About Touch for Health


What is Touch for Health?

Touch for Health (TFH) is a system of balancing posture, attitude and life energy for greater comfort, vitality and enjoyment of your BEST life! 

Matthew Thie TFH Balancing
Matthew Thie TFH Balancing

Features of Touch for Health Kinesiology

Touch for Health is the  most widely used system of Energy Kinesiology in the world! 

In Touch for Health, 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, creating that sense of effortless effort, and being in the flow of life.

Millions of people have experienced and benefited from TFH. It is recognized and respected as a fundamental training for other kinesiology systems as well as a healing modality in its own right – and a key source for the emergence of Specialized Kinesiology, Energy Kinesiology and even Energy Psychology.

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


Benefits of Touch for Health

Touch for Health hands-on, practical workshops will train you to:

  • Develop personal awareness and clarify your personal goals & motivation.
  •  Clear mental / emotional / physical and energetic blocks.
  •  Increase energy & vitality and counteract fatigue.
  •  Relieve pain & release tension - headaches, backaches, stomachaches, arm, shoulder, leg & knee pain.
  •  Release mental & emotional stress and overwhelm.
  •  Enhance health & Wellness and help prevent disease and injury.
  •  Accelerate recovery from illness & injuries.
  •  Improve performance at work, school and at home; in sports and in relationships.
  •  Identify foods which enhance your energy and ones that don’t!
  •  Balance your energy flow to enhance your personal bests, achieve more consistent and frequent peak performance, reach your life goals, and enjoy life to the fullest.

TFH is NOT a Panacea:

The Touch for Health model does not diagnose or treat named diseases, or focus on treating symptoms.

Touch for Health was designed to be complementary to appropriate professional health care. TFH does not help any and every human situation all by itself. A person might also benefit from drugs, surgery, vitamins, minerals, psychological counseling, chiropractic, etc., in addition to Touch for Health balancing. Balancing the energy of the body encourages and supports the intrinsic healing process, allowing the body to heal itself more effectively & more rapidly.

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Self Responsibility

Touch for Health has been safely used since 1973 in over 100 countries and Touch for Health manuals have been translated into many languages.

TFH encourages proactive and timely consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to determine if you have a medical condition, and whether balancing the posture, emotions & energy is appropriate for your condition. We rely on the individual being healthy enough to determine for themselves if TFH is beneficial and whether they need to seek expert care.

For serious illness, injury, or continuing, worsening or severe symptoms, always seek the services of a health care professional.


Touch each other in a safe, appropriate way for the purpose of health

Observe and Clear structural, mental, emotional and nutritional blocks or imbalances 

Understand ourselves better by developing personal awareness mentally/emotionally/physically

Clarify your personal goals, motivation, and passion

Hear each other in a non-judgmental, supportive balancing process


Free our time and energy to focus on personal development, and not only “fixing problems”

Optimize Energy and Vitality

Relieve pain & release tension - head, back, or stomach aches; arm, shoulder, leg & knee pain


Help relieve mental/emotional and physical stress and overwhelm

Enhance health & Wellness and help prevent disease and injury

Accelerate recovery from illness & injuries 

Learn how to balance ourselves for improved performance at work, school and at home; in sports and in relationships

Test the energetic effects of food to improve our dietary choices 

Holistically balance your energy flow for greater personal bests, more consistent and frequent peak performance, and enjoy life to the fullest.

History and Origins of Touch for Health


TFH is a synthesis of ancient knowledge of the Chinese acupuncture meridians and techniques derived from chiropractic, naturopathy, osteopathy, and even person-centered counseling, including acupressure, a variety of touch reflexes, meridian tracing, nutrition and a variety of mind-body techniques for balancing the subtle energies while focusing on meaningful, personal goals. 


TFH has its roots in the work of Detroit chiropractor, Dr George Goodheart. Dr Goodheart began using muscle testing to evaluate muscle strength or injury in relation to postural imbalances, but soon found that muscles may dramatically improve function in response to a variety of touch reflexes, including acupuncture points and meridians. Goodheart developed a system called Applied Kinesiology which he shared with physicians who are licensed to diagnose (medical doctors, chiropractors, osteopaths, dentists, psychiatrists, etc.) and assistants under their supervision.

John Thie, D.C., one of the early promoters of Goodheart’s work and the founding chairman of Goodheart’s International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK) had the vision of sharing this information with the wider population so they could learn to help themselves. Dr. Thie released the book Touch for Health in 1973, and developed the Touch for Health training program which has been administered and expanded by the International Kinesiology College (IKC) since 1990. TFH was designed to empower every person to become active in the creation, maintenance and restoring of their own health and well-being, and to allow families to enhance their self-care

History of Touch for Health
Touch for Health Balancing

Purposes of Touch for Health:

From John Thie’s, Touch for Health, the Complete Edition, 2005

  1. Increase Vitality- Energy, Balance and Resiliency.
  2. Discover Your Telos- A sense of meaning and purpose in your daily life.
  3. Increase Optimum Performance and Personal best- enhance your experience of life and recognize & celebrate your peak performances.
  4. Enhance Healing & Accelerate Recovery- Optimize the function of the natural, innate healing system of the human body.
  5. Discover & Develop your Natural Healing Ability- We can ALL help each other feel better through human touch (for health!). Some of us have a natural healing gift that will become a joyous life path of service and fulfillment.
  6. Augment your Self-Care - Increase awareness & effectiveness of how you take care of yourself.
  7. A New Level of Health Control- There is always SOME HOPE. When facing disease, stress, pain, challenges or limitations of any kind, we can experience subtle and dramatic improvements immediately and spontaneously through balancing our bodies and our energy.

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