EFT - Emotional Freedom Technique
‘EFT’ or ‘Tapping’ is an energy practice that allows you to eliminate emotional blocks such as phobias, fears, past traumas that get triggered, or pain from relationship issues. Gary Craig developed it in 1995.
It’s estimated that 10 million people worldwide have used EFT
EFT can quickly alleviate problems with depression, anxiety, insomnia, PTSD, physical pain, and illness.
Studies show that by stimulating parts of your body, as we do in EFT tapping, you can drastically reduce or eliminate distress. The process is simple and painless and can be learned by anyone. You can apply it to yourself, whenever you want and wherever you are in a short amount of time with no expense. It can be tailored to your specific emotional needs and used to tackle unique life challenges.
The practice consists of tapping with your fingertips on specific meridian points while talking through traumatic memories or troubling emotions.
Meridian points are those defined by and used in acupuncture. They have been studied and mapped throughout the body. As energy circulates through your body along this specific network of channels, you can tap into this energy at any point along the system.
When negative emotions are felt through disruption of the body’s energy, the energetic body has the ability to restore overall balance. You can mend the negative emotions and physical symptoms by tapping.
EFT Improves Multiple Physiological
Markers of Health
EFT and PTSD
How does EFT Work?
EFT has the ability to access the amygdala, an almond-shaped part of your brain that initiates your body’s negative reaction to fear, often referred to as the ‘fight or flight’ response.
According to Dr. Dawson Church, a pioneer in the development of EFT, “Acupoint tapping sends signals directly to the stress centers of the mid-brain, not mediated by the frontal lobes (the thinking part, active in talk therapy). EFT simultaneously accesses stress on physical and emotional levels and gives you the best of both worlds, body and mind, like getting a massage during a psychotherapy session.”
Your amygdala contains your body’s alarm system that is triggered by trauma or fear. Whenever it is triggered, your body is flooded with cortisol, also known as the ‘stress hormone’. This stress response influences how you handle whatever it is that troubles you, whether it is illness, injury, trauma or emotion.
The basic technique requires you to focus on the negative emotion such as a fear or anxiety, a bad memory, an unresolved problem, or anything that’s bothering you. As you think about the issue you will use your fingertips to tap five times on nine of the body’s meridian points. Tapping on the meridian points, while concentrating on accepting and resolving the negative emotion, accesses your body’s energy and restores it to a balanced state.
I tried the EFT and was awestruck. It has changed my days completely. I feel as though I have some control over my life. Just doing these techniques has helped me to release anxiety and other emotions that have caused me distress. I would highly recommend doing a session or two with Sheila. You will be pleasantly surprised.