Ontological Kinesiology

In Austria the term Kinesiology applies to all methods that include a kinesiological muscle test.  It is less about movement which the term would express, but rather about a kind of bio feedback system which client and kinesiologist can communicate with. Each Kinesiology method uses and interprets the muscle test in different ways. The Arge Kinesologie has, since the beginnings in 1992, always taken a sceptical view towards the use of the muscle testBeata Hruschka. We don’t interpret a ‚weak‘ muscle as an expression of stress. Nor do we consider it useful to use the test to identify strengthening or weakening substances. A change of the muscle’s strength or weakness is not seen as a neurophysiological reaction. The result of a muscle test is dependant on expectations and concepts and is based on a purely mental energetic level, whether conscious or unconscious. So from our perspective it is ‚only‘ useful in as far as the muscle test can confirm what (which force) is on display and has an influencial role at a given moment in a process. The method we offer here rejects causal thinking and the temptation to draw conclusions from the muscle test which might justify interfering in the current process.   So the muscle test helps us ‚only‘ to be in a better state of ‚presence‘ here and now. Our experience has shown that this can in itself be quite enriching and really very helpful. All actions taken within the framework of this method are neutral and do not follow any therapeutic intention. Even though the method is comparable with techniques from other branches of kinesiology, again,  the change of muscle is understood only as an expression and confirmation of life forces and dynamics on display.


This form of kinesiology is an integral part of our courses and used as a methodic tool. It can also be used within the context of our Life Forces Constellation seminars.

Origin / History of OK

The roots of Kinesiology as developed by Solihin Thom D.O. go back to Applied Kinesiology (G. Goodheart) und Clinical Kinesiology (Dr. A.G.Beardall).
As an Osteopath his work was partly about a body work approach (CFD) and one that built on the clinical kinesiology approach.  He called the work „Opening Human Potential“ (OHP) originally. Today this work can be learned through various modular courses.  Solihin Thom DO refers to the form of kinesiology applied as „Ontological Kinesiology“ (OK). OK courses offered in Austria include some modules of the whole work known now as InnerDialogue (TM).  In these, approximately 60 out of the 2500 handmodes (mudras) that have been identified are introduced.

Wilhelm Stephen Hruschka and Markus Blocher, trainers of his method in Austria, developed the idea of an ontological approach (see below) in a methodic way.  

Basic Essence of OK

Ontological Kinesiology addresses all energetically effective forces, that support a personal development process towards being truer to one’s own nature.  Symptoms and ailments are not seen as a threat that needs to be fought off, but rather as points of reference revealing ones own core nature. The life forces, which manifest themselves in such development processes, are described as:

  • physical
  • vegetative
  • instinctive
  • human and
  • inspirational

The kinesiological muscle test serves as a tool: A change in the muscle tone indicates which life force is manifesting at various levels of the body and supporting the momentary process.
In Ontological Kinesiologie, Ontology (Study of the nature of being) means:

  • to allow, have an open attitude
  • to let things be and
  • to go with the flow of ones own life.

Ones own essential nature can then come to life, allowing us to be true to our most inner self and become present at all levels.  

The practitioners ontological stance

In OK we assume that everything we encounter in life can be seen as a gift that mirrors something significant for us. It’s enough to be connected with what is hapenning in the moment. When we look for the cause of a symptom with our minds we are lead to dealing with the past which the current state appears to be dependant on. In OK we don’t look for the cause of things. Even though during a session experiences from the past may come up to support a process, we don’t look at them as the reason for a current process. So there is no blame, judgement, condemnation, nor any valuation of good or bad.
Shifting the perspective of the past being a useful ressource in the present, often makes a situation easier and supports the client to engage in their process. Nevertheless we don’t focus on trying to be useful. We assume that through unconditional presence in the here and now, the best possible support can become evident by itself.

So, using the muscle test we don’t put forward questions to

  • try and change the present (e.g. should I do …….to get rid of a symptom)
  • look in the past for answers to why things are as they are
  • make decisions relating to the future

Even the intention to try and balance a state would be seen as being disrespectful towards the body’s signals. Change occurs in the moment. It is facilitated sometimes by past experiences or even those of our ancestors. In every thing that happens there is inherent meaning and a useful resource can become evident.  

