Touch for Health III and IV

In these two day classes we will reinforce our understanding of the balancing modalities which we explored in TFH 1 and 2, and further develop our skills and talents using these tools. TFH 1 is a prerequisite for level 3 and TFH 1 and 2 are prerequisites for level 4. These are generally smaller classes with a lot of opportunity for delving into specific area of interest.There are many additional balancing techniques in the manual which we will explore. There are also some major skills to explore which we have not touched on in the 1 and 2:
Postural Assessment and Correction: Building our skills at analyzing postural and gait dynamics to broaden our assessment and enhance our balancing techniques. This is a skill I have been studying for 30 years, and use in every one of my sessions.

Command Point Theory: This is the theory behind the tonification and sedation points. When this is clarified, it is possible to integrate Chi from any meridian with any other meridian. This is how I use the meridian model in my practice.

Reactive Muscles: Using reactive muscle theory, we can address many structural issues that result in chronic aches and pains. My bodywork sessions were dramatically changed by this tool, as my understanding of how to work with neuro-motor dynamics was transformed by this technique.

Metaphor: In depth exploration of metaphor as it applies to structural and functional issues.

14 Additional Muscle Tests: With the additional tests, we can do a 42 muscle balance, by meridian or head to toe. This is a powerful tools for working with structural and functional imbalances.
As with levels 1 and 2, we will be working directly from the Touch for Health Manual:

3 and 4 Course Material

TFH Level 3 – Postural and Gait Dynamics:
  • 14 More Muscle Tests: This brings the total muscle test set to 42 individual muscle tests.
  • Posture Analysis, Static and Active: We will learn some of the things to look for to identify stress at the muscular level both standing and moving.
  • Subjective Evaluation: Exploration of body language as it relates to posture and gait.
  • Postural Stress Release: How to use TFH to correct postural imbalances.
  • Gaits: Gait points help to re-synchronise the muscles involved in any specific movement.
  • Reactive Muscles: Introduction to using postural dynamics to isolate and correct neuromuscular imbalance at the system level. Reactive muscles explain why many types of corrections do not last and describes methods for permanent release of many types of chronic pain. This information is expended on in TFH IV
  • Circuit Retaining Mode with Reactive Muscles: Combining these two tools enables a dialog with all of the muscles involved in any specific postural or motor function, assisting the muscles to re-negotiate their responses to more efficiently handle that role.
  • Muscular Anatomy overview: Discussion of how muscles and bones (form / function) enable posture and movement and some of the basic digressions from  optimal form. We will explore how muscle groups act synergistically to enable posture and movement.
  • 42 Muscle Balance Head to Toe: Once we know our 42 muscle tests, we can integrate them to quickly globally assess imbalances. Head to Toe testing and correcting will cover this topic.
  • Metaphor: In depth exploration of metaphor as it applies to structural issues, or how emotional expression through the body is reflected in relative muscle tone.
  • Bonus Material: Dimensional Mastery Model: To provide context for human postural and locomotor dynamics, I will be referring to this paper which outlines therapeutic guidelines based on our roles in specific dimensions: DIMENSIONAL MASTERY MODEL. It is not required reading for the class, but reading it will add perspective to the postural and gait issues we will be discussing.

TFH Level 4 – Advanced Energy Balancing Techniques:

  • Five Elements and Meridian Review: More study of the classical Chinese system.
  • Acupressure Holding Points Theory: Holding points are the essential acupressure corrections and learning them opens the door to the art and science of chinese medicine. Here we get into some of the theory behind these powerful tools.
  • Balancing with Sound: Examination of how to restore energetic balance using sound. With Touch for Health you can test how effective any sound is working as a balancing tool. (crystal bowls etc)
  • Goal Balance with Emotions: Adding emotion to a balance can add insight into the nature of an energy imbalance.
  • Emotional Stress Release for Past Traumas: Another very powerful  use of ESR that can help people change their experience of their lives.
  • Five Element Balancing with Food: Nutrition is, of course, an essential component of energy balancing, and this is an introduction to using muscle testing to assess dietary requirements.
  • Reactive Muscle Review: Further discussion on how reactive muscle patterns influence muscular function and how to restore optimal function.
  • Five Element Color Balance: An introduction to using color to balance energy. This is really an introduction to exploring the rich variety of ways an energy imbalance can be corrected.
  • Pulse Check: Introduction to using wrist pulses to identify energy imbalances.
  • Metaphor: In depth exploration of metaphor as it applies to functional issues
  • Bonus Material: 3 Dimensional Balancing Model: Description of balancing model using acupressure holding points based in sacred geometry. I will be presenting a paper on this subject at the 2013 TFH conference in Malibu. Circuit Retaining Mode w/ Stacking: Using stacking, one can profile a complex energetic imbalance to add accuracy and focus to your balances

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