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Emotional Freedom Technique "EFT"

Emotional Freedom Technique "EFT"

 

Emotional freedom technique (EFT), is an alternative therapy for anxiety, post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other conditions.  Developed by founder Gary Craig, tapping on different parts of the body helps balance energy and reduce physical, emotional and mental pain. 

 

EFT Tapping helps us tune into the negative patterns that we have formed around our uncomfortable thoughts, feelings, or troubling memories. The aim is to find relief, relaxation, and promote healing around the emotional or physical issues that hold us back.  By tapping on the correct body points while thinking and speaking about these troubling thoughts, memories or emotions in brings it into our consciousness so we can resolve the issues that were buried.

As with acupuncture and acupressure, tapping involves the body's energy meridian points, which are a concept in Chinese medicine. Proponents believe them to be areas of the body through which energy flows.  In this theory, blocks or imbalances in the flow of energy lead to ill health. 

Tapping on these meridian points with the fingertips restores the balance of energy to resolve physical and emotional issues.  It can also work in a similar way to mindfulness, as it can draw a person's attention to their body and breathing. It may serve as a mental distraction from the issues that are causing anxiety or stress.

As with acupuncture and acupressure, tapping involves the body's energy meridian points, which are a concept in Chinese medicine. Proponents believe them to be areas of the body through which energy flows.
In this theory, blocks or imbalances in the flow of energy lead to ill health. 

Tapping on these meridian points with the fingertips restores the balance of energy to resolve physical and emotional issues.  It can also work in a similar way to mindfulness, as it can draw a person's attention to their body and breathing. It may serve as a mental distraction from the issues that are causing anxiety or stress.

 

What can EFT help?

  • anxiety

  • depression

  • chronic pain

  • stress

  • weight loss issues

  • other problems


What can I expent from my visit?


1. Identify the issue - during this step, the person thinks about the problem that they wish to resolve. They should only choose one issue to focus on at a time.


2. Test the initial intensity - a person should rank the intensity of the issue on a scale of 0–10, with 10 being the worst the issue has ever been. This ranking system allows the person to assess the effectiveness of the tapping at the end of the treatment.

 

3. The setup - before beginning each round of tapping, the person should decide on a simple reminder phrase to repeat while tapping the karate chop point. This point is at the center of the fleshy part of the outer hand. The reminder phrase should acknowledge the issue and convey self-acceptance in spite of it. For example, a person might choose to say: "Even though I have [issue], I deeply and completely love and accept myself."

 

4. The sequence - during this step, the individual taps on specific points on the body while repeating the phrase that they have chosen. If a practitioner is performing the treatment, they will carry out the tapping.
The tapping sequence on the body as are follows:
top of the head (TOH) — directly in the center of the top of the head
beginning of the eyebrow (EB) — the beginning of the brow, just above and to the side of the nose
side of the eye (SE) — on the bone at the outside corner of the eye
under the eye (UE) — on the bone under the eye, approximately 1 inch (in) below the pupil
under the nose (UN) — the point between the nose and upper lip
chin point (CH) — halfway between the underside of the lower lip and the bottom of the chin
beginning of the collarbone (CB) — the point where the breastbone (sternum), collarbone, and first rib intersect
under the arm (UA) — at the side of the body, approximately 4 in below the armpit
When tapping, use two or more fingertips and repeat the tap approximately five times on each point.  While some points — for example, the EB, SE, and UE — have a "twin point" on the other side of the body, it is only necessary to tap on one side. However, individuals can tap these points on both sides if both of their hands are free.

 

5. Test the intensity again - again, rank the intensity of the issue on a scale of 0–10. Ideally, this will have improved. Repeat the process until the intensity reaches 0 or plateaus.

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