The Emmett Technique

The Emmett Technique The Emmett Technique was developed by Ross Emmett. Ross, who lives in Australia, is a remedial therapist and a qualified therapeutic massage instructor.

Described as The Chameleon Approach to the body, Emmett is practised worldwide in 40 countries by therapists for humans, horses, and dogs.

After training in Emmett for dogs, I passed in June 2019 with Instructor Tony Sherry, and I have used Emmett to support my own dog and other dogs, too, as a successful outcome for dogs with restrictions in their movement due to stiffness, injuries, and decreased suppleness. Emmett is a gentle therapy that can also be used for older dogs or dogs suffering from arthritis by giving them more comfort in their body to move in a relaxed gait. Emmett can help working or sporting dogs by changing their performance levels and improving the suppleness of their tired muscles for them to recover quicker after work or competitions.

Dogs with emotional problems can also benefit from an Emmett Therapy session to release negative emotions in the body, helping the dog have a happier outlook in life.

The philosophy in Emmett is to observe the body to find simple answers to unexplained pain or restrictions, in the belief that the body can self-correct with the ability of the brain to self- evaluate and recalibrate using sensory receptors in the body and therefore heal if given the right information through neuromuscular release. These are just simple light touches and switches with one finger on areas of the body to stimulate points known as Emmet points to release tension in the muscles, address pain and discomfort and improve body movement and restrictions. It is a gentle approach which can be a very calming and relaxing therapy for the dog, and because it is so gentle and you don’t have to have your hands on the dog for long, this can be an alternative therapy for touch sensitive dogs or dogs who find it difficult to stay still or focus. This is not the same as trigger or acupressure points. There are no firm or uncomfortable manipulations involved. The Emmett points are unique to the Emmett therapy and are painless.

The Emmett Technique works similarly to the workings of a touch screen computer by opening up a programme with a light touch. In Emmett, the light touch communicates with the muscle memory opening up the programme in the brain, and the body responds by releasing the tension in the muscle giving relief to muscular discomfort.

Emmett is a complementary therapy. It may be applied in isolation or combined with other bodywork. 

The Veterinary Act (1966) states it is illegal for any person, other than the owner of the animal, to treat an animal unless the permission of the animals Veterinary Surgeon is sought and obtained. Therefore to protect your horse’s or dog’s welfare veterinary consent (written or verbal) must be gained prior to EMMETT therapy. If any circumstance should arise that is deemed outside of professional remit, ECH Therapies will duly refer your horse or dog back to your vet for further assessment.

Emmett (Rescue) Recovery

Ross Emmett developed Emmett (Rescue) Recovery to help open the airways in the body to allow a person or animal to take a deep breath, this Emmett technique can help with anxiety, fear, or feeling of distress or just not feeling well.

In Ross’s younger days he was a professional boxer, and his abdominal muscles were very strong, they would tighten up while he was boxing from all the punches from his opponent, and this would make it difficult for him to breath.

His father would do a switch at either side of his diaphragm using one finger, switching across the skin in a small stroke, this was enough to open his diaphragm so he could take a breath but then he noticed that his chest would feel tight and restrict his breathing, so his father would make a switch on his skin with his finger at either side of the breastbone. Then his throat would feel tight, again he found relief if there was a switch made at either side of his trachea. All these light switches opened his passages to allow him to breath.

When Ross started working with people using Bowen Therapy, he would instinctively use this for someone who was anxious or nervous or if he could see tension in the body to an extent that the persons breathing was shallow. He then discovered that if he put his thumb on top of their head and dragged his finger up from the third eye to the top of the head it took the attention away from the body work, he had just done.

And so, the Emmett (Rescue) Recovery was developed, and it not only works well for people but animals too. I have used it in the past on dogs who are in a complete panic and cannot focus on any training or bodywork and it has been a success every time in helping the dog to simply take a breath and become more grounded.

Ross allowed for Emmett (Rescue) Recovery to be viewed by all to help in difficult times and the video can be seen on YouTube

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