The wellness world is a fickle place. Trends come and go with staggering frequency, and while some of them are easy to adopt (a scoop of collagen in our coffee? Sure, we’ll try it) others require a bit more commitment. Introducing our new column, “I Tried It” in which our intrepid reporters take on a wellness practice and report back on whether it’s a trend worth trying (we’re looking at you, meditation), or a hard pass. In this installment, our own Alyssa Ages tries out BIE.
What if you could eat without having stomach distress, or take a walk outside in the spring without your seasonal allergies acting up? And what if you could live in this idyllic world by simply changing the way your body reacts to the energy of those stressors? I tried a Bioenergetics (BIE) session to find out.
“BIE is a natural modality that uses energy to identify stressors that are causing health imbalances within the body,” explains Kayla Saint-Onge, a holistic nutritionist and BIE practitioner who took me through my first BIE session.
What Happens in a BIE Session:
I stared wide-eyed, my inner Type-A vibrating with excitement, as Saint-Onge opened impeccably organized case after case of tiny meticulously labeled vials. The vials contained each of the stressors Saint-Onge would test me for, each holding an electromagnetic signature or frequency of the actual item or substance.
“Every substance that exists has its own specific energetic frequency referred to as an ‘electromagnetic signature,’” she explains. “When the body is exposed to an energy frequency that it does not recognize the signature of, it is seen as a ‘stressor’ to the body which results in adverse reactions. The more exposure we have to stressing energies from things such as foods, electromagnetic fields, radiations, pollens, danders, chemicals etc., the more we store these stressing energies in our cells, which lead to an imbalance resulting in various health conditions, including allergies.”
Next, came a strange mix of a thumb war and arm wrestling as Saint-Onge checked my baseline by asking me to press my thumb to my ring finger tightly as she tried to pry them apart, first with my opposite palm placed against the top of my head, then with that hand placed palm-up on top of my head. This is called a Polarity and Hydration Check, and it’s how each session starts.
“Polarity is the direction in which energy is moving around the body,” Saint-Onge explained. “The reason for this check is to ensure that the energy field moving around the body is going in the proper direction. If the polarity is off, it can compromise the integrity of the muscle testing during the BIE session.”
The test is also performed to make sure I’m properly hydrated. Once we have confirmed my energy is moving in the right direction and that I’m hydrated enough for bioenergy conductivity, we begin.
Muscle Testing / Biofeedback Analysis
To check how my body reacts to a variety of stressors (think: food, emotions, sleep, electromagnetic fields, radiations, etc), I hold bundles of the aforementioned vials up to my left forearm, as she uses her other hand to try and pry apart my thumb and ring finger. The further apart she can separate my fingers, the stronger my body’s reaction to the substance.
“When a vial is placed up to the forearm, we are looking to gauge whether the muscle becomes weaker or stronger as a result of its presence,” Saint-Onge explains.
Take grains, for example. If your body is attracted to and accepts the energy of grains, the arm strength should increase (meaning her ability to pry my fingers apart should be minimal). If your body is unaccepting of grains, energy detracts away from the arm, making it weaker, allowing her to spread my fingers further apart.
I am immediately alarmed at how many things I am not energetically vibing with. We’re talking grains, amino acids, probiotics, B vitamins, radiations, dairy, and sugar, as just the tip of the iceberg.
Establishing a Baseline
The kit we worked with in our BIE session today is part of Saint-Onge’s Baseline Kit, a way for her to get a deeper understanding of what could be causing a client’s imbalance. The kit includes “many of the foundational elements and building blocks that impact how the body functions day to day and are common imbalances,” she explains. “If those are balanced as a first priority, it can have a greater impact to the client achieving balance to their body.”
While the kit includes amino acids, B vitamins, EFAs, digestive enzymes, probiotics, sugars, and fats and oils, Saint-Onge doesn’t limit the client to just that list. In my case, because I mentioned a number of food intolerances, we also added grains. And because I’m obviously a new age wellness stan, we also added in chakras.
Once we’ve figured out which stressors are the biggest issues, it’s time to get balanced. Saint-Onge picks a handful of my major stressors and opts to balance just a subset today.
We work with: a few key emotions, all chakras except crown (which I’m apparently in-tune with), radiation, B vitamins, probiotics, sugars, solar radiation, iron, hepsiden, vasopressin, and an anti-diuretic hormone.
Saint-Onge uses a tool called the GSR-120 unit “to direct energy onto specific points of the body, introducing the electromagnetic signature of the stressors (culprits) onto the body. Once the body has been normalized to these stressors, it is then brought back to balance and no longer experiences symptoms. The body has reached homeostasis (balance) and can then begin to heal itself.”
While we didn’t balance for any foods, I asked Saint-Onge to explain how that might work.
“I have a food kit that has 96 varieties of foods that I muscle test a client on when they come to see me specifically for food,” she tells me. “Depending on the nature of the intolerance, clients will bring specific food samples they think they may be intolerant to so that I can muscle test them on it. Since every single food has its own unique frequency, it can be helpful to work with the food that the client is consuming.”
Once we’re done, Saint-Onge tells me to avoid any of the things we balanced for, for the next 48 hours. And while I can’t really avoid my chakras, I can steer clear of sugar, probiotics, iron supplements, and B vitamins.
The purpose of avoiding those substances is “to allow the body to normalize to those stressors,” she explains. “It’s like if you were to glue something together. After you put the glue on, you leave it to dry before trying to use it again. It’s the same with BIE. After a BIE session, you want to give the body time to normalize to the stressors that you have just electromagnetically reintroduced it to, before ingesting or exposing yourself to them again.”
She also tells me that once someone has been normalized to a stressor, they should no longer experience the consequences they once had before they were balanced. However, it doesn’t necessarily happen overnight.
“It usually requires only one to four sessions for the body to normalize (achieve homeostasis) to a stressor after a BIE session,” Saint-Onge explains. “In most cases, homeostasis to a given stressor can be achieved after the first visit. However, depending on the stress level of the client, amount of bodily toxins and the strength of the person’s immune system or excess exposure to electromagnetic fields, others may require a few visits for the body to normalize to those stressors. Once homeostasis is achieved, there is usually no need for subsequent or yearly visits for the same stressors.”
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Disclaimer: BIE practitioners are not medical doctors and do not use medical diagnostic or treatment procedures. The services performed by BIE practitioners are at all times restricted to consultation on the subject of nutritional matters or homeostatic imbalances, and does not involve diagnosing, curing, prognosticating, or treating, which will constitute the practice of medicine in this country in which a medical license is required. All suggestions (if any) regarding herbs or nutritional matters are based on historical and traditional use.
It’s important to note that muscle response testing is not intended to replace the allopathic testing procedures of a licensed medical physician.