Ondrej BursikInterview with Ondrej Bursik
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Ondrej is the Principal of the College of Complementary Medicine in Sydney.

Holistic Kinesiology assists the body to heal itself. It is well established that the body is capable of healing from any illness. I have personally helped people with a wide range ailments including all types of learning difficulties, neurological disorders, chronic back pain, emotional difficulties, depression, psychological problems, pain and variety of medically diagnosed conditions.

 Q. What exactly is Kinesiology and what is involved in its practice?
A. Kinesiology, literally, is the study of body movement, encompassing holistic health disciplines which use gentle manual muscle testing to monitor information about a person’s well being. Kinesiology can assist in spiritual, emotional and structural issues. As a discipline it empowers people and allows them to work through stresses that are undermining their development.

Q. Where and who developed Kinesiology?Kinesiology Outdoors
A. The first use of muscle monitoring which led to the development of Kinesiology was by George Goodheart (a Chiropractor). Kinesiology was introduced to the public by John Thie who developed ‘Touch for Health’.

Since the early 1980’s many different Kinesiology disciplines have been written. It was only in 1995 the different courses that existed have been put together in a coherent manner and this led to the establishment of the Kinesiology House in Melbourne (Australia) that offered a government accredited diploma in Kinesiology.

Types of Kinesiology
Q. What types of Kinesiology exist?
A. There are literally many different types of Kinesiology. Kinesiology originated with Applied Kinesiology, which was developed and used primarily by chiropractors. Many other systems evolved over time, the most popular professional training being Holistic Kinesiology and Professional Kinesiology Practice. There are also many other short courses, including Touch for Health.

Kinesiology and Chinese Medicine
Q. What part does Chinese medicine play in Kinesiology?
A. Chinese medicine plays a vital role in Holistic Kinesiology. Holistic Kinesiology provides in depth training in the Traditional Chinese approach to the acupuncture system. Most Kinesiology courses provide some coverage of Chinese medicine, although mostly this is confined to some understanding of the five elements.

Psychological & Physical issues
Q. Can Holistic Kinesiology assists with psychological as well as physical issues? If so how?
A. Very much so. Holistic Kinesiologists are trained in counseling and have a wide range of tools to help diffuse psychological stress. Many people with depression, anxiety, work and relationship issues routinely seek the assistance of a Holistic Kinesiologist.
Holistic Kinesiologists learn how to work with the mind and the body, including improving physical complaints related to muscles, ligaments, body structure, posture, back pain, arthritis, myalgia, fatigue, inappropriate sleep, neurological conditions and learning difficulties, and a wide range of chronic illnesses.
Often it is an integration of several techniques that cover both the physical, psychological and often nutritional and spiritual aspects so the issue can be truly resolved.
Holistic kinesiology works to both improve a clients understanding of the root causes of their issue as well as treating those causes.

Q. What ailments can the practice of Holistic Kinesiology relieve or even cure?
A. Holistic Kinesiology assists the body to heal itself. It is well established that the body is capable of healing from any illness. I have personally helped people with a wide range ailments including all types of learning difficulties, neurological disorders, chronic back pain, emotional difficulties, depression, psychological problems, pain and variety of medically diagnosed conditions.

Q. As part of your job what ailments/complaints/situations are you most frequently asked to deal with?
A. This depends on your clients and this to a degree depends on what you specialize in. Personally I work a lot with learning difficulties, reading problems and emotional modulation issues.

Q. If a client comes to see you for a Holistic Kinesiology treatment as a migraine sufferer for example, what would be the focus of the treatment and what are its chances of success?
A. Migraines are prompted by physiological stress, such as toxicity, neck tension, cranial imbalances as well as psychological stress, particularly frustration, resentment, repressed anger and general stress. Treatment is likely to consider some or all of these factors.
The Kinesiologist will use muscle monitoring to ascertain the related issue that are perhaps associated to the onset of the migraine or that contribute to the migraine and work on these issues. The chance of success in most cases is very high.

