Emmett Technique involves application of light pressure at particular points and in sequences that enables gentle physical release of muscles groups. It can be used as an effective adjunct to enhance treatment values of other types of muscle release and neuro-musculoskeletal therapy, or may be used as an effective therapy on its own. The science of Critical Point Analysis 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 least force exerts the greatest effect
- the lightest pressure on the smallest moving part can stop the largest machinery
In the highly complex system that is the human body stimulation of specific points on the skin during surgery produces activity within the brain, measurable on an EEG (Electroencephalogram). Similarly movement, measurable by EMG (Electromyogram), can be activated by stimulation of key points in the brain. We are now able to map these pathways. Furthermore the lightest of touches may be all that is needed to activate a reaction in the brain. e.g. if a small insect crawls over your leg there is this incredible urge to touch or rub the area. This is a known strong sensory response.
Working with the Emmett Technique, light touch is used to access the brain via small sensors in the skin. These sensors have the power to provoke a subconscious response, altering the brain's patterning to that area of the body and creating a corrective change - normally a reduction of tension in the desired muscle group. Not only does Emmett have a direct influence on muscle action; as muscle tension is released so is the pressure exerted on nerve outlets creating better organ function. Indeed, many Emmett points affecting muscle tension overlap with sensors which themselves influence organ function. In addition many of these points may also have a memory or emotional attachment.
So, muscle tension and action, organ function and suppressed emotional issues can all be influenced when light touch is applied to these sensors. When held with the precise pressure, on the specific point, for the correct time, changes will occur returning the body part to a better position or even back to the 'maker's specifications'. And, the best body response may only require a limited amount of information for the brain to react. Additional information may cause brain overload, therefore these points are in selected sequences for best results and this allows the brain to respond before it can reach overload, like a high quality computer.
Emmett is an excellent accompanyment to both Massage and Pilates to increase the integrity of muscle performance.