Touch for Health is one of my favourite forms of self-care. It all started in the 1960’s when Dr. George Goodheart, DC discovered that opposing muscles when balanced affect pain and tension in the body (including the neck). Dr. John Thie, DC was the first student of this theory and together they expanded their work. In 1973 Dr. John Thie wrote the first edition of the Touch for Health Book which took principals previously reserved for the professional community and created the Touch for Health® system. It is easy to understand and applies muscle and energy balancing principles for the average person to use in every day life.
One of the principals of the work was the Opposing Muscle Theory. Dr. George Goodheart DC, did a great deal of research and experimentation with muscles. One of his goals was to find different techniques to strengthen weak muscles. He theorized that when muscles are tight and in spasm, it isn’t really the muscle spasm that is causing the trouble. Instead, it is a weak muscle in opposition.
When we find a tight or knotted muscle, our first thought is to work directly on the tight muscle itself, kneading and stretching it to relax it. There may, however, be a reason why the muscle is tense; and the tension, even if you temporarily release it, could return.
Here’s how the Opposing Muscle Theory works:
(illustrations from Touch for Health Book)
“Think of a kitchen door held in place by two springs, so it can swing either way (Fig 1). As long as the tension on both springs is equal, the system is in balance. If, however, one spring weakens, the opposing spring ties itself in knots taking up the slack (Fig 2). No amount of oiling the knotted spring will rebalance the system; you must replace (or strengthen) the weak spring.” (Page 5 Touch for Health Complete Edition) So too it is with muscles of the human body.
Over a period of several years Dr. Goodheart found many techniques that were very useful for strengthening muscles. He developed his system as “Applied Kinesiology”, and taught it to chiropractors and other medical professionals.
Dr. John Thie DC, realized the system of “Applied Kinesiology” was very powerful and effective. He created a system for the general public called Touch for Health® in 1970. The workshops on how to use the book followed and workshops in Touch for Health® continue to be taught around the world today.
Since the book was published in 1973, there have been many developments in Touch for Health®. Many people have contributed ideas, techniques, and even whole healing systems using muscle testing at its core. The Touch for Health® book has been translated into more than 30 languages and workshops are taught in more than 50 countries. Muscle Testing in other educational Associations exist around the world for support and bring Instructors, practitioners and students together through meetings, newsletters and conferences.
Cheers to Your Health!
~Heather Phillips, HBPE
Heather has been teaching Touch for Health since 1984 while a student at University. As a former CEO she applied many techniques including Touch for Health® to reduce stress and keep herself healthy.
Heather has co-created a system called 5 Free Energy Boost Self-care techniques. Go to www.muscletuners.fit for more information.
To find out when Heather is offering a Touch for Health workshop near you, go to: heatherphillips.ca
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