therapies seem to work quicker than traditional talk therapies.
This appears to be due in part because they target the more primitive
parts of the brain. These would include the Limbic system, the Medulla
Oblongata, and the Enkelphin system, which is in every cell of the
Dr. Scott Walker developed Neuro-Emotional Technique™ or NET™
in the early 1980’s as a stress reduction technique. Dr. Walker
is a chiropractor by training, who uses Applied Kinesiology or AK.
AK is based on Chinese medicine, acupuncture and the Meridian System.
Chinese medicine is concerned with the body’s need for balance
or homeostasis. If the Chi or energy of the body is in balance then
it is assumed that the body will be able to cure itself and run
at top efficiency. Practitioners do this by testing acupressure
or acupuncture points in the body, which are divided up into 12
main Meridian Systems. These Meridian Systems are named for the
main organs of the body such as the Lung Meridian or the Liver Meridian.
Each of these systems is correlated with particular emotions. The
lung meridian is associated with grief and sorrow and the liver
meridian with anger and resentment.
Applied Kinesiology tests the Chi or energy by taking a strong indicator
muscle, any strong muscle, and asking the client or patient to lock
their muscle as the practitioner tries to challenge the strength
of that muscle by pushing or pulling the area to see if it will
hold. The practitioner might ask a client to hold their arm straight
out in front of them and lock it while the clinician with an open
hand firmly pushes down on the arm right above the wrist. This checks
to see if the arm will hold. Almost any major muscle will work for
The body consists of water and electricity. It is believed that
muscle testing checks to see if the muscle has enough electricity
in it to hold. It appears that Chi is essentially the same as this
electricity. Dr. Goodheart, the father of Applied Kinesiology, first
demonstrated therapy localization. Therapy localization occurs when
you test a strong muscle alone or in the clear and then touch another
part of the patients’ body to test if a change of muscle strength
occurs. If it does then dysfunction is assumed to be present in
the localized area.
Chiropractors who practice AK routinely test or challenge a vertebra
in the neck or the back, and if the muscle goes weak then they can
assume that the vertebra is misaligned or out of position in the
spine. They then put the vertebra back in and retest. When the muscle
is strong it is assumed the vertebra is back in alignment. The client
routinely reports feeling much better demonstrating its’ benefit
as a stress reduction technique.
Dr. Walker adapted and built on Dr. Goodhearts’ work by applying
AK to the emotions. Emotions are energy. Emotions can be tested
through the electrical system of the body. Therefore, if a muscle
tests strong in the clear and then the Neuro-Emotional Technique™
or NET™ recipient thinks of some issue that is upsetting,
that previously strong muscle will become weak. Dr. Walker believes
that what he is testing is the “emotional reality” of
the body. This means that theoretically if a person believes an
untruth his muscle testing will be consistent with that belief.
However, the emotional belief of a client, at least when they are
not psychotic, is usually consistent with reality. Therefore, if
a person says “My name is Sam” and his name is Sam,
a muscle test of that statement will be congruent and will hold
strong. The reverse is equally true. A clinician can now test how
a person is feeling even if they do not consciously know how they
are feeling. A therapist can now trace present feelings and problems
a person is suffering from, and discover if there is an original
trauma or feeling that the present problem or feeling is reactivating.
This essentially means that Dr. Walker has found the royal road
to the subconscious. The ramifications of this discovery cannot
be overstated. There has never been a better diagnostic indicator
for subconscious reality. In my experience working with trauma survivors
and children who have grown up in these environments, this technique
is essential for a full recovery and as a general stress reduction
technique is unparalleled.
These populations usually show a tremendous amount of dissociation.
This essentially means that consciously they often do not know how
they feel. NET™ accurately diagnoses the feelings that a client
is having and the client then often reports congruence with that
previously dissociated set of feelings. Then it releases it from
the body by tapping on a few vertebrae that are related to the particular
Meridian System that is associated with the emotion. Usually at
that point several things occur. The client reports subjectively
1) A lessening of that particular feeling state that was bothering
them 2) A feeling of relief and 3) Less dissociation in general
and more overall integration.
Neuro-Emotional Technique™ or NET™ seems to work in
1. It diagnosis problems and feelings.
2. It accesses the subconscious.
3. It discovers early traumas and how those traumas relate to present
4. It acts as a biofeedback loop, which teaches people what they
5. It increases congruence between the Human Brain composed of the
Cerebral Cortex and the Pre Frontal Cortex, the Limbic system or
Mammalian Brain, the Medulla Oblongata or Reptilian Brain, and the
Endorphin System, which is an even more primitive brain located
in each cell of the body and
6. This congruence thereby increases overall mental, emotional and
physical health. The possibilities for the spiritual side of man
are also immense.
7. It acts as a general stress reduction technique and lowers stress
significantly on the cellular level.
While all of
these are good reasons to become proficient in NET™, with
trauma work and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder this technique is
a must. PTSD is so pervasive and the symptoms are attached so securely
to the body, that unless some relief to the physical part of the
trauma is attained the client will remain in great distress. Neuro-Emotional
Technique? is a welcome addition to a clinician specializing in
this section of the field.
By Jef Gazley, M.S. www.asktheinternettherapist.com
Jef Gazley, M.S.