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Metamorphic Technique for Transformation

by Patricia Newman(more info)

listed in bodywork, originally published in issue 187 - October 2011

Although the Metamorphic Technique was discovered during the 1960s the technique is not yet well known, even though the benefits of this very simple technique are outstanding in its ability to help a person remove many blockages or triggers within their lifestyle.

So let us attempt to begin a small but fantastic metamorphic technique journey, Through the eyes and mind of a teacher, practitioner of the metamorphic society.

In the beginning, there was a British Naturopath and Reflexologist by the name of Robert St John, who while working with clients observed that when stressed, one person would push himself or herself too hard, while another type of person would withdraw, and let their problems build up by not dealing with them.

The Metamorphic Massage is very simple to give and receive.



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The Procedure for the feet. The practitioner massages from the top of the nail, along the bony ridge of each foot for approximately 20 minutes,  occasionally working over the front of the foot

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The Procedure for the hands, the practitioner massages from the top of the hand, along the bony ridge of each hand for approximately 5 minutes, occasionally working over the back of the hand.


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The Procedure for the Head. The practitioner massages from the top of the head down to the base of the skull, working along the bony ridge to just above the ears, repeating this procedure on both sides of the head for a few minutes.

Robert St John became aware that although people's physical symptoms disappeared, often new symptoms took their place; he concluded that there had to be an underlying cause. We know that the subconscious mind is very powerful, so he worked on the theory that that as the mind can make a person ill, so the mind could heal, and that the cause of the symptoms could be in a person's subconscious mind.

He also observed that while working on the area around the big toe, the client would often speak of their father, and when working around the area of the ankle, the client would often relate stories about their mother, even mentioning stories they had heard about their own birth. Robert St. John named this the mother father principles.

He concluded that, as there was a physical map of the body that reflexology works on there could also be a psychological map. Over a period, St John became aware that the nine months spent in the womb is mapped out along points within the feet, hands and head, which relate to areas in the spine and many of his clients did benefit immensely from a gentle massage on these points. At this stage, he named the technique Prenatal Therapy. Gaston St Pierre who worked with Robert St. John renamed Prenatal Therapy to The Metamorphic Technique which is how it is referred to now.

During the nine months spent in the womb, the baby has many experience: during the first months the baby focuses on its physical growth; it is unaware of its outside environment; it is only concerned with its physical development.

When the baby completes its bodily development, it becomes aware of it environment, it becomes aware of its mother. This stage is known as the quickening; the mother feels a slight fluttering sensation and is aware of the baby moving.

The baby spends the next months in the womb preparing to leave the womb and enter the outside world. All of the characteristics of the person we will become, how we interact and communicate, our ability to respond to relationships, are developed in the womb, so any problems encountered may affect our character in later life.

We know that the unborn child is fully aware of what is happening outside of the womb, and feels its mother's emotions. Patterns and triggers set up from the moment of conception to birth and during the birthing experience can determine the physical and emotional life we lead after birth.

The unborn child experiences any traumatic experiences the mother may encounter during her pregnancy, for example, depression, stress, feelings of loss, and even feeling unwanted enables patterns of behaviour to be set up. Robert St John concluded that if the emotions felt within the womb were of a negative nature, then a child could continue to accumulate emotional problems during its lifetime. As with positive patterns and triggers, they will live a full, active, and beneficial life.

The decision to be born is the first decision the baby ever makes; if this decision is not made this can lead them to be indecisive throughout life. The decision to be born may be taken from the baby by caesarean section or induced birth, which are sometimes unavoidable for the health of the mother and baby. Imagine the baby waiting to make the decision to be born, and then through no one's fault as it is for their benefit, they are suddenly forced into the world unprepared, maybe thrust into the bright lights of an operating room; is it any wonder if throughout life they feel they have no control over events.

A person born when they decide to be born will be self-confident in their decision-making and in control of their life. If a person is born late, it could be that they were not able to make the decision to be born, and this can lead them to be indecisive and late for appointments in later life. A person who was born early may feel the need to be on time and prepare for appointments way ahead of time.

