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Touch For Health - Online Classes

Learn to accurately muscle test yourself and others to improve health.

Touch For Health is a simple and effective healing method for activating and "switching on" the human body and it's awareness. It is designed to release pain and stress naturally using simple muscle testing feedback techniques, to identify the sources of stress which lead to chronic pains, illness, mental fogginess, and other related facets of diseases.

Touch For Health will help hone in on key stressors and quickly identify the most effective means of correcting the imbalance. It may be described as a users guide or operating system for communicating directly with the "Super Organic Computer" our human body.

Touch For Health was written by Dr. John Thie and published in 1973. It is based directly on the Applied Kinesiology work of  Dr. Goodheart; as well as on Dr. Thie's own experience while working with patients. He took what worked best for him in clinical practice, and incorporated it into his book.

IKC International Kinesiology College in Australia carries on the heritage of Touch For Health today, but the credit actually goes to the Ancient Chinese. The foundation of  Kinesiology comes from Traditional Chinese Medicine, as it involves aspects of acupressure, nutrition, and movement. Touch For Health is taught at Universities and Colleges around the world, being integrated into holistic heath programs. It incorporates science and the art of muscle testing from Kinesiology.

It has spawned a whole generation of new Kinesiology modalities and specializations. It has always been recognized and respected as both a pioneering work, and a solid foundation for any study in Kinesiology. Not only is it a complete system on it's own, but it has proven to be an dynamic system that is vast in it's applications. Touch For Health is taught in four levels, each level building on the skills learned in the previous one.

Medical doctors, shiatsu therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and other health professional have learned Touch for Health to enhance their practices.

Touch for Health is now taught in over one hundred countries worldwide. There are no prerequisites for learning Touch for Health. It is available to everyone, whether they want to use it for their family and friends, have is as the basis of a Kinesiology career. Visit our Classes page to see upcoming online classes.

Registered Shiatsu Massage Therapy

Shiatsu is perfect for emotional healing, pain relief, and wellness. What is Shiatsu? Shiatsu is a Japanese therapeutic form of body work based on the Acupuncture system of points and meridians. Its name is derived from the Japanese term for "finger pressure." "Shi" means finger and "Atsu" means pressure.

 It involves applying pressure to specific acupressure points on the body to access the vital energy or Qi  in the meridians. When Qi or energy in the body becomes deficient, out of balance, or the flow is obstructed, symptoms arise such as: physical and/or emotional pain, regular colds and flu, headaches, body aches, low energy, sleep problems, and digestive disorders. The lymphatic drainage that occurs from a shiatsu treatment  helps to rid the body of toxins and blood stagnation, thereby strengthening the immune system.  

Shiatsu therapy is received fully clothed and performed on the floor, table, or chair.  Shiatsu Therapists use their fingers, thumbs, palms, elbows, feet, and knees, and other tools, to access the Meridians and Acupressure points by stretching, compressing, and releasing tension in the connective tissues of the body.  Shiatsu is a non-invasive acupressure massage therapy that stimulates the body's own curative or healing abilities. It is the perfect tool to release emotional tension in the body and to experience the healing that comes with this release.  Because of this, some say it is "Beyond Massage!" 

TCM   5-Element Acupressure 

What is Acupressure? Well, it's the same as Acupuncture but there are no needles! More than five thousand years ago the Chinese discovered that by applying pressure with their fingers and hands to specific points on the body, they could relieve pain, improve health, and balance emotions.

The wisdom and reliability of Traditional Chinese Medicine have stood the test of time for over 5000 years. Traditional Chinese Medicine is the foundation of Kinesiology, which incorporates muscle testing and other techniques to help identify what kind of stress is the issue. 

In modern times different modalities such as SIPS (Stress Indicator Point System), & EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) also use the acupoints to balance the bodies electrical systems and identify the root causes of stress.  Acupressure uses gentle but firm pressure of the thumbs and fingers, as well as other tools to release muscular tension, promote circulation of blood and lymph, and stimulate the body's natural self curative abilities.

Acupressure reaches the chore of many emotional disorders and stress related physical problems that typify our modern world.  By freeing unresolved emotional experiences stored in the body, acupressure can alleviate a wide range of everyday aches and pains, allergies, digestive problems, poor circulation, sleeplessness, and other chronic complaints.

It can even unveil the memory of a traumatic experience that caused the emotional wound.  Acupressure relaxes tight muscles that result from an emotional trauma.  A traumatic event causes the body to contract its muscles and harden, like a protective armor, to shield the inner self.   Most therapies address the cognitive and emotional aspects of trauma but do not get to the physiological component. Acupressure has the advantage over other therapies in that its techniques work directly with the body that has been affected by trauma.

Emotional imbalances and the physical symptoms that accompany them, are often the body's response to chronic or unresolved issues, stress, and events.

