EFT is short for Emotional Freedom Techniques. Like acupuncture and acupressure, EFT is a set of techniques which utilize the body’s energy meridian points. You can stimulate these meridian points by tapping on them with your fingertips – literally tapping into your body’s own energy and healing power (The Tapping Solution). The healing concept behind Tapping is based upon centuries old Eastern medicine practices.
The body’s health must be approached as a whole. All negative emotions are felt through a disruption of the body’s energy. Physical pain and disease are intricately connected to negative emotions. Physical symptoms and disease are the body's way of providing feedback – physical symptoms cause emotional distress, and unresolved emotional problems manifest themselves through physical symptoms. Tapping provides relief from emotional problems, chronic pain, disorders, addictions, phobias, post traumatic stress disorder, and physical diseases.
EFT balances the mind-body energy system and helps the brain experience a state of emotional calm and safety. People are surprised when they are suddenly freed from their familiar old negative feelings and emotional patterns.
The body, like everything in the universe, is composed of energy. Restore balance to the body’s energy and one will mend the negative emotions and physical symptoms that stem from the energy disruption. Tapping restores the body’s energy balance, and negative emotions are conquered.
Gary Craig, the Stanford-trained engineer and personal coach who developed EFT says, "Try it on everything."
The client will be asked to come in with a general idea of the problem (emotional, physical or both) they would like to work on. The client then sits across from the practitioner and they begin to tap on very specific details of the issue.
The basic technique requires the client to focus on the negative emotion at hand: a fear or anxiety, a bad memory, an unresolved problem, or anything that’s bothering the client. While maintaining mental focus on this issue, the client will use their fingertips to tap 5-7 times each on 12 of the body’s meridian points. Tapping on these meridian points – while concentrating on accepting and resolving the negative emotion – will access the body’s energy, restoring it to a balanced state.
If the emotions are too difficult to say aloud, then the client can just think about the negative emotion without speaking it aloud. One of the wonderful benefits of EFT is that the client can keep as private as they would like. They never need to say aloud private thoughts. EFT will still work in the silence!
People often ask why does EFT focus on the negative. The answer is EFT focuses on the truth behind a person's feelings and emotions and those truths are negative. If you want to clean your house, you first have to see the dirt (Louise Hay)
EFT reduces stress - stress involves one's entire body. Chronic stress can lead to both mental and physical health issues.
EFT diminishes the intensity of emotional trauma and modifies the way the brain processes emotional information. Research in the field of "memory reconsolidation" has shown neurological wiring governing our old response can be rewired during a brief period just after a memory has been reawakened. The emotional content to the memory can be "untagged" and in response, the body will still have the memory, but it will no longer evoke a strong emotional response.
Over 20 clinical trials published in peer-reviewed medical and psychology journals have demonstrated that EFT is effective for phobias, anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, pain and other problems. Click here for research.
Danielle has completed Levels 1 and 2 of EFT Clinical training through EFT Universe.
Danielle is not a licensed psychologist or mental health professional nor does she provide medical or psychological advice or diagnosis. EFT can often provide substantial relief with little or no emotional pain. This is not true for everyone, however. Psychological trauma can be intense and emotionally painful to deal with. If you have long-lasting or intense emotional or physical trauma it is essential that you consult your physician or licensed mental health practitioner before using EFT or any other stress-reduction method. EFT is not a substitute for medical or mental health treatment.