The history of Kinesiology

There are many forms of Kinesiology that are applied to many different areas including physical and psychological health, learning and educational development, sports performance and spiritual development. All forms have their roots in Applied Kinesiology (AK), which was founded by chiropractor George Goodheart in the mid 1960’s.

The founder of Kinesiology, George Goodheart, was a chiropractor. He developed the muscle monitoring technique, in 1965, after he noticed that patients he had successfully treated kept coming back with the same muscle complaints. He realised there was a balance between their mental (patterns, thoughts, ideas, dreams), emotional (feelings, sensations defenses), and physical (structure, neurology, chemicals) states. Along with muscle testing he incorporated principles of Chinese medicine linked to body meridians.

Kinesiology was brought to South Africa in the 1980’s by Jane Gudrun Lauterbarch. A Kinesiologist has to be a member of the Association of Specialised Kinesiologists of South Africa. For more information please visit