EMMETT Technique Practitioner Course Info

Course Syllabus

(Approved version: 2012)

Module 1

  • Overview and aim of workshop
  • About Ross Emmett
  • EMMETT Principles
  • The 7 As (subconscious triggers to healing)
  • QL / 12th rib (body rotation)
  • Piriformis / TFL (piriformis and glutes)
  • Iliacus / Oblique (pelvic floor and hips)
  • Psoas / 12th rib (psoas and hamstrings)
  • Psoas Knee Up (psoas and lower back)
  • Gastroc (calf issues and balance)

Module 2

  • Review of Module 1
  • Trapezius (shoulders and neck)
  • Levator Scapula 45 (shoulders and neck)
  • Rhomboid 45 (neck)
  • Rhomboid 90 (shoulders)
  • Rhomboid 30 (arm and fingers)
  • SCM (neck)
  • AC / Biceps (shoulders)

Module 3

  • Review of Modules 1 & 2
  • Inguinal Psoas (psoas and lower back)
  • Teres Minor (shoulder)
  • Sacrum (sacrum)
  • Forearm  (grip, elbow and shoulder)
  • Knee
  • ITB Release (leg, hip and knee)
  • ITB / Sartorius (knee)
  • Foot Balance (balance)
  • Diaphragm
  • Rescue (whole body balance)

Module 4

  • Review of Module 3
  • Abdominal Release
  • Pec Minor Release (shoulder)
  • Scapula (rhomboids)
  • Scapula Mid and Lower (scapulae)
  • Latisimus Dorsi (back and shoulder)
  • Biceps 2 Heads (biceps and shoulder)
  • Triceps (triceps)
  • Hamstrings (hamstrings and lower back)
  • Lower Leg Release (soleus and achilles tendon)
  • Knee Pain Release (knee)

Module 5

  • Review of Module 4
  • Jaw (jaw, eyes, ears)
  • Chest 45 (rotator cuff / shoulder)
  • Scalenus / Pec Minor (shoulder and neck)
  • Sinus / Chest Procedure  (sinus congestion)
  • Knee
  • Ankle Release (ankle and foot)
  • Quads (quads and knee)
  • Sacral / TFL (glutes)
  • Piriformis (piriformis)

Module 6

  • Review of Module 5
  • Rhomboid 45 X Inguinal Psoas (abdominal fascia)
  • Bladder
  • Adductor (inner thigh)
  • Foot Pain (foot and ankle)
  • Neck (eyes, TMJ, neck, shoulder and arm)
  • Bicep Belly (bicep)
  • Sacral Notch (pelvis)
  • Lymphatic Drainage Procedure

Review of Module 6 / Assessment

Client Clinic Day (optional).
Although not a pre-requisite, it is the perfect link between the Module course (1-6) and the advanced EP 1 course. This one day course provide a deeper understanding of Ross’s approach to structuring treatments. The feedback from students is that it’s invaluable.

Is this the course for me?

This course is suitable for all complementary therapists, medical professionals, sports or exercise instructors interested in expanding their therapeutic skills. These include:

  • Massage therapists
  • Chiropractors
  • Physiotherapists
  • Medical doctors
  • Nurses
  • Reflexologists
  • Osteopaths
  • Bowen therapists
  • Kinesiologists
  • Personal trainers
  • Pilates instructors
  • Yoga teachers

But don’t let that impressive list of professionals put you off because undergraduates and non-therapists are also welcome to attend. There are no pre-requisites and the instructors approach each class as if everyone has the same very basic knowledge, so it’s easy for everyone to keep up with the learning!

What will I learn?

You will learn how to apply the EMMETT Technique and how it was developed. You will learn to quickly and effectively assess the areas of tension in your client’s body and how to locate the appropriate EMMETT point requiring desensitisation.  Participants typically comment on how much their anatomy knowledge and understanding deepens as they progress through the course.  The following areas of the body are focused on as these are commonly presented by clients: core muscles, lower back, thoracic back, shoulder, neck, grip, foot balance, and breathing, and less frequent symptoms such as deep seated abdominal and lower body dis-ease. You will also learn about the “Chameleon approach” that makes EMMETT so powerful.  This includes special language skills and how to apply anchors to promote positive outcomes. Read the full Syllabus.

