History of Kinesiology and The Institute

In the late 1960's an American Chiropractor by the name of Dr George Goodheart DC developed a new concept, based on a number of Chiropractic ideas, adding new information that he had discovered himself. He called this new modality "Applied Kinesiology". It was the study of how the body works, applying results against the traditional Chinese Medicine philosophies of Acupuncture and using "muscle testing" as a feedback process.

In the early 1970's another Chiropractor from Pasadena California, Dr John Thie DC, met Dr Goodheart and studied with him in a small research group. After developing a simple, safe and very effective system he called "TOUCH FOR HEALTH", Dr Thie began teaching this new "self-help program" to his patients. He wrote a very easy-to-follow book called simply, "Touch For Health". Many people from all over America came to study with Dr Thie and soon word had spread to Great Britain and other countries around the world. After a short period of time Dr Thie founded the TOUCH FOR HEALTH FOUNDATION, a non-profit continuing education organization and soon teachers, nurses, chiropractors and medical doctors were learning Touch For Health, to assist them in maintaining their registration in their own professional fields.

Since that time Kinesiology has developed to where there are now over 100 different courses being taught around the world in most countries, including Australia, Japan, Europe, Great Britain, Africa, South America and even Russia. Millions of people have learned some form of Kinesiology or have benefitted from it as clients of professional Kinesiology Practitioners who have learned it to be an adjunct to their own therapy.

Touch For Health was introduced to Australia in 1979 when a small number of workshops were taught to interested people who at the time would most probably have been considered "alternative" or "fringe types". Today Dentists, Chiropractors, Psychologists, Medical Doctors as well as Naturopaths, Homoeopaths, Sports Medicine Practitioners and massage therapists study side by side and use it in their clinics.

In Australia, the first Touch For Health association was founded in 1982. Today, the Kinesiology scene has expanded tremendously and there are now two National Kinesiology Associations, all serving different purposes. The Australian Kinesiology Association Inc. (AKA) is an umbrella organisation incorporating a number of associations from nearly every state in Australia, and The Australian Institute of Kinesiologists Ltd (AIK Ltd) incorporated in August 1998.

These are professional Kinesiology bodies working to:

  • have government recognition of our modality,
  • develop a professional body of Practitioners,
  • set standards for Kinesiology Courses and training,
  • have yearly National Conferences for Kinesiology Practitioners and associate Members.

Kinesiology is practised in a number of ways. People visit a Kinesiologist for a specific reason eg, they may suffer from allergies, phobias, emotional stress, scoliosis, dyslexia, bedwetting, behavioural problems, drug addiction etc. Although as Kinesiologists we don't treat, diagnose or prescribe, a Kinesiologists may help an individual by simply balancing the body in order to create the right environment where the body may heal itself. As such, you do not need to be suffering from a "disease" or major diagnosed symptom to benefit from Kinesiology as a person may visit for a "balance session" to fine tune their body if they just feel a "little out of sorts".

You may wish to learn how to do Kinesiology Muscle Testing, Muscle Checking or Muscle Monitoring as it is known by different modalities within the Kinesiology field. You can then safely work with your own family or friends to assist them to improve all areas of their life through food testing, emotional stress release, goal setting, sports performance enhancement. You may be a professional practitioner and would like to incorporate into your daily regime with your clients/patients.

Learning Kinesiology

Many people around the world have studied Kinesiology and have trained to be Instructors. You will be able to find one in your state, hopefully in your own local area by going to the number one Kinesiology Website on the internet www.kinesiology.nu.

This is a developing Global Kinesiology Website which is designed for every Kinesiology Practitioner, Course and Instructor, Applied Kinesiology Chiropractor and Holistic Dentist on the Planet.

Isn't that exciting – you will be able to find a Practitioner and Instructor etc in any country in the world at the click of a mouse! Check it out now.

You may question the association of Holistic Dentistry and Holistic Dentists.

Many Holistic Dentists have learned Kinesiology and use it to test for:

  • amalgam leakage
  • compatibility of dental materials
  • tooth alignment
  • occlusion
  • TMJ function
  • infected root canal treated teeth
  • hypertonic jaw muscles etc.

Some of the types of Kinesiology you may hear about are:

  • Touch For Health
  • Professional Kinesiology Practice, PKP
  • Applied Physiology
  • Educational Kinesiology
  • Three In One
  • One Brain
  • Kinergetics
  • L.E.A.P
  • Neural Organization Therapy - N.O.T
  • Hyperton-X
  • Integrative Kinesiology
  • Road Code
  • Stress Release
  • Aromatic Kinesiology
  • Educating Alternatives
  • SFEF Kinesiology

The Main Factors in Kinesiology

We have an understanding of the body through different eyes to Western Medicine. Where as Medicine looks at a person's symptoms and bases most treatment on the symptoms, Kinesiology considers the function of the body "in relation to":

  • the Neuro-Lymphatic Reflex system
  • the Neuro-Vascular Reflex system
  • the Acupuncture Meridian system

and how these systems may or may not be "switched-on" for muscle/organ function.

We also consider the Survival Systems of the body...

  • Feeding
  • Fight / Flight / Fright
  • Reproduction
  • Limbic / Immune

...through the TRIAD OF HEALTH which considers:

  1. Structural / Physical
  2. Nutritional / Chemical
  3. Emotional / Mental

and the Acupuncture Energy system which connects all of the above. The Spiritual aspect is also very important as we are essentially Spiritual Beings having a "Human Experience!"

We also consider the Cranial Bone function of the living human skull or cranium in relation to mobility and neurological organization. This is of paramount importance for basic survival of man as a species. The study of movement and its relation to health is a paramount consideration with all Kinesiology courses and training.

Recent Development of Kinesiology

Over the last 30 or more years more than 100 different modalities of Kinesiology have developed in about 30 countries around the globe. We now have a tremendous pool of experience to draw from when training and learning how to assist our friends and clients / patients to a higher quality of life. All Kinesiologists use the "Muscle Testing or Muscle Monitoring" technique to evaluate and educate the body's nervous system with new information as a person moves towards a more integrated state of being.

Kinesiology can assist and often help people who experience many of the following problems:

  • Emotional Stress problems
  • Physical imbalances often resulting in pain
  • Mental problems generally involving the area of learning, (eg. ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia etc)either at school or at work and play
  • Nutritional imbalances / deficiencies resulting in disease states
  • Relationship difficulties and is a great tool in counseling often getting to the root cause of the problem in a very short time.
  • Enhancement in sports performance as well as injury prevention
  • Goal setting
  • Overcoming phobias which can be life destroying for many people.
  • Clearing chemical and food allergies and intolerances
  • Plus giving a new self responsibility to each person so they can take charge of their own life.

A key difference between Kinesiology and many other modalities is the way Kinesiology is spread. As one person learns a program they can train and qualify to teach that program to their friends and clients. This is quite unique as a person usually doesn't go to their family Dentist for a few years and then one day the Dentist starts to train his patients in what he does. Neither does a Chiropractor, Medical Doctor or Acupuncturist!

Through this system of training Kinesiology has become the fastest growing Natural Health Science on the face of the Earth. In this growth however, many Applied Kinesiology Chiropractors and Holistic Dentists have shared their knowledge with Kinesiology students in seminars / workshops which has enabled both of these modalities to benefit by having Kinesiologists understand more about how they can assist their clients by referring to the relevant Dentist / Chiropractor as the need arises. This symbiotic relationship is growing worldwide. The aim of this website is to assist in that growth!