By Alexis Costello
It started out as a joke in our Touch for Health classes. Whenever someone would ask about using muscle testing to find winning lottery numbers, change a partner’s bad habits, or lose 10lbs before the weekend, we would smile and say “we teach that in Level Five”. Of course, everyone knew that the TFH curriculum is four levels, and as they would come back for more classes, suggestions as to the kinds of things we could teach in a Level Five class grew and grew.
Shortly after each Level Four class, I would get emails from our students with requests that I teach a class that would help them get started with their actual business. Many felt lost; after completing the levels, they knew they had wonderful tools that could help people feel better, but didn’t know what tool to use when.
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.
After teaching the inaugural GEMS class at the beginning of December, I am more convinced than ever that this is what our students are looking for. The feedback has been really positive. Here’s what some of the students had to say:
“Thank you to Alexis and Holly for their brilliant interpretation and application of this course. It has given me an amazing tool to help me “put it all together” and apply this to my Touch for Health sessions. I have benefited from this course and appreciate the dedication that Happily Holistic acquires to continue to offer education to assist all the practitioners that strive to be more fluid with their craft.” H.H. — Kelowna
“GEMS is the missing page from the Touch for Health manual that I have been searching for!” J.A. — West Kelowna
“Thank you for the flow sheet. I’ve been using TFH this week and loving the method you taught us!” T.L — Penticton
The GEMS class will be running again in June with an Instructors course to follow. Come join us at Happily Holistic!