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Specialized Kinesiology


In the early 70’s, another chiropractor, John Thie, DC, systematized kinesiology for the lay person, making simple and practical techniques that anyone can learn to help themselves and their families with preventative self-care tools, with the infamous 14 Muscle Balance along with other techniques. He wrote the book Touch for Health, and began teaching courses to interested people. Since then the book has been translated into many languages and the system has been taught to millions of people in 50 countries. Today there are over 5,000 instructors around the world teaching people how to use Touch For Health.

One of the great virtues of kinesiology is its versatility. The basic concepts and techniques can be applied almost anywhere at anytime. It can be expanded upon and incorporated with many other modalities as well. Because of that versatility, there are many specialized systems of kinesiology that have been developed to fit the practitioner, whether it be a Massage Therapy and Bodywork Therapist, Esthetician, Psychologist, Chiropractor, Medical Doctor, Nurse, etc.

All of these Systems of Kinesiology are based on the foundation and developments of Dr. George Goodheart and his colleagues, synthesized by Dr. Thie’s Touch for Health and expanded by Richard Utt’s Applied Physiology. The over-riding commonality of these various systems is the use of muscle monitoring to communicate with the client’s being on all levels. Balance often involves rubbing or holding reflex points of various systems of the body in tandem with points of the Chinese meridian system and may include any combination of modalities.

  • Applied Physiology is an extensively developed line of Kinesiology. Richard Utt’s approach was the foundation of works by Charles Krebs, Hugo Tobar and Peter McLellan. Utt combined expertise in electrical technology and computer science, and his extensive studies of nutrition, herbs, kinesiology, anatomy, physiology, Chinese medicine and acupuncture and Touch for Health produced entirely new thinking. Richard understood the electromagnetic nature of the body in ways others had never dreamed – and thoroughly tested his theories before bringing forth Applied Physiology. He introduced “formatting”. Acupressure formatting is a way to monitor for specific physiological functions showing stress in the body, mind, spirit and energy. These are accessed through a language of combinations of acupoints on the Chinese system and the finger modes of Alan Beardall, D.C. (another Kinesiology Innovator) to “tune in” to specific physiological and anatomical systems. His innovation changed Kinesiology forever.

  • Learning Enhancement Advanced Program (LEAP) by Dr. Charles Krebs, a system for brain integration which employs switch-on points and techniques for the Central Nervous System involving coordination of the eyes, ears, speech, memory and concentration.

  • Educational Kinesiology (Brain Gym) by Dr. Paul Dennison, which makes use of conventional cross patterning movements to re-integrate divergent patterns which cause dis-stress.

  • Emotional Diffusion Methods such as Emotional Stress Release (Touch for Health) are found in many Energy Kinesiology systems. Sources of stress may be physical, mental, emotional, chemical, environmental and behavioral. Energy Kinesiology can balance you so that the source of stress no longer causes you dis-stress.

    Various techniques are combined with emotional balancing, affirmations, visualization, massage techniques and movement exercise. Some systems, such as Three-In-One concepts (Gordon Stokes) focus exclusively on releasing past trauma so that the person may move on with his or her life.


  • The International College of Professional Kinesiology Practice (PKP) was founded by Dr. Bruce and Joan Dewe in 1998. The ICPKP definition of Kinesiology states "Kinesiology is a communication tool that enables a person to assess and upgrade their performance in all areas of their life. Kinesiology is the science of energy balancing and is grounded in the study of anatomy and physiology. Kinesiology uses muscles as monitors of stress and imbalance within the body. Kinesiology enables people to detect and correct various imbalances that may relate to stress, nutrition, learning problems, minor injuries and other issues they meet in their daily life." Dr. Bruce Dewe is a Medical Doctor who embraced Kinesiology and through founding ICPKP, has brought standardized assessment to the field to ensure the public receives well-trained practitioners. I have been fortunate enough to be one of his students and now am a Level 1 Teaching Faculty Member to ICPKP. It provided me with the foundation needed to practice in a professional setting and go on to more advanced work and integrate the systems that I have studied.

  • Ian Stubbings created the first SIPS workshop in association with Dr. Charles Krebs as a way of simplifying the ‘Powers of Stress’ procedure in Applied Physiology (developed by Richard Utt). These protocols were effective for dealing with ‘stuck’ muscles, but time-consuming.  SIPS allows for deep balances that bring all the stressors ‘online’ at once in a quick and effective way. With SIPS, Ian answers the question; what is the ‘energy’ that specialized kinesiologists are working with?  Stressed cells draw on the meridian system to help maintain homeostasis in the body but over time health will suffer.  SIPS allows the energy pathways to reset, removing resistance to healing. Resistance to healing energy limits the effectiveness of any treatment method. SIPS identifies the types of stress involved that creates this blockage and disperses the resistance so that the healing treatment can be directed at a profound and core level.


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“SIPS works on the physical, emotional, mental, etheric and electrical levels of the body to promote whole body healing.  SIPS can be extremely effective for pain relief (for example, diffusing stress in a hurt knee by working with the muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, synovial fluid and inflammatory processes involved, while also acknowledging any stuck emotion, or fear or a repeat injury), identifying roots of chronic illness; improving cognitive functions and learning difficulties; and assisting in hormonal balance.”


  • Some systems are structurally focused. For instance, Neural Organization Technique (NOT) by Carl Ferreri works with various reflex systems of the body to balance the brain/body connection, addressing imbalances in posture, movement, digestion, learning and memory.

  • Food Sensitivity Testing – Most of us have some sensitivities to food, chemicals, and environmental toxins, and are often not aware of the negative effect on our health. Energy Kinesiology can determine these intolerances or sensitivities as well as restoring optimal brain integration balance.

  • Hugo Tobar -- The founder of Neuroenergetic Kinesiology and has written over 30 courses since 1998. Before Kinesiology, he was a Civil Engineer. His prolific development of material has had a deep impact in other areas of Kinesiology. He studied with Charles Krebs PhD (founder of LEAP), Richard Utt (founder of Applied Physiology) and Ian Stubbings (founder of the Stress Indicator Point System (SIPS).

  • Believe it or not……there are more. These are the foundational innovators!


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