Energy Kinesiology

Energy Kinesiology is a non-invasive, holistic approach to health and well-being. Your body’s innate tendency is to be well and healthy.  Energy Kinesiologists use a biofeedback system called muscle monitoring to discover areas of stress/imbalance in the body, mind and energy systems and identify ways to bring you back to a healthy balance.

We do not treat or diagnose, but rather combine the muscle monitoring with various modalities to reduce stress and pain thus opening the door to optimum health and well-being.

Energy Kinesiology is a term first used by Donna Eden in the early 1970’s. The Association of Specialized Kinesiology adopted this name in May 2002. Energy Kinesiology or simply Kinesiology can be thought of as a hands-on approach to wellness. Many believe it is the most effective stand-alone technology of the future in alternative medicine.

In May 2002, Donna Eden granted the Association unrestricted rights to use the term Energy Kinesiology to describe the emerging profession of those who use methods derived from the field of kinesiology. We are grateful to Donna for this gift.

Energy Kinesiology is a term first used by Donna Eden in the early 1970’s.

How Did Kinesiology Begin?

Kinesiology has its roots in the early 60’s, conceived by a group of American chiropractors led by Dr. George Goodheart. The “dirty dozen” correlated the relationship between internal organs, acupuncture meridians and skeletal muscles. They realized that the skeletal muscles, not unlike acupuncture meridians, also were a way to monitor internal function. Dr. Goodheart called this work Applied Kinesiology.

Of the many advances in Applied Kinesiology, the most well known is the diagnostic procedure called muscle monitoring. This procedure establishes a monitored primary feedback mechanism between the nervous system and the skeletal muscles. An examiner will typically use the straight-arm test (deltoid muscle) to evaluate how well the muscle will resist an externally variable force. If the muscle is capable of ‘resisting’ then the examiner can proceed with a second principle called therapy localization, a diagnostic scanning tool developed in 1974. This unique procedure can be used to ascertain the status of most any neuro-physiological event in the body whether that event is physical, chemical, emotional, or a memory. If a neuro-physiological event is identified to be in deficit, then the muscle will exhibit that same deficiency, manifesting as a weak muscle test. This method, when properly applied, will function as an efficient evaluation tool to guide the practitioner in determining the most appropriate therapy.

The concept of muscle monitoring becomes a very effective and versatile tool for detecting and correcting various imbalances which may relate to stress, nutrition, learning problems, injuries and so on. This exciting aspect of kinesiology is also called “muscle checking or muscle balancing” and is being taught to individuals in all walks of life. 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 and friends be balanced, healthier and happier. 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.


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.

There are many specialized systems of kinesiology that one can learn in courses, or experience in one-to-one consultations. They are all based on the foundation of the developments of Dr. Goodhardt and his colleagues, synthesized by Dr. Thie’s Touch for Health and expanded by Richard Utt’s Applied Physiology. In common amongst all 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.

Innovators continue to develop specialized systems such as:

  • 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 behavioural. 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.
  • Some systems are structurally focused. For instance, Neural Organization Technique 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.

The term Energy Kinesiology encompasses many systems and modalities. The over-riding commonality of these various approaches is the use of muscle monitoring and the theories of the energies of our being. Energy Kinesiology can bring you to balance in body, heart, mind and spirit, for optimum health and happiness.

The basic concepts and techniques can be applied almost anywhere at anytime.

Some systems are structurally focused.