History of Touch for Health Kinesiology
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 MD’s and
of Dr. Goodheart’s earliest students, Dr.
John Thie, saw it's potential 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
Today TFH is taught in
over 100 countries and the Touch For Health
manual has been translated into over 20
is a very effective system for stress and
pain reduction. TFH uses muscle testing to
determine imbalances in the body's acupuncture
system. Muscle testing is both an art and a
science. It is a skill that takes practice
to refine and perfect. Kinesiology looks
beyond symptoms and does not diagnose, treat
or prescribe named diseases. Through manual
muscle testing, kinesiologists can identify
the exact nature of blockages in the energy
flow. Muscle testing allows one to identify
stressors to the body/mind through accessing
the body’s wisdom with a kind of body
biofeedback. Once imbalances are identified
then a variety of gentle touch techniques can be used to
release energy blockages and allow the
body’s innate healing processes to heal
While Touch for Health was originally
designed with the lay person in mind, many
health professionals have found it to be a
wonderful complementary approach to enhance
their practice. One of its practical
features is that it offers a systematic
approach to balancing the body. Some people
have learned muscle testing as an assessment
tool, but no techniques for corrections.
Others study lots of techniques with no
coherent protocol for implementing them.
Touch for Health teaches both quality muscle
testing and a step by step procedure to
address balancing the full meridian system
to enhance the health and well being of the
Just what kinds of health challenges can
kinesiology be effective with?
The list is endless. All kinds of
conditions, both chronic and acute, have
responded to these natural methods. Physical
pain such as headaches, backaches, strains,
sprains, menstrual cramps, nausea, TMJ,
toothaches, and repetitive strain injuries
are a few of the many body issues that have
been helped quite effectively. Other kinds
of physical conditions like insomnia and jet
lag respond quite well to this approach.
Mental performance can be dramatically
improved as these techniques enhance
neurological functioning. It is commonplace
to see people with reading difficulties be
helped in a matter of minutes once key
reflex techniques are taught to them.
Kinesiology is also very effective in
releasing fears, phobias, unconscious
sabotage programs and emotional trauma.
In 2005 Arlene and Larry Green organized the
30th National TFH Convention in Durham, NC.
It was an historic and memorable conference
bringing together about 300 people from 18
All who attended felt
a deep sense of gratitude for this special
occasion. It was such a unifying and
positive gathering of so many of the
pioneers in this field. The panel
discussion of the Pioneers of Kinesiology
now available on DVD. It was a wonderful gift to
have given Dr. John Thie, one last
opportunity to see how his TFH system has
grown, as on August 3, just three weeks
after the conference, he passed away. He was
a great man, with a big heart, who lived his
vision of empowering people to help one
another and touched the lives of thousands
of people around the world. To see some
treasured pictures of him at the conference
click on the banner below.
about the 2005 Conference
Photos of conference
courtesy of Earl Cook at etouchforhealth.com