Carrie’s Blog

by Carrie Jost, Founder of Creative Kinesiology.

I am new to this – writing weekly – about aspects of my work as a Creative Kinesiologist and teacher.  The prospect is both exciting and a little daunting.  I am taking excerpts from the book I am writing for these blogs.

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Loving Yourself

Apart from being a practitioner of Creative Kinesiology, I am also very keen to translate some of the recent scientific studies – ones that are relevant to us as kinesiologists – into a usable format.  This means that we can use the information with our clients and not just keep it as background information.  It can certainly help with healing for ourselves and for others.

My first blog was about building and maintaining our resilience – a crucial element of our physical, emotional and mental health in these times.

This time I am expanding on one aspect of this – our heart health and the capacity to love ourselves and others and all of life.  Spending so much time alone during the first lockdown and now well into the second one I have been reflecting on this.  It is a tricky thing to manage, when we don’t get feedback from our family and friends – the feedback that normally gives us a sense of ourselves and how we fit in to our world.  This can take a heavy toll.

Our hearts are central to our wellbeing.  We may know this intuitively – it is backed up by acupuncture theory and the Institute of HeartMath. 

Let’s look at some facts:

  • Our heart rhythms stretch out around us and take up 8 to 10 feet (3 to 4 meters) of our personal space – affecting all beings within near range.
  • The heart has at least 40,000 neurons – equivalent to major parts of the head brain, making it a brain in its own right.
  • It affects the body by secreting neurotransmitters, the nervous system’s messengers, into the blood and on into the body.
  • In addition, the heart sends pressure waves, rhythms and pulsations to the rest of the body – affecting mental states and feelings. As these waves spread throughout the body, they bring the pulsations of the other organs into alignment with them.  If the heart is in an erratic state, then the effect on the other organs is to create disharmony and incoherence.
  • The heart appears to receive intuitive feelings moments before the brain in the head. It is speedier than the rather slow apparatus contained in our skulls.

So, how can we help ourselves in these, sometimes, lonely days?

  • Can we find things to appreciate about ourselves? Anything makes a difference – like singing in the shower, making a tasty bowl of porridge or when the cat jumps up and blesses us with a purr.
  • Finding thigs to appreciate and be thankful for every day is a way of harmonising the heart’s rhythms. And in turn this brings harmony to the body, mind and emotions.
  • When the going gets tough – remembering good things to appreciate from the past can make a difference to our heart rhythms in a very positive and coherent way.
  • Breathing a little bit deeper can increase a sense of calm and coherence, changing anxiety to calm. It is worth having a go to experience what happens.
  • Having a project or two can bring some purpose to the everyday as well as to our heart rhythms. And this can be helpful if it is outside of any work you are doing.  Even turning out and rearranging kitchen cupboards can be a great project that leaves a feeling of achievement – my job for this week!

You might be interested in ‘The HeartMath Solution’ by Doc Childre and Howard Martin.  Piatkus, 2011 edition.



Here we are – once again facing a surge in corona virus cases in Britain

So, what can we do to keep ourselves as healthy and well as possible in these times?

It seems to me that the number one thing to be aware of is our resilience – our ability to bounce back from any infections and the stresses and strains that inevitably arise from being alive.

Building our Resilience involves many things and here I am focussing on our immunity

70 to 80% of our immune defences live in the gut. The gut lining – all 9 meters of it – contains these immune cells. When the gut is working optimally, we have more defences available to protect ourselves from infections of any kind. Many people have gut problems, ranging from bloating and gas to constipation or diarrhoea and even to full blown irritable bowel syndrome.

How can we help our gut to be the best it can be? The answer to this question is that we can look after the microbes that live in the gut. We have, a huge, 10 times as many microbes as we have cells in our bodies. And about three quarters of these are in the gut. The microbes keep our guts healthy and therefore keep us healthy.

This means that we will function best if we:

  • Feed our microbes – with fibre and what is called resistant starch. We can get most of this from fruit and vegetables. But, also from cooked and cooled rice, pasta and potato – these can be reheated and still feed our microbes

  • Keep our microbial balance by eating a varied diet including probiotics such as yoghurt and fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kefir.

Making sure we supply our bodies with enough Vitamin D.

This is the vitamin that we get from sunshine – it strengthens our bones and tissues and keeps us in good shape physically and mentally. And, vitally, it supports our immune system. There has been concern about an ‘epidemic’ of Vitamin D deficiency in the past few years. Concerning – because it means our general resilience is reduced and people are more likely to become ill.

How do we make sure that we have enough vitamin D?

Sunshine is the best source of vitamin D. I have seen it recommended that we get 15 minutes of sunshine when we can directly on our skin. Although too much is not good for us as we know.

Food sources include oily fish, dairy products and eggs. For vegans the sources are vitamin D enriched products or supplements. A vitamin D3 with vitamin K2 supplement is recommended as they have a synergy that supports healthy bones.

We need enough vitamin C for normal function of the immune system as well as for growth and repair of body tissues and support for stressful times.

Where can we get our vitamin C from?

Fruit and vegetables provide us with vitamin C. In particular: parsley, kale, green peppers, brussels sprouts and cabbage. With lemons, strawberries, oranges, blackberries and grapefruit a close second.

A vitamin C supplement can help out if fruit and vegetables are not available.


• ‘10% Human’ by Alanna Collen. 2015. William Collins

• ‘Gut’ by Giulia Anders. 2016. Scribe. (now updated)

• ‘The Dictionary of Vitamins’ by L Mervyn. 1984. Thorsons – now out of print.

• BMJ article online re Vitamin D deficiency:

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