tapestrylogo Hands On Massage Therapy Contact Us Site Map

Touch for Health Kinesiology

Touch for Health® Kinesiology is a safe and practical touch-healing process of balancing the body's natural energies to ease discomfort of common aches, pains and stresses of daily living. It is a combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine principles like those used in acupuncture/acupressure and recent Western developments in wellness and preventive health care.

This integrated East-West approach links certain muscles with specific organ systems, and these connections also interrelate with particular energy meridians, and parts of the lymphatic and vascular systems. By balancing a specific muscle, balance is restored to all of the other systems related to it, and thus to the whole body.

Touch for Health Touch for Health was created by John F. Thie (pronounced 'Tee'), DC (1933-2005). The first TFH manual was published in 1973 and launched a worldwide movement in a holistic approach to health that teaches a way to restore our natural energies. TFH is now being used in over a hundred countries in the world. It is a practical approach using acupressure, touch and massage to improve postural balance and reduce physical and mental pain and tension.

The focus in TFH is on the whole person and on assisting the person to balance the vital energies, which are variously called chi, prana, or ki. TFH practitioners help their clients to see that all aspects of their lives are interrelated and that as they bring the different parts of their lives into harmony, they are able to improve their health.

Touch for Health uses muscle testing to let the body speak for itself and tell the client and practitioner what needs to be corrected. Then, by using non-invasive techniques such as tapping, meridian balancing, and color therapy, the imbalances are corrected and retested.

Muscle testing description

Muscle testing is a biofeedback technique and is used by a number of health care professionals from chiropractors to physical therapists. By gently pushing on the muscle while the client tries to resist, the practitioner can tell if the muscle "locks" or tests weak. Muscle testing is not a strength or range-of-motion test. No more than two pounds of pressure (usually less) is used against the muscle to see if it will lock. A multitude of stressors can affect the locking capability of muscles. Consequently, the muscle test is an effective indicator of stresses in the body.

The method of muscle testing used in Touch for Health is an adaptation of the standards used in physical therapy disciples which were developed by Kendall and Kendall. These standard are based on the research of applied kinesiolgist, Dr. George Goodheart, Jr., who in 1964, established a connection between muscle testing and their association with the Chinese meridians used in acupuncture.

Some of the benefits of Touch for Health are:

Touch For Health sessions are done with the client seated or standing while fully clothed, or if the client prefers to combine TFH with a massage, it can be performed while he/she is lying on the massage table. The client participates with the practitioner during muscle testing by monitoring movements and rubbing or tapping points on the body per the practitioner's instructions to correct weaknesses. Usually, a full TFH session clears all of the body’s meridians.

Suzanne's Qualifications

TFHKA logoSuzanne is a Level 4 Touch for Health Practitioner, having completed 60 hours of TFH education. She has been practicing TFH since 2006. She is a member of the Touch for Health Kinesiology Association. While in public education, she used concepts from Brain Gym, a related field, in her classroom. She has also studied in the fields of One-Brain, EFT, and Energy Medicine.

Related Branches (and Offshoots) of Applied Kinesiology

Touch for Health is a branch of Applied Kinesiology and is related to several other branches of that field. There are a lot of free resources on the web that you can use to explore the principles used in Touch for Health on your own. Others are specialties within the field. Some of these related branches include:

Many of the developers of the above branches began their work in Touch for Health. Indeed, in many cases, Touch for Health can and does provide the same benefits as the techniques are very similar.

Some of these techniques focus more on learning and educational aspects of Applied Kinesiology; some on specific physical, emotional or mental health issues; and others on an integration between body, heart, and mind. This work in all branches of Applied Kinesiology is being taken more and more seriously as new research proves the theories are verifiable in a controlled setting. Clients have also found the work to be verifiable in their own experience.

See the suggested reading page and the links page for more information.

Click Here
to Buy an
Instant Gift Certificate

or to Book an
Online Appointment


muscle test

"Based on the concept of internal energy fundamental to traditional Chinese medicine, muscle testing is a noninvasive way of evaluating the body’s imbalances and assessing its needs. It involves testing the body’s responses when applying slight pressure to a large muscle, to provide information on energy blockages, the functioning of the organs, nutritional deficiencies, and food sensitivities, among other things. It can also be used to test the body’s responses to herbs and other remedies."
~Mark Lipsman


Techniques Used in TFH:


"Health is not just the passive state of freedom from disease, but, an active condition of being, of growth, development, and evolution."
~John F. Thie, 1973


Click the link for a handout of a Daily Energy Routine based on applied kinesiology from different experts that you and your family can do to improve concentration, learning and energy anytime

tapestry life resources logo

 Follow tapestrylife on Twitter

follow tapestrylife on Facebook

follow me on LinkedIn

follow my blog on wordpress