About the EMMETT Technique

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The EMMETT Technique is a unique form of body therapy for both people and animals, involving the application of light finger pressure at specific points.  It is based on the belief that light touch can trigger a relaxation response in the soft tissue, and the therapist may help relieve tensions resulting in feelings of improved comfort within the body.

The result is often instantaneous feelings of greater comfort.




It is truly a complementary therapy as it combines easily with all other bodywork such as massage, Bowen therapy, chiropractic, physiotherapy and craniosacral therapy as some typical examples, although relaxation of tensions can be felt when the technique is applied in isolation.

Special language skills are incorporated to reinforce and anchor the positive physical changes greatly enhancing the outcome.


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The Benefits 

The relaxing nature of the technique results in people reporting typical responses such as:

improved comfort & ease within the area treated such as back, abdomen, hips, legs, knees, ankles, feet, shoulders, arm, hand and neck

  • a sense of lightness within their body
  • more restful sleep  
  • enhanced mood


Benefits for Animals

The focus is essentially the same. Typical symptoms that may be assisted include:

  • various injuries and lameness
  • emotional problems
  • stiffness
  • decreased suppleness
  • change in performance 

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What to expect in a treatment

People can be treated seated, standing or lying down. The treatment can be applied directly to the skin or through clothing. Sessions can last anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes if the EMMETT Technique is used alone – longer if combined with a relaxing massage or other modality.

Animals can be treated wherever they are comfortable eg in a field or in the home. Sessions can also last from 10 - 30 minutes.

How does it work?

There is no current scientific explanation for the mechanism by which it achieves the relaxation response. However, we believe a good analogy is that of a digital touch-screen. We believe the EMMETT points are small sensory receptors that allow access to the brain via the therapists’ touch. The brain then evaluates this stimulus and initiates the relaxation response of the soft tissue.

The pressure required is not heavy or painful. “No pain no gain” has NO place in the EMMETT therapist’s approach.




Research and published articles - Click here

More about Ross Emmett and the development of the technique - Click here

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