enlightenment for everyday living
kinesiology ~ reiki ~ oh cards
Hi! I'm Diane Low - creator of BodyComm Kinesiology, professional kinesiology practitioner, reiki master-teacher and practitioner, distributor of, and subject-matter-expert for, OH Cards in Australia and New Zealand, former corporate project manager and a bit of a creative arts and crafts dabbler.
I grew up in Melbourne, Australia, and after completing a Science degree with majors in Computer Science and Accounting at Monash University, I worked in the often stressful corporate arena for fifteen years as a business analyst and project manager.
It was 2001 when I stumbled upon, and subsquently followed, a path in natural therapies and the healing arts. On the recommendation of a friend, I tried kinesiology for a lingering lower back annoyance - I was hooked from my first session. I was fascinated by the process itself and the benefits I experienced were significant, immediate and lasting - both physically and emotionally. Within six months of first going to a kinesiologist, I found myself studying at Kinesiology Connection, an ICPKP College in Melbourne, to become one. I completed a four year in-house Advanced Diploma in kinesiology in 2005, which included completing the Australian Certificate IV in Kinesiology in the first couple of years. More recently, as a formality more than anything else, I've completed the Australian HLT51507 - Diploma of Kinesiology (2014) and the ICPKP International Graduate Diploma of Kinesiopractic® (2018) .
As a kinesiologist, I've been in professional practice since 2003 and in order to provide the best possible service to my clients I continue to expand my repertoire with further studies in kinesiology, natural health and personal growth.
Kinesiology can be life changing. It has been for me and it has been for many of my clients. Because of this, I'm committed to supporting kinesiology as a therapy - its growth and exposure. As such, on behalf of the AIK, I've guest lectured on kinesiology to naturopathy and myotherapy students at the Southern School of Natural Therapies. I'm a former Director and former Secretary of the AIK and am a founding member of PRACI. I've run community workshops on kinesiology for self-care and, as an AIK Accredited Mentor, I'm more than happy to coach or mentor kinesiology students and fellow practitioners.
Kinesiology introduced me to working with energy - universal life force, qi (chi) - a concept that had been completely foreign to me (despite my Chinese heritage). In 2003, I was drawn to reiki - another energy-based system of natural healing - and in that same year I was initiated as a Level 1 reiki channel (Usui System of Natural Healing). Level 1 was followed by Level 2 training and attunement in 2004. I continued to use and practice reiki after that, but it was seven years before I was strongly drawn to it again and towards the end of 2012 I achieved my reiki mastership.
I enjoy working with energy - it comes quite naturally to me - so I have also trained in energy-based Native American and Ka healing techniques. Either of these may be included in kinesiology sessions if determined to be in the best interests of the client.
It was in the third or fourth year of my kinesiology course that I was introduced to OH Cards. What an amazing and empowering tool! I immediately wanted all of the decks for my professional toolbox - they were just beautiful - useful, practical art - but only the Original OH was available in Australia and it was hard to find...and rather expensive. I made things easier for myself and my classmates - I went to the source, OH Publishing in Germany. Then in 2006, I found myself ordering a big bunch of stock (hey - if you're going to do something, you may as well REALLY do it!) and became the distributor for Australia and New Zealand. Who would've thought...
When I'm not with clients or doing things that are related to my work, I enjoy arts and crafts as another creative outlet. Whether it's painting or drawing, mosaics or jewellery-making, knitting, crocheting or sewing, I can often be found muddling about with a variety of media and techniques. I also regularly enjoy, and benefit from, the gentle, fluid movement of tai chi and qi gong, the rhythmic stompiness of line dancing and the fast-paced smashiness of badminton.
And I have a cat.
Diane Low is registered as follows:
Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS)
Fellow of ATMS/Accredited Member 19881 (Kinesiology)
Australian Reiki Connection (ARC)
Professional Practitioner Member 1694 (Reiki)
Australian Institute of Kinesiologists (AIK)
Accredited Mentor (Kinesiology)
Practitioner Research and Collaboration Initiative (PRACI)
Working With Children Check
Not much to say about this - it's what I do: Communicate with the Body. Specifically, in kinesiology, I "talk" to the client's body (or maybe I'm "talking" to the client's subconscious and beyond via the body) by muscle testing to find out what's out of balance, what needs to be understood at a conscious level in order to allow and promote self-healing and what needs to be done in order that balance and harmony can be restored.
More often than not, in a session, the client's body will find its own voice - the one that isn't controlled by our conscious thoughts or will - and "talk" back to me via tummy rumblings. This occurs whether or not the client is hungry or has just eaten. It's always great acknowledgement when bodies "speak" with their own voices. I think they're just glad that someone's finally listening...
Many, many years ago, my sister travelled in the US and bought me these lovely sandstone coasters. It was some time later when I found out what the symbols meant - the spiral sun representing "power" and the shaman representing "healing" (at least, that's my recollection of it - I've lost the bit of paper that had all the explanations on it). What an excellent idea for a logo! Powerful Healing - shaman with a sun. Alas, all my efforts at stylising the shaman symbol into a logo looked like something from the Blair Witch Project, so I stuck with just the spiral sun and doodled one on a post-it note. It became my logo.
I have since found this rather nice (and fitting) definition of the spiral sun symbol...
"Spiral Sun: Several Shamanic traditions consider the Sun to be the first shaman, that is, the first healer of people. The Spiral Sun comes from the Anasazi’s petroglyphs as a symbol of healing. The symbol stands for the natural movement and rhythm of life, the constant motion of the universe. It is representative of the unique healing power that is being radiated all around the cosmos, which helps us to recover from setbacks and settle back into a natural rhythm and healthy harmony with life and nature." (From Ancient-Symbols.com)