Often referred to as “Psychological Acupressure”, Emotional Freedom Technique is an effective self-help and therapeutic modality that is easy to learn, non-invasive and pain-free.
Drawing upon various theories of alternative medicine – including Acupuncture, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Energy Medicine and Thought Field Therapy: it is ideal for use on both emotional and physical issues, as well as working with personal development, goal setting and future planning.
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is an incredibly powerful and painless way to approach strong emotions, such as fear, anger, shame, grief and sadness and transform them into clear and logical thinking. This provides a fresh perspective, enabling individuals to move forwards with their lives, free from the emotional and/or physical baggage which has been restricting them.
EFT forms a bridge between talk therapy and body therapy and is a simple yet effective therapeutic tool that uses words to tune into an emotional disturbance, which is then balanced and cleared using acupressure tapping.
It can be used together with a therapist or by yourself for self-help, providing results that are quick and long-lasting.
EFT originates from a process called TFT (Thought Field Therapy), which was discovered by psychologist Dr. Roger Callahan in the 1980’s during a study of Acupunture and Kinesiology.
As with all meridian-based therapies, EFT is based upon time-honoured Eastern discoveries that have been around for thousands of years and can be traced back to the ancient cultures of China and Aboriginal Australia.
But whilst it was Roger Callahan who developed the fundamental concept of EFT; it was Gary Craig who had the vision in the mid-90s to refine the now widely acclaimed therapeutic technique, making it globally accessible.
The range of problems, issues or situations that EFT can be applied to are almost limitless. So much so, there is a well-known saying within EFT circles which says: “Try it on everything”.
From fears, phobias, anxieties, aches, pains, limiting beliefs and goal setting; to survivor guilt, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, serious illness, addictions and suicidal thoughts: EFT has been proven to help.
A major benefit of EFT is that there is no need for you to talk about your problem if you don’t want to. This is a form of therapy called “content-free therapy” and it is every bit as powerful as openly talking about your problem in depth, maybe even more so. Not only do these techniques prevent re-traumatisation; they also make it much easier for people who aren’t comfortable with traditional therapy to resolve inner conflicts and neutralise painful memories without sharing them with a third party.
EFT can help:
Relieve stress and promote general relaxation
Release and transform painful, uncomfortable or negative emotions
Improve or even eliminate physical discomfort or pain
Increase self-esteem, clarity, positivity and a sense of greater peace
Heal the effects of emotional trauma
Maximise creativity, visioning, and goal setting
Increase energy and productivity
Resolve emotional eating and weight issues
Foster better sleep and sleep habits
Resolve financial blocks and help us change our financial behaviour
Address relationship problems
Empower children, parents and families
Promote spiritual growth, self-empowerment and confidence
Move us beyond self-limiting beliefs and open us towards greater possibilities
Likened to acupuncture without the needles, EFT combines gentle tapping on meridian points with mindful attention to negative thoughts and feelings to balance the body’s energy system and relieve psychological stress and physiological pain.
“The cause of all negative emotion is a disruption in the body’s energy system.” ~ Gary Craig
By tuning into a ‘trauma’ – a past or future event or an emotion or physical pain that is either unwelcome or unsettling – the trapped energy is located and then balanced and cleared by a process of gentle repeated tapping on specific body points.
Think of it like this: there is a stone in your shoe and, as long as it remains there, it will continue to irritate you – rolling underneath your foot, causing you to wince and hop about as it jabs into you. Yet once it has been removed, it’s gone, along with the discomfort it was causing.
The diagram above shows the location of the most commonly used EFT points. Found at the ends of energy meridians situated beneath the surface of the skin, they respond to touch rather then having to use needles.
Click on the following link for instructions on how to do your own tapping at home: EFT Instructions for Self-Tapping
- EFT is a remarkable, life-changing tool.
- Changes will often start to be felt immediately and the results are tangible and fully measurable by you.
- It is easy to do and can be self-applied and is stress-free and painless.
- It doesn’t require anything beyond your permission to work and it does not require you to adopt a new belief system.
- It works, even with skeptics.
- It can be done over the telephone or via Skype – so it’s ideal for people with transportation or geographical distance issues.
- It can often work when all else has failed.
N.B: For your own safety, it is suggested that you consult an experienced practitioner before attempting to confront any serious issues on your own.
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