Senior empowerment funded by grant

A new Horizons for Seniors grant is funding a Kettle River Seniors program aimed at keeping folks active, involved and independent

Deb Tilgstra practices kinesiology techniques she has learned at EOS workshops on fellow participant Jenny Bennett.

Kettle River Seniors Branch #102 are using a grant from New Horizons for Seniors to help locals develop the skills and confidence that will allow them to stay active and involved in community life.

“Socializing and learning are two of the main ingredients in maintaining health,” said an early draft of the program proposal. “Health is essential to being able to maintain independent living.”

The $25,000 grant is funding EOS – a yearlong program called Empowerment of Seniors.

Rock Creek resident Peri Best, a licensed energy kinesiology practitioner, said the purpose is to introduce people to the study of muscles and how they work. “How to test muscles. How muscles are tied together with the meridians – so it is a tying together of western medicine and oriental medicine models.”

While many have studied touch for health and some of the beginning levels of kinesiology, few have gone to the higher levels – Best is one of only 15 trained to her level in North America. She explained that more kinesiologists are found in New Zealand and Australia where the treatments are supported by the medical system.

Best has developed what she calls the Holy Grail Protocol as a means of working with the pineal gland. “This amazing gland is sensitive to many levels of light frequencies and other external electromagnetic pulsations and cycles,” she explains. “It mediates the functions of other key parts of the brain and body to optimize our response to our environment. The pineal is also key to our connection to our higher guidance systems and functions to integrate that information to optimize our emotional, mental and physical well-being.”

“What I am doing here is trying to make kinesiology much more accessible,” said Best. “I think every school kid should know how to test muscles and activate them using acupoints. It is just so simple.”

She has prepared a workbook that is organized in a way that she would have liked to have been taught.

Branch #102 sponsored a four-day kinesiology workshop earlier this year, held practice sessions every Wednesday since, and they are busy planning more events.

The workshop is designed to introduce the beginning kinesiology practitioner to the higher functions of the pineal gland as well as to muscle monitoring, meridians, and activating acupoints.

As part of the EOS program they held a one-day session on pain techniques on June 10 at the Rock Creek Medical Centre.

Speaking of the worth of the workshops, Vivien Browne said, “I don’t think people realize what they have here. They may think that because the workshops are being held in Rock Creek or that the workshop is free, that it is not valuable. The cost for this program would be substantial if held in Calgary or Vancouver.”

While the exact date is yet to be confirmed, an August workshop on herbs will bring in author Evelyn Mulders. The group is planning to repeat the introduction to kinesiology workshops in September, host sessions on computers in October and cover nutrition and exercise in November.

While the sessions are free they are asking people to make a deposit when registering so that they can get a reliable idea of the number of participants to plan for. If they show up then they get their deposit back.

For more information or if you are interested in attending any workshops leave a message for Judy Singers at 250-446-2167 or email


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