Touch for Health

In the 1960’s a Detroit Chiropractor, Dr. Goodheart, began combining acupuncture theory with a variety of western discoveries that involved touch reflexes and muscle testing. He discovered that there was a relationship not only between meridians and major organs but also muscles.  He called his system Applied Kinesiology. Today it is taught exclusively to M.D.’s and Chiropractors. 

One of Dr. Goodheart’s earliest students, Dr. John Thie, saw the potential of Goodheart’s system, and developed a simpler system for lay people. He called it Touch for Health (TFH).  Dr. Thie’s goal was to empower anyone interested in self-care to be able to use these simple techniques to help themselves, their family and their friends. 

TFH kinesiology is a very effective system for stress and pain reduction. Through manual muscle testing, practitioners identify stress and imbalance in the energy flow through the body. Once identified, a variety of techniques can be used to release the stress in order to rebalance the system. This allows the body to return to a state where it can more easily heal itself through its innate healing processes.

All kinds of conditions, both chronic and acute, have responded to these natural methods. Physical pain can be reduced, mental performance can be dramatically improved, fears and unconscious sabotage programs can be released and more. Though Touch for Health is a holistic system that does not diagnose, treat or prescribe for any specific disease or condition, it helps to balance the whole system so the body can heal itself.

This class, like all Touch for Health classes,is based on the Touch for Health system of natural healthcare created by Dr. John Thie.  It is suitable for lay people and professionals.


What you will learn:

     • The skills of muscle testing and

     • How to test each of the 14 primary meridians.

     • The balance-as-you-go method for balancing the body’s energies using spinal reflexes,

        neurolymphatic reflexes, neurovascular points, and meridians.

     • Skills to improve posture, reduce stress and pain, increase energy and improve mental clarity.

This class builds on the skills taught in level 1.

What you will learn:

     • 14 new muscle tests and additional balancing techniques

     • The Law of Five Elements and the meridian wheel

     • How to find the preferred balancing technique and improve efficiency

     • How to detect over energy

     • How to balance the core

     • Several self-balancing techniques

     • Techniques for pain control and supportive nutrition

This class builds on the skills taught in levels 1 and 2.

What you will learn:

     • 14 new muscle tests and more new balancing techniques

     • Five Elements Theory in more depth and applied to

     • Balancing with color and emotions

     • Highly effective pain techniques for recent and chronic pain using pulses and tapping

     • Postural balancing and the interrelationship of the muscles through

        gaits and reactive muscle patterns

This course teaches you how to put everything you have learned in the previous three classes together and introduces some valuable new techniques. 

What you will learn:

     • How to balance all 42 muscles both standing and lying down

     • How to balance using sound, emotions, Luo points and

        acupressure holding points

     • How to balance using nutrition

     • More practice on reactive muscles

     • The Tibetan figure eight energies