OEBK - Austrian Professional Association for Kinesiology


What is kinesiology?
Origin, History & Explanation

Origin & History of Kinesiology

The origin of kinesiology goes back to the American chiropractor, Dr.George Goodheart. He took up the scientific work of the orthopedist R.W. Lovett, as well as the physiotherapists Henry and Florence Kendall at the beginning of the 1960s. Building on these foundations, Goodheart developed Applied Kinesiology (AK).

Over the years, a system of different specialties emerged, some of which are recognized as training in Austria.

It is about
movement and motion sequences
in the body

Kinesiology is, literally translated, the "science of movement" - derived from the Greek terms kinesis (movement) and logos (teaching). It is based on the effort to recognize and dissolve blockages in the flow of life energy.

Since its foundation in the 1960s, kinesiology has developed into a comprehensive and effective treatment system that serves to promote both health and personal development.

By combining ancient experiences (e.g. from Far Eastern medicine) and the latest Western findings, kinesiology offers a variety of possibilities to get the blocked flow of life energy moving again and to keep it there.

Muscles, motor activity, breathing, blood circulation, lymphatic system, thoughts, emotions, feelings and the movement of the body’s own energies (e.g. in the meridians) are all included.

Kinesiology also sees the human being as a unity of body, mind and soul. Thus, it is also a holistic and complementary method.

The common tool of all kinesiology methods is the muscle test.
It is used for non-verbal communication with the conscious and subconscious mind.

The energetic harmonization resulting from kinesiological balancing can help increase one’s self-confidence and zest for life, and can lead to a feeling of living life in greater harmony with oneself.

Explanation of kinesiological working techniques

Kinesiology combines the knowledge and findings from modern Western medicine (e.g. breathing, blood circulation, muscles, motor function, lymphatic system), traditional Chinese medicine – TCM (e.g. meridian system, acupuncture points), and modern sciences (e.g. neurology, brain research).

Today, Kinesiology as a name is a collective term for all procedures in which the „muscle test“ (biofeedback system of the body) is used. The kinesiological muscle test is an effective tool for finding energetic blockages, stress triggers, and weak points, and for determining the most appropriate kinesiological measures for resolving any imbalances that are found. This rebalancing work, called a „balance“, can move energy in the physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental areas of a person, facilitating positive change. Kinesiologists use a number of different muscle tests to identify energetic blockages and stress triggers, in support of optimizing the well-being and personal strengths and abilities of their clients.

The four pillars in kinesiology:

  • Balancing of the levels
  • Regulation in the meridian flow
  • Readiness of the musculature
  • Activation of the two hemispheres of the brain

Kinesiological techniques can be easily incorporated into the field of health care and disease prevention, optimization of work processes, improvement of learning ability, and in business and human resources development.

In the field of kinesiology, many new kinesiology areas and methods have developed from the classical directions of Touch for Health, Brain Gym®, Hyperton-X, and Three in One Concepts, all of which are taught according to the international guidelines of their respective Foundation and completed with international certificates.

Kinesiologists who can provide evidence of comprehensive training are entitled to become members of the Austrian Professional Association for Kinesiology (ÖBK). This membership is currently well suited as a proof of quality.


Text: Monika Übel-Helbig Methodenvertreterin und Ansprechpartnerin für Kinesiologie der Wiener Wirtschaftskammer.