Emotional Freedom Technique

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Emotional Freedom Technique is a simple tapping procedure that transforms and processes emotional and physical pain. It is an easy to learn self-help tool that is now used worldwide with great success.

EFT began as TFT (Thought Field Therapy), which was developed in 1981 by Dr. Roger Callahan. He had been working with a client called Mary, who had an extremely severe water phobia. Over a period of 18 months, he tried many different therapeutic approaches, including hypnosis, systematic desensitisation and rational-emotive therapy, but nothing changed her condition. In one session, he intuitively got her to tap on a meridian point under the eye. To their surprise, she gained instant relief from the phobia. This led Dr. Callahan to develop TFT, comprised of many specific pressure point tapping sequences for particular ailments.

TFT used acupuncture points that have a corresponding organ, element, meridian and emotion. For example, to help with panic, you would tap on the eyebrow, under the eye, and under the arm and collar bone points. For addictive urges, the sequence would be under eye, underarm, and collar bone. As you can imagine, it was quite a lot to remember.

Gary Craig studied TFT in 1991 and found a way to simplify the method into what we now know as EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique. After decades of ‘anecdotal’ evidence, EFT is now acknowledged as an ‘evidence-based’ therapy. The latest statistics from Dawson Church shows that, on average, pain can be reduced by 68% in just 20 minutes of tapping. EFT is used in the British National Health Service and is even being used in more and more schools overseas to help children and teachers deal effectively with life and its stresses. To have a look at the research, click here.

The basic premise in EFT is that some thoughts create a disturbance in the energy system of the body, which then results in a negative emotion. By tapping on specific acupressure points, the ‘energy glitch’ is removed and one can let go of the negative emotions. You will still be able to think about the issue, but the disturbing emotional component will be dissipated to the point where you can think more clearly and productively.

EFT takes us out of the limbic brain’s fight, flight or freeze reaction to stress. When we are calm, we function better – we all know this from experience. Another way to understand it is that when one is over-emotional, the right side of the brain has become dominant and the rational left side needs a little assistance to balance this out.

Talk therapies can be useful to understand why one has various thought and emotions. It is great to know where our issues come from. EFT takes it to the next level by actually resolving and processing the emotional pain so that you can let it go and move on. It is also good to be aware that if an issue is too personal to discuss, an EFT practitioner can still help you. All we need to know is your emotion and its intensity on a scale from 1 to 10, so please don’t let embarrassment keep you from coming.

Those stuck emotions can be cleared and you can recreate your life. It’s a brilliant practice that makes life feel full of possibility and fun again. To book a face-to-face or Skype session, get in touch on 0782542888 or bethegraceofserenity@gmail.com.

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