The General Adaptation Syndrome and Muscle Testing

 

The General Adaptation Syndrome was first described by Hans Selye as the three distinct stages that any organism goes through when experiencing stress. Selye explained his choice of terminology as follows: “I call this syndrome general because it is produced only by agents which have a general effect upon large portions of the body. I call it adaptive because it stimulates defense…. I call it a syndrome because its individual manifestations are coordinated and even partly dependent upon each other.” He defined these as the alarm, resistance and exhaustion phases. We can see the way that this works with muscle testing by examining the way that a muscle responds to a specific stress.

Often in a Touch for Health class, we have someone think about a stressful situation while checking an indicator muscle as a way of determining whether or not the body will respond to an emotional stress. When we do this as a precheck, we expect that the previously balanced muscle will immediately go into under-facilitation, becoming weak. This coorelates with Selye’s first stage of stress – an ‘alarm’ response. In the alarm stage, we immediately go into a dip as our body grapples with the new stressor. Soon however, our body adapts and begins to compensate for the new stress and we enter the second phase which is ‘resistance’ and can also be referred to as a balanced-imbalance. The individual is managing to cope, but it is taking more energy to do so than is optimal as they have to go into a compensation pattern. In muscle testing, we often see this as a stressed, over-facilitated muscle – something that is incapable of relaxing properly. It can look like it is fine when we simply run through basic muscle-testing protocols, because it is compensating, but looking a little deeper tells a different story. When the compensation has gone on over a long period of time, eventually the body can no longer keep it up. At this point, it goes into the third stage ‘exhaustion’. Here we see the muscle go back into an under-facilitated state, but it is more dangerous this time. The body no longer has back up reserves that it can draw from and is falling apart.

The best example I have for this is what happens when a family member is in the hospital for an extended period of time. At first, everyone panics and runs to their side in a typical alarm reaction. Very quickly though, the hospital becomes the ‘new normal’. It exists in a state of balanced/imbalance as the family takes turns bringing things, dealing with doctors, exchanging news, etc. This compensation can go on for quite a long time, until eventually, the strain of the situation becomes too much, the ‘exhaustion’ phase.

“Every stress leaves an indelible scar, and the organism pays for its survival after a stressful situation by becoming a little older.”

Hans Selye (1907-1982)

The GAS is one of the reasons why, in a Touch for Health Wheel or 5-Element balance where you are charting a pattern of over and under-energies, if a muscle both unlocks and shows an indicator change when you touch the alarm points, it is counted as a stress. It means that the stress in that particular area is so great that compensation patterns are beginning to become difficult to maintain and it is slipping towards the third stage of stress.

The real problem here of course is that we do not experience stress in our lives in one area at a time. It’s not like we get to recover from one before the next stress comes along – instead, we are often in all three stages, dealing with many different stressors, from the physical to the mental and emotional. If you have several systems that have been in the resistance phase and heavily compensated for a long period of time, it doesn’t take much more to push them into the final stage. We sometimes call this, “the straw that broke the camel’s back”. You hear people say, “He was never sick a day in his life!” describing someone who has suddenly died of a heart attack, but what is more likely true is that he had many systems highly compensated and the heart was not able to take the last bit of stress.

Knowledge of the GAS allows us to take our muscle testing a little deeper. When you find stress in a specific meridian/organ/tissue, etc. you can challenge further to see what stage the stress is in. This could be as simple as offering a verbal challenge, or if you use a modality like SIPS (Stress Indicator Point System), you could use light and deep touch on the point to see which gives you an indicator change. If you are familiar with Powers of Stress from Applied Physiology, this is another way of gauging just how much stress the system is under. All of these are ways of making sure that we get to the root of the matter and help to reestablish balance in the body on the deepest level.

GEMS Flow in BC with Instructor Paula Hilman

GEMS stands for Goal, Element, Mode, Stack. It offers an easy-to-follow flow chart that allows a student or practitioner to easily figure out where the priority stressors for an individual are and what balancing technique will work to resolve these efficiently. It is based on information from the TFH synthesis and is designed to allow a practitioner to flow easily from one modality to another, incorporating the entire body of knowledge available to the individual.

