Kinesiology for animals

12th Mar, 2019

Written by Annalize Carelse, Anima-Therapies

Photography by Liv of A New Hope Dog Rescue (

The holistic healing art of kinesiology came into my life as part of my own self-healing journey. I soon realised how powerful this work was after working with people and seeing the resulting changes in their lives.

Helping animals

As an animal lover and mother to many fur babies, I’m absolutely blessed to have the opportunity to follow my passion and higher calling to work with animals and their owners.

I’ve always had a passion and immense love and connection with animals. As I became more involved with animal shelters, and assisting in rescuing and fostering lost and/or abused/neglected animals, I saw the need to help animals with their healing journey.

I utilise two aspects in my work, one being animal communication and the other my skills as a specialised kinesiologist to assist in the healing process. My aim is to restore balance through healing and to enhance understanding, thus creating a deeper bond & connection between humans and animals.

What is kinesiology? (kin-easy-ology)

All living beings have been born with the ability to naturally heal their own bodies.

Unfortunately, due to modern lifestyles, incorrect eating habits, changes in the environment and various stress factors, the body’s ability to heal itself decreases as the stress becomes locked into the cells, creating disruption and imbalances in the body system. Kinesiology reduces the stress placed on the body by identifying the root cause of these imbalances.

According to, “ICPKP Kinesiology (International College of Professional Kinesiology Practice) is a holistic therapy that looks behind the symptoms caused by stress. Kinesiologists use muscle testing as a feedback mechanism to access and assess information on your health and well-being.

“Muscle testing is a profound method that allows the kinesiologist to ‘talk to your body’, accessing conscious, subconscious and body memory. This provides a real-time evaluation of the mind, the body, the neurological systems, the endocrine and hormonal responses, the energy system as well as feelings, emotions, old negative behaviour patterns, and memories. More importantly, it shows the integration or lack of integration of the various systems in relation to each other.

“When we are unable to respond to our stressful lifestyles in an appropriate way the signals between body and brain become unclear. This shows up as a change of muscle response that is abnormal via muscle testing. A Specialised Kinesiologist is able to detect this muscle response in a person and in so doing is able to find out where the person is not coping in their life.

“Once imbalances or blockages in the systems are identified, muscle testing can also identify the best way of correcting the imbalance specific to the individual.”

How can this be utilised for your pet?

Kinesiology works exactly the same way for animals as it does for humans.

The only difference is that there are human- and animal-specific information and correction techniques, and both can be utilised for an animal. Since one cannot ask an animal to give its arm/leg for muscle testing, a human surrogate (generally the owner/handler) is needed when working on an animal for the muscle testing evaluation. This works on the principle that we are all energy and connected by energy.

Many issues can be addressed by kinesiology, including:

  • Allergies
  • Behavioural issues
  • Digestive issues
  • Energy imbalances
  • Emotional, mental and environmental stress
  • Gait Point integration
  • Immune system imbalances
  • Mental and physical coordination
  • Muscle and joint issues
  • Nutritional stress (excess/deficiencies)
  • Pain & injuries
  • Post-op recovery
  • Skin issues
  • Spinal imbalances

An example: Kinesiology and nutritional excess/deficiencies and allergies

If your animal shows allergy symptoms or their coat isn’t as shiny and bright, or they struggle to gain or lose weight, or you feel your animal is just not in optimal health condition, I can utilise specific protocols to assess your animal.

I’ll be able to determine if there’s specific macro and/or micro nutrients that are in excess/deficiency, or whether there’s a specific emotional stress surrounding the food and/or environment they are in. I could also determine if there may be a possible underlying health issue that can then be checked and verified by your veterinarian.

Sometimes additional supplementation or just a change in food brand can make all the difference, as there are many substances that are added into foods that may not be beneficial to your animal and could therefore cause allergies or other health problems (e.g. diabetes, arthritis, etc.).

Finding and preventing

Kinesiology doesn’t treat or diagnose diseases; it focuses on finding the underlying cause. It’s non-invasive and can be used effectively in conjunction with rehabilitation, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, chiropractics, homeopathy, post-operative and veterinary care.

However, a lot of issues can be prevented by using kinesiology. I utilise my intuitive abilities when working with animals in both capacities. The animal communication and kinesiology can even be done at a distance if the animal isn’t physically present. If I do feel a physical kinesiology session is needed, I’ll advise the client as such.

Please note: Kinesiology is an alternative healing method and doesn’t replace veterinary care. Always contact your veterinarian first in case of an emergency.

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