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Spleen is very important to Immune System


The spleen is located on the left side of the abdomen. The spleen can be considered as two organs in one; it filters the blood and removes abnormal cells (such as old and defective red blood cells), and it makes disease-fighting components of the immune system (including antibodies and lymphocytes/white cells).

The body of the spleen appears red and pulpy, surrounded by a tough capsule. The red pulp consists of blood vessels (splenic sinusoids) interwoven with connective tissue (splenic cords). The red pulp filters the blood and removes old and defective blood cells. The white pulp is inside the red pulp, and consists of little lumps of lymphoid tissue. Antibodies are made inside the white pulp. Similarly to other organs of the lymphatic system, particular immune cells (B lymphocytes and T lymphocytes) and blood cells are either made or matured inside the spleen. Blood enters the spleen via the splenic artery, which subdivides into many tiny branches. Each branch is encased in a clump of lymphocytes, which means every drop of blood is filtered for foreign particles as it enters the spleen.

The Naturopathic or Chinese view of the spleen is very important when it comes to immunity, as you can see from the information above. Therefore ‘strong’ spleen energy keeps the body vibrant and with a strong immune system/defence system. The spleen like the kidneys does not like cold/damp weather or too much cold or raw food – as this energetically saps strength from the spleen.

Those with a removed spleen; may find their immunity compromised although conventional medicine does not recognise this and commonly removes.

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The Brain – Gut Connection!

Both our gut and our brain originate early in embryogenesis from the same clump of tissue which divides during foetal development. While one section turns into the central nervous system, another piece migrates to become the enteric nervous system. Later the two nervous systems connect via a cable called the vagus nerve — the longest of all the cranial nerves whose name is derived from Latin, meaning “wandering.”  The vagus nerve meanders from the brain stem through the neck and finally ends up in the abdomen. There’s the brain-gut connection.

The gut’s brain, known as the enteric nervous system (ENS), is located in sheaths of tissue lining the oesophagus, stomach, small intestine and colon. Considered a single entity, it is packed with neurons, neurotransmitters and proteins that zap messages between neurons or support cells like those found in the brain.

Think why if you are nervous about a job interview…your stomach can get upset!

70 % of the immune system is in your gut.

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“Let food be thy medicine & let thy medicine be food” – Hippocrates

Hippocrates is considered the father of Western Medicine and lived from 460 BC to 377 BC. Some of his sage advice included, “Let food be thy medicine & let thy medicine be food.”

Picture of our healthy food table, from a recent video shoot!

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What is Systematic Kinesiology?

Systematic Kinesiology (pronounced kin-easy-ology ) is a way of identifying any imbalances a person has by monitoring their ability to hold their muscles against light pressure.

Each muscle is related to an organ, and also to an energy pathway called a meridian. Together the muscle, organ and meridian form a circuit. If there are chemical, emotional, structural or energetic stresses affecting the circuit, the muscle tested will feel ‘spongy’, indicating an imbalance.

Once an imbalance is found the Kinesiologist uses the muscle test again to get feedback from the person’s body about what factors are aggravating the imbalance, and what will help to rebalance it. Here’s how it works …

Each time a relevant factor is introduced the muscle’s response changes, a bit like a switch. So imagine a spongy muscle as being ‘off’; if the person then thinks of an emotional stress and the muscle is suddenly able to hold against the pressure, i.e. it switches ‘on’, that indicates that that emotional stress in involved in that imbalance.

Similarly, if a particular nutrient, when placed in the mouth, causes the muscle to switch ‘on’, we know it will be helpful. The same process can be used to find related structural problems and energetic factors.

Based on this feedback the Kinesiologist and client can discover exactly what is involved in the imbalance and devise a treatment plan. It may include nutritional supplements, various emotional stress release techniques, Bach Flower remedies, acupressure, gentle structural realignment, chakra balancing, light touch, firm reflex massage, suggested lifestyle changes and more. The exact treatment you receive depends on the feedback your body gives through the muscle test about what it needs to return to health.

There is no guess work with Systematic Kinesiology.

History of Kinesiology

Dr George Goodheart, an American chiropractor, the acknowledged founder of kinesiology in 1964, used the model of muscle testing to evaluate what he was doing chiropractically. The model of muscle testing he used was developed in the 1930s by the husband and wife team of Kendal and Kendal (See ref 1).

Stanley Hoppenfeld MD who was assistant clinical professor of orthopaedic surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (U.S.) used muscle testing to evaluate the neurological function of the muscle (See ref 2).

In neurology textbooks muscle testing is defined as “a means of testing the motor function of limbs”. Therefore muscle testing was already accepted as a valid technique and used extensively in orthopaedic medicine by physiotherapists, chiropractors and osteopaths.

As interest grew in utilising this technique Dr Goodheart drew together a group of doctors who were also interested in developing this further and the International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK) was formed. As part of the foundation of expanding the application of muscle testing the team took on board work done by Bennet and Chapman with regard to the lymphatic system. They also looked at the subtle energy system as used within acupuncture.

This then was the basis of muscle testing that was to develop and become known as Applied Kinesiology (AK).

Dr John Thie, one of the original members of this research team, led by Dr Goodheart, recognised the need to educate the public in many of the self-help techniques within AK and this educational programme then became known as Touch For Health (TFH), a programme for the lay person and is taught and used throughout the world.

Today, Applied Kinesiology is regularly utilised by osteopaths, chiropractors and dentists. A pre-requisite for membership to ICAK both in the United States and in the United Kingdom is that the person can write medical prescriptions.