How will I be assessed?

Students are supervised during practice sessions and extra assistance will be offered where required, so all students will become competent and confident with the moves.  Each move will be revised at least once within the context of the training sessions.  A written and practical assessment is offered at the final stage of training at Module 6 Review and a Certificate of Proficiency will be awarded when a pass is achieved.  This qualifies the participant as an EMMETT Technique Practitioner. Assessment is optional. A Certificate of Attendance is provided where the student chooses not to be accessed.   Although there is no stated number of case study hours required students are encouraged to record their experiences in a reflective-learning journal and ask questions which can be shared and raised at the following module.

Is there a requirement to attend EMMETT CPD?

Once a student has achieved EMMETT Technique Practitioner status, their basic business contact information is listed on this website as a Practitioner so the general public can search for a local practitioner. To remain listed on the website, the Practitioner is required to attend 8 hours of EMMETT training within a 12 month period from July 1 – June 30 of the following year.  The CPD hours are optional and are only required for continued website listing.

Will I be able to use EMMETT with my current therapy?

Definitely, for sure, absolutely!!! Students are encouraged to incorporate the EMMETT Technique with their current skills and not “throw the baby out with the bath water”, thereby enhancing the value of their existing skills.  One of the benefits of the EMMETT Technique is that it provides therapists with complete freedom to integrate the technique with what they know or, under certain circumstances, to use it exclusively.

How does it differ to the Bowen Technique?

Despite the similarities between Tom Bowen and Ross Emmett, the EMMETT Technique is NOT a Bowen Therapy nor a derivation of it.  Developed long before Ross was introduced to Bowen Therapy, the EMMETT Technique is a unique form of body therapy. There is no skin slack; there are no prescribed procedures and only a few set sequences; instead therapists are encouraged to respond to the client moment by moment. The EMMETT Technique uses quick assessments, specific language and other anchors to encourage positive change. Overwhelming feedback from Bowen Therapists is that the EMMETT Technique has transformed their practice; in particular the speed with which they can effect change for their clients, dramatically improving their results and professional reputation.

Can I use the EMMETT training days as Continued Professional Development?

This will depend on which professional body you have membership of. Contact your own association and enquire whether you will be allowed to claim CPD. EMMETT Therapies UK is happy to help by providing them with information about the course for them to evaluate.

Currently we are aware that CPD points are awarded by the following associations:

  • CThA
  • FHT (5 points per day)
  • Body Control Pilates (20)
  • The Association of Reflexologists
  • The General Chiropractic Council (8)
  • BTPA (non Bowen CPD)
  • Complementary Health Professionals (CHP)
  • International Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT)

Course Fees

We offer an Early Bird course fee for those paid in full at least 3 weeks before the course start date. Course fees paid within 3 weeks of the course start date will attract a higher fee. All bookings are subject to a non-refundable element paid at the time of booking.

Each two day Practitioner course has a GBP 300 Early Bird fee. Fees paid within 3 weeks of the course date are charged at GBP 340 . The non-refundable element is GBP 60.

Each one day Practitioner course has a GBP 150 Early Bird fee. Fees paid within 3 weeks of the course date are charged at GBP 170. The non-refundable element is GBP 30.

When a student chooses to repeat a Module, having already taken and reviewed it, they may repeat any individual Module or any individual day for half price.

The course fees are applicable for both the EMMETT Technique Practitioner Course and the Advanced EMMETT training.

For workshops conducted in Ireland, Euro payments are accepted to the equivalent GBP  value.

Course dates and venues are subject to change. Please keep this in mind when booking transport and accommodation.

Refund and Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations made to 21 days prior to a workshop will receive a full refund (minus the  non-refundable element from April 1st). Cancellation fees will be calculated at 50% of the course fee if cancellations occur within 20 – 2 days (48 hours) of a workshop. No refund will be given for cancellations within 48 hours of a workshop.

More information here.

Liz Garthwaite

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’. When I looked up about the courses I found that Ross was still in the UK, 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 using it with as many patients as I can, some with some acupuncture as well but several, at the moment with only Emmett, particularly with shoulder problems. The increased range of movement and the pain relief they achieve is amazing. I am so looking forward to the other modules.

Dr. Liz Garthwaite, Specialist in Chronic Pain Management and EMMETT Technique Practitioner.

