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The Touch For Health Kinesiology Association
47th TFHKA Annual Conference
BEST DAYS EVER… Inspired by Brilliant Speakers, Members, and Guests
We are excited to present the TFHKA 47th Annual Conference in Rochester, MN. This content-rich conference will be informative, engaging, and interactive! This event is full of presentations that offer stimulating content that can be applied immediately. There is something for everyone!
A special time for renewing friendships and meeting new friends.
Interaction with fellow Touch For Healthers and others will be enriching and encouraging as we continue to carry the torch of specialized kinesiology in the form of Touch For Health that Dr. John Thie envisioned.
- Kinesiology Providers
- Personal Trainers
- Physical Therapists
- Massage Therapists
- Pilates & Yoga Instructors
- And Enthusiasts
“Three Essentials for a Successful Healthcare System and Where We Fit In”
“Awakening your Spleen – From Stagnation to Activation”
“How to TFH Online to Support Your Best Days & Best Life”
“A Brief Introduction to the Vagus Nerve: Theory and Practice”
“Light Body Health: Balancing Light Bodies with Touch for Health”
“The Tendon Guard Reflex: Learn to Release it for Physical and Life Changing Results”
“Overcoming Shame: Shifting the Body and Mind from Reactive Triggers to Responsive Choices”
“The Essential Tool: How a Simple Drawing Can Assess Blockages Restricting One’s
Potential and How to Balance for it”
“Personal Power of One: Self-Awareness Tools for Conflict Resolution”
“Using Emotional Stress Release to Quickly Get to the Root of the Problem”
“Words Matter: Learn Languaging Skills for Next Level Balances”
“Movement Patterns: Learn to Live More Often in an Integrated Brain State”
“Balancing the Shadow with TFH”
“Advanced Understanding of Qi Function and Flow using Acupuncture Command Points”
“Advanced Understanding of Qi Function and Flow using Acupuncture Command Points”
In-Person and Virtual Available
Thursday, August 4th
Open Registration begins at 9 AM
1:30- 2:25PM Matthew Thie
(55 minutes – Zoom)
2:45-3:40PM Cindy Goldade
4:00-4:55PM Token Plaskett
7-8 to 10PM Welcome to 2022 Conference
Friday, August 5th
9:15-10:10AM Joy Connor
10:30-11:25AM Steve Hanson
11:30-12:00PM Judy Levin
1:30- 2:25PM Ron Wayman
Mayo Clinic Building Self-Guided Tours and/or Guided Tours to be determined
Annual Membership Meeting
7:00PM Free Time
Saturday, August 6th
9:15-10:10AM Earl Cook
Three Essentials for a Successful Healthcare System and Where We Fit In
10:30-11:15AM Larry Green
(45 minutes – Zoom)
Balancing the Shadow with TFH, How Reclaiming the Mental/Emotional State Activates Deep Integration
11:20AM-12:05PM Terry Webb
(45 minutes – Zoom)
The Essential Tool: How a Simple Drawing Can Assess Blockages Restricting One’s Potential and How to Balance for It
Movement Patterns: Learn to Live More Often in an Integrated Brain State
2:45-3:40PM Payge Hodapp
A Brief Introduction to the Vagus Nerve: Theory and Practice
4:00-4:55PM Hannah Shelborne
Banquet and Saturday Night Live
Sunday, August 7th
Time in the Best Balance Room, shop the Best Bargain Book Store – closes before lunch
Times and workshops are subject to change. Check back for most recent updates!
Post Workshop Classes
Sunday, August 7th
Plantars and Dorsals: Muscles for the Feet – includes PDF Class Workbook — $75
Monday and Tuesday, August 8th and 9th
Brain Gym® 26 Movements — $350
10:00AM-6:00PM Steve Hansen
Tools of Kinesiology — $300
Centerstone Plaza Hotel Soldiers Field
Reserve your hotel room by calling 507-288-2677 and ask for the 47th Touch for Health Annual Conference rate or visit StayCobblestone.com, click on “Special Codes or Rates” and use group code 22TFHKA by selecting GROUP RATE from the dropdown menu showing PROMO CODE. Discounted rate is $99/night and includes breakfast.