A study of twins has shown that one twin is usually more dominate; this twin made the decision to be born, and the other child had no option but to follow, so throughout life they may rely on the decisive twin and others to make decisions for them.

Our birth is the most traumatic thing that ever happens to us. We hold this memory in our subconscious mind. When we leave the womb for the first time, we experience separation from our mother and this evokes feelings of loss. Another theory is that if a women is unduly afraid of giving birth, they may be holding memories of their own experience of being born, which may have been traumatic, and do not want a child of theirs to have this experience.

Whom can the Metamorphic Technique Help?
The method is simple to learn and administer on oneself, family, friends, or on a professional level.
No special environment is necessary sessions can be given anywhere. The massage can help anyone; it is completely safe and non-invasive.

Newborn babies, children, adults, the elderly, anyone with physical disabilities,  can all benefit from the sessions. How long does a session last? Approximately one hour for an adult. Children do not need a full session.

Clients after receiving the technique report many changes within their everyday life. The transformation may take place on physical or emotional levels. Many of these changes include more stable relationships, career changes and more confidence in their future.

The metamorphic technique allows a person's own ability to heal and remove the unwanted patterns or triggers within one's life; the practitioner is nothing more than the catalyst that allows the client to find the energy that created the patterns and triggers in the first place and remove them in their own way.

The practitioners have no influence on how the client will respond during and after a session. The person needs freedom to transform in a way that is right for them. The person's own inner energies allowing them to let go of the past. The practitioner needs to remain detached to allow the transformation to happen; remaining detached does not mean not caring, but simply giving the person space to transform.

The human life force or energy flows throughout our lives, Imagine that life force flowing throughout our body, blocked by events from the past, causing blockages in our energy flow. If the energy cannot flow freely we cannot move on, our transformation is halted, we are not able to move forward and let go of past fears and habits.

An example of natural transformation is the caterpillar developing in its cocoon; once it has finished its transformation, it will emerge as a beautiful butterfly.  This transformation cannot be aided by outside forces, but has to develop naturally. If we were to help the caterpillar by breaking the cocoon, by our intervention, we would kill the butterfly.

The Metamorphic Society's emblem of butterflies is symbolic of the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly, once this transformation takes place, the butterfly is transformed; it will never be able to revert to a caterpillar. As the caterpillar has this ability to be a butterfly, each of us has the ability to transform into who we can be.

This is what the Metamorphic Technique achieves for the person receiving it from the practitioner - freedom to transform past patterns and blockages in their own time.Anyone involved in childbirth may find the Metamorphic Technique enhances his or her work.

Examples of how a person has benefited from the sessions:
Example one: the client started to get upset during a session, the client said to the therapist, "Why is my mother like that, she is a lovely lady, but why is she so submissive, why won't she stand up for herself and ask for help if she needs it"?. The client then went on to say that her mother had told her that when she was being born, she got into difficulties, fortunately the nurses came to check on her mother and immediately started to help her. They asked her mother why she had not called them, and she replied that she did not want to disturb or bother them. The client had obviously released memories of her birth and how she was struggling, and that her mother did not get help because she was afraid to be a nuisance.

Example two: the client had a very volatile relationship with her mother; she said that they got on each other's nerves. It appears that while her mother was carrying her the client used to lay on a nerve, which used to cause her mother to scream until she moved. So before she was even born, she was getting on her mother's nerves, and her mother by screaming was distressing her. After her sessions of the Metamorphic Technique, she told the therapist that she now had much more patience with her mother, and would not get into an argument with her.

People are often sceptical of new things; being open to the Metamorphic Technique could change your life for the better.


  1. achava klemfner said..

    I studied under yochi keshet who studied this technique in depth, & shows how to diagnose patterns , according to what can be read along the spine reflex on the feet.

