Kinesiology is a great way to support your child’s health and development. It helps identify the underlying causes of stress and imbalance in their body and supports them to overcome, grow and flourish.
Kinesiology uses a holistic, gentle, and drug-free approach to health and wellbeing that is perfect for kids. Kinesiology is safe and effective for children of all ages, from babies to teenagers and can provide your kids with many potent benefits for their mental, emotional, physical and biochemical wellbeing.
Naturally, we want the best for our children and the mere thought of our child suffering is distressing. When I speak to parents who have a child experiencing stress or constant upset, they’re spending their nights frantically researching how to make change and often struggling to find a solution.
If you can relate or are currently experiencing something similar with your child, Kinesiology is the best solution! Sessions are available either in person at my Sydney clinic or online via video chat.
When children experience stress, and imbalances form within their system, it can impact them in many areas of their life including sleep patterns, mood, energy levels, behaviour, communication, appetite and food cravings, and more.
For some children, stressors begin from birth, but of course, all will encounter stress throughout their childhood and teenage years. As a parent, we want to help support them through this process as much as possible. Children who experience high-level stress in the early stages of development may experience challenges with emotional connection, expression, confidence, behaviour, and learning.
Kinesiology for Kids helps babies, children and teens deal with the build-up of stress and the negative impacts it can have on our mind, body and the systems that connect these:
Locating, understanding, and clearing imbalances from the body.
Fostering self-confidence through teaching kids how to express their needs from a young age.
Helping kids and their parents understand the reasons why their behaviour has changed.
Helping uncover and manage food sensitivities.
Encouraging and facilitating children to reconnect with their parents and siblings.
Allowing children to feel they are being heard, understood and their feelings validated.
What’s involved in a Kinesiology Session with a child?
Each Kinesiology session will be tailored to suit the individual child and will be largely dependent on their age. Young children generally don’t enjoy sitting still for long periods of time! When necessary or appropriate, I will use the parent as a surrogate for muscle testing the child’s stress.
Each session will begin with an introduction to ensure the child feels calm and comfortable. When working with younger children this may include letting them explore the clinic room & maybe playing games or asking their favourite song to sing.
Once everyone feels comfortable I will begin asking questions to understand what’s been causing the child worry and where they feel it in their body.
Through gentle encouragement, I will begin helping the child to name some of their feelings. By talking through these feelings and assisting them to open up and explore any worries or fears, thoughts, and maybe even dreams, we can find out when the stress most commonly occurs.
Once we’ve found some common ground I will start muscle testing the child directly, or via the parent as a surrogate, the initial testing is to find how the stress from our discussion is impacting their body, mind or energy system.
Once we find where the blockages and imbalances are, I will implement the gentle, non-invasive kinesiology clearing techniques that test as the quickest & best option to release the stress found.
Kinesiology sessions for children typically take 1 hour. If a child I’ve worked with previously has a quick issue that needs to be balanced then 30 minute sessions are available. I always talk to the parents before booking and decide the session length ahead of time so you know exactly what to expect.
How many sessions will my child need?
How many Kinesiology sessions your child needs will depend on the issues they are experiencing and how quickly they integrate the changes from kinesiology balancing. Typically a child will need 2, sometimes 3 sessions, including the initial session to bring their body & its systems back into balance.
Often, after the initial few balances, you will know if or when your child needs a follow-up session or a quick 30-minute tune-up session. For example, if a baby suddenly experiences food intolerance or if a child experiences a traumatic bullying event, these would be times when parents turn to kinesiology for help.
What is surrogate muscle testing?
Surrogate muscle testing is a highly effective tool that I have used with great success over my 10 plus years as a Kinesiologist. Surrogate testing is particularly useful when working with young children or for working with children who are unable to visit the clinic in person.
Muscle testing requires the client to meet the gentle pressure being applied to the chosen indicator muscle to get a clear & accurate test. For babies, toddlers or a sick child I will often use surrogate testing, by muscle testing the parent, to get the accurate tests. For online Kinesiology sessions, I will use myself as the surrogate for the child.
What age groups do you work with?
My Kinesiology sessions are available to all age groups including bubs, toddlers, children & teens. A parent or guardian must be present for the entirety of each session for anyone under the age of 18. I hold and maintain a NSW Working With Children Check (WWCC) #WWC2155382E.
