Life Enhancement Acupressure ProtocolsSM
Life Enhancement Acupressure Protocols (L.E.A.P.SM), is the brainchild of Dr. Charles T. Krebs. In collaboration with clinical psychologists, speech pathologists, neurologists and other health professionals, Dr. Krebs has spent 25 years developing a comprehensive approach to assessing and correcting most learning challenges including dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, and many difficulties with reading, spelling, and mathematics. This technique is being taught at colleges and universities in Australia and Europe and more than 500 practitioners currently employ all or some part of the technique in educational and health settings in Asia, Europe, and North America.
L.E.A.P. in conjunction with other forms of energy kinesiology comprises the whole body of Dr. Krebs’ work.
L.E.A.P./Brain Integration for Learning Disabilities and Challenges
Neurological conditions that affect learning are becoming increasingly widespread. Such conditions include:
A wide variety of learning challenges related to reading, writing, and spelling
- Sensory Integration problems
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Central Auditory Processing Problem (CAPP) or Disorder (CAPD)
- Vision and visual perception problems
- Cognition and memory problems
- Closed Head Injuries (e.g. resulting from concussion, etc.)
- Stroke and brain injury
These neurological conditions normally result from or involve imbalances in brain function. LEAP is particularly well suited to address these imbalances by re-establishing and maintaining the precise synchrony of the brain. Brain synchrony is the basis for:
- Learning and effectively processing information
- Making appropriate and timely decisions
- Regulating emotions in stressful circumstances
Almost all of the functions that the brain performs are the result of information flowing through widely distributed systems. No task, whether simple or complex, activates just a single brain area. Rather, vast networks of often widely dispersed processing centers – from the unconscious brainstem system through the largely subconscious limbic areas to our subconscious cortical processing – are activated by a given function before we even begin to consciously “think” about the action we are considering. Therefore, proper integration of these widely distributed systems is crucial to effective brain function. Loss of integrated brain function literally equals loss of effective emotional and mental processing, the primary source of “stress” in our lives.
What Causes the Loss of Brain Integration?
The primary cause of loss of integration is the activation of the brain’s survival defense mechanisms in response to emotional stress – the very same fight-or-flight reaction invoked in our primitive ancestors by life-threatening situations. Such distress “shuts down” the thinking and problem-solving abilities of our frontal lobes. This may be expressed as the loss of ability to perform specific mental functions such as reading, spelling or mathematics (in the case of learning disabilities), or the loss of more general mental functions such as making effective decisions when under stress, or forming and articulating thoughts and controlling general emotional states. Of course, loss of brain integration has equally devastating effects on physical performance. The athlete who “chokes” in the Big Game is a classic example.
How Does L.E.A.P. Restore Brain Integration?
L.E.A.P. restores brain integration by re-synchronizing important neural flows. Acupressure techniques that employ the Law of Five Elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine have been shown to be very effective in re-synchronizing neural flows and re-establishing brain functional integration.
Far too many of us, adults and children alike, experience cognitive deficiencies that are a direct result of the loss of proper brain integration. L.E.A.P. techniques have helped tens of thousands of individuals to overcome these challenges.
What Other Forms of Energy Kinesiology Does Dr. Krebs Provide?
Using Energy Kinesiology together with other techniques helps to synchronize the timing of neural feedback loops within the brain. This innovative melding of ancient techniques with cutting-edge scientific knowledge of neurology has produced an effective system with an unusually broad scope of application. It effectively addresses a number of learning difficulties such as ADD, Dyslexia, Dyscalculi and ADHD, as well as other health issues such as skeletal-muscular problems, allergies and hormonal imbalances.
This specialty combination of Energy Kinesiology techniques is the outcome of 25 years of work by Dr. Charles T. Krebs, in collaboration with clinical psychologists, speech pathologists, neurologists and other health professionals.
Energy Kinesiology and Health
Our health depends upon synchrony among skeletal-muscular alignment, the flow of neural signals in the brain, the release of hormones, and the interaction of the many parts of the immune system. With the recognition that these systems are all highly interactive, the new field of Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) has developed in recent years, linking how we think and feel to how our neurological, hormonal and immune systems are functioning. Changes in the homeostasis of any of these systems are often reflected in muscle tension and structural alignment; conversely, imbalances in structural alignment can create imbalances in the neurological, immune or hormonal systems. Thus, disruption in the synchronous function in any one of these systems may lead to discomfort and pain, or to difficulty thinking and remembering, or to thyroid and/or adrenal dysfunction or other hormonal imbalances (PMS/menopause), or to sickness and disease in the case of the immune system.
