What is EFT?
EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques – often referred to as ‘tapping’ because you tap on yourself.
Throughout our lives we store an ocean of memories and experiences in our minds and bodies, not all of them are conscious or joyful. With EFT we can remove the sting, or the stress, of the memories and experiences from the past, and also the present, that affect us.
Be it repeated put-downs from a family member, or that fight with your boss that just happened, by applying EFT you can be free of that experience. It becomes just a story, without any attachment, negativity or stress – emotional freedom! And with emotional freedom those putdowns no longer limit you and the disagreement can be remedied.
The basis of EFT is that all problems, whether emotional, physical or performance-based, are the result of imbalances, or disruptions, in the body’s energy system. These imbalances can have profound, negative effects on our wellbeing.
EFT works to dissolve beliefs and experiences that fuel stress, anxiety, disease and/or dysfunction. If you find yourself stuck, there is likely something working beneath the surface of your awareness that is blocking you. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be stuck.
It’s my job as coach/practitioner to help you identify the problem and clear the way forward.
Why would I do EFT?
Why wouldn’t you? EFT is able to affect a wide range of problems, including weight gain. The reason is because it reduces stress, and stress, in one form or another, is a component of many problems.
- It works fast.
- It often works when nothing else does.
- It is gentle.
- It requires no drugs, needles or other equipment.
- It is safe and easy to use.
- You can do it with a practitioner via phone or Skype.
- You can do it on yourself.
- Results last.
Does this sound too good to be true? It’s not. It’s true and available to all.
An estimated six million people worldwide use EFT. It is being taught and practiced in schools, prisons, hospitals, and on sports fields. Major projects are underway with war veterans with PTSD, orphans in Rwanda, and families of victims of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.
EFT allows you to improve all aspects of your life and wellbeing. At some level, we understand that stress shows up in our bodies. Maybe our blood pressure goes up, we’re depressed, we get sick, we gain weight, we experience insomnia, and/or disease. By addressing the stress of negative emotions relief is possible. As Gary Craig, EFT founder, says, “try it on everything.”
How does EFT work?
To correct energy imbalances, difficult emotions or barriers to success in any aspect of life, we integrate western psychology and eastern medicine.
The process is very simple, and repeatable. See how do I do it.
Depending on the nature and severity of the problem, a practitioner will utilize different techniques to bring peace to the client in the gentlest way possible. You don’t have to relive the experience to relieve it.
It should be noted that EFT does not replace doctors, therapists, medications, or any other treatment protocols.
The EFT process often leads to a greater sense of wellbeing because when energies flow through the body, the body takes care of itself. Studies show that cortisol, our body’s primary stress hormone, is reduced, when doing EFT. The result is that we see things differently. We can operate from a clean slate, from choice, versus reacting to old wounds buried in our subconscious.
In physical terms, EFT impacts the autonomic nervous system. A negative thought, experience or memory will trigger a conditioned stress response, i.e. fight-or-flight, that starts in your brain, invoking the sympathetic nervous system. With EFT, you’re re-conditioning the brain to produce a relaxation response, invoking the parasympathetic nervous system. The tapping actually sends a calming signal to the amygdala in the limbic part of your brain. The conditioned association of the stressor is broken, and when EFT is done thoroughly, stays broken. The problem evaporates. Balance and harmony are restored. And you are no longer triggered by the negative emotion or event.