The aim of this class is to teach a system that will allow the student to use everything they know in the Specialized Kinesiology realm thus far and bring in additional aspects as they are learned, so that all information falls under the GEMS umbrella. It is designed to help students become confident practitioners and ease any stress about setting up their professional practice.

This can also be used as a bridging class for those interested in taking more in-depth Specialized Kinesiology classes, such as SIPS, LEAP, Brain Integration, etc. These classes assume that a student has knowledge of how to use finger-modes and scan sheets, work from an indicator muscle and properly stack information. None of these techniques are part of the TFH curriculum however, so often students are left feeling overwhelmed when they arrive in the classroom and instructors are left spending large amounts of class time explaining techniques that are not really part of their modality.

GEMS Flow Morning:

Introductions and finding out what areas are of highest concern to the group.

–        Review of goal setting and the difference between personal and ‘body agendas’

–        Review of 5-element theory and additional aspects

–        Teaching basic finger moding as a way of categorizing and inputting stress. History of finger and hand modes

–        Teaching stacking with hips and jaw. History of stacking and why it works

–        Introduction to the flowchart and scan sheets and how to use them.

Afternoon:

–        Answering any questions about scan sheets and demonstration

–        Working in groups to practice the GEMS balance

–        How to use this to incorporate other modalities

–        Practice going through client session from beginning to end using GEMS protocols

GEMS in the USA with Instructor Alexis Costello, following the TFH Conference

GEMS stands for Goal, Element, Mode, Stack. It offers an easy-to-follow flow chart that allows a student or practitioner to easily figure out where the priority stressors for an individual are and what balancing technique will work to resolve these efficiently. It is based on information from the TFH synthesis and is designed to allow a practitioner to flow easily from one modality to another, incorporating the entire body of knowledge available to the individual.

The aim of this class is to teach a system that will allow the student to use everything they know in the Specialized Kinesiology realm thus far and bring in additional aspects as they are learned, so that all information falls under the GEMS umbrella. It offers help and advice in areas such as: how to set up your office and attract clients, walking you through a typical session, taking money and rebooking, marketing and networking, practitioner ethics and scope of practice – in short, all the areas where practitioners feel stress about setting up their professional practice.

This can also be used as a bridging class for those interested in taking more in-depth Specialized Kinesiology classes, such as SIPS, LEAP, Brain Integration, etc. These classes assume that a student has knowledge of how to use finger-modes and scan sheets, work from an indicator muscle and properly stack information. None of these techniques are part of the TFH curriculum however, so often students are left feeling overwhelmed when they arrive in the classroom and instructors are left spending large amounts of class time explaining techniques that are not really part of their modality.

Each day can also be experienced as a separate class; GEMS Flow and GEMS Business. If you are only interested in attending one day, please let your Instructor know when you register.

Day One Morning:

Introductions and finding out what areas are of highest concern to the group.

–        Review of goal setting and the difference between personal and ‘body agendas’

–        Review of 5-element theory and additional aspects

–        Teaching basic finger moding as a way of categorizing and inputting stress. History of finger and hand modes

–        Teaching stacking with hips and jaw. History of stacking and why it works

–        Introduction to the flowchart and scan sheets and how to use them.

Day One Afternoon:

–        Answering any questions about scan sheets and demonstration

–        Working in groups to practice the GEMS balance

–        How to use this to incorporate other modalities

–        Discussion of common business problems for health practitioners

–        Room set up, office set up and how to write a business plan (as much as time allows)

Day Two Morning:

–        Choosing a business name and generating marketing materials

–        Website considerations and creating a successful one

–        Money questions and legalities

–        Setting yourself apart from others in your field – personal questions to help create vision for your business

Day Two Afternoon:

–        Face-to-face networking and social media; going through social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter and how to use them to promote yourself and build relationships

–        Practitioner ethics

–        Practice going through a client session beginning to end using GEMS balance, client forms, taking money, rebooking, etc.

