Kinesiology was originally developed by Dr George Goodheart, a chiropractor, in the early 1960's. He discovered the relationship between Chinese meridians (also used by practitioners of Chinese medicine including acupuncturists) and muscle groups, glands and organs in the body. By testing the resistance of a muscle when a small amount of pressure is applied to it, weaknesses and imbalances in its corresponding meridian could be discerned.
The technique was refined into the system of Kinesiology known as Applied Kinesiology that was used mostly by medical related practitioners such as dentists and chiropractors. A chiropractic colleague of Dr Goodheart, namely Dr John Thie, developed the Touch for Health system of Kinesiology which was designed mostly for use by lay people. This was followed by other systems of kinesiology, including Applied Physiology developed by Richard Utt, and the Neural Organistion technique by Dr. Carl Ferreri plus many more.
All new systems of kinesiology, including LEAP- Brain Integration and the other forms of kinesiology used by DIT practitioners, are based on the original discovery of Dr George Goodheart of the relationships between muscles, organs, glands and Chinese Meridians.
The Learning Enhancement Acupressure Programme (LEAP):
LEAP is a form of kinesiology which has been developed by Dr Charles Krebs and Susan McCrossin. The programme continues to evolve as others such as Hugo Tabar contribute their new research into the original programme.
Dr Charles Krebs and Susan McCrossin developed a system of testing brain function by using elements of muscle testing and linking them with combinations of acupressure points on the body. The therapist can 'ask' the body about function within the brain in various structures, and also between various structures, by using this technique. It helps a little, at this stage to understand the basic structures of the brain and a little of how it works.
The brain is a complex arrangement of cells, called neurons, which are arranged in groups throughout the brain and each group contributes to an aspect of function. The groups also combine into systems which 'talk' to each other to produce more complex function. For example, when you are listening to something, your ear sends messages into the brain from specialised hair cells, then along a nerve and then into several areas of the brain so you can compare and contrast that information with messages you continue to receive via your other senses from different pathways. Each piece of information your brain records is correlated with millions of other pieces of information that your brain is currently recording, and the information which it has found necessary to record in the past. Each piece of information is both electrical and chemical. The nerves send messages when they have received information, using an electrical impulse and this in turn releases chemical neuro-transmitters to the next neuron in the chain.
The well-integrated brain will have open channels and pathways between all these different structures enabling the brain to talk freely between all the different parts. The poorly integrated brain will have channels which have been affected by disturbance of some kind, causing the channel to stop functioning adequately. This can happen as a result of physical or emotional trauma and it is recorded either only sub-consciously in primitive areas of the brain or also in the cortex which enables us to access conscious memory. Confusion in the circuits can, for example, cause temporary loss of memory. Like the person who has been studying for ages but in the exam suffers a temporary loss of memory and can't remember what they know. Everyone compensates to some degree, but a well-integrated brain will need to compensate much less than a poorly integrated one. Removing these functional stresses helps the person to use their brains more efficiently.
Good brain integration requires three things:
- Access to various parts of the brain
- Having good connections between various parts of the brain
- Maintaining connections under various degrees of stress
Most children and adults will invariably have some problems with the connections between parts of the brain. In children with learning problems these will probably be more profound than in people with no learning difficulties. However, emotional and environmental stressors affect even the best-integrated brain. Electrical appliances around the home can affect our energetic bodies and our homes are increasingly dependent on electricity. It is not practical to refuse to have a computer or television, but kinesiology can help to reduce the energetic affect of these appliances on the way we function.
A person is also much more than just their physical body. Our physical bodies are just the part that we can see. Our electrical and energetic bodies extend way beyond our physical bodies, just like the Russian dolls which pack a smaller and smaller one inside them. The relationships between our energetic bodies and physical bodies is crucial to overall brain and body function. Kinesiology interacts with the body and brain, not just at a physical level but also at the extended energetic levels which affect our physical selves. Kyrlian photography reveals the energetic body, but it is possible, by developing their senses, for some people to see and feel the vibration of these energetic bodies. One example which most people can relate to is that when they meet someone, they can take an instant dislike to them, even though there is no logical reason for their dislike. A psychologist may say this is because of unconscious memories relating to past issues and, indeed, this may be true, but it is also possible that their energetic bodies are vibrating incompatibly. People often shudder when they talk about this kind of feeling - as if to shrug off the energetic vibration from their own!
Although our brains have similar structures, sub-structures and systems, each person is also unique. Each neuron has thousands of connections with others and their arrangement is only partly predictable. LEAP can help the brain to re-organize its functioning into healthy, well-connected networks. This, in turn, allows the individual to maximise their thinking and their everyday being. Learning and living become easier with a well-integrated brain.