Course Structure and Content

Diploma of Kinesiology (HLT51507)

For effective training and assessment of the Diploma of Kinesiology is comprised of 14 competencies delivered through 13 Modules outlined in the table below.

Term and Module Relationship Explained
Term Name of Subject Module
Term 1 Introduction to Kinesiology 1,3
Introduction to Mind Body Medicine 2,3
Term 2 Mind Body Medicine 2 4,6,7
Facilitating Change and Embracing Life (ESD+DAO) 5,6,7
Term 3 Mind Body Medicine 3 8,9
Dynamic Structure 9,10
Term 4 Nutrition and Structure 11,12
Clinical Conditions and Clinic 13

Course Structure and Content

The first Kinesiology subjects outline the effectiveness and uniqueness of muscle monitoring. Muscle monitoring allows the practitioner to find both conscious and subconscious information that may be preventing the client from dissolving stress on many levels. This subject examines the relationship between the muscles and meridians identified in Applied Kinesiology, and compares this with TCM. Emphasis is focused on professional muscle monitoring techniques. The subject explores the 5-element psychology and begin introduces methods of ‘balancing’ the client to reduce stress. Some techniques include the use of 5 elements, colour, sound, acupressure points, Yuan points, Mu points and muscle proprioceptive applications. It explores the research by Chapman and Bennet into neurovascular and neuro-lymphatic reflexes. Students learn about the outcomes of applying these basic techniques on clients.

Introduction to Mind Body Medicine

The subject introduces the importance of counselling, especially the Rogerian Client centred model. It examines how to create a safe environment for the clinical encounter and emphasises the value of building trust and rapport with clients to create a safe place for the counselling process. Students learn communication techniques to enhance their listening skills and how to facilitate client session. There are several key tools and techniques covered in this subject. These include:
  -  client centred counselling
  -  felt sense
  - focussing
  -  transpersonal processes.

Mind Body Medicine 2

This subject has two main topics:

1.  Explores the Chinese Medicine acupuncture system that has been used for over   4000 years. It focuses on: channel theory, examining 14 of the 20 channels in depth including the deeper flows of the channels and how these interact internally in the body.  Emphasis is placed on the affect of these points on the physical body and   on the use of the points to assist in psychological and spiritual issues. The subject  explores the importance of balancing the 3 jioas and the use of open point theory. Time  is dedicated to looking at the spine and the important bladder points around the spine that can be used in many ways to bring around harmony within the body.

2. Emphasises the importance of developing the practitioner. It includes 3 days    when students are taken through numerous techniques to learn stillness of the mind,   meditation, 5 element tai-qi, internal Kung-Fu, self trust and more. Phoenix    recognises that the internal state the practitioner can cultivate is essential to    becoming a competent practitioner.

Energetic Medicine (This unit is only taught in Phoenix’s Diploma of Kinesiology)

Energetic Medicine examines vibrational therapies, for example, essences, sound tools, colour and more. Emphasis is on understanding the Chakra system and its relationship to the glands and hormones in the body. The subject explores how attitudes, thoughts and feelings influence the client’s wellbeing and students are taught a variety of techniques that assist in balancing the client’s ‘energetics’.

Dynamic Structure

This is the first of subjects aimed at helping clients with pain and poor posture. Students learn orthopaedic assessment and how to address neck and pelvic problems. This is a valuable subject, enabling students to help clients with headaches, neck tension, pain and poor posture.

Neurological Approaches (This unit is only taught in Phoenix’s Diploma of Kinesiology)

This subject includes the traditional Chinese technique applying acupuncture points to enhance improvements, for example, in brain function, memory, senses integration, balance, speech and reading.  The Social Nervous System impacts on relationships, learning, hearing, expression, self-soothing and long-term health. This subject analyses ‘Primitive’ and ‘Postural’ reflexes and students are taught the ‘full primitive’ and ‘postural reflex’ assessments that can assist with integrating these reflexes.

Structure and Nutrition

Nutrition and diet is the foundation of the body’s biochemistry.  Students learn to understand and apply hair tissue, blood and Ph analysis.  Student’s learn to apply methods for improving a broad range of digestive issues using Western medicine and TCM approaches. The subject includes balances that would be useful for toxicity and for substance intolerances that are common today. The structural component examines the cranial of the skull, the jaw and facial trains.  At the completion of the unit students have a complete integrative approach to improving posture, pain and structural problems.

Clinical conditions & clinic

This unit enables students to bring their knowledge and skills together to address key clinical conditions.  It provides the practitioner with an integrative method of working with common issues, for example, pain, back pain, headaches, sleep problems, fatigue issues, relationship issues and addictions. Although Student Clinic begins earlier in the course, there are several student clinic days included towards the end of the course enabling students to practice on clients after completing the diploma material. Student clinic is an important stage towards becoming a confident practitioner.