–        Answering any questions and making sure all group objectives have been covered

Parenting with Energy

Guest post from RochelleMcFarlane, published also on espparent.com

Too often I hear things I wish I hadn’t especially when it comes to raising the future generation, particularly when in public, the interactions between parents and children.  I coax and remind myself that learning isn’t on everyone’s agenda.  I’m using moments like this to reflect upon myself and seeing where I can grow further to be better in my own life, knowing that we all serve a unique purpose.

I believe that our Children are life assets and I am very passionate about increasing this awareness.  For we as parents get one shot with our wee ones and the future depends on our effectiveness.
I take moments through out each week to make a point of seeing how I can get better for several reasons, first off I’m perfect just not yet complete.  What was perfect today will be obsolete tomorrow for today I learned more than what I thought I knew yesterday.  Everyday my better is increased from the previous day, just the way it works.  Keeping this mindset gifts me greatly and helps keep me motivated through the rough moments.
Until you don’t know what you don’t know, life ceases to be boring and mundanely redundant where one can experience insanity.
Experiencing life through the eyes of my children keeps life fresh and the learning moments frequent, the imagination alive and me feeling younger each day.
How does this relate to energy and how it works in the body?
Well let’s take a look at the laws of attraction first.  Research has shown that where we place our attention is where our energy flows, it’s the law of attraction.
Maybe it could also be called the law of attention since energy flows to the focal point.  This can be applied to parenting in so many ways.
Like for example, this is something I hear a lot from other parents.
“I don’t have time to workout, make food from scratch, play with my children, time for a hobby etc.  My children don’t listen to me, they are out of control, I don’t know what to do etc “
Complaining about not having enough time wires the brain to see only the lack of time instead of creative ways of using time, allowing and giving permission to observe from a narrow focal point of “not enough” creating a scarcity mind set.   The mutual effect with any of the other ideas as listed above too, the brain creates the energy wave lengths to suit the thoughts and justification of complaint.
Start seeing where you are spending your time, is it on things that bring you joy or is it on things that bring you down ?  Are your thoughts bringing you closer to your desired results ?
During my parenting journey I have been learning so much about how the  energy works within the body so I can keep up with the demands of the job at hand, raising the future generation to the best of my abilities.
Learning about energy in the body on a more in depth level has been one of the greatest gifts to myself and to my family.  It’s helped me see how it all makes sense now, creating that wholistic alignment of energy within the whole being.  It’s about bringing together the thoughts, emotions, actions, all the while the body’s electrical field being apart of this formulation to create all the good in life and this experience.  Too often I have witnessed a separation in these facets and results can still be obtained but not as efficiently when all systems are on the same page.
In parenting children can sense when we are off and they soak that up, reacting to it.  Also when we are low in energy we tend to live in the world of reaction instead of pro actions.
So how do I apply this to life without getting overwhelmed and short circuiting my “breaker box”
Just like eating a huge meal, one bite at time and making sure I soak up all the nutrients in manageable pieces by chewing slowly with purpose.
For starters I make time for the things that bring me joy, keeping myself active, enjoying deeply nourishing foods, and staying hydrated !  Drinking at the very minimum of 1 fluid ounce of pure water for every 3 pounds of my body’s mass.   When stress is added into our lives, our experience we require more water.   This is a great lessons learned from when I took my Touch for Health training, there’s a link here for more information.
Hydration alone seems like such a no brainer and yet many people this is the first step that can be a simple solution in generating increased health experience.  I believe because it’s so simple many of us discount it as a valid action and not bother following through with it.
Since paying attention to our hydration levels in our family and increasing pure water, the energy has changed and has increased with ease !  Now making the connection of how water assists the body with so many functions, drinking water is now thought of as consuming more life energy in our household.  With water being a conductor, it’s pure form allows for the electrical flow in the body with ease and least amount  resistance.
Living with the seasons, seeing how they affect our daily living and respecting the cycles of the elements has been a huge eye opener as well!
I used to think that one of my children was harder to parent because he was most like me, true still yet when discovering the element flows and cycles my world changed, my understanding deepened.  Here it goes in a nutshell… Fire feeds Earth, Earth creates Metal, Metal releases Water, Water hydrates Wood, Wood fuels Fire in one cycle.  Now the opposing cycle Water doses Fire, Fire melts Metal, Metal chops Wood, Wood roots Earth and Earth drinks Water.
One of my sons and I are in a reversed flow cycle, meaning his primary element energy controls mine !