Q. How can Holistic Kinesiology assess a person’s nutritional status such as food intolerances or vitamin and mineral deficiencies?
A. We can use muscle monitoring to ascertain whether a certain substance is causing stress within different systems of the body or whether a certain vitamin or mineral may be beneficial. However we do not diagnose using Kinesiology.

Q. How can energy blockages be picked by performing muscle balancing?
A. Muscle monitoring can be used to ascertain whether there is a stress associated with the chakra system, or in the acupuncture channels or in the figure 8 system or auric fields and nadis. Once stress is detected we can work on these specific systems to restore balance.

Muscles connected to organs and glands
Q. Give a couple of examples how muscles are connected to an organ or a gland?
A. It has been shown via research that different muscles are associated to a matrix of information including emotions, glands and muscles. For example the small intestine organ has been associated to the quadriceps (muscle). We also know that the small intestine is associated to certain trigger and neuro lymphatic points. Each of the 12 Chinese channels is associated to one or more muscles.

Q. Is Kinesiology a preventative or reactive form of therapy?
A. Both. Often Kinesiology can be done as a preventative therapy (this is where people do sessions on an ongoing basis (perhaps once per term) or kinesiology can also be applied as a result of a specific issue that the client is actually having e.g. back pain.

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Q. How widespread is Kinesiology treatment in Australia? Can you find a practitioner in most towns and cities or is it fairly small community of professionals?
A. Holistic Kinesiology is a very fast growing field. There are over 250 students currently studying towards a Diploma or Advanced Diploma at the College of Complementary Medicine.

There are graduates that work in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Darwin, Port Macquarie, Canberra, Melbourne and country Victoria and lots of coastal towns. There are usually Kinesiology practitioners in most towns and cities.

Kinesiology Treatment
Q. How would a general Holistic Kinesiology treatment be structured and how long would it last?
A. The structure differs quite substantially between practitioners. However generally the practitioner will talk to the client first, take a detailed medical history, and then discuss with the client what they would like to work on. A goal (a positive statement) will be discussed and the client would then relax on a massage table, while the kinesiologist assesses the body -mind using muscle feedback and then administers a treatment. Sessions usually take 1 to 2 hours.

Q. Do nutritional supplements play a part in the treatment?
A. Yes and no. Often as a kinesiologist we are trained to work with the absorption and utilization of minerals and vitamins by the body. Therefore we work with the body so it is easier for the body to absorb and utilize the vitamins and minerals. However, often I would also strongly suggest the client speak to a qualified nutritionist or go the health food store and discuss with a qualified practitioner which nutrients may assist them.

Q. Is Kinesiology typically a one stop fix or are a number of sessions required to give a cumulative effect?
A. Kinesiology is generally not a one-stop fix. There would be very few clients that I would see (for any issue) for only one session. Often to work through any issue one would need to consider 3-5 sessions. For some more complex issue like Learning problems it may take 10-14 sessions. For some issues it may only take 1-2 session. There are some clients that do see a kinesiology’s for maintenance and this may involve only one session every few months.

Q. Are there any side effects to a treatment?
A. A treatment will sometimes prompt a healing crisis as is the case in all forms of natural medicine (mostly if this occurs it usually lasts only a few days).

Q. Are there any times or situations where you would not treat a patient?
A. Yes. Where there are ethical, legal issues, problems with client consent or conflicts of interest the client would be referred on as appropriate. For example, someone may be there because they have been instructed by parent or partner and they don’t want to really participate. Or alternatively from the client history it may become apparent that they need to see a medical practitioner or would be better placed to see another practitioner.

Q. Does the practice of Kinesiology drain you of energy at the end of a working day or as in other therapies do you also gain from its practice?
A. Because Kinesiology facilitates in the healing process then as a result of giving a session you should not feel drained. That is we don’t give our energy to the client. Some sessions can be very emotional for the client and this can have both an uplifting effect and draining effect on you as a practitioner. However in the two-year diploma we teach techniques so practitioners can center and ground themselves if it becomes necessary.