A Primal Perception Approach

EEG Graph Courtesy of Dr. Ken Vinton

Going beyond the Five Senses

Most health practitioners admit to occasionally experiencing intuitive moments when they are able to “sense” things that normally cannot  be perceived through the standard five senses. A relatively small percentage of gifted individuals learn how to cultivate this expanded awareness sensing skill so they can access it at any time.  However, the majority of practitioners remain unable to access this innate ability, simply because they do not know that it is possible.

Heightened awareness of primal responses enables a practitioner to recognize when  their nervous system is reacting to significant forms of stimuli that are too subtle to be perceived via the standard 5 senses. During the 1980’s investigators began to examine this sensing phenomenon from a psycho-physiological point of view. The remarkable outcome of this research yielded information demonstrating that most individuals, when taught how to do so, can rapidly expand their range of awareness, at will. The Access Technique evolved out this research.


It is well known that the nervous system DETECTS far more stimuli than an individual is AWARE of.

Homeostasis is as an excellent example of the nervous system’s ability to detect and respond to subtle internal stimuli outside of (conscious) awareness. Contemporary research now acknowledges that the nervous system also detects and responds to “ultra-weak” forms of external stimuli outside of awareness.

In the following example, an EEG was used to monitor a practitioner’s brainwave activity as he passed his hand over a subject’s body with no direct contact.  Figure 1 reflects general brainwave activity throughout most of the scan. Figure 2 displays a sudden change in brainwave activity that took place when the practitioner passed his hand over a specific symptomatic area on the subject’s back.

EEG Graph Courtesy of Dr. Ken Vinton EEG Graph Courtesy of Dr. Ken Vinton

It is significant to note that the practitioner was not (consciously) aware of any change in tactile sensations in his hand as it passed over the area. Similarly, the practitioner was not aware of the abrupt brain wave responses his nervous system produced each time his hand passed over the area.

Practical Application

During palpation, your nervous system typically detects a mixture of 1) “standard” (conscious) stimuli and, 2) “ultra-weak” (non-conscious) stimuli. Your nervous system responds differently to each of these two types of stimuli.

When your nervous system detects standard stimuli (via palpation), it responds by producing “hand- based” tactile sensations which you are aware of, AND subtle autonomic and central nervous system responses which you are not aware of.

Instead, the nervous system responds to ultra-weak stimuli by producing a variety of autonomic nervous system (ANS) responses and central nervous system (CNS) reactions. These responses may involve changes in brainwave activity; heart rate; muscle tone; respiration; sudomotor activity, and other “primal responses.”

Traditionally, practitioners have been taught to focus their attention (exclusively) on “hand-based” sensations/responses that are produced during palpation. This conventional approach does not take into account the subtle ANS/CNS responses that are also produced during palpation. By overlooking these primal responses, the mainstream method limits a practitioner’s access to subtler  (and often more accurate) ranges of information.

Using the Access approach, the practitioner directs his/her attention away from “hand-based” sensations and focuses it on specific ANS/CNS responses that are produced as they palpate.  In this approach, the hand is used to collect information, but the responses are experienced in the examiner’s body. Heightened awareness of ANS/CNS responses enables a practitioner to recognize when their nervous system is reacting to significant forms of stimuli that are too subtle to be perceived via the standard five senses.

In the Access Technique, practitioners are guided through a series of exercises that rapidly develop sensitivity to specific ANS/CNS responses. Once an individual gains a basic awareness of certain primal responses, they become able to sense when their nervous system is responding to important types of “ultra-weak” stimuli (i.e., stimuli that are detected outside of the “normal” range of perception). This primal sensing ability enables a practitioner to know when their nervous system is detecting subtle changes in a patient’s physiology that are imperceptible to the standard five senses.

Next, practitioners begin working with “enhancing tools.” These specialized electronic teaching tools, developed by the Access research team, assist a practitioner to sustain a heightened awareness of subtle ANS/CNS responses over long periods of time.  At this point, a practitioner is well prepared to start incorporating extended awareness skills into assessment and treatment procedures. Extended awareness skills enable a practitioner to significantly increase the specificity of most therapeutic approaches.  The Access Technique favors the use of low force adjustments and the ArthroStim® instrument by IMPAC.


In the past, only a small percentage of individuals successfully developed the ability to access subtler ranges of their own nervous system’s inherent sensitivity. Contemporary insights and modern enhancing tools now make it possible for most individuals to develop operational primal perception skills in a single weekend.

Visit www.AccessWorkshop.com for further information about the Access Technique!

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