What is Touch for Health?

Touch for Health is a holistic approach to restoring the body’s natural energies. It is a practical approach that uses muscle testing, acupressure, touch, and massage to help improve posture and reduce physical and mental pain. Muscle testing is used as a biofeedback tool. By stimulating various reflexes throughout the body, balance is achieved. Touch for Health can help you alleviate pain, enhance energy, reduce stress, improve posture, increase flexibility, and so more!

Learn more about Touch for Health here.


Who are these workshops for?

Kinesiology is for anyone wanting to improve their own health or the health of others! These workshops are especially helpful for MT’s, ND’s, PT’s, OT’s, LAc’s, nutritionists, athletic coaches, fitness trainers, health coaches etc.

Touch for Health 1 is a foundation course in the field of specialized kinesiology. The first level was originally  created with the lay person in mind. There are no prerequisites for Level I. The Intro to Touch for Health class and Pain Busters 101  are not pre-requisites.  However, Touch for Health I is a pre-requisite forthe Advanced Pain Buster workshop.

Each of the four Touch for Health workshops build on each other. Those working in the healthcare field often choose to complete the 4-part synthesis.


Can I use Touch for Health with other modalities and therapies?

Yes. A Touch for Health balance can be performed as a procedure all on its own. When combined with other modalities including massage, acupuncture, chiropractic, nutrition, oils, homeopathy, health or fitness coaching, etc., Touch for Health can be very powerful. Having a balanced energy system often results in greater responsiveness to other complimentary therapies.


What happens during a Touch for Health Kinesiology session?

Each session is unique depending on each individual’s needs at the time. The sessions are performed fully clothed and can be done sitting, standing, lying down, or a combination of these.

Your practitioner will ask you to briefly describe your health history and discuss your goals for the session. You will be instructed to rub some specific acupressure points to enhance the brain body connection to ensure accurate muscle monitoring.

The practitioner will have you place your limps in specific positions while applying light pressure to check your muscle’s response. This will help pinpoint imbalances in your body.

The practitioner will then use gentle, non-invasive techniques to restore balance. This can include massaging specific reflexes, holding points on your head, tracing meridian pathways, working with acupressure points, or working directly with the muscle’s origin and insertions. There are many techniques that assist the balancing.


How often do I need to receive a balance?

There is no set answer to this question. With the fast paced life many of us are living, we are often thrown out of balance physically, mentally, and emotionally.

I usually tell my clients to call me when they either have a specific problem or are ready to “peel back more layers of the onion”. Many of us have experienced past physical or emotional traumas that have ripple effects years later. Touch for Health can help reverse some of the stressful effects from the past.

Terri often has clients that alternate between scheduling a balance for one session and massage therapy for the next. She has other clients that prefer if she includes energy balancing in within a massage therapy session.


What can clients expect to feel after a Touch for Health balancing session?

Clients can expect to feel great! Being balanced enhances your body’s ability to heal itself. It puts us at a physical, energetic, and emotional advantage to face the stress of everyday life. Terri often hears clients say they have a renewed motivation to make healthy choices they have been putting off. Other words clients often use to describe how they feel after a balancing session include: peaceful, calm, grounded, centered, optimistic and often pain-free.


Does instructor Terri Kaus practice as well as teach?

Absolutely! Terri is board certified with the NCBTMB organization (438552-00). Terri combines a variety of therapy modalities into her client sessions. Her skill set includes massage, myofascial release, cranial sacral therapy, brain gym and her all-time favorite modality, Touch for Health!

Click here to learn more about Terri.


As a student, do I need to take all four levels of Touch or Health?

No, you don’t need to take all four levels. You can take as many workshops as you’re comfortable with. Each level builds upon the next, and you’ll be able to use techniques from each Touch for Health workshop right away!

However, by taking several levels (or all four), you’ll have a greater understanding of Touch for Health and be able to perform more advanced techniques.


Where can I find your workshop schedule and workshop descriptions?

You can find the class schedule here and workshop descriptions here.


What are the benefits of Kinesiology and Touch for Health?