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Here’s Zander and I having some fun while out for a “date”… he’s my mini me, something I can embrace with deep joy

This has been such a game changer discovering this.  Now instead of the struggle, I accept that it’s a natural flow of energy and consciously choose to step back and observe instead of fueling the blaze.  What do I do instead?  Glad you asked…well I get creative, calm and centered which allows the space to exist where I am only in control of myself and my energy within me.  I listen to my self talk, like what my thoughts and take back control there by choosing thoughts that will drain the fuel and increase the calm from within me first.  This step helps to create a calmer and more collected me, then I am capable of empowering
myself to deal with the situation with my son.  Where as in the past I would allow this reversed flow of energy to instigate further chaos between us where I would justify my negative reactions to his
outbursts and be a dictator like mother.  This would then drive me into a state of angry, guilt and sadness filled cycle of rage…truly not bringing out my best nor his.  I am ever so grateful for having increased my self awareness and educating myself on the five elements to create a more effective style of parenting, he is too and he’s now more aware of how we can work together in harmony as a whole family.

Life is meant to be fun and enjoyable especially when you’re a parent cause these little life assets look up to you for answers and guidance, it’s an opportunity to self educate in the fast track of vitality.  Choosing to grasp onto concepts that nourish the spirit, that suit your soul, encourage  discovery what works for you and your flow is vitally important.  It’s like an investment for your personal energy system and will pay dividends for generations to come.
Our children will mirror examples they have acquired over time from the source.
Wanting different results ?Pour your efforts into making changes at your source, trying to augment the reflection is just a waste of time.

Curious what your thoughts are after reading this article and how it’s  brought value to your day, please add your comments below.
Namaste

GEMS for Touch For Health practitioners

(The following post was written by GEMS Instructor Denise Cambiotti for the CanASK December Newsletter and is posted here with her permission.)

Hi CanASK students and practitioners. I just wanted to send a quick note into the office to rave a little bit about my newfound fascination about the GEMS program created by Alexis Costello.

This one day workshop is meant to help a serious student with a Touch for Health level 4 background figure out how to work best with what they know.

It can sometimes be quite daunting figuring out which TFH technique to perform when you’re starting out of the gate freshly minted. It can also be slightly boring sticking to the techniques you know best if you’ve been performing TFH for a while.
How do you give a really good Balance session that flows effortlessly and how do you choose which of the TFH techniques you have learned needs to be applied? Why, when you have muscle testing skills, you ‘ask the body’ of course!

What does the term GEMS represent?
G – Hopefully by TFH 4 you understand the remarkable capacity we have working with a client originated GOAL. In GEMS we can also allow the body to direct a priority goal quite effortlessly.
E – There is a wide collection of knowledge over several thousands of years based on the ELEMENTS of the acupuncture system. Alexis has collected stresses related to various elements and also organized TFH corrections categorized by element. The organization structure is easy to navigate and allows the body to reveal how many of these stresses to pull into a session, and then exactly which correction(s) to apply for that person to receive the best results.
M – Students are introduced to basic Finger MODES that hone in on whether to explore and work at a Structural, Chemistry, Emotional, or Electrical level. Working with just these four modes offers hundreds of possibilities.
S – When you’re working with modes, you have to have a way of asking the body to really pay attention to the information you are collecting. There is a term called “STACKing” which allows the practitioner to record all relevant information.