Lesley Wootten

I am a deep tissue massage therapist and am also qualified in other forms of massage, Reflexology, and Reiki. I came across the EMMETT Technique quite by accident. I was looking for an alternative treatment for my prolonged neck problem, as the usual treatments (various forms of massages, chiropractic, acupuncture) had no effect. It was while I was at one of these alternative appointments, the therapist used an EMMETT move that had an immediate effect and had worked where all else had failed. I was so impressed, I signed up for the start of the next course.

Lesley Wootten, Deep Tissue Massage Therapist and EMMETT Technique Practitioner.

Brigitte Tetlow

The Emmett Technique is the most valuable ‘tool’ in my ‘tool box’! It works perfectly with my Pilates practice and I have been able to treat many of my clients with outstanding success. From stiff necks, painful shoulders, tight hamstrings, and poor balance – the list is endless, the treatment quick and painless and the results amazing. It is very rewarding to be able to offer such a service ‘on the spot’ and demonstrate how one can use the ‘moves on oneself’ as I do frequently! I am very much looking forward to completing my training.

Brigitte Tetlow, Body Control Pilates Instructor and EMMETT Technique student.

Chris Burford

I’m still blown away with what I learned at the EMM-Tech course. (July 2012). This stuff is incredible. I’m implementing it into my own movement and correction assessment with mind-boggling results. I am finding that I am replacing my normal practice of foam rolling and PNF stretches with Emmett moves. It’s because I’m getting lightning results which enables me to progress quickly with positive body movement exercise. I am getting a lot of hands-on practice with my personal training clients and leaving them happy but confused. Comments like “that’s not supposed to happen so easily” or” it’s a mind trick” and “how the hell do you explain that” are comments received. I have tried the calf release and the foot balance technique with amazing feedback. And results. My clients are going crazy about it. This simple but effective system will be a fantastic tool for my training and business. I want to learn more. I can’t wait.

Chris Burford. Personal Trainer and EMMETT Technique Practitioner.
Cathy Vivian

I have been using the Emmett Technique for 2 years now in my practice as a body therapist. I love the simplicity and practicality of it. It is so accessible and can be used to help people with many different issues. There is so much we can do quickly and effectively to help ease pain and ill health, and the Emmett Technique has become a key skill which I use every day. My clients now come requesting Emmett specifically as the message is spreading fast at how effective it is.

Cathy Vivian, Bowen Therapist, and EMMETT Technique Practitioner. 
Wendy Hamilton

I see a lady for Personal training who has fibromyalgia and is in pain most of the time. Since I have introduced Emmett to her she can now have a pain free afternoon and evening. Most of her issues are in the upper body and so we have concentrated on the shoulder, neck and arms move with psoas to balance. The pain relief can often be instant, in some cases, the discomfort is radically reduced. It introduces a better quality of life and enables her to enjoy her activities more. As we work more the moves have more effect and her confidence (and smile) grows.

I also work with an elderly gentleman who has ataxia which affects his gait and balance. This greatly impacts his day to day activity and reduces his confidence to get around primarily for fear of falling. I have introduced Emmett foot balance, calf release and psoas to him. The results regarding balance have been amazing. He has gone from a wobble to standing on one leg! Imagine what that has done to his confidence. Admittedly he needs regular work and we do personal training together but we are both impressed with the results. He calls me his “witch” and in this context, I really don’t mind.

Wendy Hamilton, Body Control Pilates Instructor, Personal Trainer and EMMETT Technique Practitioner & Instructor.

David Hallam

One of my patients had a persistent pain in the side of his leg that had resisted several attempts at treatment over a number of months – including painful deep tissue work along the iliotibial band. I tried the Emmett ITB move on him once and he reported an immediate change. The pain went away and has not returned.

David Hallam, McTimoney Chiropractor, and EMMETT Technique Practitioner.
Liz Boland

The use of Emmett Therapy has hugely enhanced the outcome of my treatments of clients with MS, stroke and Parkinsons disease – particularly in the area of balance and core stability. I have recently been invited to be the physiotherapist for Tenbury Wells Amateur boxing club; Emmett Therapy allows me to treat the boxers in a gym environment without special equipment, plinths etc. Minor injuries can be resolved straight away without a need for a break in training. I have also treated my son who has experienced painful leg muscles for years as a result of toe walking. He no longer has pain and is able to play rugby and football with less risk of injury.

