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What is EFT?

Updated: Sep 18, 2023

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), also known as EFT tapping, is a therapeutic technique that combines tapping on specific set of meridian acupuncture points on the face, upper body, and hands, while simultaneously verbalizing or mentally focusing on a particular issue or problem.



EFT tapping is a versatile tool that can be used to address a wide range of emotional and physical issues, including stress. These include stress, anxiety, phobias, trauma, pain management, and performance enhancement. It works by alleviating the emotional intensity associated with the issue.


While it's often facilitated by a trained practitioner or therapist, EFT tapping can also be used as a self-help tool. It is a nerve-calming technique that's readily accessible at our fingertips.


 

So, how does EFT tapping work?


From a neuroscience perspective, focusing on specific issues or problems while simultaneously tapping on certain acupressure points sends a soothing signal to the amygdala in our brain. This action helps to reduce fear and stress responses, thereby diminishing emotional arousal linked to the specific issue.


From an energy system standpoint, tapping on these acupressure points helps to clear any disruptions in our body's energy system. This allows energy to flow freely, fostering emotional and physical healing and health.


List of Benefits of EFT tapping:

 

What happens in an EFT session?


During an EFT session, the practitioner initiates a dialogue to craft personalized setup statements and repeating phrases that resonate with the client's specific issue.


EFT Therapy, graphic, image
EFT Therapy

The practitioner then demonstrates the tapping points, verbalizing the setup statement and repeating phrases. The client mirrors these actions, tapping on the same points on their own body and echoing the words simultaneously. This process enables the client to actively engage with their issue while tapping, facilitating the release of the emotional intensity associated with it.



List of reference guide in an EFT session:


Remember, it's always recommended to work with a trained EFT practitioner, especially when dealing with complex or traumatic issues. If this is your case, you can book a session here.


 

From 90s to Nowadays……


EFT, widely propagated by its founder Gary Craig since the 90s, has gradually entered the mainstream treatment modalities in recent years. A plethora of scientific evidence attests to the effectiveness and powerful outcomes of EFT, often referred to as the 4th wave of psychological therapies.


EFT therapies, as part of this 4th wave, have been demonstrated in research to yield remarkably enduring results in a relatively shorter time, or fewer sessions (50%-80% less) compared to traditional psychological therapies. Cognitive shifts often occur during sessions, signifying progress in psychological health. Moreover, patients frequently report feeling better, calmer, or happier after each session.


Furthermore, EFT can also be utilized as a self-help tool. If clients experience intense feelings between weekly sessions, they can alleviate these feelings by tapping on themselves. This means that clients don't have to endure discomfort silently until the next session if any triggers occur in the meantime. This level of immediate self-help is a powerful feature that sets EFT apart in the landscape of modern therapeutic techniques.



 

Remember, EFT tapping is a very powerful self-help tool, and it's always beneficial to seek guidance from a trained practitioner or therapist who can provide the effective, warmth and valuable support you deserve throughout the process.



Thank you and have an amazing day ❤️.

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