Even though I have taken nearly 2500 hours of training in numerous kinesiology modalities, I have been truly impressed every single time I have run a GEMS session. The program allows me to offer anything else I know but it also allows me to ‘keep things simple’. The client’s muscle responses tell me whether or not I need to explore wider, or dig in a little deeper every step of the way.
I have run numerous sessions with the intention to stay in “Touch-for-Health-Land” and keep to only the material offered in the slim manual that comes with the workshop. My experience doing this has shown that I can keep things flowing very organically and keep pulling up extremely relevant information for the client until no more details show, then we offer a Balancing technique chosen by the client’s body (via muscle testing and using the Modes).
In every GEMS session I’ve offered so far, there is something new I have learned or re-appreciated about the TFH system. That is really saying something because I’ve been teaching the modality for 16 years!

I invite you to find an instructor near you and take this class soon. It is sure to lend an ease and elegance for beginners and certainly helps bridge a learning gap related to finger modes and stacking if you would like to later explore other specialized kinesiology workshops such as SIPS or LEAP.
Please go to: www.gemskinesiology.com for more information.

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Denise is teaching the one day GEMS Flow class for graduates of TFH 4 on February 4th, 2017.
GEMS Business is another one day class to help new practitioners figure out how to set up a clinic and run a business. It follows on February 5th, 2017. Both workshops will run in Coquitlam, BC.
info@denisecambiotti.com   (604) 936-5463

Beyond Massage – Muscle Testing for RMTs

No doubt about it, few things in life are as amazing as a good massage. How would you feel about a tool that would allow you to take your business as a massage therapist to another level?

I fell in love with massage as a practitioner first, before I started muscle testing. I loved the immediate change in a client; the way I could literally feel them relaxing and healing themselves under my hands and the exchange of energy involved. And yet, massage has its limitations. It can be frustrating for instance, when you realize that the basis of the issue is stress-related, but you don’t have any techniques that would allow you to work with the emotions. Or when people return with the same issues time after time; feeling good when they leave your office, but having symptoms return soon after.

Muscle testing (or monitoring) as it is taught in Touch for Health and other Specialized Kinesiology classes, uses muscles as indicators, allowing everyone involved to see and feel the way energy is working in the body. Muscles correlate to specific meridians. Meridian flow is the same energy that is being accessed through acupuncture and acupressure, and an experienced practitioner of these modalities can usually tell where energy is blocked fairly easily. They will briefly feel your pulses and might say that your ‘heart energy feels stringy’ or that the ‘liver is too damp’, leaving you to wonder 1) what the heck does that mean? And 2) how can they tell that by simply holding your wrists? Years of practice and a thorough understanding of the qualities of this energy in your body make this an interesting diagnostic tool, but most of us don’t have time to spend the next several years learning this.

Muscle testing allows a muscle to ‘speak’ for the involved meridian. If the energy flow through the meridian is in balance, the muscle is too. If it’s not, it is easy to tell. This is an easy skill that can be taught to anyone. Over four levels of Touch for Health representing only 60 hours of in-class training, students learn 42 different muscles that can be used to assess energy flow in the 14 major meridians of the body and several unique corrections to address energy blockages on all levels.

Experience with muscle testing can allow you to see connections throughout the body. For example, the Upper trapezius muscles, the psoas and the illiacus are all associated with the kidney meridian. So when you observe tension or weakness in these three muscles (and there isn’t an obvious injury to account for it), perhaps the real issue is in the kidney energy. This doesn’t mean that the person’s kidneys are diseased or failing (and we would never suggest that they are, as that would be practicing medicine without a license and can get you into lots of trouble!), but there could be a problem with energy flow and there are easy corrections that can help with that. Maybe the client would benefit from something as simple as drinking more water.