 Liz Boland, Physiotherapist and EMMETT Technique Practitioner.

Darren Woodall

Ross Emmett’s Technique is the quickest most effective treatment out there. By incorporating it into my existing disciplines clients invariably have a positive change to their pain or discomfort within the first session, which quite often is all that is needed. Learning with Ross and his team has improved my assessment skills, shown the great importance of words in treatments and provided me with a system of working using precision, purpose, and meaning to bring about the fastest outcome for my clients. The Emmett Technique is also a fabulous stand-alone quick fix treatment that I use regularly in gyms to increase peoples range of movement or rid them of that training niggle.

Darren Woodall, Massage and Bowen Therapist and EMMETT Technique Practitioner.
Heather Lamacraft

The Emmett Technique is a valuable part of my everyday practice in treating patients.  The general feedback I get from those who have experienced the technique is they feel they maintain a sense of well being for a longer period of time and some folks have been amazed by the deep effective changes that can be achieved from a relatively subtle application.  In essence, they don’t require so many treatments and contrary to some beliefs, this is ‘good for business’.  Thank you, Ross, for sharing your skills!!

Heather Lamacraft, McTimoney Chiropractor, Homeopath, NST Bowen therapist and EMMETT Technique Practitioner.
Ben Pianese

I have been a massage therapist for 12 years. Integrating the Emmett Technique using Ross’ theory, application methods with massage has created for me a treatment that transcends anything else I have ever done.  What amazing results!  Both fit each other like a hand to a glove feeling completely natural and effortless.  Muscles at full length and fully relaxed using massage can now be recharged by using the most gentle of pressure. The Emmett Technique has changed the way I think, feel and touch.  The response and results from my clients are truly amazing and of all the treatments I use, the Emmett Technique excites me the most.

Ben Pianese, Sports Massage Therapist and EMMETT Technique Practitioner .

Additional EMMETT Technique training is offered to those who have achieved EMMETT Practitioner status. These “advanced” workshops really take the EMMETT Technique to a whole new level. The releases taught are the developments Ross has made since first putting together the Modular course.

There are 6 levels of EMMETT Professional (EP) training: EP1 – EP6. Each level is taught over 2 days and cost £300 / €340 and £150 / €170 for repeaters. EP’s are generally scheduled with an interval of 2 – 4 months. At EP6 a written and practical assessment is offered and a Certificate of Proficiency awarded when a pass is achieved. This qualifies the participant as an Advanced EMMETT Technique Practitioner.

Assessment is optional. A Certificate of Attendance is provided where the participant is not assessed. EP workshops are attended in numerical order.

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Join a workshop and learn the EMMETT Technique!

Whether you are interested in people or animals, are an experienced therapist or simply wanting to learn some easy techniques to help yourself, your family, your friends or your animal friends, there is a workshop just right for you.

Practitioner Courses.  These are extended courses for those wishing to add a professional qualification to their existing tool kit or for those wishing to train in EMMETT as their first therapy. They include:  The EMMETT Technique Practitioner Course (for people), the EMMETT Horse Practitioner Course and the EMMETT Dog Practitioner Course.

Introductory Short 1-day Courses.  These are primarily designed for non-professionals looking for some easy self-help techniques that can also be used to assist family, friends and animals. They include: The EMM-Tech Short Course (for people), the EMMETT Horse Short Course and the EMMETT Dog Short Course. They are also an ideal low cost introduction for trained therapists to see what EMMETT is all about. Once having attend the EMM-Tech Short Course, foot care professionals may also join a 6 hour Foot Care Professional Course.

The EMMETT Technique Practitioner training is designed for qualified medical professionals and complementary therapists interested in extending their skills. All practitioners are encouraged to enhance their existing practice by integrating the EMMETT Technique with their prior training. Exercise specialists such as Pilates instructors, yoga teachers and personal trainers and coaches are also very attracted to this course. Undergraduates and non-therapists are also welcome to attend as there are no pre-requisites.

