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Muscle Testing in PSYCH-K Therapy

Muscle testing is a technique used in psych-k that can be used to identify and release any resistance that may be preventing you from achieving your desired goal. This technique involves using your muscles to test the strength of your beliefs. By doing this, you can determine whether or not a belief is limiting you and release it if necessary. Muscle testing can also be used to identify the root cause of a problem and to find the best solution for resolving it

In a PSYCH-K session, we use muscle testing to verify questions by checking the body’s response. This easy and effective method is used in three ways:

  • To detect the presence or absence of stress (e.g. inner conflict)
  • To quickly and accurately identify subconscious beliefs.
  • As a strong/weak response or “Yes”/” No” communication system. 

Posture and Position

For accurate and reliable muscle testing in PSYCH-K, the proper position of both the Facilitator and Partner is vital.

  • The Partner sits or stands comfortably with a relaxed body.
    The Partner then extends one arm to the side, their chin parallel with the floor and their eyes focused down. This enables the conscious mind to disconnect to communicate with the subconscious mind directly.
  • The Facilitator will stand to the partner’s side, with one hand on their shoulder to help keep the partner stable and the other hand on the partner’s wrist with their thumb underneath for support.



The PSYCK-K Facilitator will then ask a question to the partner for them to repeat, then they will say “be strong”, apply a small amount of downward pressure for two seconds and ask the partner to resist gently.

  • If the partners arm locks in place, this is a strong or yes response.
  • If the partner’s arm gives way or lets go, this is a weak or a no response.

A positive outcome can be “verified” by observing the involved body part remaining steady while pressure is put on it. A negative outcome will feel like a yielding of the body part when weight is applied to it.

To get the most reliable response from muscle testing, it is best if the partner maintains a neutral and curious attitude about whether a particular outcome of the muscle test will be strong or weak.

It is also recommended to have a drink of water before starting, as dehydration can lead to inaccurate results.

Methods of muscle testing need not be complicated; many people get good results with straightforward techniques, such as this one:

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