QUOTE(icklechick @ Mar 27 2010, 12:51 PM)
I wouldn't say kinaesiology was "doing something" in a physical sense - unless you count someone placing their hands over certain parts of your body (over clothes) and "feeling the energy" as doing something...
I'm a scientist through and through - biomedical scientist at that (ie interested in what happens in the body at a cellular and chemical level). I never in a million years thought that any of the alternative therapies could help. I went into the consultation a skeptic (so wasn't expecting it to work, which might then have been a placebo effect) and left it "cured".
He didn't even charge me (funnily enough exchanged a HK session for a piano lesson for his wife - which as a HK session costs £40+ I thought was a good deal
You have me slightly confused - what you describe sounds more like Reiki or Meridian Healing, not very much like Applied Kinesiology, which is mainly used as a diagnostic tool (if you believe in it or not is another question
). That some AK people use chiropractic methods, cranial therapy or meridian healing further on is another matter.
Kinesiology as such (not Applied Kinesiology!) is very scientific indeed and has nothing to do with quackery - they are two completely different things. Kinesiology has a lot to do with ergonomics and proper movement etc, so I would say that doesn't sound very much like what you experienced. Alexander Technique ad Feldenkrais are quite firmly rooted in kinesthetic principles.
One of my former singing teachers also had a diploma in complementary therapies, so I got in touch with quite a few of those. I am quite open, but some of it didn't make sense to me and also didn't work (maybe because of this very fact), although I have to admit that the placebo effect alone, and also getting in a state of relaxation, sometimes works wonders.
Acupuncture however is a different thing again, and I firmly believe in it. Even the WHO recognizes it, although of course you will always find critics who say that studies were not scientifically solid etc.
Either way, a lot of conventional practitioners meanwhile accept and introduce this into their practice as well. It has a quite established part in pain relief already, and gets used a lot with cancer patients, or people with chronic conditions.
I have a very good, anaesthetist friend in Germany, who is probably one of the most level-headed women you can imagine. That didn't stop her to do PD in TCM, and using a lot of acupuncture with her chronic pain patients. She tried to explain the background to me once - al lot about neurohormones, analgesics etc, but quite frankly, that just went right over my head
I tried it myself against chronic back and knee pain, neither of which you need if you have to dance a lot. The alternatives would have been to quit completely, which was out of the question back then, or to constantly fuel myself up with heavy painkillers, which I didn't want because it affected my ability to memorise and stay focussed.
Acupuncture absolutely helped me - placebo or not doesn't matter to me. And it's not painful, Celeste - you just have to be prepared that it causes all sorts of weird physical responses
Especially with chronic pain, I would absolutely recommend it. You have nothing to lose if you try it with a qualified practitioner.