The course is divided into two-day learning blocks, called Modules, with 6 Modules in total across 11 days. Material covered in the previous Module is reviewed before new work is covered. This ensures that all participants are up to date and ready to learn new material. Modules 1&2 are one day each in duration and always taught as a two-day block. The total course therefore consists of 11 days.

This course is recognised by the Complementary Health Professionals (CHP).

Modular Course Structure

  • Modules 1 & 2.  First day Module 1, second day Module 2.
  • Module 3.  First day review of Mods 1&2, second day new Module 3 work.
  • Module 4.  First day review of Module 3, second day new Module 4 work.
  • Module 5.  First day review of Module 4, second day new Module 5 work.
  • Module 6.  First day review of Module 5, second day new Module 6 work.
  • Module 6 Review / Assessment. One day.  At Module 6 Review, a written & practical assessment will be offered and a Certificate of Proficiency will be awarded when a pass is achieved.  This qualifies the participant as an EMMETT Technique Practitioner. Assessment is optional. A Certificate of Attendance is provided where the participant is not assessed.
  • Optional: Client Clinic Day.

“I can’t wait” is the typical response from students when the instructors send out email reminders about the next module!

The modules are generally offered in the same location 8 – 12 weeks apart to allow participants to gain real experience with the technique between workshops. Therefore it is usually possible to complete the full course within 12 months. The course can be completed sooner if the participant is willing to travel between venues.

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We are very proud of the instructing team. They do an outstanding job in creating an enjoyable learning environment that has students hungering for the next module! They are passionate about sharing EMMETT, have a very welcoming and friendly approach, explain and demonstrate clearly, and all have prior experience in teaching & instructing. They have all been students of Ross Emmett.

Sue Gassick

Sue Gassick

Senior Instructor and Director of EMMETT Therapies UK & Ireland.  Tutor of EMMETT instructors and tutors.

Sue has been a Complementary Therapist since 2000. Her background includes massage, kinesiology and Bowen therapy as an instructor and therapist. Australian born, she has been teaching EMMETT since 2008. Based in Berkshire, she conducts classes all over the UK and Ireland.

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Tel: 07834 979 544

Lesley Salt

Senior Instructor and Director of EMMETT Therapies UK & Ireland.  Tutor of EMMETT instructors and tutors.

Her background includes Bowen therapy and Pilates instructing. She has been teaching EMMETT since 2010.  Based in Surrey, she conducts classes all over the UK and Ireland.

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Tel: 07908 117 955

Lesley Salt

Penny Gibbings

Penny Gibbings

Instructor and EMM-Tech Tutor. Penny will resume offering classes when the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Her background includes Bowen therapy and Reflexology. Penny joined the EMMETT team in 2011. She is based in the Midlands and mainly teaches classes in that area.

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Tel: 07957 324 360

Judith Johnson

Instructor within the UK and Spain, and EMM-Tech Tutor.

Judith has been a Complementary Therapist since 2004. She  practices Complementary therapies – EMMETT Technique, Bowen therapy and Sharon Wheeler’s Scarwork . She has trained in EMMETT4Horses and EMMETT4Dogs.

Judith is based in Wales and teaches there and also in the southwest of the UK.

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Tel: 07932 347 983

Judith Johnson

Claire Stone

Claire Stone

Instructor and EMM-Tech Tutor.

Claires’s Therapy background includes Holistic Lymbatic Massage, Tsuboki, Holistic facials and Sharon Wheeler’s ScarWork. She has been teaching EMMETT since 2012. Claire is based in Derbyshire. She is currently training in EMMETT4Horses and EMMETT4Dogs.

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Tel: 07908 254 175

Triona Stafford

Instructor and EMM-Tech Tutor.

Her background includes nursing and lecturing in mental health. She is Scenar Therapy trained also. Triona has been teaching EMMETT since 2018.  She is based in Ireland and offers workshops in both Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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Tel: 0353 83 302 4254

Triona Stafford

Rob Holcroft

Rob Holcroft

Trainee Instructor and EMM-Tech Tutor.

Rob is a qualified teacher and worked in Further and Higher Education for 12 years before starting his own coaching and body therapy business. He specialises in mentoring and coaching and is a Pilates Instructor and NLP Practitioner. He is currently undertaking instructor training and will begin teaching workshops in 2019. He is based in Worcestershire.

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Tel: 07976 422 427