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SKART Back Training Online Practitioner Course

Become a registered SKART Therapy practitioner and embark on a new fulfilling career or increase your current range of therapies.

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About the Course

SKART (Structural Kinesiology Acupressure Release Technique) identifies areas of imbalance within the skeletal frame. Upon diagnosis we use a gentle acupressure technique to release and reduce the pain and imbalance.

If you are looking for a new career or looking to boost your income from your existing clinic by offering a new style of proven treatment and pain management we are able to offer an accredited online training course. Completed from your own home at your own pace the course will train you and equip you with the skills needed to diagnose and treat a wide range of muscular and skeletal conditions.

The course is accredited through the IICT the International Institute for Complimentary Therapists. The IICT operates throughout the globe offering a comprehensive list of therapies and directory of members. Once the course has been completed and assessed successful students will be able to gain insurance through the IICT and begin their own journey using SKART.

What are the benefits of SKART to me?

  • Exceptional and valuable skills that benefit practice and client health.

  • Do you want to be part of the 21st centuries health developments? Be free of pain and change the way you see health.

  • You will learn to solve back issues using effective, practical, safe, non-force, and gentle correction techniques.

  • The course’s design means that it is easy to learn and understand, bringing you into the forefront of your profession with these new skills to benefit practice and client health.

  • With millions of people suffering from pain conditions, be the solution.

  • Learn to access the body’s needs using Kinesiology -test for imbalance & re-establish balance.

  • Learn to find the exact pain site to treat it and for the pain to stay away.

  • SKART is a perfect tool for practitioners to be able to help their clients more. It gives you quick diagnostic tools, treatment methods and a client feedback system so that you and your client can see that the treatment has worked.

  • SKART muscle testing is a way to communicate with the body. It is a biofeedback system that talks to the body in a language which the body understands and can respond to and gives real time feedback. It allows us to use the patient’s own body as the research tool to find out what it needs, where to treat, how to treat and gives feedback on whether the correction has held and corrected the problem area, giving patient reassurance, as it is easy to see the difference.

  • Using SKART to find imbalances and issues through muscle testing helps remove the doubt, guesswork and the hard work of subjective diagnostics.

  • SKART is non force and gentler than many other manipulative therapies. It is quick to locate the problem area, needing no gadgets and it can be done anywhere. I have corrected people’s neck problems on trains, planes and by the beach.

  • Learn to use SKART to study the body’s energy systems. To use the muscles as diagnostic tools to access the most appropriate treatment for the body, to find the exact pain site and to be able to treat it so you can clear the pain.

Areas that SKART can work on:

Back and Neck Problems

​Back/ Neck Pain, Headaches, Dizziness and Restless/Painful Legs

Hiatus Hernia

Pain and Discomfort under the ribs on the left side, Indigestion, Nausea and Belching

Symphysis Pubis Issues

 Groin Pain, Hip Pain, Leg Length Imbalance and Bladder Urgency

Symphysis Pubis Issues

Shoulder Problems, Pain in the Shoulder and Arm, Numbness and Tingling in the Arm and Hands

Ileocecal Valve Problems

Pains in Lower Right Abdominal Area and Gut Spasms

Jaw Correction

Dental and Jaw Pain and Grinding of Teeth

Cranial Problems

Headaches, Pressure Pain, Sleep Problems, Excess Crying in Babies

Course Curriculum:

Each module contains a series of lecture units. These are in the form of:  PDF presentations, demonstration videos, reading material, practical exercises, diagrams and external information links. 


At the end of each module there is a student workbook to complete. This will be marked before progressing onto the next module. Later in the course there will be student patient treatments that require video recording and submission. 