So massage is wonderful, but it could be made even better by combining it with some of the features that Specialized Kinesiology has to offer. A couple of years ago I wrote a course designed to help people become better practitioners called GEMS. One of the ideas behind this was the ability to move easily between modalities and incorporate whatever the client needs at the time. Doing a short GEMS session before a massage would allow you to easily determine where the client’s stress really lies and if any corrections (other than the massage itself) would be beneficial. When you do this, your client gets more out of their session as the full breadth of the problem is being addressed, not just the tight muscles. They feel understood on a deep level and the benefits are likely to hold much longer. This of course, leads to more referrals!

GEMS also addresses business start-up and marketing, and this is something that is available to all practitioners of all modalities who want to take their business to the next level. Are you allowing your personality, values and goals to shine through your marketing? Are you making use of social media and non-traditional forms of advertising to build relationships – not just broadcasting that people should use your services, but really connecting with them and providing information of value?

In a service-based competitive field like massage therapy, there needs to be a reason for people to choose to work with you. Some of this is personality, some is as simple as location, but there are things you can do to help them make the choice. Imagine the advantage you would have if you could balance energy flow within the body, figure out the root of the stress through muscle testing and had a clearer plan of how to run your business!

It probably sounds ridiculously simple, but one of the ways I introduced my massage clients to muscle testing was by using a muscle to determine which essential oils would be helpful for the client that day. I would check for the best oils, put them together in the correct ratio and then explain to the client what those oils are used for. It’s that easy. When people see and feel that their body can provide information of this sort, they usually want more.

In most places, classes like Touch for Health and other Specialized Kinesiology classes are recognized for continuing education credits and credits can also be obtained by attending conferences. If you have any questions about how muscle testing works, how to connect with fellow practitioners, finding a class in your area or what the weather’s like where I am, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

 

Alexis Costello is an instructor, practitioner, speaker and writer for Specialized Kinesiology, currently living in Costa Rica with her ever-expanding crew of children and animals. Visit www.alexiscostello.com for more details or follow @healthylexi

 

GEMS Flow and Business in USA with Instructor Alexis Costello

Following the TFH Conference in Salt Lake City Utah! You can also attend Alexis’ presentation and workshop at the Conference – click here for details.

GEMS stands for Goal, Element, Mode, Stack. It offers an easy-to-follow flow chart that allows a student or practitioner to easily figure out where the priority stressors for an individual are and what balancing technique will work to resolve these efficiently. It is based on information from the TFH synthesis and is designed to allow a practitioner to flow easily from one modality to another, incorporating the entire body of knowledge available to the individual.

The aim of this class is to teach a system that will allow the student to use everything they know in the Specialized Kinesiology realm thus far and bring in additional aspects as they are learned, so that all information falls under the GEMS umbrella. It offers help and advice in areas such as: how to set up your office and attract clients, walking you through a typical session, taking money and rebooking, marketing and networking, practitioner ethics and scope of practice – in short, all the areas where practitioners feel stress about setting up their professional practice.

This can also be used as a bridging class for those interested in taking more in-depth Specialized Kinesiology classes, such as SIPS, LEAP, Brain Integration, etc. These classes assume that a student has knowledge of how to use finger-modes and scan sheets, work from an indicator muscle and properly stack information. None of these techniques are part of the TFH curriculum however, so often students are left feeling overwhelmed when they arrive in the classroom and instructors are left spending large amounts of class time explaining techniques that are not really part of their modality.

Day One Morning:

Introductions and finding out what areas are of highest concern to the group.

–        Review of goal setting and the difference between personal and ‘body agendas’

–        Review of 5-element theory and additional aspects

–        Teaching basic finger moding as a way of categorizing and inputting stress. History of finger and hand modes

–        Teaching stacking with hips and jaw. History of stacking and why it works

–        Introduction to the flowchart and scan sheets and how to use them.