Touch for Health helps with a vast number of physical and emotional issues. Below is a limited list of things a Touch for Health balance can help with.

  • Relieve pain including headaches, backaches, stomach, shoulders, etc.
  • Enhance strength and flexibility
  • Improve posture and balance
  • Enhance athletic performance
  • Improve digestion
  • Experience clearer thinking
  • Reduce mental & emotional stress
  • Strengthen immune system
  • Increase vitality and relaxation
  • Improve attitude and learning
  • Re-frame perceptions
  • Overcome fears, blocks and self-sabotage
  • Calm the nervous system
  • Provide preventative health maintenance
  • Identify foods that enhance your energy
  • Discover food allergies and sensitivities
  • Accelerate recovery from illness and injuries
  • Help prevent illness and injury
  • Correct reactive muscles that aren’t working properly
  • Develop personal awareness and clarify personal goals & motivation


How can I get the ‘Early Bird’ price on Northeast Healing Arts workshops?

To get the Early Bird workshop price, register at least 14 days (2 weeks) in advance for the workshop you’re planning to take.


How long does a session take?

A complete Touch for Health session usually lasts 60-90 minutes.


How can Kinesiology help children?

Kinesiology can help children in almost any aspect of their life! Instructor Terri Kaus used kinesiology to discover and address her child’s food allergies. It can also be used to help anxiety, coordination, eating problems, sleeping issues, performance, confidence, attachment issues, listening skills, brain integration and more. If a child is too small to be muscle tested, a surrogate can be used. See surrogate testing below.

If you have any questions about how learning Kinesiology can help your child, email Terri at teresa@northeasthealing.com.


How can I explain Touch for Health to my clients or patients?

In her workshops, Terri teaches you how to talk to clients and patients about Touch for Health. You can also read about explaining Touch for Health to your clients here.

Northeast Healing Arts also provides flyers you can give directly to your patients. These flyers describe the amazing benefits of Kinesiology and Touch for Health. To request a flyer, call or email instructor Terri Kaus.


How many sessions do I need to see an improvement?

There is no set number. Each individual will respond differently depending on the nature of their condition(s). Some issues can be resolved in a single session, while others may take a bit longer. Incredible results are often seen before the session ends!


What is “surrogate” muscle testing?

Surrogate testing is used when one person stands in for an individual that is not able to be muscle tested because they are too small (like a baby or toddler), too weak, or too sick. It can also be used for animals and pets.

The surrogate’s muscles are tested in place of the subjects while maintaining physical contact with the subject during the procedure.


What is Reactive Muscle Testing?

Reactive muscle technique is a truly amazing corrective technique that restores major muscle function instantly!

We sometimes have muscles that are neurologically switched off as a result of past injuries, stress, or strain. The muscle is strong when tested alone, but when tested in succession with another, it suddenly loses power and shuts off, leaving it in a weakened state. We call it a “bully” muscle because it keeps intimidating the poor weak muscle causing it to cower and shut down.

Signs that we have this dysfunctional muscle battle going on in our body may be chronic pain, stiffness, limited range of motion, or simply an inability to heal. Nothing holds. Even the best therapies usually will not last. The reason that nothing lasts is because the root of the problem is a neurological reflex reaction that you have no control over.

In these workshops, Terri teaches you how to recognize and break the reactive cycle by resetting the reflexes so all of your client’s muscles can do the job they were created to do.


What Continuing Education (CE) provider numbers should I use?

TFHKA (Touch for Health Kinesiology Association) is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodyworkers (NCBTMB) as a continuing education provider #050467-00.

TFHKA is approved by the Board of Registered Nursing in California, Continuing Education Provider #CEP 13015. This is for RN’s and LPN’s in all states except FL, IA, KN, KY, NV, OK, OR, SD, and WY. Nurses in these excluded states may apply directly to their state board.

TFHKA is approved by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine– NCCAOM®, Provider #ACHB 947.

Have other questions?

Call or email Terri Kaus at (612) 310-4281 or teresa@northeasthealing.com.