How are we to detect the underlying stressors that cause this loss of synchrony? What can we do to re-synchronize these systems to return to the health and harmony of a fully functional body? Energy Kinesiology approaches these questions by utilizing direct muscle biofeedback to inform the practitioner of the client’s stress at many levels – the physical, emotional and mental levels, as well as within the energetic systems of the body, such as the Acupuncture meridian system. A central technique in Dr. Krebs’ Energy Kinesiology technique is “acupressure formatting”, which is the use of mudras from the Yogic Chakra-Nadi system and acupoints from the Chinese Acupuncture meridian system in conjunction with muscle biofeedback. When specific mudras and acupoints are held together, and an indicator muscle is monitored, this biofeedback can detect stressors in very specific areas and functions within the brain and body. Biofeedback can also identify the most appropriate acupressure technique(s) to release the underlying stressor(s), thereby resynchronizing these systems and returning the person to a healthy state of being.
ENERGY KINESIOLOGY FOR THE MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM
Musculoskeletal disorders and imbalances are very common and are the primary source of pain and physical limitations. These disorders include:
- Lower back pain
- Joint problems particularly in the knees, hips, and shoulders
- Neck pain
- Poor sports performance
Energy Kinesiology resets the proprioception of the muscles, tendons, and ligaments to restore normal muscle function, which both relieves pain and profoundly affects structural alignment. Proprioception is the unconscious feedback from the receptors in our muscles, tendons, ligaments, and skin created by movement. This feedback is essential to maintain a balanced upright posture and to coordinate movement. Disruption of coherent proprioceptive feedback is one of the primary causes of structural misalignment and physical pain.
What Causes Musculoskeletal Imbalances?
Sudden, unexpected actions like tripping or slipping, or physical injury to the muscular or skeletal systems may “unset” the function of these subconscious sensors that control muscles, posture and structural alignment. Once these muscular and skeletal imbalances have been created, they may persist indefinitely, creating compensations that result in pain, limited range of movement, and restricted life activity.
How Does Energy Kinesiology Restore Normal Musculoskeletal System Function?
Application of these specialty Energy Kinesiology techniques can quickly reset these proprioceptive imbalances by directly activating the meridian system, using the Law of Five Elements of traditional Chinese medicine. Specific acupressure techniques reset the proprioceptors by removing the energetic blockages that had “unset” these receptors, thus restoring normal function to the body.
Energy Kinesiology and Axial Stability Method®
We have found that doing a series of Axial Stability Method chiropractic visits prior to an Energy Kinesiology session will increase the efficiency and success of treatment. The chiropractic treatment stabilizes the musculoskeletal structure, the foundation of the whole biomechanical system. Often this is enough input to reset proprioceptive imbalances. If it is not, and muscle dysfunction persists: just a few sessions of Dr. Krebs’ Energy Kinesiology techniques is usually enough to resolve most issues.
ENERGY KINESIOLOGY FOR THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
In the modern world, our immune systems are under attack more than ever before, resulting in many new conditions (such as multiple chemical sensitivity), and rapidly increasing rates of conditions that were previously less common (such as allergies and asthma). Disorders of the immune system include:
- Allergies (classic immune system IgE reactions causing rashes, itching & inflammation)
- Sensitivities (reactions that do not include IgE release, but disturb normal function)
- Frequent flu & colds
- Autoimmune disorders (e.g. lupus)
Energy Kinesiology can rebalance the immune system, taking it out of chronic states of imbalance. It is particularly well suited to alleviate and often eliminate allergies and even some types of asthma. Reducing or eliminating these allergic reactions can also have a significant impact on asthma since asthma attacks are often triggered by allergic reactions.
What Causes Imbalances in the Immune System?
There are three primary stressors of the immune system: 1) viruses, 2) bacteria and 3) allergens/toxins. Exposure to a virus or bacteria can result in disease or illness, but only if the immune system is suppressed. Allergens, by contrast, initiate an inappropriately high immune response.
