Energy Kinesiology

woman receives energy coaching at Zenbrio House

Do you ever feel stressed or stuck, and advice or books (or chocolate) aren’t helping? 

Energy Kinesiology, or Energy Coaching is a way to make your challenges feel so much easierIt’s a way to bring clarity and relief to your life.

With Energy Kinesiology we align your meridians, body and mental outlook, so you feel really good about your problem, and can carry on being amazing.

We’ve all felt stuck. But challenges don’t have to feel so hard. Free yourself from mental anguish, stress related aches and pains, and feel empowered instead of stuck.

Energy Coaching FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers about Energy Kinesiology and coaching sessions

Energy Coaching is a holistic technique that can lead to profound shifts in mood and perspective in a very short span of time.

In an Energy Coaching session, you bring up a topic of that feels stressful and your coach asks you several questions about it. Later, your coach would use some touch techniques to “balance” or clear the stress around the issue.

When the session ends, you feel better about the stressful topic you came in with. You may also have new insights about your behavior & attitudes related to the topic, as well as a new perspective on how to proceed. As you return to your daily activities, you may notice that your feelings on the subject have shifted and more possibilities are open to you.

So that’s Energy Coaching in a nutshell.

Well, since everyone has problems, and everyone wants those problems to go away, why wouldn’t you want to use energy coaching to put that stress behind you? Sometimes talking out a problem with a good friend, mentor or spouse is all you need to move past a problem. And sometimes getting the right advice or reading a book does the trick. Sometimes it doesn’t. Energy Coaching is for when advice or books (or chocolate) don’t help.

Here are some ideas of problems or stresses you could clear up using Energy Coaching:

  • Feel more confident about speaking in front of groups – save your shirts from armpit sweat!
  • Cure the laziness that sets in every time you say your going to organize your garage.
  • Allow the grief of a loss or failure to pass through, instead of sinking you.
  • End your obsession with Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.
  • Let go of anger and resentment toward someone who has wronged you.
  • Find the courage or clarity you need to leave or find peace with a job or relationship that isn’t working anymore.
  • Reduce negative self talk – blaming and shaming yourself for everything.
  • Insert your idea here!!

Who doesn’t want to clear stuff like that?

Whether the issue is big or small, things feel less stressful with Energy Coaching. There’s stuck energy (beliefs, painful emotions, patterns, societal constructs) behind all those stresses. Why not “erase” it so you can move on and enjoy your life?

First, here’s what it’s NOT. Energy Coaching is different from advice, counseling or therapy, although it does incorporate some of those aspects. It’s not a psychic reading, e.g. we will not predict the future or tell you where Granny hid the family jewels. We can’t tell you anything about other people (e.g. Is my ex husband gay?).  We do not have an agenda – we don’t know what is best for your life. We believe that you know what is best for you, and we want to help you tap into that knowing.

OK, so now to explain what an Energy Coaching session IS.

First you’ll fill out some paperwork and talk with your Energy Coach for a bit. She will introduce you to the energy kinesiology/muscle response testing we use in Coaching so you have a mini education on what it’s like and how it works. Then she’ll ask you something like, “What could be better about your life?” And you’ll respond by sharing a stressful aspect of your life that you’d like to improve.

Your coach will ask you questions about the stress, such as: What is most stressful? How is the issue affecting different areas of your life? How would you feel if the stressful issue were resolved? etc. Once you’ve talked for a while (maybe 15-20 minutes) your coach will start to guide you toward setting a goal that you would like to reach. The goal is stated in the positive and present tense and will relate directly to the stress you’ve been talking about. Example: “Other people’s driving is irritates me so much” could lead to this goal statement: “I feel calm and safe when I’m driving.” It’s very likely that your goal will feel untrue. That means it’s a good goal because there’s stress to be balanced!

Now that your goal is set, your coach will use energy kinesiology to find the muscles and meridians that are affected by the stress (more about how this is done later) and balance them.

Balancing means that the muscles and meridians are brought to a more optimal or homeostatic state of performance. During this part of the session, you might be laying down on a massage table, sitting in a chair, or standing. It’s completely up to you and your comfort level.

Your coach will test many different muscles (a minimum of 14 on both sides of the body). Some muscles will lock/hold easily and others will unlock/not hold. The ones that don’t hold are an indication of where stress is being held in the body. We will use some energy/touch techniques, movements, questions or metaphors that will “balance” or clear the stress around the issue.

Once your energy is balanced, the session is complete. Your coach will recheck all the unlocked muscles to make sure that all muscles are locked and all energy circuits are clear.

