Tips for a Career, Job or Earning a Living as a Kinesiologist
The first thing to understand about training for a job or career in kinesiology is that there are two types of kinesiology. There is a kind of kinesiology that is taught at some colleges and is defined simply as “the branch of physiology that studies the mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement". Unfortunately, this is not the kind of kinesiology that people are raving about that has healed their health and emotional problems. This website does not cover anything to do with that kind of kinesiology.
If you have heard of how truly fantastic and powerful at healing health and emotional problems kinesiology is, then you have most likely heard of another definition of kinesiology, which is the definition of kinesiology that most people refer to. It is is connected with either Academic Kinesiology (including Applied Kinesiology) or Specialized Kinesiology and always includes muscle testing. The key to finding out which kind of kinesiology someone is referring to is to ask, how much muscle testing is involved? The effective kind of kinesiology is based on muscle testing, which is used throughout a kinesiology session.
For more information on kinesiology, please see my article "History of Kinesiology".
To learn real kinesiology, which uses muscle testing, one of the best way to start learning is from our DVD training series "Perfect Health with Kinesiology & Muscle Testing".
Another way is to do the "Touch for Health" seminars, each of which is about 20 hours long. Search on the net and ask at health food stores for contacts about trainings in your area. But this is only the beginning if you want a career in kinesiology. After that, I highly recommend:
Now, once you are trained as a kinesiologist, how do you make money from this? I recommend that you subscribe to Massage Magazine. They have tips and links to free information as to how to run a successful massage practice, and much of what is said there can apply to kinesiology.
Before you really get going, you will want some practice. After you have practiced on friends, family and other kinesiology students, it's time to work on other people. Do not make the mistake that some people do and give your first sessions away for free or too cheap a price. It takes energy to give a session and if you do not receive enough compensation, you may get discouraged from continuing your career. Also, people do not value something that is free. And kinesiology is VERY valuable. Perhaps you could charge the same price as massage therapist in your area, and raise the price later on.
I know many kinesiologists who make a living from doing kinesiology. However, it has one draw back that many other techniques for healing do not have such a big problem with - it is so very, very effective at healing health problems. So you probably can't expect to see the same person over and over again for a great number of sessions. Although there are exceptions, especially when people have super big problems, such as from an accident.
However, the people who do get great results will refer others to you. And the people who have been to you will be loyal to you. Eventually, life will take its toll and they will want to come back and see you. Therefore, it is very important to stay in the one area and not move around.
Another problem you will have is that currently the awareness of kinesiology in the world is not great. It is growing, but most people you speak to will either not know what kinesiology is or at best have a very fuzzy understanding. Many will not realise that it is possibly the one thing that is needed to solve the pain or problems that they had just about given up hope of healing. This problem is changing, and it is our intention that our DVD will help to make a big change to this, but currently you can't expect to be fully booked in most places just because you put up a shingle saying "Kinesiologist." or "Synergistic Kinesiology."
Certification is not the same as being licensed. A certificate says that you have have completed a particular course of study. It is not the same as a license. Kinesiology is not licensed, which is a good thing. Whoever controls licenses, controls that thing. The controllers can even take one's license away. This has been done many times to medical doctors who do not conform to the medical teaching of using only drugs and operations, and have instead changed to natural healing methods, such as herbs, vitamins, oxygen therapy etc.
I myself have always worked as an unlicensed practitioner. If you do this, I strongly recommend that you obtain a copy of "Legal Guidelines for Unlicensed Practitioners" by Dr Lawrence Wilson.
And then you might like to think about researching the benefits of doing something like becoming a minister with the Universal Life Church.
Because kinesiology is unlicensed, your clients cannot get reimbursed from their health insurance company. So they have to pay themselves. However, many thousands of people are willing to do this, and even more are paying for themselves every year.
If you like to be licensed, there is a way that you can do that.
You could get certified as a Massage Therapist or even, if you want to take out a much larger loan, as a chiropractor, in addition to your kinesiology training. I know of one kinesiologist who was a certified Massage Therapist. She was fully booked, with six clients a day, five days a week, for $60/hour. I gather that her sessions were roughly 50% massage and 50% kinesiology. People come in for the massage, enjoy the massage, and then get to receive some kinesiology as well, which is the thing that really heals them. Then because they enjoy the massage (and the more permanent effects of the kinesiology), they are more likely to book in again. And that way, you can give them an ongoing education program in natural health or work on other issues that you are both interested in.
How much do kinesiologists charge? Anything from $30 - $200 or more an hour.
This particular kinesiologist regularly got referrals from medical doctors (!) who sent her their extra tough cases. So networking with other people can be beneficial too.
In addition, if you rent space as a kinesiologist or massage therapist from an office such as a chiropractor's, they may be interested in referring their clients to you, and then some of the costs can go to the person's health insurance company.
What ever you do, I highly, highly recommend that you never work from home, for your own safety. Find space in a center where other people are also working.
Whether you are a licensed or unlicensed health practitioner, I highly, highly recommend that your read "Legal Guidelines for Unlicensed Practitioners".
If you decide to become a minister as part of your ministry, you might like to research the benefits of becoming a minister of the Universal Life Church.
For any healing profession, it helps enormously to stay in one area. People have told me that the first year is very tough. You will probably want a second source of income during that time. The years after that, things get easier. And after 4-6 years, things really take off in a big way. That is, assuming you are doing everything you can to improve yourself and your services and promotions in the mean time.
1)Remember that kinesiologist never cure or treat anything. Only doctors do that. And butchers cure ham. We just balance ENERGY.
2) You should be in balance yourself before and during a session (unless you are both learning). Especially if the client is paying. Drink some reverse osmosis during the session to make sure you don't get dehydrated (and hence, go out of balance).
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