Kinesiology and Touch for Health

Applied Kinesiology, founded in 1964 by George Goodheart, DC, is the language of the body. It has been compared to biofeedback. Some call it the art and science of muscle testing or muscle monitoring.

Kinesiologists look at the entire person: physical body, mental/emotional structure, and nutrition. They use their knowledge of human body as well as traditional Chinese medicine concepts, to ensure the person’s energy system is balanced.

This practice has been rapidly growing in popularity. Since the 1960’s, millions of individuals around the world have experienced the benefits of kinesiology.

You may have experienced kinesiology through your chiropractor, naturopathic doctor, herbalist, acupuncturist, nutritionist, athletic trainer, nurse, massage therapist, or even your mother. Anyone who has an interest in helping people feel better appreciates the benefits of kinesiology.

Read kinesiology studies by Anne M Jensen from Oxford University published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine.

Muscle Testing

All organs have corresponding muscles that respond to specific stimuli. An energetic imbalance is characterized by muscles that do not give a strong signal and cannot hold up when tested. With correct muscle monitoring, we can get some ideas of what is going on in a person’s energy system. This can give us clues about which foods are raising or lowering our energy. We can see how physical and emotional stress may be contributing factors leading to muscle pain, tension, headaches, restriction etc.

Read more by going to our blog post “Is Muscle Testing Woo or True?.”

Touch for Health


Touch for Health was developed by John Thie, DC, in the early 1970’s and incorporates the research of of Dr. George Goodheart, the founder of Applied Kinesiology.

Dr. Thie got great results in his patients by combining Western techniques, Chinese medicine and stimulating specific reflexes on the head and body.  He was able to positively affect muscle tension, posture, nutrition, emotion, and attitude in just minutes!

Muscle testing allowed Dr. Thie to discover the hidden cause of many puzzling, chronic conditions. It wasn’t long before patients were coming from far and wide to have him do what seemed like “miracle work” to them.


Touch for Health is a systematized method of bringing balance to the body’s energy and meridian system by manual muscle testing to determine which stimuli stress the body. Physical stress is then decreased by working various reflexes.Touch for Health’s philosophy is similar to traditional Chinese medicine that has a strong emphasis on prevention and balance.

Terri TFH demo

Touch for Health workshops are designed to be accessible to the professional and lay person alike. Formal training in anatomy, physiology, muscles or Chinese acupressure is not necessary to learn Touch for Health. The muscle testing and balancing procedures taught are common among many holistic practitioners who integrate alternative and complementary therapy, such as chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, nursing, nutrition etc.​ as well as a growing profession of “specialized” kinesiologists.

Many people go to the doctor when trouble arises in order to seek relief from symptoms.Touch for Health focuses on prevention through balance.


Touch for Health is the most widely used system of kinesiology in the world today. You can trace most kinesiology programs back to Touch for Health as their original training. It is recognized and respected throughout the world as a solid-foundation course.


Touch for Health utilizes a combination of techniques, and stimulates reflexes (acupressure, spinal reflexes, neurolymphatic, neurovascular, and cranial reflexes) to promote balance in the body, energy system, and the emotions.


  • decrease in headaches
  • greater strength and flexibility
  • better posture
  • balanced coordination
  • improved attitude and calmer emotions
  • clearer thinking and lowered stress levels
  • reduction in pain
  • stronger immune system
  • more energy and vitality

Clients often leave feeling clear, calm, grounded, and balanced after a session.


Touch for Health is taught over the course of 4 levels. Each level is 16 hours land builds upon the previous level. Training is based on chiropractor Dr.John Thie’s book, Touch for Health, which outlines a holistic approach for balancing the entire body’s energy systems.

Dr. Thie’s vision was that there would be one person in every family who knew how to use Touch for Health.

Dr Thie’s book and courses have been taught in over 60 countries and have been translated into many languages. To the delight of his students, the material is user-friendly for the lay person, as well as the professional.