Please reserve your room by July 2nd, 2022 to receive group rate.
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Single Day Tickets
In-Person and Virtual (livestream) Options Available
Full Event Ticket
|Ticket||Early Bird||After April 9th|
|1st Time Attendee||$195||$195|
Early Bird Pricing Expires April 9th
Attend and enjoy the entire event. Choose to attend all sessions in-person in Rochester, MN, or virtually. Banquet fees are included in your in-person registration.
In-Person and Virtual (livestream) Options Available
Full Refunds will be honored until 14 days prior to the start of the event.
Post Conference Workshops
Make the most of your 2022 TFHKA Conference experience! Deepen your knowledge and expertise. Plan to come early or stay late with pre and post-conference workshops. We guarantee that you’ll go home energized and excited with tons of hands-on, usable skills, resources, and education.
Sunday, August 7th | 2 pm – 4 pm
Plantars and Dorsals: Muscles for the Feet
By Earl Cook
Whether you are walking, running, jumping, dancing, or simply standing, you are using the muscles of your feet. When the muscles of your feet are inhibited, weakened or not functioning properly, your body attempts to compensate.
Foot pain, ankle pain, knee pain, leg pain and hip pain can all be part of the body’s compensation system. Balancing these muscles is very beneficial for relieving pain and better posture.
In this powerful two-hour live online workshop, you will learn powerful techniques for testing and correcting non-functioning muscles of the feet that are not part of the normal TFH curriculum. Many times, foot pain disappears almost immediately when using these corrections.
A PDF workbook of the technique and illustrations of the feet and related muscles/systems is included. These illustrations were created by Earl Cook, innovator of these techniques and instructor for the class.
Monday, August 8th & Tuesday, August 9th | 9 am – 6 pm
Brain Gym® 26 Movements
By Cindy Goldade
Dive deep into the 26 Brain Gym® activities. Experience them in your body. Gain a better understanding of each movement, the philosophy behind the Brain Gym program, and how this knowledge can support your daily life routine. Open to all.
During this 2-day course, you will:
- Notice changes in your own body before and after each of “the 26” Brain Gym movements
- Identify life events as part of a learning loop or as a stress response
- Learn the language of Educational Kinesiology as it relates to the dimensions of learning (sidedness, stability, locomotion)
- Discover how these movements can support one’s and others’ development of physical skills
This course is filled with simple take-home strategies to support your Touch for Health work, OT and PT therapy, MNRI therapy and more. Early childhood through college educators enjoys supporting their students with these simple movements to reduce anxiety, increase focus and coordinate eyes, ears, hands and whole body for increased academic performance. Requiring no special equipment, people of all ages can benefit from these movements.
“The twenty-six activities, along with a program for “learning through movement” were developed by educator and reading specialist Dr. Paul E. Dennison and his wife and colleague, Gail E. Dennison who say that the interdependence of movement, cognition, and applied learning is the basis of their work.
Clients, teachers, and students have been reporting for over 30 years on the effectiveness of these simple activities. With all the new research into the correlation between brain function and movement, it is clear to see why these movements have worked so well. They often bring about dramatic improvements in areas such as: concentration, focus, memory, academics (reading, writing, math, test taking), physical coordination, relationships, self-responsibility, organization skills and attitude.” Excerpted from www.braingym.com/the-activities/
Your instructor, Cindy Goldade is a pioneer of Brain Gym® 26 Movements course. She helped develop the Movement Facilitator track to allow others to teach the 26 movements. She was also instrumental in creating the policies for bringing it online
Monday, August 8th & Tuesday, August 9th | 10 am – 6 pm
Tools of Kinesiology
By Steven Hanson
Tools of Kinesiology is a thorough introduction to Energy Kinesiology techniques. It teaches basic muscle response testing, pause lock, jaw stacking, meridian points and basic meridian balancing, emotional release, nutritional healing, and how to assure that your muscle testing is accurate.
