Workshop Reviews by Participants
I came to know the Emmett technique almost by accident as an EMM-Tech day had been organised by my Body Control Pilates teacher. I had not researched it (unlike me) and on the day was ‘blown away’. I immediately signed up for Modules 1&2. I was not disappointed is an understatement! As a Chronic Pain Management Specialist Doctor I perform many, many injections, including acupuncture. Since learning Emmett I am now using it with as many patients as I can. Some with some acupuncture as well but several, at the moment, only using Emmett, particularly with shoulder problems. The patients and I are usually left so excited with the normal range of movement and the pain relief they get is amazing. I am so looking forward to the other modules!Reporter Dr. Liz Garthwaite
I’m an Emmett Practitioner since March 2012, but I’ve been practicing Emmett Technique since 2010. Like most Emmett Practitioners, my life and practice has changed once I incorporated the Emmett moves into my treatments. Good results were achieve not only more frequently, but in a quicker time frame. In April 2012 I had the opportunity of attending in Birmingham with Ross Emmett. People had told how eccentric, direct and - as some would say - intimidating he could be. But in one thing all seemed to agree: that Ross is a very gifted human being who has a fantastic teaching style and lots to share.
I felt quite overwhelmed by the amount of information received on the first day. As Ross will say it himself, there are therapists who are only seeking to learn the “next set of moves”, but there’s so much more to EP1 I almost felt the additional moves were only a small part of it.
Ross's expertise as a therapist is absolutely fascinating, and you can perceive this very well once you attend EP1. His whole NLP background comes out as he teaches you some techniques on observing body language, listening to the words the clients speak, and knowing when to change a negative situation into a positive one. This adds value to treatments as you learn to address your clients in a more - for a lack of a better word - holistic manner, specially important when you’re dealing with psychosomatic conditions. Coming from a physiotherapy background, observation is definitely a must when I treat people daily. Still I can’t help feeling that Ross's input is invaluable and has helped me broaden my awareness when first assessing a client, starting from the way they shake your hand to the way they say goodbye.
Treatments time management was another important part of this course. Many of us still spend a whole hour with a client, either because we combine Emmett with other techniques or simply because we are still refining the way we use it. Ross’s method of treating involves a lot of observation and he comes from the affirmation that less is better. With that in mind he shows you how you could treat a client in as little as 7 minutes using only a few moves. Since I’ve finished the course I have actually treated a couple of clients for as little as 5 minutes and have achieved outstanding results!
The stories Ross has to tell also add to the course. Each story illustrate the many approaches he implements when faced with different cases. It also shows how important sharing stories and experiences is in a course like this. It has certainly made me more confident and also able to look at things from different perspectives. Apparently there’s even a book coming out in Australia at some point with many of the stories he shares in courses.
The team Ross and Karen, Ross’s partner, is fantastic as they really complement each other, and along with Lesley Salt and Sue Gassick you really feel supported throughout these 2 intense days - there's always someone around to help you out with the landmarks, angle and direction of moves or holding points.
The amount of information can be overwhelming, so I'm actually looking forward to repeating this course as soon as I can. As Lesley said at the end of the last day, she's already attended EP1 three times and every time she takes a whole lot of new information to her practice and teaching. Ultimately, I believe it will help you to fully embrace the Emmett Technique as a practitioner, guiding you towards becoming a more thorough therapist.
The EP2 I attended was small in numbers and was made up of a great bunch of E
RESPECT and EP2
I was lucky enough to take part in an EP2 recently. I arrived at the venue, The Bond Company, eager to pick up more ‘nuggets’ to help improve my application of the Emmett Technique, and help my clients even more. As always I am grateful for the wonderful insights Ross’s technique has given me. The thing that struck me most this time was the huge amount of respect he gives to people as their therapist. The thought and care that goes into this becomes apparent when you watch Ross at work – it is like listening to music or watching a beautiful dance. The therapy takes place with a wonderful rhythm and musicality as he observes the body, and reads what is needed. At all times he is aware of space, personal boundaries and regard for that person’s feelings. Respect of the experience the person is going through is paramount, so not just ‘where is the pain or tension?’ It is so much more than that. The tiniest of gestures, sounds, or communications can make all the difference to the outcome of a treatment session. The language used, and the timing of those small gestures is critical; knowing the variation of intensity of touch is crucial, and the need for less or more as the body responds to treatment is a skill.
I left the wonderful 2 day course feeling that we had experienced the most rounded training as a therapist that could be given. All the application of physical moves, where the hand is, what the body shows us, is only a small part of what we need to know in order to successfully give therapy. Respect is defined as ‘a feeling of esteem or deference towards a person’ which influences their feelings of worth and value. Above all we give our clients kindness and dignity to help them on their journey to balanced health.Reporter Cathy Vivian
TBT Part One
Wow what a difference a course can make!
My prior Bowen training from a variety of course providers had taught me various sets of moves put into ‘one size fits all’ recipes or procedures. Due to the uniqueness of each client, this ‘one size fits all’ approach has an obvious flaw.
TBT 101 went right back to the basics and was equally valuable for the new and the experienced practitioner alike. Each move in the ‘core’ Bowen Therapy sequences was taught precisely and from the outset was used as a body assessment tool so that tailored corrections using the Bowen moves could be incorporated immediately along the way. This helped avoid the common tendency to over treat (following the ‘less is best’ principle) and kept ‘things simple’ and most importantly addressing each client’s individual needs. The effect of various Bowen moves were demonstrated and how some moves even within the same procedure can negate the benefit of a prior move; this was such valuable learning, which was a sentiment frequently echoed by other course participants.
Overall I found this to be a ‘thinking therapist’s’ Bowen Therapy course and not one to produce a ‘technician type’ of therapist who hopes the clients will fit the procedures they have learned to deliver from their previous Bowen Therapy training.Reporter Anne Mundkur
TBT Part One
Ross visits the Free Childrens Clinic in Ireland
I recently had the privilege, of having Ross Emmett attend our Free Bowen Clinic for people with special needs in Donegal, Ireland, it was a major learning experience for me. Shortly after, I studied EP1 and this consolidated and expanded on what I had learned at the Special Needs Clinic with Ross. In clinic, Ross makes every move count. He observes and he makes one move, then he waits and observes the result, another move may be required and often with our special needs clients it was not!! So, we witnessed one move make a huge shift. How I work in clinic has changed since this and fewer moves are needed to get the result.