What is Kinesiology?

"If we can really understand the problem, the answer will come out of it, because the answer is not seperate from the problem".

Jiddu Krishnamurti

The origins of Kinesiology

Kinesiology is a mind-body modality that was born of American Chiropractic Dr George Goodheart in the 1960s. He discovered that by combining Chiropractic techniques with the philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Accupuncture meridian system he could access a much deeper level of understanding of why people were suffering pain and ill health, and therefore provide a more robust treatment for his clients. He did this by developing an understanding of the relationship between the meridian system and the muscle groups, organs and glands in the body and from there he created a system of MUSCLE TESTING techniques which are at the heart of all Kinesiology modalities.  His new modality, named Applied Kinesiology, was adopted by the Natural Medicine establishment in the United States and was brought over to the UK in the early 1970's by Brian Butler, the founder of what we now know as Systematic Kinesiology and, at its foundation, Touch for Health. 


Over the decades the ever-evolving practice of Kinesiology has been used as a tool by health practitioners all over the world.  Although a relatively new therapy, there now exists many different modalities that use Kinesiology at their core, and a variety of Kinesiology schools have been born -  Health Kinesiology (also knows as Natural Bioenergetics) being one.  This is an energy based Kinesiology practice that works more in the subtle realms of vibrational energy and psychological adjustments.  This modality was one of the many off-shoots from the original work done by Dr Goodheart and was developed by Canadian Psychologist Dr Jimmy Scott  in the 1970's.  You can find out more about the many different schools on the Kinesiology Federation website here.

Kinesiology's approach to health is more akin to that of Functional Medicine with a very eclectic and modern toolkit.  Having been developed from so many different sources, it is a truly unique and holistic therapy.  As our science evolves particularly in the areas of psychoneuroimmunology and epigenetics, so does the world of Kinesiology, which makes it a most exciting modality to be working with.














How does Kinesiology muscle testing work?

Muscle testing or monitoring is the practice of  evaluating the function of a particular muscle. Through applying gentle pressure to a specific muscle, we can observe subtle changes in the body's electrical circuitry in order to assess how effectively the body is functioning at that point in time. Each muscle has a direct connection to a particular meridian and organ or gland in the body according to the Traditional Chinese Medicine model.  By monitoring each muscle we can evaluate the energetic state of that meridian, organ and neural pathway.  We often select a single muscle as an indicator muscle (commonly an arm muscle for ease of use) and by gently engaging the muscle to contract within its range of motion we can gauge if the muscle function is switched on or switched off.   When we then introduce a 'stressor' or substance (a food, a thought, a goal, a nutritional supplement or essence) into the energy circuit we can gauge the muscle response which will tell us if the body is stressed or balanced with the presence of that item - the muscle will either stay strong or weaken accordingly.  Working with the meridian system, the 5 elements and the many correction techniques we have learned, the Kinesiologist from whichever school,  will work out how best to keep your body 'happy' thus maintaining a state of balance, or homeostasis.  Skilful questioning and testing can provide us with sometimes very direct, if subtle, solutions, and often powerful adjustments can occur to change your body's physiology and energy system in an instant.

"The natural healing force in each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.”