Monday, February 8, 2010

History of Kinesiology


Dr George Goodheart, an American chiropractor, is the acknowledged founder of kinesiology. In 1964 he used the model of muscle testing to evaluate what he was doing chiropractically.

Dr Goodheart found that muscles which could not ‘lock’, or maintain position against pressure, could be ‘tonified’, or locked, by stimulating certain points on the body.

These correction points include Chapman's Neurolymphatic Reflex points, Bennett's Neurovascular Reflex points and Spinal Reflex technique. 

Goodheart also explored the subtle energy pathways or meridians, and found these too were affected by energetic imbalances. These were also incorporated into kinesiology.

As interest in muscle testing grew Dr Goodheart brought together a group of practitioners who were interested in developing this further and the International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK) was formed.

As part of the foundation of expanding the application of muscle testing the team took on board work done by Bennet and Chapman with regard to the lymphatic and vascular systems. They also looked at the subtle energy system as used within acupuncture.

Dr John Thie, one of the original members of the team led by Dr Goodheart recognised the need to educate the public in many of the self-help techniques within AK and developed an educational program that became known as Touch For Health (TFH). TFH is now taught and used throughout the world.

In 1977, Dr Bruce Dewe was introduced to Applied Kinesiology through a chiropractor in California. He became a Touch for Health Instructor in 1977 and a member of the International College of Applied Kinesiology in 1981. DR Dewe created a series of workshops which over time evolved into the PKP Certification Programme™. Bruce became chairman of the TFH International Faculty and helped set up the International Kinesiology College, Z├╝rich of which he was the first President.

In 1999 he and his wife Joan founded the International College of Professional Kinesiology Practice to introduce an internationally recognised Diploma in Kinesiology.
And the rest, as they say, is history!

References

·         “ICPKP Database Mode Books”
ICPKP Basic Kinesiology Programme
Dewe, Dr Bruce MD and Joan MA

·         Gladwell, Malcolm (2000).
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference.
Boston: Little, Brown

·         Brennan, Barbara
Bantam Books

·         Ken Keyes Jr.

                        The Hundredth Monkey

Devorss & Co (Txp); 2nd edition (June 1984)

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