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 1960-ies. 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 & 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 directions is the muscle test.
It is used for non-verbal communication with the conscious and subconscious areas.

In this way, every person can regain more zest for life, self-confidence and a life in 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 own body) is used.

Kinesiology is an effective tool to find any blockages, stress triggers or weak points and to rebalance them with appropriate kinesiological measures in the form of a balance. This means movement in the physical, spiritual, emotional and mental areas in the form of positive changes.

The 4 pillars in kinesiology:

  • The balancing of the levels
  • The regulation in the meridian flow
  • The readiness of the musculature
  • The activation of the two hemispheres of the brain

Kinesiology can be excellently used in the field of health care and prevention, optimization of work processes, learning ability, as well as in business and human resources development.

In the field of kinesiology many new kinesiology areas and methods have developed from the classical directions, such as Touch for Health, Brain Gym®, Hyperton-X, Three in One Concepts.

Classical Kinesiology is taught according to the international guidelines of the respective Foundations and is completed with international certificates.

Kinesiologists use special muscle tests to identify energetic blockages and stress triggers. They support clients on their way to optimize their personal strengths and abilities.

Kinesiologists who can provide evidence of comprehensive training are also entitled to be 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.