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Thrive Acupressure Studio

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Touch For Health

Touch For Health is a simple and effective healing method used for activating  the human body and it's awareness. It' promotes "Self Responsibility" and encourages the client to participate in their health journey. By using  muscle monitoring as a bio-feed tool, along with other techniques, we can identify the sources of stress which lead to chronic pains, illness, mental fogginess, and other related facets of stress and disease.

There are four levels of Touch for Health which are usually taught as a series of weekends. There is a standard curriculum set out by the International Kinesiology College (IKC) so that classes maintain a certain standard worldwide. TFH is a prerequisite for the GEMS Flow class which combines all of  the techniques from the Touch For Health curriculum in an easy to use system using scan sheets.

Touch For Health was written by Dr. John Thie and published in 1973. 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.

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, or have is as the basis for anew career. See our Classes page to learn more.



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.

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.


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.

This 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.

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.

S.I.P.S. System

‚ÄčSIPS 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 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.

G.E.M.S. System

GEMS Flow, Business, Nutrition, & Elemental are master classes designed  to assist you after you have taken the Touch for Health Synthesis and  want to continue with further training such as: PKP, SIPS, or LEAP.

There are four levels of Touch for Health which are usually taught in a series of weekends. There is a standard curriculum set out by the International Kinesiology College (IKC) so that classes maintain a certain standard worldwide.

TFH is a prerequisite for the GEMS Flow class which combines all of the techniques from Touch for Health curriculum into one easy to use system using scan sheets.  See our Classes page to attend a class.

Wellness Coaching

Make your Session more fun, profound, effective, and meaningful.  By using supportive dialogue, positive goal-setting, and creative visualization we access mental/emotional and sensory/associative aspects of memory, posture, attitude, and energy to make your Session more profound, effective and meaningful.

By focusing on wellness rather than illness and using the "Self Responsibility" model from Touch For Health, 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!

Wellness Instruments 

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.

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. For more information visit: