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Using the Wizard

by Earl Cook
December, 2004

The optional 'New Session Wizard' in eTouch is designed to be flexible and easy-to-use for assisting both the novice and the professional practitioner. There are several options available, so which path is best and when should the others be used? We find that we use different combinations to suit the needs of the person we are balancing and the time frame and context within which we are balancing. We have our favorites and there is a good chance that you also have found a favorite. And, as always when using Touch for Health and eTouch for Health, make sure that you seek professional care for all serious conditions or with continuing or worsening symptoms.

42-muscle 'Goal' Type Session
The Wizard presents options for selecting either a Goal- or Condition-type session and choices of: a 14- or 42-muscle session; the choice of 'Select by Category'; or the option to duplicate a previous session. From these options, we could begin a new balancing session focused on many different perspectives. If we have the time, we recommend a Goal-type session with 42-muscles and 'Fix-as-you-go' as the balancing method. At the end of the session, time permitting, we then go to the Meridian Wheel and to the Five Elements page for seeing the pattern formed by our results. Once we determine where the energy blockage is located, we then visit the appropriate Metaphors for a more in-depth balance. But, unfortunately, we do we always have time for this option with a full 42-muscle balance with fix-as-you-go AND an assessment with Metaphor review. However, if you have the time, this is the recommended session.

14-muscle 'Condition' type session
This is a favorite that we select when we only have a moderate amount of time and when we have a physical pain in a shoulder, hip, neck or knee, etc. caused by exertion, play, working in the garden, etc. We add the condition(s) to our personal record and let the Wizard create the session for us. The software Wizard adds the 14 primary muscles and then adds the muscle(s) related to the particular condition or symptom that we select. We may end up with a 19-, 23- or 16-muscle session that includes the standard 14-meridians, plus the specific muscles associated with the condition. This gives us a good overall balance of the 14 meridians and we find that the other muscles that are related to the ache or pain usually have a high probability of being inhibited. With only a moderate amount of time available and some specific physical conditions involved, this is usually a very effective balance for us.

14-muscle 'Goal' type session
When we just feel 'out of sorts' or generally 'out of energy' and we only have a moderate amount of time, we usually choose the 14-muscle Goal type session. We find that using Emotional Stress Relief (ESR) and a challenging goal are very important in this type of session. We also use this type of session when we are about to face a challenge either personally or professionally and need to prepare ourselves. Balancing-as-you-go while using the Metaphors for each muscle can have a profound affect on your overall feeling of well-being and greater confidence along with increased energy in this type of balance. If there is time, a quick assessment and then pondering of the appropriate Metaphors is a great way to top-off this type of session when using eTouch.

Other Considerations when balancing others
The above are our personal preferences which we select for our own balances. So, which options do we prefer when we are balancing others? Time-permitting, we like to do a 42-muscle fix-as-you-go balance and if there is not enough time, then a 14-muscle with fix-as-you-go. Depending on the person being balanced and why they came to us, we make the decision upon whether to use a goal- or condition-type session. A goal-type session would be the first preference, particularly if someone is seeking overall improvement in their life and wish to receive the most benefits from the holistic nature of Touch for Health. If someone wants help relieving pain in a knee, they may not understand why we are suggesting they formulate a goal for their life, so, we would use a condition-type session in this case. Once we know the person better, we will suggest a goal-based session. Fix-as-you-go is generally the method we choose with new people so that they can see the immediate results and begin to understand how a Touch for Health balance works.

In the times we are balancing while focusing on gaining enlightenment and improving our sense of personal peace, we use the 42-muscle, goal-based session with an assessment-type balance. For determining where we want to begin with the 'one-point balance', we use the Meridian Wheel and Five Elements and then go to the appropriate Metaphors. We then retest all muscles found inhibited and use fix-as-you-go for any muscles that we still find inhibited, which is usually none or only a very few number of muscles.

'Select-by-category' type Session
When is it best to use the 'Select-by-category' method for creating a new session with the Wizard? We like to use this method when we are narrowly focused on researching and resolving a specific problem. Another time this comes in handy is when you wish to do food sensitivity testing and only want to use a single indicator muscle. With this option, you can create a session with any number of muscles you choose. As a research tool, this method offers some interesting possibilities.

The Select by Category option is very flexible and can be used in many ways. eTouch contains information about the functions of each muscle, common symptoms associated with these muscles, common activities that affect individual muscles and other ways to assist in understanding conditions that we are faced when helping others. With Select by Category, you can select muscles based on all of the above categories. You can also select muscles from a muscle diagram which makes it easy for a lay person to show you which muscle is in pain. Plus, it is possible to mix-and-match from the different categories to create a custom selection of muscles for testing. As a research tool, this is very powerful and can be used to narrowly define a special testing and balancing session. As research provides more answers, they will be added to the Categories so that this option continues to get more powerful.

In the next newsletter, we will discuss in detail the options for accessing either the Standard TFH balancing modalities, Metaphors and the specialized balancing techniques. eTouch for Health is open-ended and extensible so that new techniques can be added in the future. This will be discussed in more detail in the next newsletter.

We hope this article helps you to both understand the flexibility in the eTouch New Session Wizard and that you have gained a greater understanding of when and how to utilize the many options. As always, we wish to hear your stories and would like to hear the preferences that you have formed.