Who We Are:
Welcome to the Canadian Association of Specialized Kinesiology (CanASK) online.
We are a non-profit organization with members throughout Canada.
Our Association is run through the efforts of a volunteer Board of Directors, a part-time office administrator and many volunteers.
CanASK is affiliated with the International Kinesiology College, and is in contact with the Touch for Health Kinesiology Association (USA), The Energy Kinesiology Association (USA), and other kinesiology associations around the world.
Our Mission Statement:
To support the Canadian community of Specialized Kinesiology. Read more here.
To build and support the expansion of Specialized Kinesiology in every community across Canada. Read more here.
What is Specialized Kinesiology?
Conventionally, the word kinesiology (kin-easy-ology) means the study of motion, in particular the study of how muscles act and co-ordinate to move the body. However, in the natural health field, the term Specialized Kinesiology is used to indicate the many systems which have sprung from Applied Kinesiology and Touch for Health™. Here, muscles become monitors of stress and imbalance within the body. The concept of “muscle testing” becomes a very effective and versatile tool for detecting and correcting various imbalances in the body which may relate to stress, nutrition, learning problems, injuries and so on. This exciting aspect of kinesiology is also called “muscle balancing” and can be
found in courses such as Touch for Health™, Educational Kinesiology®/Brain Gym®, One Brain, Health Kinesiology, and Neural Organization Technique, to name just a few.
How Did Kinesiology Begin?
Kinesiology has its roots in the early sixties with an American chiropractor, George Goodheart, DC.
Goodheart began to use muscle testing to evaluate and correct the state of various bodily functions. He took the study of movement (kinesiology) and looked for ways to correct any detected weaknesses and imbalances (applying his knowledge). He formulated Applied Kinesiology, a system he made available to other chiropractors and professionals.
Then, in the early seventies, another chiropractor, John Thie, DC, systemized kinesiology for the lay person, making the techniques simple and practical for anyone to learn. He wrote the book ‘Touch for Health’™, and began teaching courses to interested people. Since then the book has been translated into many languages and the system has been taught to millions of people in 50 countries.
The techniques of kinesiology have continued to develop – they are still being taught to individuals from all walks of life and today their powerful and broad application has blossomed greatly. Many students, clients, instructors and practitioners are dealing with the subtle but numerous imbalances that lie behind all the physical, mental and emotional problems which are experienced today. Muscle testing has become a wonderful tool to receive bio-feedback.
One of the great virtues of kinesiology is its versatility. It’s concepts and techniques can be applied almost anywhere at anytime. They can be expanded upon and developed to suit individual needs and can be used on one-self, within the family, or in a professional situation.