What is Kinesiology and Muscle Testing?

Systematic Kinesiology uses simple, safe and precise muscle testing procedures to find imbalances within the body that then either have or would become symptoms. With Kinesiology we can get to the cause or root of the problem which may be physical, chemical, emotional or energetical. Kinesiology uses specific massage points, nutrition, energy reflexes and emotional techniques to balance the person as a whole. The most potent, safe, powerful and natural approach to health care.

What area of your life could Kinesiology benefit you?

Have you ever wondered what effect modern life and all its stresses have on you? Kinesiology gives balance for the whole person, and when we are fully balanced, we are naturally better able to cope with our environment and all we need to do. You may have heard of Applied Kinesiology or A.K. for short. A.K. is a patented name in the USA, here in the UK we use S.K. for Systematic Kinesiology although they are the same modality. Kinesiology is a full natural health care system which uses gentle muscle testing to evaluate many functions of the body and also offers balancing techniques that can change the way one feels effectively and quickly.


The Academy of Systematic Kinesiology (TASK) Foundation Classes Levels 1 to 6, are open to all and are the introduction courses to learning Kinesiology. They are designed to give students a progressive introduction to Kinesiology suitable for people with no prior knowledge or experience in Natural or Orthodox health care, and of course those with.

TASK was the first and is the longest running school in the UK teaching authentic and reproducible systematic kinesiology. This means whoever uses muscle testing techniques taught by TASK, will get consistent and reliable results. Our tutors are Kinesiology Practitioners with thriving practices which we feel greatly enhances TASK's teaching methods.


The client is asked to put their arms, legs and sometimes the neck in specific positions. See a small example of muscle tests below. Each position tests a specific muscle. Each muscle is controlled by electrical circuits in the body. The tester then asks the subject to hold the limb steady, while gentle pressure is exerted for two to three seconds. The pressure is then smoothly released.

If the muscle is firing correctly and contracts firmly and steadily, the limb will not move under the pressure. When this happens, the muscle and its controlling circuits are considered balanced.

If the muscle is not firing correctly due to imbalances in the controlling circuits, the person will be unable to respond firmly and the limb will move even under gentle pressure, or feel spongy to the tester. This is an indication that something is out of balance and needs correction. Imbalance may be because of an emotional disturbance, a nutritional lack, blocked energy, physical tightness/misalignment or any combination.

Kinesiology testing does not diagnose disease. Muscle testing enables analysis which detects functional imbalances. Even minor imbalances when not corrected, accumulate and cause compensations. Compensations compound each other, lead to functional changes, and give rise to symptoms of discomfort, pain or maybe allergic reactions. If these warnings are ignored for too long, conditions/disease may follow.

Using massage, nutrition, and contact points, Kinesiology helps with fears, anxieties, anger, self esteem, specific personal dietary intake and supplements for nutritional deficiencies, structural imbalances and energy blocks, therefore enhances health and well-being.

Kinesiological muscle testing does not assess strength, but tests the integrity of the many factors which determine the muscle response when called upon to contract.


Applied Kinesiology was discovered in 1964. Dr. George Goodheart D.C., an American chiropractor was using some of the standard Kinesiological muscle tests to assess muscle function on a patient, and was intrigued by some of the apparently inconsistent results he was getting.

This began a systematic period of brilliant research which led him to discover the correlation between the lymphatic system, the muscles, and Chapman’s reflexes. Then working with Bennett’s reflexes, he discovered the connections between these points which stimulate vascular flow and each muscle.

Then he turned his attention to body energy flow as explained by Chinese acupuncturists. This was a really amazing breakthrough, as never before in the West had the meridians of acupuncture been integrated with our physical understanding of anatomy and physiology.

Applied Kinesiology has become the fastest growing natural approach to rectifying health problems. Thousands of chiropractors in the States are using it. Many of whom are dedicated members of the International College of Applied Kinesiology, who in addition to their five years training, are also required to do extensive post-graduate work, and produce original research papers to qualify for diplomat status in the College. This has resulted in much new information being made available to practitioners in the natural health care arena.