  • Who learns SKART?
    Anyone who has an interest and wants to earn a qualification being able to treat backs and other structural conditions.
  • Is SKART similar to what an Osteopath or Chiropractor would do?
    There are similarities in the techniques however it is different to anything that you have used before because you are actually learning to realign the spine and to ease bones back into their correct positions. The beauty of testing on structural issues is that the results are really clear and once treatment is done you get the sense of satisfaction that the correction has worked and you have the feedback technique to show this.
  • What is Kinesiology?
    Within the SKART course you will cover many aspects of Kinesiology. You will learn how to use the technique as a tool within diagnosis, treatment and feedback. The Touch for Health (TFH) technique is often associated with Kinesiology. This technique can be complicated, therefore the form of Kinesiology taught within SKART is more along advanced chiropractic techniques, but much simpler and gentler.
  • Why haven’t I heard of SKART before?
    Even though Amanda has been using this technique for over 25 years, it is very new to the marketplace. SKART is the name that Back 2 Health Training uses for the techniques used.
  • Is support available?
    Yes, support is included with the training and Amanda is available via email, messenger, and other social media platforms.
  • Are tools recommend/used to help with acupressure?
    Often there is no need to use tools within treatment, however if more pressure is required, objects like a massage dolphin can be useful.
  • What is the SKART Therapy Practitioners Group?
    SKART Therapy Practitioners Group is a Facebook group you can join to keep up to date with information, to hear about new courses, and to discuss treatment protocols.
  • Does the order in which you treat each vertebra matter?
    Within the SKART course you will be taught the Back 2 Health Training method which is to treat each vertebra as and when an issue is found. Within the course these two steps are covered in separate modules for ease of learning. One module covers testing and the other treatment. Once these modules are learnt you will be expected to integrate the learning to allow for testing and treatment to happen simultaneously.
  • What COVID-19 Measures should I have in place?
    It is advised to: - Create distance between yourself and the client - Wear gloves and face masks - Test and treat from the side
  • Where are the Back-Shu points?
    The Back-Shu points are acupuncture points located on the back, positioned parallel to the vertebrae, they are situated along the urinary bladder meridian. Each acupoint carries therapeutic effects and physiological functions, making Back-Shu points particularly effective in treating visceral diseases.
  • What is the use of magnets?
    Magnets can be used on acupuncture points. Within the SKART course you will learn about placing magnets around 1.5 inches (5cm) either side of a corrected vertebra to support the holding of its position.
  • What are Neuro-Lymphatic points and the relation within SKART?
    While it's important to understand that Neuro-Lymphatic points correspond to specific meridians, you don't need to commit them to memory. There are many Neuro-Lymphatic points, which can sometimes be overwhelming to learn. Instead, aim for a general understanding and refer back to them as needed for individual patients. These points serve as additional support techniques for SKART Therapy. Checking both the front and back Neuro-Lymphatic points can provide insight into how to effectively flush areas. These points are linked to the lymphatic system, and working on them can help release blockages and promote healing.
  • Providing evidence - what if my client does not want to be recorded?
    Within the SKART course certain evidence is needed to pass modules. Evidence may come in the form of: - Forms - Videos - Feedback Sheets - Photographic - Written If you are having difficulties gaining a certain type of evidence, such as video, here are some other options: - Schedule in a zoom appointment with Back 2 Health Training to show that you can run through the techniques on a friend or family member etc. - Contact Back 2 Health Training for the option to give evidence in written or photographic instead. If using video evidence, Back 2 Health Training will need to see a video or online demo of the techniques on one person. The videos are to evidence that the correct treatment techniques are being used, therefore a demo person is acceptable. The face of the demo person does not need to be seen.
  • The SKART Course workbook and when to submit.
    You may submit the workbook at either the end of each module for approval or once all work is completed at the end of the course. Which route you take depends on your preference.
  • How long does the course take?
    The SKART Course duration is 50 hours, however it can be taken at your own pace. There are eight modules, each taking 1-2 hours to complete depending on reading pace. Students tend to complete a module a week with the final three modules taking a week combined. Following this, if treating clients weekly, the case studies usually take 4 weeks. Should treatments be completed every couple of days this time frame will be minimised.
  • What insurance cover can be gained upon completion of the SKART course?
    SKART is covered by Balens. Once you have attained the certification, send this through to Balens, and they can organise the cover. Contact: Balens Ltd Affinity Dept: 01684 580771 Main Office: 01684 893006
  • Are there any side effects from the SKART Treatment?
    You can occasionally experience a lightheaded feeling as the energy shifts, but also check the C1/2 area with the head tilted forward to make sure it is not coming from there. If that area is out of place it can sometimes cause giddiness.​
  • What if I have trouble retaining information?
    Keep with it, you do not have to remember everything. Modules 2, 3 and 4 are more for an overview, the most important information is in modules 5 and 6.
  • Is the stress point covered within SKART?
    Yes, the stress point is covered within Module 1. The chest point lies in the centre of the chest plate. This point tends to go weak in 99% of the population. Bare in mind that some people may need more pressure on testing than others.
  • What is recommended when a weak response is gained within SKART?
    This is sometimes the case with men as they can overpower the testing. A good strategy is to test for a weak arm when you use CV17 (the stress chest point). Make sure their arm is properly to the side or in front so they can’t incorporate other muscles. If they weaken with the stress point, do this test before other tests to allow them to learn its ok to let the arm go and not fight you. You never know, they might just have a really good lymphatic system.
  • What Is EFT Tapping?
    EFT is a form of “psychological acupuncture” that uses light tapping with your fingertips (instead of inserting needles) to stimulate traditional Chinese acupuncture points. Tapping on these designated points on the face and body is combined with verbalising the identified problem (or “target”) followed by a general affirmation phrase.
  • What is EFT effective for?
    - Emotional Trauma - PTSD - Anxiety - Panic Disorders - Phobias - Stress Relief - Insomnia - Weight loss
  • Has research been done on EFT?
    Yes, there are hundreds of studies on the efficacy of EFT for numerous emotional challenges, most notably, anxiety, stress, cravings, and PTSD.
  • Is EFT Tapping safe for everyone? Are there any contraindications?
    EFT is safe, easy to apply, and is non-invasive. There are no known negative side effects. Unlike pills, surgery or difficult medical procedures, EFT is very easy to learn and is non-invasive. Most importantly, it can be self-applied. Many have reported an immediate feeling of relief, a sense of feeling lighter and uplifted as blocked energy releases. The research so far has indicated there are no contraindications to using EFT Tapping. To date, minimal side effects have been reported other than occasional temporary fatigue after big releases of energy. However, this does not mean that you will not experience adverse side effects. If you do, please consult a professional EFT practitioner for professional application of these techniques. In the case of severe diagnosed mental illness, we recommend consulting a skilled EFT Practitioner.
  • Is EFT like meditation?
    EFT is not meditation. EFT requires that you actively engage in the protocol, using your fingertips and choosing the right wording for you. You may, however, enjoy imagining yourself using EFT Tapping while in a meditative state.
  • Can EFT be used to treat myself?
    Absolutely! If you choose a clear target and follow the basic protocol, you are likely to get satisfying and long-lasting results. Many people also find it beneficial to consult EFT practitioners for the objectivity and experience that will likely ensure successful treatment.
  • Can EFT Tapping be used for children?
    Yes, practitioners are using EFT Tapping for school-aged children all over the world. The language, however, needs to be tailored to the child’s age.
  • Can I use EFT Tapping for symptom relief of an illness that has lasted decades or is an inherited condition?
    If you have a medical condition, please consult a physician. As an adjunct treatment, applying EFT and variations of Meridian Tapping have been used successfully to alleviate symptoms regardless of duration or family history. We recommend that you target the pent-up emotional conflicts that you suspect might be contributing to your condition and record any results you have.
  • How long will it take to be successful?
    Some symptoms, like certain phobias or issues connected to single events, have been shown to clear in one round of EFT. However, complex issues can consist of several smaller interrelated problems that must first be treated before healing can occur. Be persistent and patient. EFT practitioners should be consulted for complicated issues such as PTSD and your physician should be a part of any treatment that involves medical-related issues. It’s always hard to predict how many sessions you will need to clear an emotional challenge that is driving your anxiety. We intend to make the length of treatment as short as possible, yet as long as necessary. Practitioners aim for lasting results.
  • What language are the courses in?
    Please note that, at present, the courses are offered exclusively in English. As we grow, we aspire to expand our offerings to include additional language formats.