I will always use the parent as a surrogate when working with babies in the clinic. The baby will usually lay with the parent unless they are already sleeping in which case we will leave them undisturbed. For online sessions I will use myself as a surrogate.
Generally, I will use surrogate muscle testing through the parent or through myself if the session is online. Direct muscle testing is possible for face to face sessions depending on the child.
Children of this age group are usually more open to direct muscle testing and I use this where possible in face to face sessions. Surrogate testing is available for online sessions and children or parents who aren’t comfortable or otherwise ready for direct testing.
Older Children/Teenagers (10-17yrs)
Wherever possible I prefer to directly muscle test older children and teens in face to face sessions. Surrogate testing is available for online sessions and children or parents who aren’t comfortable or otherwise ready for direct testing or it’s an online session.
"JI honestly would be lost without Janette and her kinesiology sessions. Through many of my kids' development stages & challenges she has balanced & always made quick changes in every session! She has helped me, as well as my two boys (aged 3yrs and 11mths). Janette has helped my boys with things such as colic issues, sleep and stress issues, self confidence, headaches, anger, anxiety, sensitivities with foods, bullying events, sensitivities with people & energy. She has helped boost our immune systems and helped me learn techniques to continue with good health at home. My 3yr old is a sensitive boy and an empath and he is easily triggered by others and their emotions/energy. I feel at ease knowing that with a balance from Janette he will quickly go back to his happy, bubbly self. She will let me know what I can do in the future to support him at home. I highly recommend her for all things kinesiology! Janette is incredible. I’ve been seeing Janette online and in person sessions & I wish I could see her everyday haha! "
- Jessica P.
"Janette has helped my children and my family in many ways. She has a deep intuition and understanding of people and energies, it's like she knows you better than yourself! We first visited for sleep help with my 9, 7 and 5 year olds. She has helped them sleep peacefully through the night and also to become more settled throughout the day. My son is highly sensitive, anxious and complex. Generally unhappy. We had tried Psychologists, Paediatricians and an OT in order to help him but with little success. Within a few sessions, Janette understood him and then went on to balance many stresses flowing through his body. Janette’s manner is so calm and gentle. She is wonderful with children and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to anyone. "
– Victoria H.
"Janette is beyond fabulous. She is treating my son's chronic health issues and not only dramatically reduces his pain but has also helped him feel safe and heard. The difference in his energy, pain levels and mindset after each session is absolutely remarkable. And she also is equipping him to help himself and deal with both the physical and emotional aspects of his illness. We are so grateful for her skills, persistence to find answers and her heart and kindness through the whole experience. "
- Belinda P.
"Janette is amazing- intuitive, warm and excellent with children. She is excellent at what she does and her enthusiasm for helping children is truly inspiring."
- Victoria R.
Why I’m passionate about Kinesiology for kids
I’m truly passionate about Kinesiology for kids because health and wellbeing in childhood set children up for the rest of their life.
Giving a child a healthy understanding and connection to their emotions and teaching them about the effects of stress and how to effectively process and deal with it gives them the best chance to grow into healthy and well-adjusted adults. As parents that’s all we really want, isn’t it?
What are the benefits for the child and parents?
Kinesiology supports the natural instincts of a child to connect, communicate and trust in themselves and their own unique abilities. This results in more self-confidence, clearer expression of feelings, higher levels of trust, cooperation, focus, and joy, and the ability to embrace their pure and unique self!
A nice side benefit of a kinesiology session with your child is that it can often strengthen communication, connection and help the parent have a clearer understanding of what the child is experiencing. Gaining this awareness often allows the parent to change the way they relate and respond to their child when the stress patterns occur.
Kinesiology can help us as parents identify the areas of stress for our child, so when the session is complete, they can work together to iron out any contributing environmental stress factors.
When a child has issues with falling asleep or staying asleep it can be challenging for the whole family! Kinesiology calms stress in the mind, hyperactivity in the nervous system and vagus nerve, helping to balance the neurotransmitters needed for restful sleep.
Bullying can be traumatic for the child, parent and the whole family. It can challenge a child's sense of safety and often you will notice reactions such as withdrawing, anxiety, lack of confidence and a lack of openness to speak or contribute.
