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What is Kinesiology?

At its purest level the word Kinesiology (kin-easy-ology) means the study of motion. In particular, the study of how muscles act and coordinate to move the body.

In the natural health field, Kinesiology uses muscles to monitor stress and imbalance within the body where 'Muscle Testing' is used for detecting and re-balancing. These imbalances may relate to emotional stress, nutrition or allergies, learning problems, injuries or pain.

Styles of Kinesiology

There are many different styles of Kinesiology, which generally fall into three groups:

  • Applied Kinesiology, used by Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Medical Doctors and Dentists.
  • Traditional Kinesiology which is mainly biomechanics and exercise physiology.
  • Specialised or Energy Kinesiology, which incorporates several modalities, including Professional Kinesiology Practice, Educational Kinesiology, Transformational Kinesiology, Touch For Health, Neural Organisation Technique, Applied Neurogenics, Hyperton-X, One Brain, Applied Physiology, Neuro Linguistic, Psych-Energetics, Allergetics

Origins of Kinesiology

In the late 1960's an American Chiropractor by the name of Dr George Goodheart DC developed a new concept, based on a number of Chiropractic ideas, adding new information that he had discovered himself. He called this new modality "Applied Kinesiology". It was the study of how the body works, applying results against the traditional Chinese Medicine philosophies of Acupuncture and using "muscle testing" as a feedback process.

In the early 1970's another Chiropractor from Pasadena California, Dr John Thie DC, met Dr Goodheart and studied with him in a small research group. After developing a simple, safe and very effective system he called "TOUCH FOR HEALTH", Dr Thie began teaching this new "self-help program" to his patients. Dr Thie’s intention was to make a simplified version of Kinesiology available for lay people.

Obviously there is a gap between the Applied Kinesiology of licenced physicians and the lay-person kinesiology of Touch for Health. This is why the PKP was developed by Dr Bruce Dewe and Joan Dewe.

The PKP difference

PKP™ does not use the treatment model.

A PKP™ Kinesiologist aims to balance the body energies to maximise the body’s healing opportunity. The PKP™ practitioner does not treat diseases, or medical/health conditions, meaning that they don’t “fix” a problem, they help a person create the life they want instead.

It is very clearly mapped out in PKP™ training that the client is the person who has the answers to their own problem, and the PKP™ practitioner helps them to find it. This is the PKP™ model and it requires the participation of the client in creating their own solution.

Some branches of kinesiology talk about educating the client about the mind-body connection and soon, and while this may be true for part of some PKP™ sessions, the main focus of PKP™ is on helping the client make the connections for themselves so that they learn from themselves through the process and are thus wiser because of it, and become more able to make better choices. Dr. Dewe states that PKP™ goes beyond body-mind and includes Body, Soul and Spirit - with Soul being the Mind, Will and Emotions.

PKP™ is about the journey of life; the goals we set are our desired outcomes, our prayers, and our recognition of how we need to participate. Our balances bring to light the reality of where we are, they show us the next step and make the pathway of our WHY more clear.
New Zealand is the birth place of PKP, and the PKP courses are taught in xx countries around the world.

The MAIN FACTORS in Kinesiology.

We have an understanding of the body through different eyes to Western Medicine. Where as Medicine looks at a person's symptoms and bases most treatment on the symptoms, Kinesiology considers the function of the body "in relation to"
  • the Neuro-Lymphatic Reflex system
  • the Neuro-Vascular Reflex system
  • the Acupuncture Meridian system and how these systems may or may not be "switched-on" for muscle/organ function.

We also consider the Survival Systems of the body:
  • Feeding
  • Fight / Flight / Fright
  • Reproduction
  • Limbic/Immune

through the TRIAD OF HEALTH which considers:
  • A. Structural / Physical
  • B. Nutritional / Chemical
  • C. Emotional / Mental
and the Acupuncture Energy system which connects all of the above. The Spiritual aspect is also very important as we are essentially Spiritual Beings having a "Human Experience!"

 All Kinesiologists use the "Muscle Testing or Muscle Monitoring" technique to evaluate and educate the body's nervous system with new information as a person moves towards a more integrated state of being.

Kinesiology can assist and often help people experience many of the following problems:
  • Emotional Stress problems
  • Physical imbalances often resulting in pain
  • Mental problems generally involving the area of learning, (eg. ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia etc)either at school or at work and play
  • Nutritional imbalances / deficiencies resulting in disease states
  • Relationship difficulties and is a great tool in counseling often getting to the root cause of the problem in a very short time.
  • Enhancement in sports performance as well as injury prevention
  • Goal setting
  • Overcoming phobias which can be life destroying for many people.
  • Clearing chemical and food allergies and intolerances
  • Plus giving a new self responsibility to each person so they can take charge of their own life.