Knowing Touch for Health™

What is Touch for Health™?

Touch for Health™ is the most widely used system of kinesiology in the world. Millions of people have experienced and benefited from TFH. It is recognised and respected as a fundamental training for other kinesiology systems as well as a healing modality in it’s own right – and a key source for the emergence of Energy Medicine, Brain Gym, Energy Kinesiology, and even Energy Psychology.

Touch for Health (TFH) is a system of natural health care which combines muscle monitoring with the principles of Chinese medicine to assess energy and body function. With simple, gentle yet powerful techniques, it creates balance within the meridian system of the body, on all levels. Touch For Health addresses the Structural, Nutritional and Emotional stresses common in our everyday life.

In TFH we use muscle testing as a method of biofeedback to identify imbalances in the body’s energy system. Using a holistic approach we rebalance the body’s energies and activate the body’s intrinsic healing process so that the body can better heal itself.


Touch for Health ™ is highly recommended for Medical doctors, Nurses, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Sports therapists, Sport coaches, Physical therapists, Occupational therapists, and anyone who is concerned with personal health, growth and development.


The TFH process can also assist individuals to better achieve their life goals with goal specific balancing.

Of the people with specific symptoms, the ones who benefit most from Touch for Health™ methods are those who have been to a professional and have been told that there doesn’t seem to be any organic cause for the suffering. The professional recognizes that the patient has a genuine complaint, but is unable to pinpoint a specific cause. Touch for Health’s energy balancing begins by setting a goal. What outcome is desired? What performance does the client want enhanced? Next comes testing of the muscles related to each of the meridians. Then acupressure is used to stimulate the flow of energy and the indicator muscles are retested for positive responses. This simple technique often gives dramatic improvement.
– John F. Thie, Founder of Touch for Health

TFH Kinesiology can be easily learned by anyone, with a little practice, without any prior knowledge of muscles, physiology, meridians, etc. The practical, hands-on Touch for Health Synthesis workshops are facilitated by Certified Touch for Health Instructors, trained by the Faculty of the International Kinesiology College (IKC), and active in over 60 countries worldwide.

History of TFH Balancing: 1973 and Beyond

We see an unprecedented need for change in the way that we live and care for ourselves, and an unprecedented opportunity for those of us in TFH/K to take a leadership role in fulfilling human needs and effecting change in our lives. Now that people from all walks of life –business, arts, science, religion, etc.– and among all the healing disciplines– medicine, chiropractic, faith healing, massage, psychology, etc.– we are uniquely positioned to contribute in all of these areas. We are uniquely prepared to fulfil the desperately needed role of interface between the health-care practitioner (whether reductionist, disease centred, or holistic, wellness oriented), and personal responsibility, self awareness, and self-care.

TFH draws not only on over 30 years of development and integration of techniques in Kinesiology, but thousands of years of philosophies and sciences of living well, proven by what we feel is the truest and best means: direct and personal, subjective experience of a better life. Our concepts of Wellness integrate the holistic worldview of the East, as well as the vitalistic tradition in the West as espoused in the original concepts of naturopathy, chiropractic, and even Western scientific medicine.

Currently we find ourselves at a crossroads. Much of the change and growth, branching out and diverging of paths has come full circle to where all of the Kinesiologies, with their varied areas of emphasis, multiple techniques, concepts, and models, recognize a commonality of core values, beliefs, and shared purpose that allow us to call this vast array of people, ideas, programs, schools associations and institutions all part of one body, the Touch for Health Synthesis. And it is through this element of unity that we can take a cooperative approach to our efforts, with mutual regard and respect, health and forthright discussion and exchange of ideas and common purpose and vision for the future.

Touch for Health was created by John F. Thie, DC (1933-2005). The first Manual was published in 1973 and launched a worldwide movement in a holistic approach to health which teaches the restoring of our natural energies. It is a practical guide to natural health using acupressure, touch and massage to improve postural balance and reduce physical and mental pain and tension. It is the key source for the emergence of Energy Medicine, Brain Gym, Energy Kinesiology, and even Energy Psychology.

For more details on TFH and where to learn it, visit Breakthru Academy here.