Stress detector


We all hold stress, fear or tension in different parts of our body. That sinking feeling in the stomach; the pressure in the chest; that feeling of being punched in the solar plexus; the frog in the throat. 

These can all be indicators of where we hold stress. Using the stress you can firstly find out where you are holding your stress and then learn how to release it.



Use the following exercise as a stress detector. 

This exercise can help you find where in your body stress is harboured. 

You will need someone to help you with this; you can take turns and perhaps both discover something new. You will be using kinesiology, an arm testing technique, where your subconscious body reaction is monitored. 


We are going to test the main Chakra energy areas of the body, and discover which are strong, and which appear weak and may be - temporarily at least – vulnerable. 

Have paper and pen handy to jot down the results as you go along.

I have used this stress detector in many organisations, even with cynical engineers and they are amazed at the accuracy of the results.

Control exercise

  1. The subject should stand straight with their partner facing them. 
  2. The subject then puts out their arm sideways at shoulder height, and holds it firm but not clenched.
  3. In order to test the strength of their response, ask the subject to close their eyes and think of something positive about their life, a happy event or an achievement they are proud of. 
  4. The assistant then tests the resistance by pressing gently on their partner’s wrist. 
  5. If the arm remains firm then this is a positive response. 
  6. The subject should then think about something negative, something which makes them feel unhappy, stressed, fearful or sad. 
  7. Test the response. The arm will probably be a lot weaker.This is a negative response. Some people have a more dramatic response than others.  
  8. The assistant should gauge the difference. Also be aware that sometimes the subject will work extra hard at keeping their arm strong. Because this is using extra energy it should be discouraged as it can give a false reading.
  9. Finally test for a positive response again, as it is not helpful to leave someone with negative thoughts and feelings.

Work out the strengths from 10 to 1

Using this exercise as a measurement, consider the firmness of the positive response as ten, and the weakness of the negative response as zero. As you go through the following exercise mark each test between these two scores.


Begin the exercise


Look at the positions of the Chakras on the diagram. 


The subject should put one hand on their root Chakra, close their eyes and think of the colour red. Not everyone can visualize a colour so if this is a problem as them to think of an item that is that colour – for example the red of an apple, the flames of a fire burning in the grate. 

Their partner should then test for strength, and note the result out of 10.

Next move to the sacral, with closed eyes think of orange. Think of the juice of the fruit. Test and note the result.

Now, move the hand to the solar plexus, and think of yellow. The  bright yellow of the sun. Test and note.

Move the hand to the heart chakra, and think of green. The green of the grass, of fresh leaves on a tree. Test and note.

Progress to the throat chakra, and think of blue. The blue of a summer sky. Test and note.

Upwards to the forehead, the brow centre, and think of indigo, a deep blue like the night sky. Test and note.

Finally to the crown chakra, on the top of the head. Think of violet, test and note.

Once you have completed the stress detector exercise you may wish to changes places with your partner, and rerun the exercise. Take a note of the results and exchange with your partner.

The areas that show up weak are where we hold stress and this can have a physical or mental impact on us.


Now link to release stress  for the next step 


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