Specialised Kinesiology

Kinesiology (Kin-easy-ology), comes from the Greek words kinesis which means movement and kinein which means to move. Therefore, kinesiology is simply the science of human movement.

Meryl helps her clients to move with physical ease. As kinesiology is a holistic model, that is, it addresses all parts of ourselves (including mental and emotional processes) at an energetic level Meryl helps her clients to move forward with love, joy and certainty.


Our bodies are self-regulating and programmed to heal themselves. Kinesiology, as a non-invasive technique makes use of muscles as a monitor of stress and imbalance within the body. The stress or imbalance may be due to an injury, emotional trauma, nutritional stress such as food intolerance or allergy or any other type of unresolved issue. As a result, the flow of energy within the body is interrupted and the whole body is affected. Disease (dis-ease) is a result of energy blockages. Symptoms that may be experienced is a way that the body lets us know that there is an energy imbalance.

The exact nature of blockage in the energy flow can be identified by muscle-testing and it is possible to identify the “age of cause” for almost any issue, if appropriate. Acupressure massage, light touch and other simple correction techniques are used to restore muscle balance and to help the body to heal itself.

To know more about some of the basic correction techniques used, you can visit this website: http://www.touch4health.com/techniques.html

Specialised Kinesiology

Meryl has received the following training and is a certified Specialised Kinesiologist that is registered with the Association of Specialised Kinesiologists South Africa:

  • Touch for Health
  • Advanced Neuro-Training
  • Neural Organizational Technique and
  • Emotional Kinesiology

Muscle-testing or muscle-monitoring is simply a verification tool. As a Specialised Kinesiologist, Meryl uses a system to monitor the changes of muscle responses as a way of accessing vital information within the subconscious mind. This ability to use the muscles as a feedback mechanism is a phenomenon of the nervous system and provides better neurological options in how we can do life. It can also help clients to achieve a desired outcome, for example feeling confident to speak in front of an audience.

The history of kinesiology

In the 1960s Dr George Goodheart, an American chiropractor explored the connection between meridians (as described by Traditional Chinese Medicine) that were associated with certain body parts and various illnesses in the body. Goodheart became aware that the emotional state of a patient affected the response and strength of muscles. This technique of muscle-testing became known as Applied Kinesiology and continues to be taught amongst chiropractors today.

Dr John Thie, a chiropractor and student of Goodheart had a strong resolve to find ways to empower people to care for themselves in natural ways in keeping with their birthright to health.  With permission from Goodheart, he published the first manual written for lay people in 1973. This system soon became known as Touch for Health (TFH) and is available in more than 65 countries worldwide.

Although other branches of kinesiology have since been developed, Touch for Health is recognised as the foundation of all specialised kinesiology. In South Africa, the main kinesiology branches that are being practiced include:

  • Advanced Neuro-Training (NT) (previously called Educating Alternatives) developed by Dr Andrew Verity, an Australian NLP master, herbalist, homeopath, iridologist and acupuncturist. These courses are scientifically based and solution-orientated. They use genetic references to effect changes on a deep genetic level and focus on retraining the neurology of a person to function more appropriately and effectively.
  • Professional Kinesiology Practitioner (PKP) developed by Dr Bruce Dewe (a medical doctor and kinesiologist) and his wife Joan. They have put difficult kinesiology concepts into easy and simple-to-understand modules.
  • Neural Organization Technique (N.O.T.) developed by Dr Carl Ferreri (a chiropractor) is designed to specifically organise or re-organise the central nervous system.
  • Three in One Concepts (3 in 1) developed by Dr Gordon Stokes, Daniel Whiteside and Candice Calloway. They work with the emotional underlying cause for any imbalance.
  • Emotional Kinesiology was developed by Gudrun Lauterbach, a South African professional specialized kinesiologist, international trainer and director of N.O.T. International Inc. It was reviewed and edited by Dr Andrew Verity, Director of Neuro-Training (Pty) Ltd.
  • Biokinetics developed by Dr Lawrence Newsum (a chiropractor) improves a person’s physical status and quality of life through individualized assessment and exercise prescription in the dual context of clinical pathology (acute and chronic) and performance enhancement.
  • Educational Kinesiology (Edu-K) stands for learning through movement. It was developed by a chiropractor, Dr Paul Dennison.

Other websites of interest:

Touch for Health:  www.touch4health.com

Neuro-Training (Pty) Ltd.: www.neuro-training.com

N.O.T. International Inc.: www.neuralorg.com

Association of Specialised Kinesiologists South Africa:


The KwaZulu Natal Kinesiology Centre provides a framework for the study of kinesiology in South Africa. Kinesiology training is offered in Johannesburg and Cape Town as well.