  2. Donna Armanasco said..


    I was a student of Robert St John for six years up until his death in 1996. I have read your site and see that you have wriiten that Prenatal Therapy is now refered to Metamorphic Technique. This is not true but it is a common perception. From Robert's work point of view Prenatal Therapy is still called Prenatal Therapy. Robert went on to to give his overall work the name Metamorphosis - a word Gaston also went on to use it in relation to MT. Metamorphosis and Metamorphic Technique are two very different practices, unfortunately people think they are one and the same - this is because MT is presented in such a way as to give the appeareance of this being the case, which it is not. I think that it is important to give people an accurate picture of the two practices, Metamorphosis and Metamorphic Technique. I know my perspective will probably not hold much weight with the MT community as it has had many years of indoctrination in regards to the idea that MT has taken Prenatal Therapy to the next level. There is a whole other story regarding the origins of MT - but like I said that is a whole other story. My main concern is giving Robert ST John and his work Metamorphosis it due, it is only fair that this be so. I also understand that what I have said will not easily be substantiated within the MT community - however Dominique Mallee Meeroff knows enough to give some verification if needed.

    Donna Armanasco

  3. Patricia Newman said..

    I wrote this article and now want to retract some of the information. I believed as many Metamorphic Technique Practitioners do that Prenatal Therapy is now referred to as Metamorphic Technique. Donna Armanasco contacted me and it is evident that Roberts St Johns Prenatal therapy (which he later renamed Metamorphosis)was renamed the Metamorphic Technique By Gaston St Pierre, who made changes to it that Robert St John did not approve. So basically the Metamorphic Technique is Roberts’s early work prenatal therapy, taught under the name Metamorphic Technique that Gaston Penned.

  4. Patricia Newman said..

    Therapy Training 4u offer Metamorphosis training to practitioners level Worldwide via an Online Program or at various location with The International Metamorphosis Association who teach prenatal therapy and Robert Saint John advanced work

  5. Eddie O'Brien said..

    I am the Director and a trustee of the Metamorphic Association and I write my comment in response to the totally incorrect comments by Donna Armanasco and Patricia Newman.

    I first met Robert St John and Donna Armanasco in London in 1991. It was at this first meeting that Robert assured me that he, Robert, was not the founder of the Metamorphic Technique® but that Gaston Saint-Pierre was the founder. I was very glad to hear this because by then I was totally aware that Robert’s work and the Metamorphic Technique® were two radically different approaches. But I suspect that most of the people who are involved with Robert’s work have very little, if any understanding of the revolutionary nature of what Gaston Saint-Pierre has founded.
    Not long after meeting with Robert I wrote an article for the Journal of the Metamorphic Association, about the radical difference between the two approaches. As a trustee and a director of the educational charity, the Metamorphic Association, I have direct knowledge of the fact that our Association goes to great lengths to alert the general public that Prenatal Therapy/Metamorphosis and the Metamorphic Technique® are two completely different creations. In order to protect the integrity of the Metamorphic Technique® from the misrepresentations that were taking place, we arranged in 2001 to have the term Metamorphic Technique® officially registered as a trademark.
    My article Straightening the Record, which was published in 2008 is a comprehensive article about the essential differences. If you are interested please email me at and I can let you have a copy of that article and also my article on Individuation.

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About Patricia Newman

Patricia Newman, Founder of Hypnobirthing Educator, has a long career in Complementary Medicine Therapies, as a Tutor and Practitioner and is the Author of several manuals currently used by various organisations. After qualifying as an advanced Hypnotherapist in 1988 she went on to take her Usui Reiki and Tibetan Masters degrees. She then trained in Indian head massage and the Metamorphic Technique, has completed a course in counselling and has a VTCT in Anatomy and Physiology. In 2004 Patricia obtained the Teacher Training certificate required to teach in the UK.

Patricia founded the Metamorphic Society in 1998. The training is available at various UK venues and in Cyprus and Canada. The training can be taken via home study, which enables students as far afield as the Philippines, Dubai, Canada and The United States to become Metamorphic Technique Practitioners. Practitioners also have the opportunity to become Trainers for the Association.

Patricia is now semi-retired, and resides between Cyprus and the UK, but continues to preside over therapy training courses in the UK and Cyprus. Patricia can be contacted via

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