Touch for Health is an alternative and complementary therapy that uses a series of muscle testing, also called kinesiology, as a method of biofeedback to identify imbalances in the body’s energy system. Through specific therapeutic techniques, the Touch for Health therapist can help restore these energetic imbalances, thereby allowing the body to recuperate more efficiently in conjunction with their treatment plan.
If you are not familiar with kinesiology as a diagnostic tool, it can be explained simply as follows. Each organ in our body is energetically connected to certain muscles. For example, if the therapist is interested in identifying an imbalance in the small intestines, he/she would muscle test the quadriceps muscle to identify an weakness in the muscle.
It is not uncommon, for instance, to find that a person with a compromised liver also experience muscular pain and spasm between their spine and right shoulder blade. This is due to the rhomboid muscle that is energetically tied to the liver. It is important to note, however, that this person may have this chronic muscle spasm years before they might receive a diagnosis of liver disease.
Touch for Health therapy is also able to identify the mind/body connection of emotions and their physiological effect on our health. This stems from Chinese Medical teachings such as the Five Element Balance. Kinesiology and Touch for Health is able to identify specific emotions and events in a person’s life that were particularly stressful. If these events are not cleared and released, they have the potential to contribute to physiological weaknesses in our body which can then contribute to disease. For example, unresolved grief can weaken the lungs and/or large intestines. Unresolved anger can weaken the liver and/or gall bladder.
This therapy has been practiced for decades and is well documented in medical literature as a useful medical diagnostic tool. It is the mind body connection that ties our emotions to our physical health. Using a holistic approach including Touch for Health can be a wonderful and empowering part of your healing journey.