In this country, many physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, physical therapists, masseurs and some doctors are using Applied Kinesiological techniques. They achieve unusually quick results with many problems which previously resisted all attempts to gain relief by traditional methods.

One reason for its success is that A.K. takes factors into consideration which have never before been addressed in the Western approach to health problem solving. Systematic Kinesiology is a simplified form of the highly developed and technical Applied Kinesiology used by professionals in health care.

John Thie, D.C., wanted to offer the general public guidelines with which they could take a practical interest in their own health and reduce the cost of health care. He felt strongly that until the general population is encouraged to take much more personal responsibility for their own health, rather than to rely almost entirely upon professionals to solve their health problems, we will never begin to solve the huge social/financial problem which ill-health poses to our society today.

He wrote the textbook with Mary Marks, D.C., called Touch for Health in 1972, and began offering classes and a training program to train “Touch for Health” Instructors. In 1976, Brian Butler went to the States, and qualified as a Touch for Health Instructor, and since then has pioneered the teaching of Kinesiology classes regularly up and down the country, and also in many countries in Europe.

In 1986, The Academy of Systematic Kinesiology was formed to offer a new syllabus which took advantage of the latest research and developments in Kinesiology. There is a Professional Practitioner Course available for those who wish to become a fully qualified Kinesiologist.

Kinesiology is a means of enhancing health and well-being which can be easily learned by anyone, even those who have never before had any experience in this field. It is a completely safe way of balancing body energies. It helps athletes and sportsmen to achieve better than their previous bests.

It aids inner city dwellers to fight off the effects of urban life. It provides a means whereby small imbalances may be found and rectified before they develop into anything more serious. Everyone who learns Kinesiology is strongly urged not to become their own doctor, and if any health problem presents, or symptoms of any kind persist, then they are encouraged to seek professional help.


Dr. Sheldon Deal, N.M.D., renowned physician in the U.S.A., says: "Kinesiology may turn out to be the most therapeutic advance of the last century. It has already revolutionized many practices. I would venture to say that in the next few years it will cause tremendous changes in all branches of the healing profession that are open to change and improvement."


We are often asked why we do not run ‘Home Study’ or ‘Distance Learning’ courses……

Muscle Testing is a very subtle test that has to be shown, felt, practiced in classes and above all experienced. The same is to be said for rubbing lymphatic points, you need to experience the correct pressure with is usually more than the student realises. TASK feels that teaching from a book or a website in theory is sound until you put it into practice - you have to experience kinesiology first hand to really grasp and therefore use the tecniques to their full potential.

Unfortunately there been some bad press due to people using muscle testing to poor effect – overpowering and actually causing injuries!!!! As they say “if it was that easy everybody would be doing it!”

We would like to emphasis that Kinesiology that should be learned in depth and taught by qualified tutors. T.A.S.K. students are not qualified Kinesiologists until they have passed the Professional Practitioner Course and have insurance to practice. Please bear this in mind if you are planning to see a Kinesiologist and even more so if you are planning to learn Kinesiology – ask how long they have trained for and where, it is worth seeing if you have a rapport with the practitioner/tutor before you embark on treatments or studying. Do your research and find the best place for you to train. Understand what we mean by "Enjoy Being Balanced".

Brian H Butler (our founder) brought Kinesiology to the UK in 1976 then founded The Academy of Systematic Kinesiology in 1985. T.A.S.K. has taught 1000’s of students over the years and only Kinesiology.

Where Do You Find A Qualified Registered Practitioner?

If you are local to SURREY to book an appointment with Claire Muller or Lottie Moffat visit

The Association of Systematic Kinesiology (A.S.K.) provides a national register of qualified Practitioners.

To find a Kinesiologist near to you click 'HERE'


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