Energy Coaching uses muscle response testing to identify stress or blockages in the energy meridians. We “correct” the stress by using a variety of energy and touch-based “correction methods” that are based on what the body is asking for (via muscle response testing).

The correction methods are based on more than 50 years of experience and research from chiropractors (mostly) and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Here are a few of the techniques we use to correct the energy imbalances:

  • Neurolymphatic massage – vigorous rubbing to stimulate the lymph system which may be done by facilitator or client
  • Spinal reflex points – gentle rubbing of the spine
  • Neurovascular points – lightly touching spots on the head
  • Tracing meridians – tracing the meridian lines with hands
  • Muscle reset – touching origin and insertion points or belly of the muscle
  • Acupressure – gently holding points to direct energy flows (like acupuncture but without needles)

Your body will indicate the best technique to use at any given time and not every coach uses all of the techniques.

Energy Coaching is a type of “energy work.” Energy Coaching is unique from other energy work in that it uses muscle testing and involves talking and cooperation between coach and client. It’s also unique in that it balances the energy around a specific goal, so it is of particular interest to people with a growth mindset.

All energy work (Acupuncture, Reiki, Qigong, Quantum Healing) has essentially the same goal, which is to help balance the body’s energy systems in order to alleviate stress, ailments and disease.

So if all energy work has the same goal, why are they different?

The difference seems to be in how or what methods they use to balance the energy and what energy field(s) they are balancing. For example, acupuncture uses needles to access the energy meridians from Traditional Chinese Medicine and Reiki uses touch to access the energy chakras which originated in India before 500 BC.

Short answer: We find out through muscle testing, the stress-response pattern that is running. Through the balancing process we show the body a new pattern, a more balanced way of responding to that stress.

Long answer: When you are faced with a stress, you respond. That response brings you out of a calm, homeostatic state by calling up your stress response mechanisms. We are wired to do this for survival.

When you are responding to stress, your body is reacting physiologically, emotionally, and energetically. (Think shaky voice,  upset stomach, fear, and armpit sweat when it’s time to give that important presentation). All of these mechanisms are responding without your conscious control.

What you experience when you are faced with the stress is a “stress response pattern” that is unique to you and the situation. With Energy Coaching, we are asking the body, “show us the pattern that arises when this person is stressed about this topic.” We map that pattern using the muscle tests to get an indication of how your systems are responding.

Posture: The muscle tests tell us how the posture responds to the stress. We can find out which muscles get so stressed they stop working, and which ones get over-facilitated. (Think “fight or flight” where some muscles are ready to run so you can escape the bear, or if its a more chronic stress, more muscles may be weakened and slumping your posture.)

Energy: Since those muscle tests correlate to Chinese Medicine Meridians we get to see the pattern of Energy. We can see where the chi, or energy is not flowing as well as it could be.

Emotions and More: Further, those Meridians correlate to certain emotions, organs, movements, symptoms, and more. This provides an opportunity for the person being balanced to notice possible correlations between the findings during the muscle tests, and what is happening in their life in response to the stress. This new awareness can be profound.

A combination of this awareness and the corrections made to improve the posture and energy flow are what change the stress response. As we move through the energy session the body starts the process of renewing the positive neurological pathways, balancing the posture, reducing the energy blockages; all of which contribute to a more homeostatic state and ultimately diffused stress.

Some people notice that they feel better about the stressful topic immediately. Others notice it more as they return to their day to day activities because they feel less emotionally triggered by the stress. Many times the associated aches, pains, and symptoms clear when the stress is cleared. 

No. We do not diagnose, treat or work with named diseases. Our treatments balance the body to boost it’s own natural healing ability.

The relationship between coach and client is built on trust and respect. Whatever you say to your coach is confidential. Your coach is not going to judge you or your circumstances. She is there to listen and empower you. She honors your struggle and celebrates your victories. She can also honor your silence and perform an energy balance without any talking. You bring up the stress just by thinking about it.

Everything an Energy Coach does is based on Touch for Health, a system of energy balancing created by chiropractor John Thie in the 1960’s to help lay people care for their health and balance their energy. Touch for Health spawned many other healing modalities or kinesiologies like Brain Gym and Heart Math.

Chiropractor and founder, John Thie,  had a vision that at least one person in every family would know what to do when stress or illness arises. He created this system of natural health care for everyday people so they could learn how to improve their health at home. Everything we do in Energy Coaching sessions is available to anyone to learn, by taking Touch For Health Kinesiology classes.