You will learn:
- Muscle Response testing
- Diagnostic to ensure coherence of Muscle Response testing
- Using Pause Lock to accelerate and focus healing methods
- Nutritional testing and healing
- Meridian testing and healing
- Emotional healing
Earl and his wife, Gail, have been working with Touch for Health since 1976 when a seven-year-old injury of Earl’s was fixed in only minutes using TFH. The couple then wore out four copies of the TFH book due to using it so often in their active lives. Earl began writing the eTouch software in 1988; it first shipped in 2001. It’s now in use in over 85 countries. As TFHA Instructor of the Year, 2016-17, Earl was presented the 2010 IKC John Thie Award in Kyoto, Japan, where he delivered the opening address. He also discovered several innovative techniques, Plantars, and enum, and developed four levels of cloud-based video-on-demand training with students around the world studying 365/24/7.
Joy Lee Connor is a teacher and healer who lives and practices in Chapin, SC. She has worked with clients for over 30 years to help correct physical, emotional, and energetic imbalances. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Touch for Health Kinesiology Instructor & Consultant, and Reiki Master. She is certified in teaching meditation, yoga, and Ayurveda through the Chopra Center. In her practice with clients, Joy employs a variety of techniques in which she has been trained for releasing trauma, injury, stress and encouraging peace of mind.
Joy hosts retreats for a variety of healing modalities for groups through her affiliated organizations: Springhill Atonement Center, and Heartfelt Health Education. In addition to educating her clients about self-care, Joy teaches weekly from A Course in Miracles.
Matthew grew up with Touch for Health and Effective Communication, and has been actively teaching TFH for over 20 years. His emphasis is on immediately putting the simple techniques into personal practice and making the concepts and techniques personally meaningful. Matthew worked extensively with TFH Founder, John F. Thie, DC., expanding the TFH Complete Edition, and developing Clinical TFH, TFH Goal-Setting & Metaphors, and other workshops, making TFH balancing more profound, effective, lasting, and meaningful; helping people to enjoy their own unique lives to the fullest.
Although Matthew has always emphasized and encouraged testing and balancing muscles in-person, with a respectful partner, in the last two years, he has found that teaching people to “self-test”, and coaching self-testing and self-balancing over the internet is surprisingly effective and empowering!
Payge Hodapp likes to think of herself as a dragon, collecting treasures of knowledge and experience… as well as, actual treasures in the form of flower essences, crystals, and books. Those experiences include (among others) nursing, nurse-midwifery, teaching (at grade school, high school, and college level), business consulting, and many certifications in complementary therapies (hence the flower essence and crystals…and tuning forks). These days, she enjoys using her treasures while working with individuals and groups, sharing tools and techniques that develop their inner resources, creating balance, empowerment, and choice.
Steve has been doing Energy Kinesiology for 26 years, including Touch for Health, Applied Physiology, Neuroenergenic Kinesiology, Kinergetics, SIPS, Kalos and KABS. He founded KABS (Kinesiology Acupressure Balancing System) and has created various classes for KABS and NEK. Steve works at the Institute for Specialized Medicine in San Diego, CA where he works with many patients including those with autoimmune conditions.
Cindy has a Master’s in Education. She homeschooled her three children while learning Touch for Health, Brain Gym®, and reflex modalities. She teaches in the Montessori graduate and early childhood undergraduate programs at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. As International Brain Gym® Faculty she enjoys facilitating courses to a worldwide audience. She has a gift for weaving storytelling with theory and balancing it all with intentional physical activities.
Cindy actively volunteers at 4-H and her church, as well as, for Breakthroughs International. She helped shift to online learning at the onset of the pandemic, assisted in the writing of the Movement Facilitator track, and for the past three years has collaborated on updating the Edu-K In-Depth course manual. Wearing many hats, the lifelong learner is her favorite.
Hannah Shelburne is a Touch for Health Instructor and Energy Kinesiology Provider. She has been attending trainings and advancing her skills since August 2017. She is passionate about inspiring people to discover what their ideal life is and to take the actionable steps necessary to achieve that vision. Hannah is a single mom to Forest, a fun, life-loving toddler. Together they enjoy hiking and all things outdoors, playing fetch with their dog Shagg and experiencing life’s adventures together.
Terry Webb was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1947. After completing his schooling, he moved to Johannesburg to work on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, making his way up to being a director of the 5th largest brokerage. He subsequently became an Estate Agent and a Property Valuer.
