The Energy Medicine Handout Bank

Energy Checking Precheck Flow Chart

Jeff Harris, M.D.

Client and examiner sip water (I)

Client and examiner switch on (II)

Examiner asks for and receives permission, provides explanation, selects indicator muscle (III)

Test indicator muscle (III)
Correct and recheck (III.A.)

Check that muscle will unlock (IV)
won’t unlock
Correct and recheck (IV.A.)
Check for dehydration (V-VI)
Drink water and recheck (V.A. and VI.A.)

Check for switching (VII-VIII)
Correct and recheck (VII.A. and VIII.A.)

Check for integrity of central meridian (IX)
Correct and recheck (IX.A.)

Zip Up; prechecks finished


Energy Checking Preliminaries – A Touch For Health/Flow Chart Approach


Accurate energy checking requires that the energy systems of both the client and the examiner be in a suitable state for testing, and it requires that the muscle being tested gives clear feedback. The following approach addresses these issues and is designed to help you obtain accurate results in your energy checking.

(I) Both the examiner and client start by drinking a glass of pure water; if either is dehydrated, circuit locating (also known as therapy localizing) may be difficult to interpret. Dehydration may be associated with dry skin, eyes and mouth; edema; muscles which unlock until water is drunk; neurolymphatics that are consistently active; circuit locating which does not function well till the client wets their fingers; or may exist without any of these situations being present.

(II) Both the examiner and client "switch on." If you are "switched off" (also called "switched") it means that your energy is scrambled and it becomes more difficult to interpret the results of energy checking. Do all of the following, each for 20-30 seconds: cover the navel with one hand and rub both K27s with the other, then switch hands and repeat; cover the navel with one hand and rub the upper and lower lip simultaneously with the other, then switch hands and repeat; cover the navel with one hand and rub the tailbone with the other, then switch hands and repeat.

(III) The examiner asks permission to test, explains the process (see "Educating the First Time Client" below), selects a muscle as an indicator, puts the limb into position, explains any postural requirements, demonstrates the range of motion, stabilizes the client’s limb or body as needed, and performs the test.

(A) If the muscle unlocks, attempt to correct it. Try corrections in the following order one at a time (or you can circuit locate to test for the correction which will work) and then retest the muscle: neurolymphatics, neurovasculars, meridian tracing, origin and insertion stimulation, nutrition, frontal neurovasculars

(1) If the muscle now locks, challenge the correction by placing the client or examiner’s hand over the area used to correct it and retesting the muscle

(a) If the muscle unlocks, it needs more correction; go to the next correction in the list above (IIIA)

(b) If the muscle stays locked, go to (IV)

(2) If the muscle will not lock, go to the next maneuver on the list; if the muscle weakness is bilateral, use the spinal reflex; if none of these maneuvers works, select another muscle

(B) If the muscle locks, go to (IV)

(IV) The muscle has been identified as lockable ("strong") and now we need to check that it can be unlocked. There are many different ways to do this:

"Physical": push or pinch together in the belly of the muscle (spindle cell) then test; pull apart and retest

"Emotional": think of something embarrassing or scary and test; think of something pleasant and happy and retest

"Biochemical": smell ammonia or permanent marker and test; breath fresh air and retest

"Acupressure": touch the sedation point of the meridian associated with the muscle and test; release and retest after about 10 seconds

"Meridian": trace the meridian in reverse and test; trace it forward and retest after about 10 seconds

"Magnet": place the north pole of a magnet on the belly of the muscle and test; flip it over and retest (or just remove it and retest after about 10 seconds)

Use one or two of these methods to be certain that you can unlock a locked muscle.

(A) If the muscle won’t unlock, it may be hypertonic (also known as over-facilitated or frozen); clear this so it will unlock by trying any of the following: starting in test position, push firmly up against examiner’s resistance and then down against resistance; drink a glass of water; do some slow relaxed breathing; stimulate origin and insertion; ask about stress and relieve if possible; hold frontal neurovasculars with the third through fifth fingers while the thumb pad is on the index fingernail; visualize muscle relaxing or defrosting; check for recruitment (elbows bending, torsos twisting, hands clenching, breath holding, …); ask person to be testable; ask them to drop their shoulders and take some deep breaths; also see for discussion of working with frozen muscles

(1) If none of these maneuvers cause the muscle to unlock, select another muscle

(2) If they do cause the muscle to unlock, go to (V)

(B) If the muscle unlocks, it passes the test; retest using the information above (IV)

(1) If the muscle locks, go to (V)

(2) If the muscle won’t lock, go to (III.A.)

(V) Check the client for dehydration: have the client pull out on a lock of hair (or eyebrow skin if they are bald) and retest the muscle

(A) If the muscle unlocks, both client and examiner should take another glass of water and retest

(1) If it unlocks, repeat (V.A.)

(2) If it locks, go to (VI)

(B) If the muscle locks, go to (VI)

(VI) Check the examiner for dehydration using the client as a surrogate: the examiner pulls out on a lock of their own hair while muscle testing the client

(A) If the muscle unlocks, then examiner takes another drink of water

(1) If it unlocks, repeat (VI.A.)

