What is Muscle Testing?

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The first time someone is exposed to Muscle Testing, it may, understandably, seem that it is some sort of voodoo or psychic abilities. This is surprisingly far from the truth, as almost anyone can, when properly trained, utilize this technique. When the process is understood from a neurological standpoint, it is an amazing method used to tap into the body’s innate intelligence & wisdom for discovery and to expedite the healing process.

The History Of Muscle Testing

The concept of muscle testing came into existence in 1964 by George Goodheart Jr., a Michigan Chiropractor.  Dr. Goodheart discovered the strength or weakness of every muscle was connected to a healthy or unhealthy complementary organ. He also found that these muscles were linked to acupuncture meridians. In addition, he discovered that the muscles could be strengthened by finding the right vitamins or supplements. On the other side of the coin, he discovered those same muscles would become weak when exposed to unfavorable stimuli. This discovery determined that the body could tell what is considered good and bad for it.

In 1968, Dr. Alan Beardall, also a chiropractor, became Dr. Goodheart’s student. He contributed over 250 specific muscle tests to diagnose and evaluate chemical, structural, and mental aspects of health. In 1983, Dr. Beardall found hand positions could change the body’s response to the muscle test. This led to a method of diagnosing deeper, more underlying imbalances in the body’s energy patterns.

How Muscle Testing Works

The body contains an electrical network or grid, that is pure energy. If you have ever taken a biology class, you’ve learned that all communication in the body occurs from either chemical or electrical impulses through normal cellular function. Using the network of the central nervous system, these impulses travel from cell to cell.  If you ever had an ECG or EKG before, you’ve seen actual proof of this. Since energy runs through the muscles in our body, if something is impacting your electrical system that throws off the body’s balance, your muscles will actually “short circuit” or weaken temporarily. Things that can impact your electrical system include thoughts, beliefs, emotions, foods as well as other substances.


Muscle testing is a way of using muscles to find out what “things” are weakening and/or strengthening the body. Practitioners can ask your body questions in the form of statements and then get answers.  These answers come in the form of either the weakening – meaning Negative or “No” - or the strengthening – meaning Positive or “Yes” - response from muscles, who are taking their cues from the body. Practitioners can also check the function of every major organ in the body because of the electrical activity. Without these electrical impulses your body would in fact shut down.

Techniques Used For Muscle Testing

When the body is presented with something that it perceives as a stress to the system (something that is incompatible with it or is toxic to the body), the electrical signals between the muscles and the brain are stressed or “short-circuited” and the muscle being tested is weakened – a.k.a. the Binary Biofeedback response. Muscle Testing is performed in many ways, but the most common form used by many practitioners is done by having the client hold an item while trying to resist downward pressure placed on the arm by the practitioner. The practitioner is testing for the client’s energetic strength/compatibility with an item. A strong, resistant arm is considered a positive response and a weak arm is considered a negative response (an “incompatibility” or toxic relationship with the item being tested). 

Muscle Testing can also be done by proxy. This means that practitioners can perform energy work on someone at a distance or if a person is not comfortable being tested themselves for any reason. Testing by proxy means that the practitioner asks questions about someone else but stands in as “a proxy” or substitute, using their own muscles for the strong or weak responses.  After first getting permission from the client, the practitioner will confirm they are able to test as that person. Some other Muscle Testing methods include the Sway Test, Ring-in-Ring Test or Elbow Test.

Some Final Thoughts

Muscle testing is an entirely safe and non-invasive technique to assess the issues that are often overlooked and pose possible risks in the future.  It is important to know what muscle testing is and how it will assess these issues deep in the body. This way, you can fix the energy blockage in your body that negatively affects not only your physical but also your mental and emotional wellness.

A Muscle Testing practitioner’s goal is to help the client regain or maintain balance, working with the systems already in place within the body. By using the tool of Muscle Testing, we can ascertain emotional stressors, blocks, microbes or even toxins that are weakening the body and then map out a plan to support the body physically, emotionally & spiritually. This helps redirect the body’s energy into the healing process and out of the stress-response loop onto the path of restoration.  Muscle Testing is simply a tool to help achieve the result in a more efficient manner by using the most amazing, yet complex computer on the planet – the human brain.

Muscle Testing Rates

A Muscle Testing session is designed to last 60 minutes and targets finding the root cause of a specific wellness challenge that a person is experiencing.  Muscle testing will be done regarding possible specific body systems, organs and emotions that may be at the root of the challenge.  Possible solutions will also be presented regarding beneficial supplements, essential oils, body therapies, food as therapy as well as lifestyle consideration suggestions to support the body & emotions, putting the body on a supportive path toward healing itself. 

Cost for Muscle Testing Session is $100/hr.  While most challenges can be addressed within that one-hour time frame, some may take a bit longer.

Nutritional Muscle Testing is a service which provides the testing of one’s current supplements that are being taken to see if they are really serving the body. This service includes initial muscle testing session as well as two short follow up check in sessions at three and six weeks with consulting regarding suggested use best practices for optimal results.

Cost for Nutritional Muscle Testing is $250.

For questions or to schedule an appointment:

Phone: Ruth Frazier-Allen @ 503-683-1767

Meet Dan

Certified Energy Practitioner

Dan is a multi-talented individual embodying the essence of a modern-day Renaissance man.  He seamlessly transitions between roles as a teacher, spiritual counselor, accomplished musician, philosopher, businessman, and a certified energy practitioner who incorporates muscle testing and tuning forks as part of his daily life.

His journey with music began at a young age, and he mastered four instruments – drums, trumpet, guitar – before finding his true passion for the piano. The early loss of his mother, a deep curiosity about the mysteries of existence, and the transformative influence of music in his own life converged to instill in him an innate empathy, a profound understanding of human experiences, and a fervent desire to comprehend the concealed dynamics influencing one's wellness and well-being. These factors collectively steered him toward becoming a certified energy practitioner.

Endowed with natural gifting, acute sensitivity, and a wealth of real-life experiences, his colleagues and spouse frequently refer to him as the “How Do You Know That?" Intuitive.

Dan and his wife Ruth both grew up in Lake Chelan, Washington and are happy to be back in the Great Northwest.  They reside in Oregon with their cat, RJ.


Disclaimer:  All information provided is strictly for educational or research purposes only. This information is not intended to cure, diagnose or determine treatment for any medical conditions. Please consult with your health care provider before beginning any other new health care program. These statements or treatments have not been evaluated by the FDA.