Day One Afternoon:

–        Answering any questions about scan sheets and demonstration

–        Working in groups to practice the GEMS balance

–        How to use this to incorporate other modalities

–        Discussion of common business problems for health practitioners

–        Room set up, office set up and how to write a business plan (as much as time allows)

Day Two Morning:

–        Choosing a business name and generating marketing materials

–        Website considerations and creating a successful one

–        Money questions and legalities

–        Setting yourself apart from others in your field – personal questions to help create vision for your business

Day Two Afternoon:

–        Face-to-face networking and social media; going through social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter and how to use them to promote yourself and build relationships

–        Practitioner ethics

–        Practice going through a client session beginning to end using GEMS balance, client forms, taking money, rebooking, etc.

–        Answering any questions and making sure all group objectives have been covered

Creating Focus and Flow with GEMS

Written for the Touch for Health Association Conference Journal 2016

How confident are you that you are using the right technique at the right time with each person you work with? By the time you have gone through four levels of Touch for Health, you have acquired a huge new skill set filled with tools and information that can help those around you. Despite all of the tools available to them however, new students and practitioners often struggle with how best to apply their knowledge when actually working with someone. When do you use all 42 muscles, and when is 14 enough? When would you use something like a sound balance? Because they can’t answer these questions, students get into a routine, using only the techniques that appeal the most to them and forgetting the others. In North America, very few practitioners use only Touch for Health – it seems like most people who want to work professionally take TFH as a prerequisite to get into other courses and then leave TFH behind. I am hoping that GEMS (Goal, Element, Mode, Stack) offers a way to streamline the tools and techniques from the TFH world and integrate them with techniques from other Specialized Kinesiology systems so that they find their rightful place in the kinesiology tool kit again. Creating practitioners who are flexible and able to think outside the box means that they will have an easier time integrating new information, rolling with whatever a client throws at them and succeeding in general.

Touch for Health should be the way of the future. At the 2016 Conference, we will spend some time together discussing how to use this in your life everyday, integrate it with other techniques as they are learned, and create a business model that will allow you to help others and make money with full integrity.

It has been suggested to me recently that our field is a competitive one and that there is an unwillingness sometimes to instruct or help others. In the spirit of collaboration over competition, I have put together the GEMS website with information that can be useful to anyone wanting to work with these amazing tools and the idea that “we are all in this together”. When we examine closely the actual goals of each practitioner: who they want to work with, how and what values they keep central in their practice, we find that each one has a group that they will appeal to and enjoy working with and there is such variety in these groups that there is very little overlap at all. The idea of ‘Touch for Health for Everyone’ is real in that there are techniques in this program that will benefit absolutely anyone you run into, it’s just a matter of finding the correct one. The GEMS flowchart helps with this process by offering a simple and intuitive way to sort the information available to you and arrive at the priority for correction. It works as a bridging class, spanning the gap between the TFH full self-responsibility model and the more diagnostic model used by many practitioners in other modalities. It allows for integration between all modalities, which might be a good way to bring practitioners back together and establish common ground.

I understand that TFH was originally designed to be used by laypeople on family and friends, not as a career, but many people today are using it as a stepping-stone to move into the brilliant world of Specialized Kinesiology. The process of actually moving from ‘friends and family’ to a career can be daunting however. GEMS Business helps to move people into this brilliant field easily. At this Conference, we will discuss some ways to do this, starting by determining the core values you will build your practice on and who precisely you wish to work with. Once you know what is most important to you in your work-life, it is easier to begin marketing and branding – one of the most overlooked facets of our industry as a whole. This marketing piece is an extremely important and overlooked subject. Let’s face it, as an industry Specialized Kinesiologists are stunningly bad at marketing. There are individuals who shine, but as a group there is a lot of room for improvement. It doesn’t matter how amazing a practitioner you are, if no one knows what you do then you can’t help anyone!

For more ideas about how to push your Specialized Kinesiology business to the next level or to contribute information that might be helpful to others, visit www.gemskinesiology.com or take a class to join the group of people around the world who are using GEMS to get amazing results.