Kinesiology helps balance the stress, and can help shift a child out of this state into a new state of acceptance and peace within themselves. Our sessions can help rebuild their confidence and encourage them to express themselves after a bullying event has happened, which is crucial for their recovery and their future.
As parents, we do everything in our power to keep our kids safe. Sadly kids often still experience trauma or become witness to it, which can be just as traumatic.
Recovering from the emotional impact of trauma can be a long process. Kinesiology supports this unique healing journey by identifying where the core stress or trauma is having the greatest impact and releasing it.
I use kinesiology techniques to defuse and shift these blocks, allowing the body to shift and integrate their emotional impacts. This helps heal trauma wounds and reintegrate your child back into the joy life is holding for them.
The feelings shared in any kinesiology balance are met with the utmost care, gentleness, and held in a non-judgemental environment to ensure your child feels safe and secure at all times.
It is important to continue loving reinforcement and support in the home environment to help integrate and consolidate our sessions. Maintaining consistency, stability, safety, a sense of protection and a supportive environment will help the recovery process.
As a parent, it can be heartbreaking when your kids show changes in their confidence & self-esteem. Often it can be considerably lessened or wobbled by words, actions, comparison, bullying and more.
You may notice them seeking more approval, encountering low moods, sadness and shame or even using different speech that stems from feeling unworthy and being insecure about what they have to offer.
Kinesiology helps by identifying the limiting beliefs that have formed around the core stress. By unlocking this belief, memory or program that has been running in the background of the child’s subconscious mind, it can be recognised, released and integrated.
Events that imbalance self-worth or value are the most important to resolve as a child’s self-worth is greatly important for how they grow and interact with their world. Being that they have many more years of living in front of them, these events that wobble, diminish or destroy their belief in themselves are the most crucial to rectify for their development.
Kinesiology helps to defuse, balance & let go of these beliefs that have been formed from less desirable experiences and integrate new beliefs of worthiness and value.
Anxiety in children can stem from a variety of factors, such as worrying about past or future events, fear, past trauma, parents separating and the changes they may face, judgements from others, a stressful environment, sleep, diet, the list goes on.
Social anxiety can stem from emotional trauma, often where a child has felt isolated, bullied or left out.
Kinesiology helps overcome traumatic experiences by identifying related emotions and stress and then balancing neurotransmitters and hormones that can be affected by stress and anxiety. It helps release triggers that cause panic in the vagus nerve and nervous system so that the child can start responding to situations rather than reacting from old memories, traumas or negative beliefs.
Children can experience sadness, grief or depression from a variety of sources. Suppressing their emotions, keeping quiet and not talking about how they feel can open a pathway for long term stress leading to struggles going into their teens and adulthood.
If sadness, grief or depression pathways are not resolved they can become enmeshed with the child’s sense of identity.
When this stress is prolonged it can be harder for a parent or child to identify the root cause as the emotions create new pathways that in turn, become strong beliefs. It can often become challenging to separate the child's true essence from these heavy emotions.
Kinesiology and muscle testing allow us to locate the stored heavy emotions and separate the child from these by dissolving any open pathways to potential long term stress. Using active listening, encouragement, reinforcement and gentle clearing techniques, we can help the child release heavy emotion and help them recover.
Food intolerances and imbalances in digestion can affect our children in a wide range of areas including: Energy production, mood, bloating, stomach pains, tiredness, skin conditions, constipation, diarrhea, heaviness in the gut, anxiety, sadness or a hyperactive response to additives or sugar.
When emotional, mental, or physical stress is present the body enters a state of survival. Preoccupied with dealing with this stressor and “surviving” it often isn’t breaking food down as it should. This can lead to sensitivities to the foods being eaten and issues with overall digestion.
Muscle testing is a great tool for identifying the areas of stress. Kinesiology locates and balances stress that is lingering in the body which can help relieve a child's intolerance to certain foods.
Muscle testing can also help identify intolerances to certain food types and measure their severity to give parents insight into their child's dietary needs.
When a child’s primitive reflexes are out of balance it can present through social anxiety, food sensitivities, behavioural problems, challenges with bonding, muscle tightness, hypersensitivity, restlessness or resistance to sleep and feeling upset, irritable or fearful.
