History of Kinesiology and The Institute

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. He wrote a very easy-to-follow book called simply, "Touch For Health". Many people from all over America came to study with Dr Thie and soon word had spread to Great Britain and other countries around the world. After a short period of time Dr Thie founded the TOUCH FOR HEALTH FOUNDATION, a non-profit continuing education organization and soon teachers, nurses, chiropractors and medical doctors were learning Touch For Health, to assist them in maintaining their registration in their own professional fields.

Since then Kinesiology has developed to where there are now over 100 different Kinesiology courses taught around the world in Australia, Japan, Europe, Great Britain, Africa, South America and even Russia. Millions of people have learned some form of Kinesiology or have benefitted from it as clients of professional Kinesiology Practitioners, or other professions that incorporate Kinesiology practices such as Dentists, Chiropractors, Psychologists, Medical Doctors as well as Naturopaths, Homoeopaths, Sports Medicine Practitioners and massage therapists.


Touch For Health was introduced to Australia in 1979 with a small number of workshops being taught to interested people. The first Touch For Health association was founded in 1982. Today there are two National Kinesiology Associations, the Australian Kinesiology Association Inc. (AKA) and The Australian Institute of Kinesiologists Ltd (AIK Ltd) which was incorporated in August 1998.

These two professional Kinesiology bodies work to:

• have government recognition of our modality,
• develop a professional body of Practitioners,
• set standards for Kinesiology Courses and training,
• have a yearly National Kinesiology Conference.

Kinesiology is practised in a number of ways. People visit a Kinesiologist for a specific reason eg, they may suffer from allergies, phobias, emotional stress, scoliosis, dyslexia, bedwetting, behavioural problems, drug addiction etc. Kinesiologists don't treat, diagnose or prescribe, they aim to help an individual by balancing the body to create the right environment for the body to heal itself. You don’t need to be suffering from a "disease" or major diagnosed symptom to benefit from Kinesiology, any sign of stress, be it emotional, physical or mental can benefit from a Kinesiology balance.