 

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GEMS – in Canada with Instructor Alexis Costello

GEMS stands for Goal, Element, Mode, Stack. It offers an easy-to-follow flow chart that allows a student or practitioner to easily figure out where the priority stressors for an individual are and what balancing technique will work to resolve these efficiently. It is based on information from the TFH synthesis and is designed to allow a practitioner to flow easily from one modality to another, incorporating the entire body of knowledge available to the individual.

The aim of this class is to teach a system that will allow the student to use everything they know in the Specialized Kinesiology realm thus far and bring in additional aspects as they are learned, so that all information falls under the GEMS umbrella. It offers help and advice in areas such as: how to set up your office and attract clients, walking you through a typical session, taking money and rebooking, marketing and networking, practitioner ethics and scope of practice – in short, all the areas where practitioners feel stress about setting up their professional practice.

This can also be used as a bridging class for those interested in taking more in-depth Specialized Kinesiology classes, such as SIPS, LEAP, Brain Integration, etc. These classes assume that a student has knowledge of how to use finger-modes and scan sheets, work from an indicator muscle and properly stack information. None of these techniques are part of the TFH curriculum however, so often students are left feeling overwhelmed when they arrive in the classroom and instructors are left spending large amounts of class time explaining techniques that are not really part of their modality.

Day One Morning:

Introductions and finding out what areas are of highest concern to the group.

–        Review of goal setting and the difference between personal and ‘body agendas’

–        Review of 5-element theory and additional aspects

–        Teaching basic finger moding as a way of categorizing and inputting stress. History of finger and hand modes

–        Teaching stacking with hips and jaw. History of stacking and why it works

–        Introduction to the flowchart and scan sheets and how to use them.

Day One Afternoon:

–        Answering any questions about scan sheets and demonstration

–        Working in groups to practice the GEMS balance

–        How to use this to incorporate other modalities

–        Discussion of common business problems for health practitioners

–        Room set up, office set up and how to write a business plan (as much as time allows)

Day Two Morning:

–        Choosing a business name and generating marketing materials

–        Website considerations and creating a successful one

–        Money questions and legalities

–        Setting yourself apart from others in your field – personal questions to help create vision for your business

Day Two Afternoon:

–        Face-to-face networking and social media; going through social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter and how to use them to promote yourself and build relationships

–        Practitioner ethics

–        Practice going through a client session beginning to end using GEMS balance, client forms, taking money, rebooking, etc.

–        Answering any questions and making sure all group objectives have been covered

 

 

 

GEMS – in the Netherlands with Instructor Alexis Costello

Goal, Element, Mode, Stapel
Breng Touch for Health op een compleet nieuw niveau and start de praktijk van je dromen!
Belangrijkste items in deze cursus:

•    Leer een gemakkelijke en zeer krachtige manier om te
bepalen waar de prioriteit onbalansen in het lichaam
zitten

•    Vind snel de meest effectieve correctie techniek

•    Combineer een scala aan mogelijkheden uit de TfH
onder een objectieve paraplu

•    Voel zelfvertrouwen in het starten van je eigen
onderneming en het aannemen van cliënten

11 & 12 januari 2016, Arnhem
Instructeur Alexis Costello uit Canada

Contact: NSK en TfH Nederland, info@chilibra.nl of secretariaat@schoolvoorkinesiologie.nl
(06) 28108029

Upcoming Classes!

The next GEMS specialized kinesiology class is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday May 24 & 25, 2014 at Happily Holistic in Kelowna, BC.  There will be an instructor’s course to follow on Monday, May 26th, 2014.

Prerequisites for GEMS: Touch for Health Level Four or equivalent entry level Specialized Kinesiology.

Prerequisites for Instructor’s Class: TFH Instructor Training Workshop, or Instructor credential in another branch of SK including SIPS, Brain Formatting, Brain Integration, LEAP, or any other program where a bridging class would be useful for your advanced students.

Please call Happily Holistic Natural Health and Wellness at 250-491-7559 or email office@happilyholistic.ca to register or if you have any questions.