Key Enhancements in Version 3.0
• Color illustrations and photos from Touch for Health: The Complete Edition
•Omni Screen puts all relevant images, illustrations, movies and five-element metaphors on one screen for quick sessions and demonstrations. For advanced users.
• New set of personal reports available
• Tutorials for learning Touch for Health & eTouch
• Charts Menu contains links to Key TFH Charts (and a *direct link to Touch for Health eCharts if you also own it).
• Muscle Playful Names now included to assist new learners of Touch for Health
• Muscle Tabs for easy navigation in the Muscle Reference
• Cross-references tie relevant information together even more tightly with related Charts and content
• Large Print option available in Reference for easier reading
• Information entered into registration is used to create a personal record (as a tester) for the primary person using the software
• New Key Charts menu provides quick access to charts and images most commonly used in learning and practicing Touch for Health. Charts are linked to Topics in Reference and Topics are linked to relevant Charts and Illustrations.
• Two new Flow Charts outline the overall balancing process and the steps for an Assessment/One Point Balance (the flow chart in eTouch version 1 was primarily for Balance-As-You-Go).
• Three new tutorials assist new students of Touch for Health. These tutorials are grouped into: Basic TFH Essentials; Intermediate; and Advanced techniques. These steps do not directly correspond to the four levels of IKC TFH training, but if someone masters these three tutorials, they will do very well in the official IKC classes.
• The Tutorial Topics are directly linked to the Touch for Health content by Dr. John Thie and Matthew Thie. You can visit a topic and return to your spot in the tutorial.
• Reports that assist in managing the records of those you balance. Several of these are ones that Dr. Thie requested.
• Personal preferences allow setting which features you wish to enable when creating new personal records. You may be one that is very thorough and wish to go through every step, or you may be one that just needs to record the essentials. You can also set whether you wish to use the Priority Database or Functional to list and view Techniques. An important preference also lets you specify if you wish to default to the Over-energy or Simple-model for Meridian Wheel and Five-Element Assessments.
• The entries into Reference have grown to three times the size of the original version of eTouch. This reflects the new content added into Touch for Health: The Complete Edition and some new entries for eTouch.
• Reference topics can be viewed by either using the Functional/Chapter view (Pretests, TFH Standard Techniques, Support Techniques, Other Techniques, etc.) or by using the Priority Database System (Electrical/Energetic, Mental/Emotional, Biochemical, etc.). These views are available from Reference and Sessions.
• Tabs for each muscle and meridian makes navigation quick and simple when in the Muscles Reference These tabs match those in the book, Touch for Health: The Complete Edition
• The informal Playful Names for Muscles are now included. You toggle between the formal Latin muscle name and the informal names by simply clicking the name on the screen. Many instructors use these Playful Names as mnemonics for assisting new students learn the muscles and their tests. These names are mostly metaphorical in relation to the muscle test itself, for example, the Supraspinatus is known as the Fig Leaf, the Teres Major's playful name is Chicken Wings.
• In version 1, we focused on providing as much assistance as possible to the new student of TFH. Advanced practitioners or instructors sometimes did not need all the supporting information, but only needed to see the relevant points and illustrations. We have created the new Omni Screen which puts all the important points onto the screen at one time. For the intermediate and advanced practitioner, the relevant information is there. Its a busy screen, but it has a ton of information on it!
• Easy to find either the 14 muscles or 42 muscles. In the IKC TFH classes, there are additional groupings, and mainly include the 28 muscles. But, in that 28 muscle group, there are the 14 original muscles and 14 new muscles. What if you only want to see the 14 new TFH II muscles. eTouch allows you to easily select all these different groups.
• Creating a new session from the Muscle Reference is now possible and simple to do. Basically, whatever group of muscles that is being displayed in the Muscle Reference can be used to create a new Wizard-based session or a new simple session system (S3). (See Sessions below for more about S3). This means that it is possible to create a new session using 1-42 muscles. The Explore system is used to find muscle associations based on a variety of parameters and they are displayed in Muscles, if you prefer. Once in Muscles, you can then create a session with whatever group of muscles you find.
• The Touch for Health Database Priority System is implemented in eTouch version. Techniques are organized for viewing using the Priority Systems with the TFH categories: Electrical/Energetic; Structural; Mental / Emotional; Biochemical; etc. The default view in eTouch for viewing content and techniques is by function or process: Testing Process; Pretests; TFH Balancing Techniques; Support Techniques; Other Techniques; etc.
• The Priority system is available in Reference and during Active Wizard-based Sessions.
• During an active Wizard-based session, the Priority System can be used to shape a Session's Scope, Type and Selection of Techniques) identified through Priority Testing.
• The Wizard-based Session System includes the 5-Element Emotions in the Pretests and the inclusion of the Priority system. The Omni Screen is also implemented in Sessions.
• The Simple Session System (S3) offers intermediate and advanced practitioners, instructors, and students a fast, slim-downed way to conduct sessions without the extensive assistance that the Wizard-based Session System provides.
• Simple Session System (S3) is located in the Muscles Reference. This system does not require creating users nor going through the steps of the Wizard-system. Results can be entered on the Omni Screen, Five-Elements or 24-Hour Meridian Wheel. No reports are available. (The Wizard-system has a full reporting system)
IKC Compatibility, Languaging and non-Standard Techniques
• The curriculum of the International Kinesiology College (IKC) grew after the release of the original classic Touch for Health book. Some new techniques (such as the Priority System) were introduced to the TFH Synthesis while Dr. John Thie and Matthew Thie added the 5-Element Metaphors. In the new book, Touch for Health: The Complete Edition, John and Matthew updated the book to include the new techniques from the IKC and integrated the 5-Element Metaphors. In both the book and in eTouch, techniques that are compatible with the IKC are so noted. Techniques that are not currently part of the IKC are also noted. There is a special chapter that discuss these in detail.
• Personal preferences allow selecting the IKC-standard Over-energy Model as a default to maintain tighter IKC-compatibility throughout.
• The languaging in eTouch has been updated to mirror the non-diagnostic and non-treatment model of Touch for Health. The use of the words weak and strong for muscle states do remain as these remain throughout the TFH literature and the IKC classes. In discussions of techniques, these states are presented as being interchangeable:
Unlocking/weak/inhibited and locking/strong/facilitated.
• As new techniques are introduced to the Touch for Health Synthesis, eTouch needed to have an ability to expand and extend the capabilities of practitioners. Many practitioners utilize many different techniques. Most are based on TFH or the subtle energies in some manner. So, eTouch version 2.0 has a system making it extensible so that complementary techniques can be added as drop-in modules.
• We are in discussions with some of the leading authors and researchers in the field of TFH energy kinesiology; energy medicine; and energy psychology about adding some of their complementary techniques to eTouch.