Once completed you will receive certification through the International  Institute for Complimentary Therapists (IICT), and be eligible to obtain insurance to practice.


Background Knowledge

In 1964, American Chiropractor George Goodheart made a groundbreaking discovery that specific muscles, when tested, could provide significant insights into a person's overall health. Termed Applied Kinesiology, Goodheart defined it as the study of energy and movement applied in a practical context. From these kinesiology principles, SKART has emerged with the underlying theory of bringing the body into balance.

The core principle of SKART is based on the understanding that each muscle depends on a nerve for activation, blood supply for oxygenation, lymph for clearance, and an acupressure meridian for energization. Dr. George Goodheart's research in the 1960s challenged the notion that muscle spasm alone could misalign the spine. Instead, he proposed that a weak muscle on one side of the body could cause an opposing muscle to appear tight, emphasising the need to address muscle weakness for long-term relief.

Extensive research in Kinetics, led by Dr. Bennett and Dr. Jarnette, focused on reflexes and demonstrated how skin areas' activation through massage or light touch could induce muscle movement and influence bones without direct manipulation of the bones themselves.

The concept of postural patterns acknowledges that muscles can contract and experience spasms. However, upon examination, it is often revealed that many patients experiencing muscle spasm actually have muscle weakness, not primary spasms. This weakness, in turn, leads to the contraction of opposing muscles, making the contracted muscle a secondary effect of the primary muscle weakness.


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