Neuro Emotional Technique: A Pain Solution

Neuro Emotional Technique: A Pain Solution

by Dr. Gaynel Nave, ND

In my last post, we discussed psychosomatic pain and how mindfulness can help to reduce it. To understand that your emotions are not limited to your mind but affect your physiology (physical body) is empowering. In today’s post we will be discussing Neuro Emotional Technique, (NET) a tool I use that depends on the mind-body connection.

NET is a stress reduction tool used by licensed healthcare professionals from various disciplines to help their clients process and release stress-related issues that result from trauma and unresolved stressful events. Our emotions are powerful! They create neural and hormonal signals to our bodies1. Sometimes when the emotions are too great for us to process immediately, they become walled off in the brain or held as physical illness in the body. When we experience emotional distress a complex reactive pattern develops which is then stored within your brain or your body.  With NET, the connection between the mind and the body is used to verify and facilitate the resolution of these stresses.

There are three main outcomes of NET:

One, your subconscious thoughts become evident to your conscious mind;

Two, the stressful event becomes resolved and no longer symptomatic; or three, the physical manifestations of the stressful event are resolved2,3.  These outcomes come about by identifying the emotional language that resonates with your pain.  Once identified, the professional verifies through physical testing that the emotional language has a direct correlation to the stressful event held within your mind or body.  

Finally, the professional guides the patient through holding onto everything surrounding the emotional language, allowing the body to process and resolve the event3,4.

Let’s use Stacey* as an example:

Stacey came to me with back pain that she had been experiencing for over a decade. We verified that there was an emotional component to her back pain. I asked her if she’d like to explore this to which she agreed. It was revealed through the session that her back pain resulted from a disappointment she experienced as a little girl. Guiding her through holding the thought and emotions surrounding the event, she experienced the release of her pain and emotions. Sometimes the stressful anchored memory has other stresses and emotions attached, which may require a repetition of the steps for a complete resolution to occur; as a trained NET practitioner, I can help guide you through this healing!

Though NET is not considered psychology, it follows similar principles of identifying your internal dialog and emotions associated with memories.  Identifying these memories and how these memories affect your daily life is the first step to better wellness! To find out if NET is right for you, schedule a 15-minute complimentary meet and greet with me by clicking here. Until then you are not alone, and you are powerful!

-Dr. Gaynel Nave, ND

*Denotes fictitious name to protect patient’s identity


  1. Purves D. Physiological Changes Associated with Emotion. Neuroscience. 2nd edition. Published January 1, 1970. Accessed March 20, 2019.
  2.    More for mind-oriented practitioners. NETmindbody. Accessed March 8, 2019.
  3.     Monti DA, Tobia A, Stoner M, et al. Neuro Emotional Technique effects on brain physiology in cancer patients with traumatic stress symptoms: preliminary findings. Journal of Cancer Survivorship. 2017;11(4):438-446. doi:10.1007/s11764-017-0601-8
  4.     Monti DA, Tobia A, Stoner M, et al. Changes in cerebellar functional connectivity and autonomic regulation in cancer patients treated with the Neuro Emotional Technique for traumatic stress symptoms. Journal of Cancer Survivorship. 2017;12(1):145-153. doi:10.1007/s11764-017-0653-9

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