Apart of the stance of a practitioner, OK is defined on a technical level by the use of handmodes (mudras) and data in files:


are handmodes that symbolise a particular meaning and express a force that is on display. The tradition of mudras as a language is several thousand years old and found in various cultures. They are often used to achieve a particular state (e.g. inner quiet). In OK however, they are not used as a therapeutic tool, but rather help to recognise currently useful forces on display.  MudraThere are for example, mudras that stand for certain parts or functions of the body, dynamics of life, behavioural patterns etc. Until now, approximately 1800 different mudras have been discovered in OK alone.

Data / Files

Using the muscle test with a numerical handmode system we can quickly access information saved in files without applying any subjective influence.

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Dr. A.G. Beardall, founder of „Clinical Kinesiology“ together with Dr. G. Goodheart Solihin Thom’s most important teacher, recognised that behind every mudra there was further information numerically ordered in a filing system.  The content hasn’t been listed according to a logical order. Information was and continues to be found during kinesiological sessions, and compared later with results found by other kinesiologists. Numerical mudras, which we call sub-modes, allow us to have easier access to this information.  One of the great advantages of this technique is that when a muscle test reacts to a sub-mode entered into the hands, we don’t yet know what it means, but only later look it up. This way the test gives us information without the client or the practitioner having asked a particular question. In this way the client’s body can express it’s story independantly of how one might phrase a question. The technique helps to avoid involuntary manipulation through one’s own ideas and subjective expectations.  

Applications / Indications

In OK we don’t offer to support anyone in the fight against a symptom. Indications are therefore not seen in a conventional sense. Ailments are rather considered to be like signals drawing our attention to a development process. Es geht darum, sich dem Nutzen von Symptomen zu öffnen und alle im Moment auftretenden Körpersignale wahrzunehmen. Alle Funktionen des Körpers (Abwehr, Verdauen, Entgiften, Unterscheiden, Denken, Lernen, Fühlen, Bewegen etc.) und seine Fähigkeit „Beschwerden zu machen“ helfen uns dabei, unser Sein zu entwickeln und zu entfalten. Sobald vom Lebensplan gewünschte Aspekt der Persönlichkeit zum Vorschein gekommen ist, verliert das Symptom erfahrungsgemäß seine Notwendigkeit und verschwindet.
Therapeutische Maßnahmen kommen in OK nicht zur Anwendung.

„Eigenverantwortung“ des Kunden

Der Kunde sieht den Kinesiologen nicht als Therapeuten, der dafür verantwortlich ist, ein ungeliebtes Symptom zum Verschwinden zu bringen. Der „sich kundig Machende“ bekommt nur darin Unterstützung, dass er in Bezug auf sein Thema mit den Antworten seines Körpers in Kontakt bleiben kann.
Wenn jemand zum Beispiel ein Entscheidungsproblem hat, kann er sich in diese Situation hineinversetzen und wird erkennen, dass der Körper Signale / Reaktionen / Symptome zeigt, die als Antworten verstanden werden können, auf die er sich stützen kann. Da der Körper auch Signale zeigt, ohne vorher gefragt zu werden, können diese als Antworten auf Entwicklungen interpretiert werden, wo auf bewusster Ebene noch gar keine Frage gestellt wurde und das dazugehörige Thema unbekannt ist. Diese Signale wahrzunehmen und sich auf sie als Antworten zu stützen, bedeutet aus der Sicht von OK, dass der Kunde in seiner Eigenver-antwortung getragen ist.
Die Reaktionen beim Muskeltest sind Orientierungshilfen, mit diesen Antworten in Kontakt zu kommen.
Sie geben aber – aus unserer Sicht – keine Antwort auf konkret gestellte Fragen. Bis jetzt konnte nicht bestätigt werden, dass der Muskeltest dazu geeignet wäre, Ursachen auszutesten bzw. man durch ihn erfragen könnte, was man für oder gegen etwas tun soll. Bisherige Studien belegen, dass ein Austesten von Allergenen, Belastungen, Schadstoffen oder stärkenden Hilfsmitteln mit dem Muskeltest zu keinen wissenschaftlich brauchbaren Ergebnissen führt.