Bowen Therapy is a soft tissue, cross-fibre muscle technique that works primarily on the fascia. A sequence of moves are often made along the area that needs to be addressed. However, there are occasions when the series of moves are not on the pain area and much like acupuncture, they work along the meridian or fascial line. Bowen therapy can be applied over clothing and does not use oil. It is different from massage in that often there will be a minute pause to allow the tissue further time to release. Prior and during the session, assessments are made to identify the main area of dysfunction. Depending on the changes that occur, the therapist will apply moves to encourage symmetry and increase mobility.
The Emmett Technique was created by Ross Emmett, who was a massage instructor and a Bowen Instructor for 8 years. He first applied his technique to animals who were distressed and sick and then developed it for people who had travelled a great distance and weren't able to continue with follow up treatments. Many people refer to the work as 'magic' as the pain and discomfort often disappear instantly. Two points will often be touched with light pressure at the same time around the pain area. Switches along the muscle are also used for certain releases. The Emmett Technique can be applied standing, seated, or laying down depending on the client's need. It can also be used alongside other modalities and is referred to as the chameleon approach. You, as the practitioner, must be flexible and adapt to the client's needs in the given moment. It is one of the newest muscle release techniques that creates some of the most profound changes.