Clinical Touch for Health TM :

Belief Systems and your Personal Power

By Matthew Thie


Metaphors and Tools of Touch for Health® Kinesiology for Greater Self-Awareness, Clarity of Purpose, Personal Empowerment, and physical, mental/emotional, and energetic harmony and function.


Dr. John F. Thie  mapped “Fowler’s Phases of Faith” to the Chinese “5 Elements” or “Five Phases” of Transformation, considering our beliefs and worldview as both a linear development and a cyclical dynamic.  In this workshop we will explore the “Metaphors” (concepts and symbolism) of muscle testing and body/energy balancing together with creative dialogue & visualization for optimum holistic balance and personal meaning and satisfaction in life, with a main emphasis on the Worldview/Faith/Belief Systems Metaphors from Touch for Health.


The presentation and exploration of the information and concepts will be supplemental for TFH students and TFH/ Energy Kinesiologists.  We will present and practice both very simple (Indicator Muscle) and more holistic (14 Muscle Balancing) techniques so that workshop exercises are accessible to beginners in TFH/Kinesiology, but easily expandable for people who are more familiar with Touch for Health Kinesiology. We will provide an overview of the transformative methods, concepts and “Metaphors” of TFH, as well as some specific details of the Phases of Cognitive Development (Piaget, etc.) and Spiritual Progression (Fowler).


Applying these concepts, we will enhance our self awareness and capacity to creatively respond to our life circumstances, rather than only react unconsciously, facilitating a sense of effortlessness, and flow in our daily tasks, and pursuing our life goals.  We will describe, demonstrate, and facilitate participant experience of some very simple applications of TFH Muscle/Energy Balancing accessing the  “Worldview” Metaphors to enhance participants’ self-awareness, holistic balance, and enjoyment of life, as well as suggestions for more holistic/expanded TFH procedures for those more experienced with Kinesiology.


Learning Objectives:

After attending the presentation, attendees will be able to:


1.   Consider the main concepts or “Metaphors” of Touch for Health ® Kinesiology in the context of their own spiritual development and their balance of posture, attitude and life energy.


2.   Use the biofeedback of a simple manual muscle test as an indication of postural imbalance, but also a reflection of emotional, energetic or spiritual aspects of the whole person.


3.   Enhance self-awareness and function by contemplating the “Worldview” Metaphors in the context of the field of cognitive, moral, psychological and spiritual development, particularly the concepts of “Fowler’s Phases of Faith”.


4.   Deepen understanding of both cognitive stages, and spiritual phases, as both linear and cyclical phenomena.


5.   Access the “Worldview” Metaphors using simplified muscle testing procedures for in-class experience and/or homeplay to get a basic “taste” of the beliefs/worldviews.




Clinical Touch for Health TM :

Karada No Fushigi

(The Mystery of the Body)

Selected TFH Acupuncture Point Metaphors


The names of the points are not merely nominal, each has a profound meaning

-- Sun Si Miao


In TFH we use a variety of touch reflexes to improve the flow and balance of life energy, most readily noticed in the shifts in the muscle responses and posture, as well as mental and emotional functions, and general vitality.  It is not necessary to know the names of meridians or specific acupuncture points in order to observe changes in muscle response and often profound shifts in our posture, attitude and energy.


However, we do have certain names that we use. Some of these names originated in Applied Kinesiology, and some directly from acupuncture (Such as Switching Points from AK, or Kidney 27 (K27), from acupuncture).   Although many of us may be familiar with certain point numbers, like K27, we may not be aware that each point has a specific name, or a variety of names, based on different traditions and associations with the point.  K27 is sometimes called Shu Fu, and a possible translation of the concept behind this name is  “Transformation Palace”.


The names of points serve to help locate, remember and hint at the functions of each specific point. Having a little bit more appreciation of these points that we use in TFH can enhance our intention, meaning and the effect of working with the points, as well as help us to explore, enhance and enrich our own profound and sometimes secret or hidden meanings in our own lives.  


In this workshop we will explore some selected names, interpretations and questions for generating metaphorical associations with 66 of the acupuncture points used in Touch for Health.  Through the points and their symbolic meanings, we will discover some small hints at the marvelous potential meanings of each moment in YOUR LIFE.  I invite you to enjoy contemplating these slight expansions on the underlying meanings of the points we learn in TFH, and dare you to explore a little further from any of these “points of departure”. Enjoy!