History of Kinesiology
The history of kinesiology is detailed in the excellent book “A Revolutionary Way of Thinking” by Dr Charles Krebs. I highly recommend this book to you.
(Note: the term “kinesiology” as used here is used to mean that which is connected with either Academic Kinesiology or Specialized Kinesiology and always includes muscle testing. It is not to be confused with another definition of ‘kinesiology’ which is that which is taught in some colleges and is defined simply as “the branch of physiology that studies the mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement”).
Kinesiology is both a science and an art. It is a science because it has methods, rules, principles, logical techniques and verifiable outcomes. It is an art because it involves intuition, feelings and practice.
Manual muscle testing was first developed by R.W.Lovett, and orthopaedic surgeon who published his results in 1932.
Henry and Florence Kendall improved on his work and published a book in 1949.
It was a chiropractor, Dr George Goodheart, who took their knowledge and really made use it. Goodheart is the father of modern day kinesiology. He was the first to develop a system which used a muscle test, followed by a correction, followed by another muscle test.
The first correction he did was to press the weak muscle at its ends, which is now called the origin/insertion correction.
However, this correction did not correct all muscles which he found to be unlocking and therefore stressed.
An osteopath named Frank Chapman had discovered that some diseases were related to poor lymph flow. He found that rubbing different lymphatic areas on the body that were tender could help different conditions. From this came the Lymphatic Points that you have just learned about.
Goodheart took this information and used it to develop more corrections which helped to correct more muscles imbalances when combined with muscle testing.
However, after that there were still some unlocking muscles that would not correct.
A chiropractor named Terence Bennett had found that improving blood flow could help different conditions. He also developed his own system of points on the body from which came the Neuro-Vascular points that you just learned about. Goodheart used this information to develop yet another correction which was combined with muscle testing.
Goodheart also went on to to find that using the Meridian system from Chinese medicine and acupuncture produced another set of corrections.
He called the new system that he developed Applied Kinesiology. This is the type of kinesiology used by many chiropractors today. Applied Kinesiology is taught as part of a five year course and is mainly used by professionals.
One of a dozen chiropractors who worked with George Goodheart to develop kinesiology was John Thie. Thie wanted everyone in the world to be able to have the power to improve their health, not just professionals. He therefore took the techniques from Applied Kinesiology and developed a new system called Touch for Health which was designed so that anyone could learn kinesiology. Millions of people in dozens of countries now know how to practise kinesiology from having learned Thies’ system called “Touch for Health”.
Another of Goodheart’s protégés was Alan Beardall. It was Beardall who developed, among other things, the model of the “biocomputer”, wherein the brain is understood to be a super-powerful computer that is in communication with the rest of the body. With this understanding he was able to ask the body questions to which the biocomputer could answer “yes” or “no” using muscle testing.
From these early beginnings two main branches of kinesiology developed. One branch is Academic Kinesiology. This includes Applied Kinesiology and Clinical Kinesiology which are chiefly in the hands of professionals.
The other branch of kinesiology developed from Touch for Health. It is mostly in the hands of people outside of Academic circles and has come to be known as Specialised Kinesiology. As you may imagine, Specialised Kinesiology makes greater use of intuition and emotions. It also pays more attention to what the Biocomputer is telling us, rather than just working through a bunch of text book corrections. Herein lies its great power. Synergistic Kinesiology is a form of Specialized Kinesiology.
There are dozens of different forms of Specialised Kinesiology and more are being produced all the time as people make their own discoveries as to what works and what doesn’t. The more you learn, the more help you will be able to give to people. However, no matter what path you take it is highly recommended that you do at least the first three weekend seminars of “Touch for Health”.
(Note: the term “kinesiology” as used here is used to mean that which is connected with either Academic Kinesiology (including Applied Kinesiology) or Specialized Kinesiology and always includes muscle testing. It is not to be confused with another definition of ‘kinesiology’ which is that which is taught in some colleges and is defined simply as “the branch of physiology that studies the mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement”).
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