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Helping Young People at Risk

Combining Kinesiology and Energy
Facilitated by Barry Auchettl


Kinergetics uses a muscle response on the arm to identify clearly the original causes of stress in learning rather than just treating the symptoms. Part of this involves extending neurological pathways between the left and right brain in order to gain maximum brain integration. The use of specific scan charts help to identify individual priority for people to improve their learning ability. Kinesiology relates to the study of motion and how muscles act and coordinate with the body.

It combines the muscle testing techniques used in kinesiology with energy to achieve self-control on all levels. It is a painless technique that can be used to identify and balance physical problems or emotional stresses that curb personal growth. During 2000, it has been used successfully at Youthworks in Ballarat to help young people at risk begin to see their full potential.

The Brain

The brain is an extremely complex organ. A simplistic model is often used to describe the brain’s functions in terms of learning and processing of information based on the work of Drs. Ornstein and Sperry. The left and right hemispheres of the brain are not only slightly different in shape and size, each has separate roles and functions. The left side of the brain controls the right side of the body and its key roles include logical thinking, language, analytical functions, sequencing and fine motor skills. The right side of the brain controls the left side of the body and its key roles include creativity, intuitive thinking, inductive reasoning, spacial perception and gross motor skills.

Traditionally, people are considered to be “left brained” if they predominantly use logical processing skills. However, by not activating the right side of the brain, people reading often need to re-read several times to pick up the meaning of abstractual concepts. They would also generally have poor long term memory, write only the facts and worry about making mistakes. People are considered to be “left brained” if they predominantly use an abstract model when learning and applying skills. However, by not activating the left side of the brain, the tendency is to day dream, have difficulty in listening, no sense of time and a general difficulty in getting started on a task.

Communication between the two hemispheres takes place in the corpus callosum. Although each hemisphere has a specialised task in relation to interpreting and processing information, in reality, no one task is wholly a left brain activity or right brain activity. To achieve maximum use of brain function, both hemispheres must coordinate and integrate their activities, “a function dependent upon intact function of the fibres crossing the corpus callosum.” For example, in using the computer to draft a newsletter, spacial layout of the page would be predominantly carried out through the right side of the brain while content and detail would predominantly be carried out through the left side.

To perform such tasks well, you would need to access as many connections as you can across the corpus callosum. The ideal learning pattern is to take information and facts from the right hemisphere to the left hemisphere for comprehension and long term storage. However, this pattern may not develop in all areas of a person and an unconscious “switching off” may occur in one of the hemispheres.

Certain exercises have been designed to assist in the integrations of the right and left sides of the brain in order to enable greater learning with less stress on the eyes, brain and body. Cross marching helps coordinate both the left and right sides of your brain as well as your eyes. Begin by marching on the spot with your right arm coming forward as you bend your left knee and vice versa. You can extend this by clapping between each step and placing the opposite hand on your knee as it bends. These exercises activate both hemispheres of the brain simultaneously and engages the brain for coordinating visual, auditory and kinesthetic abilities.


Water plays a major role in the electrical circuits of a body and provides up to 90 per cent of the brain weight. Water is the major component of blood and therefore is the delivery system that gets oxygen to each cell of the eyes, brain and body. Within the lymphatic system, water carries away waste products. It also ionizes salts producing the electrolytes necessary for electrical activity within the body. Water also plays a major role in biochemical reactions including nerve conduction. When a person becomes dehydrated, nerve transmission is limited affecting brain function. Studies have shown that increased water intake leads to significantly improved memory because more oxygen is sent to specific parts of the brain such as the hippo-campus which is involved in memory processing.


“To be quite honest with you how I feel at the moment. Barry has seen me 4 times and the first time I had doubt in him as most of us did but what he told me helped me a lot, and as we continued our sessions I believed in him more and I feel a lot better. And I feel he has helped me for the future and I am very grateful for him. I would like him to come to Youth-works and do the same as he has done for me for other people. Thanks Barry”

“I got a great feeling when I had finished. I would like him to come back”

“The session with Barry helped me through some of the problems that are ahead of me. Some concerning the past, present and future. It turns out that I hate bananas. Even though this is my first session, I was quite interested. Thank you.”

“… I had an intolerance to a lot of things my boyfriend does and Barry has taught me how to deal with them (and) my anger.”

“In my couple of meetings with Barry he brought up some very surprising issues. He was great in his approach to his lessons and personal meetings. He found out things I try to forget. But you can’t lie to yourself. He was great and I thank him for his time. He also identified things that I would like to achieve in the future and also things which have change my life in the past. His guidance is helpful and kind of clarifies what I would and hopefully achieve. I would also like to say that Kinesiology would be a great help to people who are in similar situation eg Youth-works Yr 11 or 12. I hope that through the meetings with Barry I will succeed with what I have planned for the next 12 months. Thanks heaps.”