At the age of 59 he turned to Kinesiology through Touch for Health I -4, and Brain Gym, qualifying as an international trainer. In his practical year, working in a school he noticed that students’ learning patterns could be identified through the infinity sign (lazy8). From this, he developed a program using lazy 8s drawn by students, which identify learning blockages. These challenges can be corrected through exercises and Kinesiology balances. Terry teaches this work in several countries.
Practicing for 25 years, Toeken was brought up with TFH & Brain Gym, learning from her mother, Sharon Plaskett, and father, Lee, who is a chiropractor. She works with trauma-related stress or anything people would like. She has taught various health techniques in Switzerland, Germany, Canada, and the US.
Judy graduated from LA State University in 1963 with a BS in education. She became a teacher in the LA Unified School District for 37 years retiring in 1999. Later, she discovered Touch for Health at a community college. In her first TFH class in 1982, she “was blown away and had to have more.”
After basic TFH classes, she attended the instructor class at Dr. Thie’s clinic in Pasadena. Forty years later, Judy is still intrigued and awed by the simple techniques that do so much. She was very active in TFH helping with the San Diego annual meetings, elected to the TFH Board of Directors serving for 9 years. She has traveled in the US and to Moscow, Russia to teach Touch for Health.
Her dedicated, outstanding teachers were: Dr. John Thie, John Maguire, Jan Cole, Elizabeth and Hap Barhydt, Richard Utt, Frank Mahony, Trevor Savage, Larry, and Arlene Green, Carol Gottesman, Edu K with Paul Dennison, and others.
Amy has been using TFH on herself, her family, and clients for 13 years, but grew up seeing a chiropractor who practiced TFH, impacting her and inspiring her to learn all she could about TFH. The more she practices TFH, the more she is amazed at the outcome of each session.
Learning TFH to use in the home was the motive but after taking TFH 1, it was apparent that she couldn’t keep this to her home only so she pursued becoming an Instructor of TFH. Implementing almost everything learned to a TFH session has expanded the way TFH is used and the effectiveness of incorporating the knowledge from classes, books, and webinars.
Leilani Raashida Henry is the founder of Being and Living® Enterprises. She is a gamer changer for communication, creativity, and wellbeing. Leilani is the author of “Navigating Conflict”, a chapter in the book, Management, and Leadership for Medical Faculty. She has been recognized for her work in dialogue and mind-body connection from Regis University. Leilani is a licensed Brain Gym® instructor and a 25-year leadership consultant. Her experience as a visual and performing artist is integrated into her work as an executive coach. She is the daughter of George W. Gibbs, Jr., the first person of African descent to set foot on Antarctica and grew up in Rochester, MN. Her new book, The Call of Antarctica: Exploring and Protecting Earth’s Coldest Continent influences how she teaches mindfulness and transformation.
Larry Green has been using and teaching TFH for 30+ years. He is the creator of the classes: The Art of Goal Setting, Energy Medicine for Pets and Animals, Kinesiology for Horses, The Miracle Workers Training. He and his wife Arlene run the U.S. Kinesiology Training Institute in Chapel Hill, NC.
Ronald Wayman is an energy kinesiologist and an Empowerlife coach. He’s been teaching and creating courses for 30 years, working with all types of learning and behavior disorders, recognizing the power of the individual to change and learn from all experiences. His degree in Secondary Education led him to seek methods to enhance Learning, Education and Brain Integration.
Utilizing Empowerlife Brain Integration techniques that pull relevant information and tools from a variety of sources including Brain Integration techniques from NeuroEnergetic Kinesiology Institute, Learning Enhancement Acupressure Program (LEAP), Sensory Learning, (a form of Sensory Integration), enzyme nutrition, Qigong movements, Interval Breathing, Energy Kinesiology, traditional Chinese medicine, emotional coaching and from connections he discovered working with children and adults. His work helps to empower individuals in creating a more integrated, responsible life.
He is currently on the board of the Brain Integration Institute and a past president of the Energy Kinesiology Association.
Ron and his wife, Janette, have been married for 43 years. They have 6 children who have given them many wonderful grandchildren that bring them great delight.