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Thrive Acupressure Studio

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Touch For 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 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. His dream is that every household would have someone in it that could do Touch For Health, thereby potentially improving the health and well being of the world. 

The IKC International Kinesiology College in Australia carries on the heritage of Touch For Health today, but the credit actually goes to the Ancient Chinese.

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.

Massage Therapists, Shiatsu Therapists, Chiropractors, Acupuncturists, Body Workers, 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. Learn a new career or enhance your current one! 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.



Shiatsu & Ashiatsu Massage

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.

What is Ashiatsu?  Ahisatsu means "Foot Pressure".  Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage is a very deep tissue massage whereby the Registered Therapist safely and accurately walks on the client to relieve deeply held restrictions held in the fascia and meridian system of the body. If you have never gotten walked on you have to try it! The client is fully clothed and on an Ashiatsu table.

Both Shiatsu and Ashiatsu involve 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 and Ashiatsu therapy are received fully clothed and performed on the floor, table, or chair. Registered 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 and Ashiatsu  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!" 

5-Element Acupressure 

What is 5-Element 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. Working within the 5-Elememts metaphors and flow patterns help make a treatment more meaningful and effective for each session.

 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.

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 Point 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 can work with the Acupuncture system.

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 to healing, so that the treatment can be gently diffused at a profound and core level.   Ian Stubbings is the author and creator of this modality.

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.

Body talk is such an elegant healthcare system. I like to describe it like this:  Imagine you needed to go the the hospital but you didn't know where it was.  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 it 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

In person & Online through Zoom

By focusing on wellness rather than illness and the "Self Responsibility" model 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: Reduce pain, improve their health, goal alignment, find peace and 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. Using Metaphors and specific Goal setting helps clients to breakthrough what is  blocking them.

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 online through Zoom.

Wellness Instruments - Sound Therapy, Micro-Electrical & Magnetic frequencies, and Light Therapy

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

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 in your brain.

The Light Works Pad and Colored Paddles with healing Frequencies: uses red, near Infrared (NIR), blue, green, orange, and yellow warm LED lights that can be applied almost anywhere on the body for health and wellness.

Tuning Forks- Sound therapy for the acupuncture system- Creating optimal flow of your own electromagnetic energy for health and wellness.