(2) If it locks, go to (VII)

(B) If the muscle locks, go to (VII)

(VII) Next check for neurologic disorganization or switching in the client; have the client circuit locate both K27s simultaneously and test; then the upper and lower lip simultaneously and test; then tailbone and test

(A) If the muscle unlocks on any of these tests, both client and examiner should redo the corrections in (II) and repeat testing

(B) If the muscle locks on all tests, go to (VIII)

(VIII) Now the examiner uses the client as a surrogate to check themselves for switching, and holds their own K27s, upper and lower lip, and tailbone as above

(A) If the muscle unlocks on any of these tests, the examiner should redo the corrections in (II) and repeat testing

(B) If the muscle locks on all tests, go to (IX)

(IX) Last, if energy to the brain is compromised, test results will be hard to interpret. Run a hand up the client’s central meridian (this can be done off the body by either the client or examiner) and test the indicator muscle.

(A) If the muscle unlocks, correct it by tracing the meridian downward several times from bottom lip to pubic bone, then upward several times and retest

(1) If the muscle locks, go to (IX.B.)

(2) If the muscle unlocks, either flush the meridian again or ask the client to drop their shoulders and relax, unlock their knees, take a deep breath, and choose to be testable; you can also try the neurolymphatic and/or neurovascular reflexes for central meridian; then repeat (IX.A.)

(B) If the muscle locks, run a hand down the client’s central meridian; test the indicator muscle

(1) If the muscle locks, perform correction listed under (IX.A.2.)

(2) If the muscle unlocks, run a hand up the central meridian (Zip Up) and you are ready to test.

The examiner should Zip Up as well.


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If the meridian’s energy is normal, the muscle will usually test normal even after testing a few times. If the meridian’s energy is not normal, the muscle will usually unlock when tested more than once.

If a meridian is over-energized, testing its muscle will be inconsistent; it may lock or unlock.

If testing is prolonged and results start to become difficult to evaluate, recheck for dehydration and switching. Signs of switching may include poor coordination; bumping into things; mixing up numbers, words or syllables; stuttering; higher pitch of voice; change of skin color; asymmetrical posture; and doing the opposite of what was requested.

If signs of switching are still present after the maneuvers above, circuit locate the navel and test the muscle. If it is weak, rub some Rescue Remedy ointment into the navel or shine a laser on it. If this does not correct the situation, separately circuit locate each of the auxiliary K27 points located next to the transverse processes of T11 (or L1-L2). If circuit locating weakens the indicator muscle, massage the auxiliary K27 that tested weak as well as the navel.

Structural causes of switching include dental occlusion, jaw function, cranial faults, and subluxated bones. The most common areas of subluxation that cause switching are in the cervical spine, pelvis and feet but may be anywhere. Other structural causes of switching include cloacal synchronization, "pitch, roll and yaw," the gaits, and dural tension. Chemical causes may relate to nutritional substances that influence the neurotransmitters, such as adrenal substance, choline, and RNA. There are also mental and emotional causes.

Circuit locating results may be easier to interpret when the client (rather than the examiner) touches themselves. Circuit locating can be enhanced by touching the skin directly, rather than through cloth; by wetting the fingertips (especially when the client is dehydrated); and by touching the thumb and little finger together while circuit locating with the index, middle, and ring fingers.

If you are uncertain whether a muscle is locking or not, it helps to tap twice on the muscle and retest quickly. The "double tap" puts a little stress on the muscle, and may help demonstrate a muscle that will not lock.

When using the neurovascular reflexes, it is important to use a very light touch. Give a slight tug to the skin. If you can’t feel a pulsation, try changing the direction of the tug. Hold the reflex about 20 seconds past the time you feel a pulsation. You may need to hold this reflex for up to 5 minutes.

When energy checking, hold the pressure on the muscle for a couple of seconds. Sometimes what feels like a locked muscle will suddenly let go, and you will miss this if you let go too soon (especially if you use a very light touch).

If the testee is very strong and you are unsure of your results, feather the neurolymphatic reflex points for the muscle to weaken it and test it again. Use this result as your criterion.

The following may interfere with testing: fluorescent lighting, bright colors in room, synthetic fabrics in clothing, metal jewelry, noise in the environment, food in the mouth. If your results are not consistent, consider this possibility.

If your results become suspect, repeat the prechecks and correct switching, dehydration, or central meridian as needed.

If the testee has to change posture to maintain position or if the muscle is painful, consider that the muscle may be unlocked.

If you’re having trouble with testing, try synchronizing your breathing with the testee and ask them to "hold" at the time when you begin an exhalation.

When testing, look straight ahead but not into the eyes of the client.

If it feels like the preconceived notions of the tester or the testee are interfering with the results of the test, the following procedure as taught by Gordon Stokes to Donna Eden is recommended: both the client and examiner take the thumb and middle finger of one hand and place them in the two indents lateral to the midline where the back of the neck meets the head ("headache or electrical points"). Use the other hand for the test.


It is very important to explain to a new client what you are doing, why you are doing it, and what they should expect. You might say something like the following: "We are going to evaluate energy flow in your body by a technique called energy checking (or insert your preferred term for the process). I will ask you to hold a certain position and I will try to extend the muscle to see if it locks or unlocks by placing gradual, gentle pressure on it for a few seconds. If you feel the muscle unlocking or relaxing, just let it go. Breathe continuously; do not hold your breath. Remember, this is a search for information for your benefit; it is not a test of strength, so you do not need to try to resist me. Keep your head and eyes straight ahead while we perform the test. I will ask for your feedback when we are done. I will demonstrate the normal range of motion of the muscle so you will know what I am checking, and I will usually place my other hand on you to help stabilize your body. Do I have your permission to test you? Is there any reason such as an injury why I should not? Will you do your best to follow my instructions and be testable? There should be no discomfort involved, so please let me know if you feel any. First we are going to do some checks to make sure that the results will be accurate."

From the "Handout Bank" of the Energy Medicine Institute