The presentation began with what appeared to be a ping pong ball. Steve Woodward, the speaker for the evening, held it with two fingers and it began buzzing. The device used the person holding it to complete the electronic circuit between the power source and the noisemaker. With this simple machine, Woodward demonstrated a point that he would build upon for the next two hours.


The human body carries an electrical charge.

The Goshen College Nursing Student Association hosted Woodward on Tuesday, Nov. 10 to speak about energy kinesiology. This is a treatment related to massage therapy and acupuncture that balances the body's energy flow using touch and movement. Woodward practices this alternative medicine at his clinic here in Goshen.


This practice does not deny the value of modern western medicine, but seeks to blend it with far-eastern concepts of health. Key to this understanding is keeping balance between a person's physical, emotional and nutritional needs. Energy kinesiology teaches that this balance can be maintained through touching a person's body at points where natural electrical currents flow.


The highlight of the evening was when Woodward used muscle testing to explore the subconscious physical reactions of Kristen Fath, a senior, to a subdued childhood memory. While many people seemed uncomfortable and skeptical of the ideas at first, by the end most were nodding in agreement with what Woodward had to say.


This new health practice is too new and unconventional to be regularly covered by health insurance; however, Woodward made the idea sound very reasonable and opened people's minds to the possibility that energy kinesiology may be on to something.


Woodward also provided useful techniques for college students. So, remember, the next time you need to make sparks fly on that big exam or high-stakes game of Ping Pong, touch near your navel while rubbing both your lips--this stimulation promotes concentration and wakefulness.