Advance copies of Elana Davidson’s book “Finding Your Own Happy: The Soul Searchers Guide to Peace and Happiness in Everyday Life” will be available for purchase during the class. [Photo courtesy of Elana Davidson]

Can testing the body’s muscles help to answer key questions about health and wellness?

Some physicians, chiropractors and holistic practitioners believe so, and they use muscle testing to diagnose and treat clients.

Muscle testing, also referred to as “applied kinesiology,” may sound mysterious to those who aren’t familiar with the practice.

Elana Davidson, an author and coach at Essence Coaching, describes kinesiology as a “way of working with muscles in the body to learn the answers to questions regarding your health.”

Davidson is teaching the class “The Art of Intuition: Using Kinesiology to Develop Your Inner Knowing” on Tuesday, July 31, at Moonflower Community Cooperative, 39 E. 100 North.

“I’m going to teach the basic process of testing yourself so you can tap into what’s true for you,” Davidson said. “I help people to muscle test on themselves. It’s one of the most powerful tools I’ve found for changing things in my life.”

Davidson said she will also discuss “transformational kinesiology.”

Transformational kinesiology was developed by Grethe Fremming and Rolf Havsboel, founding directors of the Polaris International College, a holistic research institute, educational facility and meditation center near Copenhagen, Denmark.

“Most of my training was with Carol Hetrick who was one of [the Polaris International College] trained teachers, but I did do one level of training with the founders in California,” Davidson said.

Davidson said she struggled with her own health and wellness for decades. While trying to identify and treat her problems, she began to try different healing modalities, including ways of understanding self-help and therapy.

This lead her to study applied and transformational kinesiology, and eventually she published the book “Finding Your Own Happy: The Soul Searchers Guide to Peace and Happiness in Everyday Life” based on what she learned in her personal journey.

Advance copies of the book will be available at Davidson’s class on Tuesday. Davidson said she intends for the book to be for sale at Moonflower Community Cooperative and Back of Beyond Books. A public release date has not been announced, she said.

Earlier this month, Davidson taught “The Art of Self-Empathy: Transforming Your Inner Dialogue From Judgment and Criticism to Kindness and Compassion,” as a class for Moonflower Community Cooperative’s emotional health series.

“It’s fun for me to share my work and connect with the community,” Davidson said.

Moonflower Community Cooperative offers free community classes on a range of topics. The co-op generally schedules two or three classes each month and the classes are always free and open to the public.

“The Moonflower vision is to cultivate holistic community wellness,” said Moonflower Community Cooperative Community Outreach and Events Coordinator Stephanie Hamborsky. “It’s important for us to facilitate classes that encapsulate all aspects of health, not just physical. This class is a great addition to our July emotional health spread.”

Elana Davidson teaches muscle testing at Moonflower Community Co-op

When: Tuesday, July 31, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Moonflower Community Cooperative, 39 E. 100 North

Cost: Free

Info: Call 435-259-5712

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