Australian Ross Emmett has been developing his amazing muscle releasing technique for over 20 years. He uses a combination of gentle pressure holding points and muscle “switches” to re-balance muscle groups. Results are often immediate. He has called his work The Emmett Technique. Ross has been teaching his technique in Australia and New Zealand for some time now and came to this country in April 2007 for the first time to begin teaching here.
It uses a combination of direct pressure and gentle switches to release specific muscle groups allowing the client’s body to return to a state of balance. It can help increase mobility and eases pain and discomfort. The results are often dramatic, and can be instantaneous, with most clients recognising the improvements in pain levels and range of movement before leaving the clinic. The Emmett Technique can be used alone, but also works well alongside any bodywork therapy where it greatly enhances the work.
Emmett Technique is a special form of body therapy that involves application of light finger pressure at specific points. These are in sequences that enable gentle releases for common problems which include neck, shoulder and back pain. Techniques derived from NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) are also integrated within the treatment to encourage homeostasis.
In the science of Critical Point Analysis, in any highly complex system, there is a specific, critical point at which the smallest input will result in the greatest change, where the least force exerts the greatest effect (for example a light touch on a small cog can halt the largest engine). In much the same way the Emmett Technique influences the complex system known as the human body. Working within this principle the Emmett Technique is able to affect two types of receptors, sensory and muscular, which may also activate an emotional state. These are overlapped together at specific junctions where each one can and will influence the other. Think of the therapist as a ‘body electrician’ who can locate these overlaps or re-set buttons. The muscle that has ‘tripped out’ due to overuse or overload may only need a light pressure to re-set it.
Emmett points are the intersection or overlap of sensory, motor points, which may also have a memory or emotional attachment. These three factors are influenced when using the holding points. They can be activated as simply as applying light pressure to this activation point. This touch makes the brain aware of these 3 factors. (Sensory/touch, muscular/motor and emotional/ flight – fright) and bring about beneficial change.
Think about it this way – when you are pinched the sensory input is the pinch. Pulling away is the motor or fight/ flight muscle response. Your verbal response (ouch!) or facial expression (scowl) is the emotional reaction.
Emmett moves are often applied in groups of three – though not always. The first move causes recognition of the problem, the second brings about a correction by making changes to the area, the third is for the conscious mind to recognise a change has taken place (less pain or more movement for example). A small time break is given between each move to allow the brain the time to re – program changes. Sometimes a single move may be all that is needed to re-program the brain and release the muscle to a more comfortable state.
A unique feature of Emmett Technique is the opportunity to ‘switch off’ any unwanted outcomes. Muscles can be returned to their previous state without creating greater discomfort. This allows the therapist to re-evaluate his treatment approach to create a better outcome.
More about Emmett Technique in the UK http://emmett-uk.com
More about Ross Emmett http://www.rossemmett.com.au/AboutRossEmmett/tabid/114/Default.aspx