Neuro Energy Transmission Therapy
What Is NETT?
NETT is a method of healing based on the concept that life-giving energy permeates every part of the human body. This force is thought to be governed by opposite “poles” of positive and negative electromagnetic energy. When a person’s energy becomes misdirected or blocked due to stress, trauma, or other factors, disease is believed to result. Peak health can be achieved when opposite poles are balanced and the flow of vital energy can proceed unimpeded.
To bring the body’s energy into balance, NETT combines various therapeutic techniques from Western and Eastern medicine. These include bodywork, nutritional counseling, yoga-type stretching postures, psychological counseling, and energy medicine concepts such as trigger points and chakra balancing, borrowed from ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic healing traditions.
NETT was developed in the Unites States in the late 1990s by Elaine Lankford LMT, an accomplished massage and energy therapist.
How Does It Work?
NETT addresses the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of an individual, suggesting that energy blockages in one area are reflected in all.
To treat these blockages the therapy uses four different approaches:
1. Bodywork: NETT therapists believe that touch affects the flow of energy because the hands, like the rest of the body, have an electromagnetic charge: The right hand carries a positive charge and the left a negative one. Depending on how the therapist’s hands are placed on a person’s body, energy flow can be stimulated or slowed. The therapist works on soft body tissues and energy points using a very light touch.
2. Nutritional counseling: Diet is also an important part of NETT and a practitioner will often suggest modifications in a client’s nutritional regimen to support the energy balancing done during the bodywork portion of the therapy. The therapist will also recommend that the client see a certified nutritionalist or herbalist before making any changes to their diet.
3. Stretching postures: NETT also incorporates a series of yoga-type postures designed to release stagnant energy, improve energy flow, and restore balance among the Five Elements. The exercises need only be done for a few minutes each day to be effective.
4.Psychological counseling: Elaine believed that mental and emotional stress are just as damaging to energy flow as structural problems and poor diet. During NETT counseling, the therapist listens and offers support as clients go through emotional issues at their own pace. The counseling is intended to release hidden emotional traumas that may be blocking energy flow, to establish positive attitudes, and to enhance self-esteem. The therapist will refer the client to a licensed psychotherapist for a persistent area of concern.
What You Can Expect
Your first NETT session will probably be almost completely devoted to taking a detailed history, with equal attention paid to your biography and your health concerns. The therapist will ask you about any previous medical problems in addition to learning about your diet and exercise habits, your home and work life, and your general mental and emotional health. You will then be visually examined by the therapist for any structural imbalances, and the practitioner will perform a gentle hands-on evaluation of the energy flow in your body.
The hands-on evaluation and bodywork will be done on a massage table. Wear comfortable clothing (preferably made of light cotton), since you will not be required to undress. NETT bodywork is not massage. No lotions or oils are used, and the work involves primarily light touching. Sometimes, the therapist will hold his hands over your skin without touching it. The purpose of NETT bodywork is to release any energy blockages that causes physical symptoms and discomfort, and to complete the energy circuits, not to massage the muscles. Therefore, no two sessions will be completely alike, since the work will depend on your current needs.
NETT sessions usually last about an hour. Most people require one treatment a week for six to eight weeks to get the energy balanced. You and the therapist will then re-evaluate your state of health to determine the frequency of your future sessions. While bodywork is done at every NETT session, nutritional counseling, diet and exercise advice, and emotional counseling are given only when needed.
Your intention to be well is very important in the healing process. Healing follows a total surrender to the desire to be well, whole and perfect in mind, body and soul. You will be given the tools and the instructions necessary to acquire your desired state of health.
NETT is a non diagnostic holistic health technique. It is intended for use as an adjunctive therapy, not a primary form of treatment. Many people use NETT as a preventive strategy, believing that blockages in energy flow can occur before actual medical conditions begin to manifest themselves. While no authoritative studies have been done on the risks and safety issues associated with NETT, it has generally been found to be a very safe and gentle technique. Those who visit NETT therapists tend to use the therapy for back pain, chronic headaches, chronic fatigue, digestive complaints, fibro-myalgia, osteo-arthritic pain, respiratory problems, and stress-related illnesses.
NETT has also been employed for post-surgical wound healing, to decrease adhesion formation, and to help patients regain range of motion in their muscles Under the guidance of a qualified professional, NETT is considered safe for most individuals.