About Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT tapping
What is EFT?
Emotional freedom technique (EFT) is an alternative treatment for physical pain and emotional distress. It has also been referred to as tapping or psychological acupressure.
According to its developer, Gary Craig (see his video on the right), a disruption in energy is the cause of all negative emotions and pain therefore, by tapping on various parts of the body in a determined sequence, you can rebalance your energy system and treat pain.
EFT utilises Chinese medicine based meridian points, which are areas of the body where energy flows through; when the pathways are balanced, energy flows freely and your health is maintained. Any imbalance or disruption in these pathways can cause disease or sickness.
Similar to acupuncture, EFT focuses on the meridian points — or energy hot spots — to restore balance to your body’s energy, which will in turn relieve symptoms linked to or caused by a negative experience or emotion.
Where did EFT come from?
Emotional Freedom Techniques or EFT is a relatively new discovery based on ancient healing principals over 5,000 years ago, from the ancient Chinese Shoalin and Taoist monasteries.
The Eastern healing arts of acupuncture, acupressure, shiatsu massage and reflexology, amongst others, were derived from the energy maps established by these early healers.
The EFT process also draws important influence, especially for deep emotional and psychological issues, from the many people who have contributed over the ages to the understanding of human psychology. More recently, this amazing therapy owes much to the work of Dr George Goodheart, the founder of Applied Kinesiology, and Dr Roger Callahan the founder of TFT Thought Field Therapy.
It was in the early ‘90s that one of Dr Callahan’s former students, the Gary Craig simplified the complicated TFT algorithms and made the process universally applicable for all. After stimulating the body’s well established energy meridian points by tapping on them with ones fingertips, mental, emotional and physical issues successfully clear away emotional debris in the form of blocks in the energy meridians. Thus EFT was born.
Is emotional health linked with physical health?
Good health involves approaching wellness from many different angles. Optimal health and ultimately spiritual growth can only be truly gained from a holistic (complete) approach.
The areas we need to address during this adventure we call ‘Life’ are not limited to the mind, body and spirit but also the subconscious, the bodies energy systems and our emotions both at mental and stored at a energetic level – EFT address all of these areas.
It is still often overlooked, but emotional health is absolutely essential to your physical health and healing. No matter how devoted you are to a proper diet and lifestyle, you will not achieve your body’s ideal healing and preventative powers if emotional barriers stand in your way.
Does EFT tapping work?
EFT has been used to effectively treat war veterans and active military with PTSD. In a 2013 study, researchers studied the impact of EFT tapping on veterans with PTSD against those receiving standard care. Within a month, participants receiving EFT coaching sessions had significantly reduced their psychological stress. In addition, more than half of the EFT test group no longer fit the criteria for PTSD
What can I expect from an EFT session?
People may choose to have an EFT session for a variety of reasons – they might have some pains or physical symptoms that are unexplained or might have some historical traumas holding them back in life.
When you meet me for the first time we will explore exactly what you want to achieve, teach you how EFT works along with the tapping sequence, then break down your issue into smaller components we can tap on to remove the blocks in your energy that are causing your issues.