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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.

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 this 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?
    Through the course we fully cover many aspects of Kinesiology and how to do it so that you feel comfortable using it as an amazing diagnostic, treatment and feedback tool. Learning touch for health was a start for me but it is complicated. What I teach is more along advanced chiropractic techniques but much simpler and gentler. I am also hoping that with this course we can get Kinesiology more out there in the world. It is such an amazing technique that can change the lives of so many.
  • Why haven’t I heard of SKART before?
    Even though I have been using this technique for over 25 years it is very new to the marketplace. SKART is my name 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.
  • Do you recommend / use any tools to help with acupressure?
    I do not tend to use tools but if I do need more pressure, I have a massage dolphin which can work quite well, Acupressure treatment can be done both lying and sitting.
  • 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.
  • I was treating each vertebra as I found issues rather than testing all of them and coming back to treat them?
    That is fine treating each vertebra as you find it rather than testing all and coming back to treat. That is the best way to do it, but I did the testing and treating techniques in two modules so that you got testing practice in before you started treating areas.
  • What Covid Measures should I have in place?
    Create distance between yourself and the client. I wear gloves and test and treat from the side so we are not breathing on each other, even though we are both wearing masks for close up work. You can experiment with what works for you with prone testing for spine/pelvis and supine testing for other areas.
  • Where are the back Shu points?
    The Back Shu points relate to acupuncture points on the back The Back Shu point are all on the Bladder channel down the back, but it has related command points on it for the other meridians. The spleen is BL20 which is on the line between T11 and T12.
  • Why are magnets good?
    Re – magnets - I find them very useful and use them a lot on acupuncture points but for the course I put them about an inch and a half (5cms) either side of a vertebra I have corrected, as this can help it hold in position.
  • Perhaps I have missed the point of your Questions. In Mod 2 - 1.1. I believe your questions asked for Meridians linked to specific organs. Unless I am mistaken; the Triple Heater and the Heart Constrictor Meridians are associated with "areas" of the body not specific organs?
    Sorry I think because I come from the Acupuncture background we are taught the 12 meridians so even though the heart constrictor, related to the cavity that protects the heart and the triple heater, related to 3 sections of the body don’t have a specific western organ they are still needed.
  • I am a bit confused about the Neuro -lymphatic points? What do NL points relate to?
    Avoid getting hung up on learning all the Neuro-lymphatic points as there are a lot of them and can get a bit confusing. Think overview and you can refer back to them for specific patients. They work as another treatment support technique to Skart therapy. Checking the front and back NL points can give you more of an idea of how to flush areas, as NL points relate to the lymphatic system and by working on such points you are helping to release any blockages and stimulate healing. You need to know that the neuro-lymphatic points are associated with specific meridians. But you do not need to know them off by heart but knowing about them can be useful when treating areas later.
  • I have reservation about videoing clients?
    Re module 8 – I only need forms, no videos for client case histories. As the treatments are of course under patient privacy so, we use the feedback sheets from the treatments as evidence. I will need file names logged in the workbook for reference. Schedule in a zoom or skype appointment with me and I can see you run through the techniques on e.g. a friend or family member so we can tick of modules 4 and 5. Don’t worry about being in location I’m happy for you to demonstrate in a living room etc. Remember with Modules 4 and 5 the evidence can be done through written, photographic, video evidence or directly with me through either zoom or skype. Re videos - I only need to see a video or online demo of the techniques on one person - for module 4 and 5. The videos are for evidence that you are using the correct treatment techniques as in module 5 so you just need a demo person, I do not need to see faces. It can also be done with photos. As the treatments are of course under patient privacy so, we use the feedback sheets from the treatments as evidence.
  • Do I submit the workbook at the end of each Module for approval or do you sign off the entire book at the end of the course?
    This can vary depending on the student. Some like to submit it at the end of each Module for me to check and sign off and other students like to do the whole thing and hand it in at the end. It is totally up to you!
  • Is there an approximate time frame for the course to be completed? How long does it take the average student to complete the course and what is the shortest time?
    This is up to you as it can be done at your own pace. There are eight modules each module will take a few hours to complete depends on how fast you read and work. 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.
  • Could I test in a different sequence to you?
    Yes, don’t get too hung up on where in the testing process you do everything as long as they are tested. I tend to work down as it’s easier for me to remember what I have tested, but yes, the cranium and lymphatics can both be treated lying down.
  • Can Balens provide cover for SKART upon completion of the course?
    Yes, once you have attained the certification, send this through to us, and we can add this to your cover. Contact: Balens Ltd Affinity Dept: 01684 580771 Main Office: 01684 893006
  • I treated my husband’s neck and after he felt a bit lightheaded and giddy so I stopped. Is this a normal reaction or have I inadvertently mistreated him?
    You can occasionally get 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 this area, as if that area is out of place it can sometimes cause giddiness.​
  • I cannot seem to retain the info unless I am looking at notes or actively researching/writing. Any suggestions?
    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.
  • Which one was the stress point?
    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.
  • Being extremely dyslexic I struggle with retention of solid fact; do you have any recommendations as to “hangers” I can use to help memorise the meridian pathways and common weaknesses?
    Try and work through the whole course with an overview, then revisit areas you feel need to be more thoroughly considered. I understand about being dyslexic as this is also a problem I had, but you’re doing really well so don't put too much pressure on yourself to remember all the information as it will fall into place as you move through the course. I find doing the Cross crawl helps with my dyslexia if my brain switches off. When I was first learning the organs and symptoms, I wrote a poem for each, but different things work for different people.
  • I cannot get a weak response from my client even after stimulation. This means it is going to be difficult to practice on him as I will never be sure if I am getting a genuine response to the stimulus or a false response every time. Do you have any suggestions that may help me with this type of patient for future assessments?
    This is sometimes the case with men as they can overpower the testing, do you get a weak arm when you use CV17 - stress chest point? Make sure his arm is properly to the side or in front so he can’t incorporate other muscles, If he weakens with the stress point do this test on him before other tests to allow him to learn its ok to let the arm go and not fight you. You never know he might just have a really good lymphatic system.
  • Please make sure when submitting that it is clear what can be found in which video if you are using video evidence?
    Re videos - I only need to see a video or online demo of the techniques on one person - for module 4 and 5. The videos are for evidence that you are using the correct treatment techniques as in module 5 so you just need a demo person, I do not need to see faces. It can also be done with photos or one to one with me via messenger.

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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