Allergens initiate the release of antibodies (especially IgE), causing a cascade of uncomfortable physiological symptoms (runny nose, itchy eyes, rashes, etc.) in people who are allergic to these substances. In many ways, an allergy can be considered a biochemical phobia – a survival system reaction to the presence of a normally neutral stimulus such as cat hair or pollen. Since not everyone has an immune reaction to cat hair or pollen, the cat hair or pollen itself does not cause the allergy. Rather, the allergy is the immune system’s reaction to the stimulus. From the perspective of the immune system, the allergen has become associated with danger and must be avoided for survival. The allergic reaction is the body’s way of making you avoid this dangerous substance.
A toxic substance at sufficiently high levels will initiate negative physiological reactions in everyone. But for some people these substances act as potent allergens, even at levels that are “safe” for most people – e.g. the aflatoxin in peanuts or some of the histamine releasing substances in seafood that produce life-threatening anaphylaxis in sensitive people.
How Does Energy Kinesiology Restore the Immune System?
These Energy Kinesiology techniques can effectively restore the immune system’s ability to eliminate bacteria and viruses by resolving the physiological, emotional and/or mental stressors that suppress immune function. It also offers a way to detect which substances a person is allergic or sensitive to and to identify the most effective acupressure techniques to rebalance immune system function. These techniques “dissociate” the allergen from its associated survival reaction, so that the allergen becomes once more only a neutral environmental stimulus, and no longer elicits an immune reaction. In the case of toxins, it “resets” the body’s reaction to levels that are physiologically relevant – that is, reactions occur only when exposure reaches a level that is truly toxic.
ENERGY KINESIOLOGY FOR THE HORMONAL SYSTEM
Hormonal imbalances are increasingly prevalent in today’s society for a wide variety of reasons including chronically high-stress levels, increasing exposure to toxins and metabolically active substances in our food and environment, and the fact that we are living longer than ever before. In particular, high-stress levels are associated with adrenal exhaustion and thyroid imbalances. In addition, some toxins are known to be hormone disruptors (e.g. phthalates and other plasticizers) and are associated with increasing levels of hormonal imbalances. Conditions that are often related to hormonal imbalances include:
- Thyroid (Hypo- & Hyper-thyroid problems)
- Adrenal conditions (adrenal fatigue and/or exhaustion)
- Early puberty
- Pre-menstrual symptoms (PMS)
- Periomenopause and menopause
Energy Kinesiology techniques can facilitate significant improvement in hormonal conditions such as PMS, periomenopause, hypothyroid, and adrenal fatigue by resolving the energetic imbalances underlying the physiological, emotional and mental stressors so that normal hormonal function is restored.
What Causes Imbalances in the Hormonal System?
High-stress levels disrupt hormonal function by releasing high levels of cortisol and adrenalin as part of the “fight-or-flight” reaction. The release of these stress hormones, in turn, has a disruptive effect, especially upon thyroid and pituitary function. If there is chronic ongoing stress, the adrenal glands become progressively depleted of their ability to make enough adrenalin and noradrenalin and begin to pump the thyroid gland to produce more energy, which increases thyroid dysfunction. At the same time, the high levels of cortisol both suppress the immune system and disrupt sleep, making recovery from chronic stress progressively more difficult.
In addition, the individual glands that regulate metabolism and energy, such as the adrenal and thyroid glands or the glands that release sexual hormones, may be thrown out of balance by environmental toxins and chemicals that act as hormone disruptors. The widespread presence of hormone disruptors in our food supply and the environment is one of the reasons early puberty has been increasing at an alarming rate in recent years.
How Does Energy Kinesiology Restore the Hormonal System?
Much of the stress in our lives results from emotional and mental factors that activate the Fight-or-Flight system. The brain integration techniques from Energy Kinesiology are highly effective at assessing the source issues and re-establishing brain integration, providing emotional and mental resources to assist in the resolution of these underlying problems. As the reactive Fight-or-Flight survival responses are calmed down, the release of stress hormones decreases and the hormonal system can once more achieve equilibrium.
The hormonal system is controlled by the hypothalamus, which in turn is controlled by a myriad of inputs from other parts of the brain, particularly the emotional centers. Loss of synchrony in brain areas that regulate the hypothalamus and thus the pituitary gland alter the release of pituitary hormones that control all of the other glands in the body. Energy Kinesiology techniques can resynchronize these areas of the brain, to restore homeostasis (equilibrium) to the hormonal system.