All of the listed stressors can cause huge challenges in a child's everyday life which can end up being debilitating and stress-producing in itself.
Using muscle testing we identify the reflex that is holding stress and work through the specific balance for it. Some of the reflexes that commonly test as holding stress are fear paralysis, bonding, moro, startle, and many more.
Emotions of irritation, frustration and anger in your child can often be a response to feelings of disconnectedness, tiredness and overstimulation, development, pain and more.
Often when a child struggles to communicate what they feel or need, they can get very frustrated.
Kinesiology can identify what's underneath the frustration.
Often the muscle testing shows the cause is internal mental stress, unexpressed deeper emotions, events, learning difficulties, social stress, change in hormones, stressors at home or with a friend/s.
Kinesiology can help by balancing the stressors we identify and helping you & your child to learn new techniques to better manage their BIG emotions.
From the time a baby is born, they are developing rapidly. There are many factors that influence your baby's growth and development including consistency, relationships, experiences and environment. The rapid growth, both physical and mental, creates new developmental pathways that can cause many types of stress for a child until integrated.
This stress can manifest as getting upset, tired but unable to sleep, an increase in being unsettled, frustration, crying, clinging and more. Kinesiology can help support and soften these developmental changes by balancing the stress found through muscle testing and providing parents with insight into the causes.
Being in that initial stage of figuring out what our newborn baby needs can be tense, worrying or completely bewildering at times! An unsettled baby can deplete the energy of the baby, the parents and the environment.
The best way to help is by gaining the much-needed awareness of what is causing this upset. Common stressors in babies can be digestion discomfort, development stress, headaches, teething, hunger, reflux, pain and much more.
For this reason alone I am eternally grateful for surrogate muscle testing. Muscle testing can be used to find ways to support a child in distress by gathering information about what's causing the upset. Once the cause of distress is identified I can proceed with testing which kinesiology techniques can be used to help shift or support the process of clearing the stress.
Kids can often face challenges with the connection between the left and right hemispheres of the brain, causing issues with hand-eye coordination and balance. You might notice this when seeing your child kick a ball, tracking words on a page left to right, writing, or having difficulty with gross motor skills such as skipping, star jumps or crawling.
I can help by balancing the left and right hemispheres of the brain through kinesiology techniques and exercises. The specialised exercises, which help to promote different sections of the brain to link by crossing the midline, can be taught in the clinic and practiced at home for ongoing improvement.
Behavioural challenges can be a result of many factors from short term changes in environment to long term life changes for a child. There also might be neurotransmitters and hormones that are out of balance and causing stress, affecting the child’s ability to keep focus, process information clearly, attention levels, anxiety and more.
Kinesiology can help by identifying the cause of the challenges and resolving it through many different techniques that will help to create more balance and improve communication between the child and their parents.
Kids can have a hard time expressing themselves for a variety of reasons. The most common cause is through experiencing emotional wounding from ongoing emotional trauma or the impact from past trauma. The impact on the child's ability to communicate feelings and emotions can be huge, leaving them feeling invalided, misunderstood or alienated.
It is so important to have open communication with our children so we can hopefully defuse their stress before it gets to a point of being overwhelming for them. Kinesiology can help by identifying the main cause of the block to communication and resolve the stress.
Through opening communication lines between myself, the child and the parent in the session we are also teaching and modelling healthy communication for the future.
How to prepare your child for a Kinesiology session
Like anything new for a child, it’s quite common for them to feel some first session jitters. To ease their worry, it’s great to be transparent.
Let them know where they’re going, that we’ll be having a casual chat about their feelings. Show them a photo of me & what the clinic looks like so they can familiarise my face and the space. Let them know that I see lots of kids, including my own. Reassure them that I help kids, just like them, by finding what’s causing their worry, sadness, or anger so that they can feel more peaceful, happier, and calmer.
It can be very helpful to have a brief overview of your child’s current challenges before you book a session. This helps you as the parent understand what’s involved and also gives me a background understanding and helps me prepare. I am always happy to talk over the phone or email before the session.
I strive to offer a calm, comfortable, safe and cosy clinic for you and your child. Focus on encouraging them to feel confident about the session and if you have any concerns please don’t hesitate to get in touch.