Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET)
"Label reading at the grocery store and daily exercise have become the NET was developed by chiropractor Scott Walker. It is taught as a chiropractic technique
standard for a health conscious society seeking a higher quality lifestyle.
However, lack of mental and emotional self-management is a root cause of most
stress-related health problems. Physical health can be improved through a
balanced approach to exercise and diet but without managing how we respond
mentally and emotionally to day-to-day events, stress accumulates and can
substantially damage a person’s system." (1)
to chiropractors. It had its origins in Applied Kinesiology.
Walker found that when word or ideas that were spoken, either by the patient of the
practitioner, that those issues that held problems for the patient caused an strong indicator
muscle to weaken. This was also true if the issue was even just thought about by the patient.
Using this method, emotional issues could be pin pointed as being
beneficial if cleared out.
Walker found along with others that certain acupuncture points when stimulated while the
troubling thought were actively in the mind, could alleviate the potency of the effect of those
Some parts of our society has the mistaken notion that if you are emotional about something
that this is a less than desirable state to be in. Or that there is something is really wrong with
you if you do.
The truth is that emotions are the result of the super fast processing of neurological input, at a
rate that is much faster than our conscious brain can make sense of those inputs. Sometimes if
the stimulus is strong enough, the subconscious response to those stimuli are perpetuated in
spite of us cognitively knowing that the event is from the past, it is over, not happening now and
won't hurt us now.
Our emotions are there for fast responses, fast recall and automatic responses. They are there
for our survival, they seem not to be there for us to make immediate sense of things. It is there
for the do I run NOW or do I fight NOW. As such they can also if not cleared, become a source
of un-conscious stress and tension, and the source of repeated behaviours, without knowing
why we keep doing them. The cause is sub conscious so we don't know the cause easily.
Dr Walker worked out a method of finding where in the acupuncture meridians the emotion is
stuck (by use of AK and Meridian alarm points) and that through the activation of the Riddler
spinal reflexes and later the use of the
pulse points on the wrists that these emotional issues
could be de-activated.
I say de-activated because the memory of the event is still there, it just doesn't effect us in the
same way as it used to.
For a related topic see EFT
newsletter 27 Aug 2008
2 Pert, C. (1997) "Molecules of emotion: why you feel the way you feel". Scribner,
3 Teeguarden, I.M.
"The Joy of Feeling: Bodymind Acupressure "
Publications Inc 1987