Diploma of Kinesiology





Study with the long-standing leaders in Holistic Kinesiology

What is Phoenix’s Diploma of Kinesiology?

At Phoenix Institute, the foundation and content of the Diploma of Kinesiology (HLT51507) practitioner course is Holistic Kinesiology, developed in Australia from the foundations of Applied Kinesiology.  Study can be completed over one year. Upon graduating students have a range of opportunities to develop a professional career and/or articulate into higher education for further skill development.

What is Kinesiology?

Kinesiology, also known as human kinetics, is the scientific study of human movement potential. With the advent of Applied Kinesiology (AK), Kinesiology developed from being predominantly a theoretical study to a practical muscle monitoring feedback technique to analyse accumulated stress and to apply specialised neurological, physiological, biochemical and psychological techniques to stimulate functional potential and optimise wellbeing.

In the early 1960’s, the world-renowned Chiropractor George Goodheart, instigated an important development in Kinesiology and Applied Kinesiology. Goodheart examined how various forms of stress could affect optimal function and wellbeing in the individual. This discovery generated a great deal of interest among his peers and inspired further research projects that applied a variety of treatment protocols, including techniques to optimise the flow of blood, lymph, meridian channel Chi, improve neurological integration and defuse emotional stress, which was shown to optimise functionality.

The clinical outcomes demonstrated improved lasting positive change to clients’ conditions and a reduced need for return visits, unlike traditional forms of Chiropractic medicine, which encourages clients to return for regular management. Goodheart was quoted as saying: “Get people better and they will send more new patients to you than you can treat”. Goodheart later formed the research and teaching membership’ body, the “International College of Applied Kinesiology” (ICAK) which continues today.

What is Holistic Kinesiology?

Holistic Kinesiology is a specialised form of Mind Body Medicine focusing on Kinesiology developed in Melbourne, Australia, founded on George Goodhearts’ Applied Kinesiology. Holistic Kinesiology builds on the elements of Applied Kinesiology and several decades of clinical research. It integrates a greater depth of psycho-physiological assessment and treatment tools developed from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), along with advanced developments in neurological and functional integration to optimise wellbeing in most aspects of client’s life.

Kinesiology research continued into structural, postural and neurological integration, the biochemistry of nutrition and the links between traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Psycho-emotional wellbeing.  From Goodhearts’ research team, a variety of different forms of Kinesiology emerged and some of the original systems included Bio-Kinesiology (BK), Neural Organizational Technique (NOT), Total Body Modification (TBM) and Clinical Kinesiology (CK). However, according to ICAK, “many interpretations of kinesiology ‘muscle testing’ have been over simplified and misused. Correct training is necessary for a practitioner to become competent.”

In the early 1990’s Holistic Kinesiology was synthesised from the best foundational developments in Applied Kinesiology. It gained government accreditation and established qualifications with a Diploma of Health Sciences in Kinesiology, an Advanced Diploma of Health Sciences in Kinesiology and pathways to a Bachelor Degree in Complimentary Medicine.
Holistic Kinesiology is designed to train students with an advanced blend of skills in Mind Body Medicine, as demonstrated through extensive research and clinical development, to provide significant and lasting results for a client’s physical and emotional issues.
Ongoing research and clinical development continues. It progressively integrates new approaches to advanced forms of Mind Body Medicine, integrating advanced developments in Kinesiology research unique to Holistic Kinesiology, deeper aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and firmly establishes it at the forefront of this type of training available today.

Course overview

Phoenix’s Diploma of Kinesiology is an integration of Eastern and Western disciplines recognising the integral relationship between the mind and body for optimal wellbeing. The mind and body are interdependent on each other and as such their relationship is recognised as a truly symbiotic one.  The holistic approach addresses physiological and emotional issues deep within the mind by applying a multi-level range of assessment techniques, counselling processes and the release of accumulated stress by applying effective techniques which include, for example, acupressure and a variety of other specific techniques. These holistic techniques assist clients to heal and to achieve the desired transformation in their lives.

When limiting or restrictive patterns that underlie specific issues are identified through the holistic assessment techniques, these patterns can be changed to enhance the client’s wellbeing. Phoenix’s Kinesiology training teaches students to assess and interact with the client at a much deeper level, discovering and resolving issues at a causal level, which has influenced their perception, behaviour, lifestyle and of course their health and ultimate wellbeing.

Phoenix’s Kinesiology training is for students who have an interest in complementary medicine or who want to work in complementary medicine and in the health field. This course is relevant for those who wish to work in positions where integrated mind body medicine approaches are practiced – for example, working with long term chronic or acute conditions, structural and pain related conditions, life change or psychological state change, to name but a few. The skills gained by graduates are effective in achieving lasting change in many clinical conditions.