SIPS- Stress Indicator System

SIPS is an acronym for "Stress Indicator Point System." It is a revolutionary way of balancing the body electrics by specifically assessing muscles, tendons, ligaments of the joints; and addressing emotions and chore beliefs on all levels. SIPS Kinesiology is one of the most innovative and effective Kinesiology techniques to be developed in recent years. It is a brilliant breakthrough that has changed the way we work with the Acupoint system.

SIPS Kinesiology  uses acupressure points and muscle testing to determine what kind of stress the individual is experiencing, and helps them to move the stress out more efficiently. Stressed cells have to draw on the meridian system to help maintain homeostasis in the body. But over time health will suffer. SIPS allows the bodies energy pathways to reset, removing the resistance to healing.

Resistance to our innate healing limits the effectiveness of any treatment method. SIPS identifies the types of stress involved that creates this blockage, and disperses the resistance, so that the treatment can be directed at a profound and core level.

“SIPS works on the physical, emotional, mental, and electrical levels of the body/mind to promote whole body healing. SIPS can be extremely effective for pain relief.  For example: We can diffuse stress in a injured knee by working with the muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, synovial fluid, and inflammatory processes. At the same time, we also acknowledge any stuck emotions, or fears, and repeat injury patterns; while also identifying the roots cause of the chronic illness, improving cognitive functions, addressing learning difficulties, and hormonal imbalances.”

Ian Stubbings created the first SIPS workshop in association with Dr. Charles Krebs as a way of simplifying the "Powers of Stress" procedure in Applied Physiology developed by Dr. Richard Utt. These protocols were effective for dealing with "stuck" muscles, but time-consuming. SIPS allows for deep balances that bring all the stressors "online" at once, in a quick and effective way.

Body Talk System

Body Talk is a simple, safe, and effective system of integrative healthcare. It uses muscle testing and scan sheets to link up and find the roots cause of stress. Dr John Veltheim studied a multitude of modalities including: Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Kinesiology, Osteopathy, Sports Medicine, Counseling, Psychology, Physics, and more to try to make a comprehensive system of natural health care that could help as many clients as possible.

The body is a complex ecosystem with a delicate balance between physiological and biochemical functions, mental and emotional interactions, environmental influences, and hereditary and genetic restrictions. Each system, cell, and atom in the body is in continuous communication.  Body Talk helps help synchronize the body's natural functions - to achieve and maintain healing and growth on all levels: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.

It uses tapping techniques that are holistic and non-invasive to help end physical, mental and emotional pain, relieve stress, and try to attain the best possible health.

Body talk is such an elegant healthcare system. I like to describe it like this:  Imagine you needed to go the the hospital because you were sick.  So, you  ask someone and they point you in the general direction.  "Over there!"  You would eventually find the hospital, but there would be a lot of twists and turns along the way.  But, imagine you had a GPS system on your phone.  Now finding directions and the fastest route to the hospital is suddenly 10 times faster!  Body Talk is like a GPS  to your health and wellness journey and rocket fuel to your bodies engine!

Body Talk recognizes that each system of healthcare and each practitioner have a unique knowledge, and skill sets.  The Body Talk system is designed to integrate all fields of healthcare to create a complete approach to health and well being.  As such it is easy for each practitioner to develop their own unique style based on their interests, belief systems, and education.

Wellness Coaching with - Body Talk, Touch For Health, and SIPS

Wellness Coaching can help you unlock and release your true potential to bring about positive improvements in your life. It is used for personal and professional exploration to promote Vitality, Harmony, and Clarity. It doesn't alter the destination, but will help you to enjoy the journey!

Generally people who employ a Wellness Coach are looking to transform some area of their life such as: Improve their health; help to achieve their goals and be successful; find happiness; find their life purpose; learn to do what they love in work and play; be more confident; improve their relationships; or feel fulfilled spiritually.

Wellness Coaching can help people transform their lives and realize their dreams. My aim is to help you produce fulfilling results in your personal or professional life by working with you to overcome obstacles and setbacks; which have in the past, prevented you from achieving your goals and recognizing your true potential. This service is available in person, by phone, or online.

SOTA -Wellness Instruments:

The Silver Pulser offers gentle micro-currents that work with the body's natural electricity for more energy, general health and well being.

Ionic Colloidal Silver is one of nature's gifts for health.

The Magnetic Pulser generates a pulsed magnetic field which creates micro-currents of electricity that work with the body's natural electricity for general health and well being.

The Bio Tuner supports the mind-body connection by offering harmonic frequencies that help create an inner sense of calm, balance, and tranquility.

The Light Works Pad uses Red and Near Infrared (NIR) LED lights that can be applied almost anywhere on the body for health.

Light Works Paddles uses lights in blue, green, orange, and yellow as well as sound frequencies to sooth and help facilitate health and wellness.

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