This is of particular interest to people with a growth mindset, as well as health providers such as Massage Therapists, Athletic Trainers, and Chiropractors.

Professional CEU is available for these classes.

Touch For Health classes are ideal for ANYONE who wants to be in charge of their health.

Zenbrio House coaches are also instructors, and we invite you to join our classes and events!

Related links:

What is energy work?

What is Touch For Health Energy Kinesiology?

Touch for Health techniques and diagrams:

By now you are thinking this sounds like the best kept secret in stress management, so why doesn’t everyone know about it? Even though Energy Kinesiology has been around since the 1960’s it’s not well known in the United States like it is in other countries.  It’s not being utilized as the practical tool for self-care and holistic health that it is. There are many reasons why it hasn’t taken off in the USA – namely our culture does not support alternative medicine and educating people in the benefits of balancing energy to stay well.

Zenbrio House is committed to demystifying Energy Kinesiology, and making it more fun and accessible for everyday people.  Join us for our classes at Zenbrio School of Energy Kinesiology and learn how to do this for yourself and your family. 

A Real Life Example

My favorite part about Energy Coaching is being amazed at how my feelings and behavior change after it’s over.  

Here’s an example. Once I received a coaching session from Sara while I was a caregiver for someone post hip replacement. He was very cranky those first weeks after surgery and often said and did things that would trigger me emotionally. His tone, behavior and actions would make me freeze up, unable to respond. I felt scared, confused, and all of my communication skills would fly out the window. I shared my situation and feelings with Sara and eventually we set a goal and balanced the energy around my stress.

Right after the coaching session I had to get back to my patient. As soon as I walked in the room, his tone, expressions and words told the story of his anger at my lateness and apparent disregard for his hunger. I briefly paused, then threw my hands in the air, smiled big and said matter-of-factly “Well, nothing we can do about that now! What would you like to eat?” While fixing 

food in the kitchen, I was taken aback by my new response. Wow. Normally, I would have been standing there, frozen, no words to say, apologizing or making excuses, feeling guilty and angry at the same time. My thoughts ran something like this: “What a difference! It had to be from the Energy Coaching session. That crap really works! How does it do that? It was so easy! I just talked about it and set a goal and poof!”

In the days and weeks after that I noticed other changes. I felt different about certain things and I reacted differently. I felt more confident about how to navigate my challenges.

Since then I have had many more coaching sessions, and I have noticed over and over again the post session changes in myself. I have come to expect it. A commonplace miracle if you will. On my morning walks I notice how much lighter my thoughts are than they were a year ago. What will I be like next year? In five years?

What about you? Do you like the trajectory you are on?

If you are looking for real growth and change, we look forward to seeing you here at Zenbrio House for an Energy Coaching session soon.

– Mandy Baucum

Energy Coaches

While each of our Energy Coaches  specialize in a particular area, they can help you with any challenge or goal.  

Sara McRae Massage Therapist and Touch For Health Instructor

Sara McRae


Helping athletes and caregivers take their performance to the next level.

“Get back to the activity you love and perform with less effort!”

Joyce Bunner Energy Coach and Licensed Esthetician

Joyce Bunner


Helping women who want to conquer their goals.


“Shine with confidence from the inside out.”

What Are People Saying?

Client reviews

The week after my Energy Coaching appointment the stress that I was dealing with had completely gone. A month later, I am still feeling the relief and enjoying the lifting of that weight. Plus, it was a blast 🙂
I loved my energy coaching session! I immediately felt very comfortable which made it easy to share the difficulties I am working through. She asked all the right questions to get to the heart of the issue. She quickly got to work identifying where I was blocked and deficient and balancing the energies. It ended with a few minutes relaxing and integrating on her healing table. I left feeling lighter and very clear and look forward to my next treatment.
“First time with Sara, but best results for my stiff neck of 5 months! She used techniques that no others had tried and they seemed to bring relief. I can work on some of these at home too. I was almost enchanted by her enthusiasm, great personality, and her desire to help me feel better. Can’t wait to see her again!! Thank you so much, Sara”
Today I received an Incredible Holographic Balance by Joyce. The experience was very calming, relaxing and I was engaging with her throughout the session. The results are positively impacting and shifting my mindset to enjoyment by helping me make the changes I want in my daily life with my relationships and looking forward to what I’m deciding to bring into my life. I am Very Excited To Manifest What I Want! I Highly recommend Joyce’s services!!!
This was my first experience with kinesiology, so I was surprised at the energy results from the simple manipulations performed. Thank you, Sara, for the very professional and pleasing way you do your work! And thank you, also, for the friendliness!