For more details of the individual units see the section entitled ‘Further details of the course structure’.

Some units in the Diploma of Kinesiology which are not included in the Diploma of Mind Body Medicine are: Holistic Kinesiology approach to working with holographic vibrational remedies, auric fields, chakra systems, primitive and postural reflexes and brain function and integration.

Why Study Kinesiology at Phoenix Institute?

Students choose Phoenix because it provides a holistic approach with appropriate knowledge and skills to promote wellness in clients. This is achieved by understanding and addressing the underlying causal elements of acute and chronic conditions located within the interconnections of mind and body. Phoenix graduates learn how to use client centred counselling and gentle physical release techniques that are effective in assisting clients to enhance their overall wellbeing.
Phoenix’s teachers are recognised leaders in their chosen fields with clinical and teaching experience to train students to acquire the skills they will need to confidently work in their professional practices.

Double Diploma

In addition to the Diploma of Kinesiology, Phoenix also offers a Diploma in Mind Body Medicine (MBM). If a student decides to study at Phoenix they have the option, by studying two further units, of gaining a double Diploma qualification in Kinesiology and Mind Body Medicine.

Mind Body Medicine units

Unit 1 covers the reasons client’s tend to repeat patterns though they may have set the  intention to change these behaviours This unit draws on some ancient wisdoms within TCM  that help to enable students to discover the underlying core causal psycho-emotional  stress pattern and train students to apply the skills to treat these patterns effectively.

Unit 2 incorporates TCM skills which provide students with insight into the body and the  psychological picture, access a range of assessment skills including tongue and pulse  diagnosis, posture and meridian channel analysis and the deeper patterns of specific  symptoms. Students will learn a practical application of Homoeopathic skills, bringing  together the psychological and physiological symptom pictures as a whole to gain  knowledge to apply a range of effective Homoeopathic remedies.

The option to qualify with this double Diploma enables students to add an additional valuable spectrum to their skills and to graduate with a double Diploma for little further cost and time.  Studying with Phoenix also offers the student a pathway to other Phoenix courses designed to expand their skill set working with their clients’ whole wellbeing and expanding their self-development skills.

In addition to this Phoenix students have options to continue to higher education qualifications. See the section on ‘Advanced Training Pathways’ below.

Advanced Training Pathways available to Phoenix graduates

Having qualified from the Diploma of Kinesiology or the Diploma of Mind Body Medicine, graduates have the option of continuing to develop their skill by enrolling in the Advanced Diploma of Integrative Complementary Medicine (Advanced Diploma of Integrative Complementary Medicine (10358NAT). The Advanced Diploma Integrative Complementary Medicine enables graduates to gain credit towards the Bachelor Degree of Health Sciences in Complementary Medicine, majoring in Holistic Kinesiology offered by Charles Sturt University. Graduates from the Phoenix Diploma of Kinesiology or the Diploma of Mind Body Medicine will have the option to enrol in the Bachelor degree and commence the Bachelor studies in either the part time or distance options. For more information you can contact Phoenix Institute.

Career Outcomes

Students gain a professional qualification that prepares them for a career path in complementary medicine. It also provides personal development opportunities through self-exploration and gaining a deeper understanding of the human condition. This program qualifies Graduates with the skills to work in a rewarding career in the growing filed of mind body holistic medicine.  Phoenix graduates can use the qualification to embark upon or expand their own practice and/or to specialise in specific areas such as:
  - chronic diseases
  - fertility enhancement
  - fatigue
  - recovery from traumatic events
  -  anxiety
  - depression
  - identify life purpose/direction and/or possible change
  -  relationships
  -  physical pain to give just some examples,

Graduates will be skilled to confidently establish themselves in general practice after acquiring the tools and skills to restore optimal function within any and all the systems of the human body/mind your potentials.

Graduates can choose to work independently or in an integrative medicine clinic working along side other medical professionals. Kinesiology complements other forms of medicine, complementary and allopathic, and has shown to have some advantages when resolving many of the chronic conditions that are prevalent today. Graduates can play a leading role in helping people regain self-empowerment, especially in regards to their health and physical/emotional wellbeing.

Further Information
Please email to book your place for the next Information Evening (see website and also receive information pack.
If you are interested in applying for the course, please complete the Application Form and to enrol in Melbourne campus call on 03 9510 4264 to book in for an interview which is the first step in the enrolment process.