Therapist Nikki Murray, who lives in Bridge of Cally just north of Blairgowrie, is the first EMMETT4Horses practitioner instructor for Scotland.
Nikki has been passionate about horses for as long as she can remember, leaving school to train as a British Horse Society Assistant Instructor and working as a groom both in Scotland and in Australia and New Zealand.
However, as she points out, “unfortunately in the equine industry you work incredibly hard for not very much money” and much to her disappointment she had to stop working with horses.
The enterprise journey
Following her return to the UK, Nikki followed another path in to complementary therapies, training in remedial and sports massage therapy, reflexology, neuro-linguistic programming, Reiki and the EMMETT Technique.
The EMMETT Technique is a unique form of muscle release therapy that involves the application of light finger pressure at specific points, stimulating the body’s ability to change muscle tension and action. It can be used to assist in the treatment of back and hip pain, breathing restrictions, neck and shoulder restrictions, migraines and headaches and many other symptoms.
Nikki became an EMMETT practitioner for people first and then horses, and is now an advanced practitioner. She says she was “completely blown away how horses reacted to EMMETT”, commenting that “they are so honest and just accept it for what it is”.
She is an EMM-Tech and Horse short course tutor and enjoys sharing the technique with anyone who wants to learn how to help their horses, themselves or their friends and families.
She said: “It is really easy to learn and great for people to help their friends or families, for carers, yoga or Pilates teachers, physios, anyone really.”
Running her own business has been more of a learning curve for Nikki though.
She explained: “I am not naturally a confident person and my lack of self-belief can be a challenge too, so at times the thought of being an Instructor or treating a horse or a rider who may have years more experience with horses scares me but once I get my EMMETT fingers on I forget about that and just focus on what I love.
“I have had a lot of help along the way from family and fellow EMMETT practitioners and instructors.
“And in terms of the day-to-day running of a business, community-based enterprise support organisation GrowBiz has been a great support too, providing free training, advice and networking opportunities with other small businesses in the area.
“I first contacted GrowBiz in about 2015 and went to a Women’s Enterprise Network meeting. They are great, you hear lots of interesting stories from guest speakers and also get to tell people about what you do. The support from the team has been great and it is so inclusive, welcoming everyone whatever field of business they are in.”
Looking to the future
Nikki’s aim is to introduce as many people as possible in Scotland to the EMMETT Technique so that they or their animals can benefit from what she says is an “amazingly effective therapy”.
As well as being a practitioner Nikki also teaches people to learn the technique for themselves on the one day course, EMM-Tech (Easy Muscle Management) for people and the EMMETT4Horses Short Course for horse owners.
And as a practitioner instructor she is able to teach others to become EMMETT Technique Equine practitioners so they can forge a career in the equine industry if they wish.
For further information see www.emmettequinescotland.co.uk