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How I Became a Happy Consumer of Energy Medicine

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How I Became a Happy Consumer of Energy Medicine

Fifteen years ago, while living in San Diego, I picked up a newspaper to read while eating breakfast. An article about a local chiropractor caught my attention. Apparently he had developed a technique that investigated and treated emotional underpinnings to physical complaints.

Because I was interested in the mind-body connection and had plenty of physical complaints, one in particular that was causing discomfort and pain, I was intrigued. The chiropractor, Dr. Scott Walker, was nearby in Encinitas, so I decided to make an appointment to experience his Neuro Emotional Technique (NET).

Several days later I arrived for my appointment, eager to meet Dr. Walker. Unfortunately, he was out of town, conducting an NET training seminar. Another chiropractor who had been trained in the technique was holding down the fort.

Our session began with a brief explanation of the technique. Then the doctor acknowledged that NET sounded rather strange and asked if I wanted to try it. “Sure,” I said, and we got down to business.

The technique uses muscle testing (applied kinesiology), so the doctor asked me to hold out my arm and resist his effort to press my arm down while he lightly touched various points on my body. While touching a particular point, in the vicinity of my physical complaint, my shoulder muscle went weak and my arm dropped when pressed. Then he asked me to place my hand over my forehead while he touched the point again. This time my arm couldn’t be budged when pressed.

Hmmm. That sudden strengthening apparently indicated an emotional component in play. The muscle testing had already revealed which organ was having trouble; now he had to determine which emotion was involved. The technique, in addition to drawing on applied kinesiology for diagnostics, also drew on a concept from acupuncture — that specific emotions affect specific organs.

To find the emotion, the doctor began stating each emotion that was correlated with the organ while pressing on my outstretched arm. My arm collapsed when he said a particular emotion. The weakening of my muscles indicated that somehow that emotion was involved.

The next step was to determine an original event that had involved the same physiological reaction. My body had recorded the memory of the event, including the physiological response. Now, something in the present had triggered that memory (subconsciously), bringing up the same physical pain. Using muscle testing, the doctor began to search for the original event.

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6:08AM PST on Feb 7, 2014

Thank you

1:07AM PST on Dec 2, 2013

So happy to see an article highlighting energy medicine. Your last line of the piece says it all... "I don’t know where I’d be without it!". Exactly the way I feel. I practice Jin Shin Jyutsu self help and it's wonderful. There are many who don't need a prescription, they need an alternative, such as what you describe. Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

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10:11AM PDT on May 19, 2013

Most interesting

7:15AM PST on Feb 12, 2013

What a great article :) I'm a doctor too, and I'm very much interested (and have experienced) natural medicine in its various forms - I have had muscle testing for other things, and I didn't realise it could be done for a physical complaint stemming from an emotional trauma - thanks for sharing!

10:29AM PST on Jan 13, 2013

amazing! sounds like exactly the kind of therapy I need to get healthy.

12:26AM PST on Jan 3, 2013

Wow, cool! :)

9:48PM PST on Dec 3, 2012

Interesting article, thanks!

5:37PM PST on Dec 2, 2012

Very interesting, I am already familiar with EFT. This NET sounds great also.

2:34PM PST on Dec 1, 2012

How exciting that one would discover the mind-body connection through kinesiology, NET, and EFT at the chiropractor's office. Now go out and discover the various modalities that work on your body!

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