in the body. So if so the complaint is in the hip, we want to see how that hip is affecting the opposite shoulder, or the opposite neck, for instance. Or if the complaint is in the neck, we want to know what’s the effect of the feet on the neck, or of the neck on the feet. We’re looking globally to see what all those relationships are. We want to get all those relationships sorted out and functional.
What mostly disables people in their coordination system is muscles firing out of sequence. Patterns are stored in the cerebellum in the back of the brain and the patterns don’t change until the body discovers that they aren’t working. So muscle testing is a way of cuing the brain to the fact that its strategies are dysfunctional. And in that moment of realization, the whole survival system of the body gets activated into the possibility of engaging the motor cortex at the top of the cerebrum into learning a new movement strategy to support the function of that joint and of the whole body!
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