Systematic Kinesiology has expanded further from the concepts of TFH, but still uses and teaches techniques researched by the physicians of ICAK.

For the past 20 years Dr Sheldon Deal has given an annual seminar in London to kinesiologists on the new information and research accepted by ICAK. International Applied Kinesiology members meet twice a year and present research papers. Dr Deal was President of the college from 1978 – 1983 and after completing that term of office went on to the examining board and today holds the position of being the President of the examining board.

Dr Deal is also the technical advisor to the Association of Systematic Kinesiology.

What happens in Kinesiology treatment?

You can read all you like about Kinesiology but there is no substitute for trying it yourself. You’ll be amazed to see how it works. And, of course, you’ll begin to feel the benefits.

Your kinesiologist will first take a medical and lifestyle history. You can remain fully clothed in a Kinesiology session. The Kinesiologist will places your arms, legs or head into specific positions and then apply a light pressure. The quality of response to this pressure determines whether or not there is an imbalance in the muscle-organ-meridian circuit. A muscle test, as used by Kinesiologists, does not measure the raw physical strength. Imbalances even show up on body builders.

Muscle testing gives the Kinesiologist information and feedback from your body about its condition. Since our bodies accumulate imbalances in a certain order (see How illnesses develop), they will return to health quicker if the imbalances are treated in a certain order. Through muscle testing, a Kinesiologist can assess the order in which to treat the imbalances. Usually, once a priority imbalance has been treated, you will see that other related imbalances disappear immediately.

Based on feedback from the muscle test, you and the Kinesiologist can discover exactly what is involved in your imbalances and devise a treatment plan. It may include nutritional supplements, various emotional stress release techniques, Bach Flower remedies, acupressure, gentle structural realignment, chakra balancing, light touch, firm reflex massage, suggested lifestyle changes and more. The exact treatment you receive depends on the feedback your body gives through the muscle test about what it needs to return to health.

How many treatments?

This depends very much on your complaint, how long you’ve had it, and how fully you participate in your own treatment, i.e. making the recommended lifestyle and dietary changes that often form part of the treatment plan. Usually, however, most people experience an improvement in three to six visits. It is then recommended that you have routine balances two to three times a year

What can Systematic Kinesiology help?

Every health problem will have at least one imbalance. And every imbalance will have at least one component to it (chemical, mental, physical and energetic). Finding imbalances and treating holistically is what Systematic Kinesiology is all about, so it can help with just about anything :-

  • Accident trauma
  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Back ache
  • Breast pain and congestion
  • Depression
  • Digestive problems
  • Dyslexia
  • Fatigue
  • Food sensitivities
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Learning difficulties
  • Muscular aches and pains
  • Osteoporosis
  • P.M.S., P.M.T.
  • Phobias
  • Post-operative pain
  • Postural problems
  • Rheumatism
  • Skin disorders

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What People Say About Kostas Kapelas, Health Practitioner

A happier, healthier life!

Kostas has worked with many people, helping them with varying health requirements and treatments. Here is some feedback from happy customers:

I went to see Kostas as I had heard of kinesiology and was curious as to what it was and how it works. Kostas is a charming man with a very kind manner and allows you to feel at ease instantly.  He explained everything to me as he went along and tested various parts of my body with ease and good understanding. With his help I was able to clarify some very interesting frustrations that I had been dealing with effortlessly and with incredible clarity! For that I am truly grateful. I would thoroughly recommend a kinesiology treatment and if you want knowledge, consideration and patience then Kostas is definitely the practitioner for you.
– Jackie (Hertfordshire)

I was most impressed with the results of the Scenar on my back pain, even from the first session – brilliant!
-K. A.

I had pain on my back for few weeks, especially when I was coming out from a hot shower. I had a quick treatment with Kostas and his Scenar device and the pain was gone later in the day, without coming back. Very impressed and thankful.
– B. K.

I had issues with my digestion and small intestine (I had surgery in the past and part of it was removed) and I had pains coming and going. I went to see Kostas, mainly for the pain but he managed to help me with the root cause of my problem, as well as explaining to me how to deal better in my daily life. My pain was reduced considerably on the first visit and on the second visit, the pain has gone completely. I was very happy and recommended him to other members of my family.
-Zarina

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Kinesiology FAQ

Kinesiology takes a Holistic Approach

Kinesiology Facts

  • Kinesiology is a safe, natural, effective and complete complementary therapy.
  • It is a way of detecting imbalances in the body through muscle monitoring.
  • Kinesiology was devised by an American Chiropractor, Dr George Goodheart in 1964.
  • Brian Butler who set up the first school, The Academy of Systematic Kinesiology, brought it to the UK in 1975.
  • Through muscle monitoring you can quickly identify precisely what is involved in any imbalance found e.g. Nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, emotional upset, food sensitivities, structural misalignments, poor energy flow or negative beliefs.
  • Treatment is then given according to the feedback the person’s body gives via muscle monitoring.
  • It may include acupressure, light touch, nutrition, gentle manipulation (no clicking) Bach (or other) flower remedies, and/or energy balancing.
  • This holistic approach of simultaneously treating all the aspects of a person (emotional, nutritional, structural, and energetic) ensures a quicker, more thorough return to health.

Kinesiology Fallacies

  • Kinesiologists do not just use one muscle to test for imbalances. Each muscle is related to an organ or a gland, and so using one muscle would not give accurate results.
  • Systematic Kinesiology is not about asking the body verbal questions.
  • Kinesiologists do not diagnose. They find imbalances, and find out what will bring the body back into balance.

 

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