What is EMS training?

Fitness consultant Caroline Richings explains the latest fitness trend and how it can work in spas. 

Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) training is a new fitness solution for spas, medispas and salons looking to offer a 360-wellness service. It involves 20-minute, weekly sessions, where individuals can sculpt their bodies and reduce fat levels without the long, arduous gym sessions usually required to see similar results.

EMS technology originates from sports performance and works by contracting muscles through an electrical current. 

Clients wear a specially designed vest and belt that has a sensor for all eight of the major muscle groups. The electrical current encourages muscles to contract harder for longer, so they spend more time under tension and work at a higher intensity than normal.

The result is a more effective whole-body workout. Each session is delivered by a trainer on a one-to-one or one-to-two basis, providing a personal and bespoke workout, perfect for your regular spa or clinic clientele. 

EMS is also an extremely effective form of rehabilitation, offering specific muscular stimulation programmes that are designed to help with muscle relaxation and rejuvenation.

There is significant research to suggest it can also help improve lower back pain. EMS sessions require very little space so spas can make use of underutilised treatment rooms, introducing incremental sales opportunities that can significantly improve overall monthly treatment revenue. 

Caroline Richings is health, fitness and spa consultant at EMS specialist Miha Bodytec and has more than 25 years’ experience in the fitness and spa sectors.