Tips and tricks for successful testing

Simone Maquinay, BICOM® Therapist, Aachen, Germany

Our body is like a labyrinth. First you need to find the right point of entry and then the right path. There is only one way to find this path and to follow it: you have to communicate with the body. So, how do I learn to ‘speak’ to the body? There are a number of different methods used in energetic testing:

  1. Electroacupuncture after Voll (EAV), where skin resistance is measured and interpreted by acupuncture points.
  2. Pulse testing (RAC), where feeling the intensity and ‘tension’ of the pulse enables physical stresses to be diagnosed.
  3. Tensor testing, where the direction of an oscillation gives us information about resonance and dissonance in the body and provides answers to clear psychological questions.


is used to test muscle tension. The muscle is provoked by applying pressure against the natural direction of movement and testing whether it can withstand this pressure. This gives us information about energetic blocks and stresses as well as providing us with answers to clear psychological questions.

Kinesiology is my favourite. Why? The patient being tested is asked permission to be touched. After eye contact, a physical contact develops. The hand of the tester touches the arm of the patient and this happens several times over the course of a lengthy treatment session. The energetic harmony between therapist and patient is very important here. However, free communication will not be possible unless the rules of energetic clearing are observed. Pre-tests such as these are included as standard in kinesiology training as preparation for more in-depth testing. The following four levels must be tested as a minimum:

  • The physical level via the muscle spindle test
  • The energetic level via our ‘energy field’ (aura)
  • The psychological level via communication between the cerebral hemispheres and between the brain and body
  • The water balance

These tests are not only a means of testing, but also a way to activate the various levels of the body. The cells are awakened and ‘switched on’, in the same way that a PC is powered up. Here too, all of the systems are tested and activated first of all before you proceed to work with them.

These pre-tests contain both testing and correction elements. No device or external assistance is required, just the body and mind. They may also be used as a self-help method for the therapist too.

I have often asked myself whether therapists who work with the tensor would also benefit from these kind of energetic pre-tests, since it is important to remain clear and alert for all energetic test methods.

Last summer I was riding with Dr Rauch on her wonderful mare ‘Premiere’ through the beautiful forests of Sweden when it occurred to me how I could integrate the energetic pre-tests into the tensor test technique. This ‘discovery’ was tested the very same day — and it worked! This technique has since been passed on to a number of therapists and I have received plenty of positive feedback.

For all energetic test methods we have to differentiate between whether we would like to carry out a simple resonance test or a psychological test with questions.

A positive resonance phenomenon between two information fields (patient, secretion, organ, body part, test ampoule etc.) is indicated by a strong muscle in kinesiology, or a positive tensor movement back and forth. A weak muscle or negative tensor movement up and down is a sign of dissonance.

Since the tensor response to questions for ‘yes’ and ‘no’ is different for every therapist, only the simple resonance test is used for the following forms of energetic testing.

1. Physical level

This is tested via the reaction of the muscle spindles. If I pinch an indicator muscle, it has a weak reaction. If I stretch it, it has a strong reaction. A ‘weakness’ in the energy field of the aura is shown in the tensor by an up and down movement. A ‘strength’ oscillates horizontally left and right. If the responses do not match, an immediate correction is required. Correction consists in loosening the muscles, breathing deeply and relaxing the patient, for example, by having a brief chat with him/her.

2. Energetic level

We understand this to mean our energetic oscillation field, our aura. All acupuncture meridians also flow in the aura. Both of the central meridians — the conception vessel at the front and the governing vessel at the back — flow in the aura from bottom to top. In order to disturb the energy flow and to provoke the meridian I push the energy downwards with my hand. This indicates ‘stress’ for the energy system and the response is a weak muscle or a tensor movement up and down. Stroking the hand upwards produces a strong reaction in the muscle or a horizontal movement in the

tensor. This correction is known as ‘aura stroking’, an up and down hand movement at the front and back of the body. The intention is to cause the energy field to swirl like a kind of ‘aura wind’ so that it can ‘realign’ itself.

3. Psychological level

This relates to coordination of the cerebral hemispheres as well as communication between brain and body. In kinesiology this level can be tested with ‘yes’ and ‘no’. The statement ‘yes’ indicates a strong muscle reaction and ‘no’ shows a weak muscle reaction if this level is energetically balanced. This may lead to confusion in tensor testing, since ‘yes’ and ‘no’ show different reactions depending on the tester.

A further option, which may be applied in kinesiology and tensor testing, is the ‘bridge test’, where an ‘energetic bridge’
is built between the hemispheres with the fingers. The thumb touches one hemisphere and the index finger touches the other.

A strong muscle and horizontal tensor movement are an indication of a well- functioning system.

‘Thymus tapping’ or, if this is not sufficient, ‘cross-crawl’ motions, have proven effective as a means of correction.

4. Water balance

This test involves the hair being lightly pulled. Alternatively the skin can be lightly pinched. This test shows whether or not this small change in tension causes stress to the skin. A weak muscle or vertical tensor movement indicates a lack of fluid. Correction is very simple: drink water! (Table 1, next but one page)

In-depth testing
The four pre-tests described above should always be carried out. In some cases and for more far-reaching blocks further testing is possible. For some time now in kinesiology a concept known as PACE (short for Positive, Active, Clear, Energetic) has been used. I have also transferred this concept to tensor testing. To demonstrate this would take too long in this presentation. It is, however, demonstrated at our seminar for advanced users.

These pre-tests are not restricted to the patient; the therapist can also make full use of them to test themselves and check their energetic condition. Any corrections can then be made and further tests carried out.

For the tensor testing the therapist holds the tensor in one hand while the test movement is carried out with the free hand.

In kinesiology the test movement is carried out first of all, followed directly afterwards by the muscle test, for example with the finger muscles. Thumb and little finger are placed on top of each other and form a ring. The rings on both hands are entwined and now pulled apart. If the muscles hold firm, this corresponds to a strong muscle test and therefore indicates a positive resonance. If the fingers pull apart this equates to a weak muscle test.

Psychological inversion
This test can show whether the patient is (unconsciously) receptive to the therapist offering a means of healing. Is he/she open or closed to this healing process (does he/she want to be healthy?)? This is not a conscious process and this test can uncover this block. The patient holds the middle of his hand on his navel, resulting in a weak muscle test, i.e. a tensor movement up and down. Now the therapist places his own hand on the patient’s hand. The muscle should test with a strong reaction now and the tensor should oscillate left and right. If this is not the case, i.e. the muscle remains weak and the tensor continues to move up and down, this means that the patient (unconsciously) does not wish to become healthy or does not fully accept the treatment. (Table 2, next page)

A therapeutic discussion may prove worthwhile at this point. A further option for energetic correction is tapping on the ‘small intestine 3’ acupuncture point on the side of the hand and taking Bach’s rescue remedy drops or Rosalinde flower essences, namely ‘healing’ and ‘release’. Another method of correction is repeating the affirmation ‘I accept myself with all my heart, with all my faults, shortcomings and qualities’. It is important that this sentence ends with a positive thought. The focus is then directed in a more positive way.

All of these pre-tests, including corrections, require only a few minutes with a bit of practice and very quickly improve the energetic condition of both the patient and the therapist. Subsequent test results will be more precise and reliable as a result and the tester is not so easily exhausted. This method has proven successful for kinesiology as well as for tensor testing.

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