Focus on Emmett Therapy for Animals

Focus on Emmett Therapy for Animals

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Emmett Therapy for Animals is a gentle non-invasive therapy to release muscular discomfort and help achieve improved movement.  It is used to address pain, discomfort, restrictions and to help improve gait and movement and can address emotional needs too – as we know, “our issues are in our tissues” – we see absolutely beautiful releases as the animals process past traumas and let go of emotional baggage they were carrying – it can be quite moving at times and feels very special to have that connection with the animal, so although primarily a muscle release therapy, it addresses a host of emotional stuff too

Going, going, gone …

When we work, the Emmett move itself may take less than a minute, but then we wait, and allow for the processing, sometimes a set of yawns, releases, stretches, sometimes the horse just shifts their weight and walks a few steps, but they must be given time to assimilate the new information, most often it leaves them extremely relaxed

Over time, with injuries and in daily life, the body can hold tension.   Often long after the original injury is healed, the body still holds these areas of compensation and this way of going can become the new norm creating a false memory in the muscles.  Think of Emmett as a reset button, setting the muscle memory back to factory settings and allowing your horse/dog to work and play to his/her full potential

Emmett therapy releases muscle related issues using the application of light touch at specific points on the body relieving pain and discomfort, creating postural changes, improving movement, flexibility and overall well-being

It is based on the belief that the brain has the ability to self -evaluate and re-calibrate using sensory receptors within the body.  Using light pressure, the technique works on unique micro points within muscles and muscle groups. The technique needs to be performed with the right pressure, in the correct direction and with precise timing to achieve the best outcome.

These ‘Emmett’ points will release muscle tension, effectively alleviate discomfort and improve restricted movement

The points are not the same as trigger or acupressure points and are unique to the Emmett Technique.

The degree of pressure required to stimulate the Emmett points is very light and there is no use of firm or uncomfortable manipulation, therefore the treatment is completely gentle, non-invasive and painless and even the most nervous of animals tolerate and enjoy it, which allows us to build trust with the animal

The therapy is tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual animal being treated. No two animals are treated in exactly the same way as they are individuals who deserve a bespoke approach to their treatment.  This can include direct pressure on a holding point, a slow sliding movement or a more brisk move over the site of the activator

We are relaxing points that have been over stimulated and allowing the muscle memory back into a neutral position

An Emmett treatment improves recovery from workouts, helping competition horses and dogs achieve peak performance, along with addressing lameness, muscle restrictions, saddle soreness, uneven gait and lack of performance and is equally as valuable for the family dog and elderly pony

The Emmett technique is a safe, simple to apply muscle release therapy created by Ross Emmett. This internationally recognised technique is equally effective on both people and animals.  How often on a yard do we treat horses mirroring the same pain patterns as their riders – so treating both is really important

Emmett Therapy may assist with:

Relieving discomfort
Aiding relaxation/improving quality of life
Unbalanced gait/stance
Lead/harness strain
Lower back tension/injuries from sport or accidents
Inhibited movement/muscle restrictions
Poor performance/behavior changes

How does it work?

The Emmett Technique is an understanding of the body’s response to light touch. It has been suggested that the body reacts in a similar way to the workings of a touch-screen. Small sensors allow access to the brain via the therapists’ touch.

As well as the ability to directly influence muscle action, these points may have a memory and emotional attachment

Emmett Practitioners are highly adaptable to the needs of their clients. The motto of the ‘Chameleon Approach’, is that an Emmett therapist has the ability to assess and tailor the treatment according to the specific needs of each client

It is suggested that the Emmett Technique may interact with the body as described in the science of Critical Point Analysis which identifies that …

“In any highly complex system there is a specific, critical point at which the smallest input will result in the greatest change”

The EMMETT Technique Therapist  has the knowledge to locate these critical points and re-set them with the correct stimulation.

The stimulation is registered by the receiver’s nervous system and their brain responds by sending new instructions back to affect the physical state of the localized area

The result is often instantaneous physical change

The way the therapy works is similar to the workings of a touch-screen computer (a light touch and the programme opens). By using this specific touch, the body responds by communicating with the muscle memory and this affects a change in muscle tension and action resulting in a fast relief of muscular discomfort

The Emmett Technique is a unique form of body therapy that involves the application of light finger pressure at specific points, referred to as ‘Emmett points’

The pressure required to stimulate the Emmett points does not need to be firm or painful. “No pain, no gain” has no place in Emmett Technique philosophy

The Emmett Therapist is skilled in the art of applying:

The right amount of pressure – In the right direction – For the right amount of time

It is this combination of elements, unique to each individual, which creates the desired physical change

Although often combined with other techniques, the Emmett Technique is an efficient and effective therapy on its own and either way, is a beautiful and effective addition to any maintenance or treatment protocol


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