Emotional Freedom Technique, known as "The Tapping," or E.F.T., is a highly focused, evidence-supported approach for stress reduction whether it is for ease of physical discomfort, emotion distress, or managing a life challenge. From an EFT viewpoint, the human system is recognized as an electromagnetic energy field. STress build the tension or pressure. Tapping releasing the pressure and reconsitutes energetic flow. You can neutralize or de-activate any life stress.
E.F.T. is a method for creating permanent change in how you feel about a certain life event whether it is considered a trauma or not. Eighty five (85%) percent of people experience quick relief, some within minutes, according to E.F.T. creator, Gary Craig and from my 12 years of using E.F.T. in my practice.
Developed by Gary Craig in the 1990's, EFT has gained steadily in popularity. Doctors, therapists, athletes, nurses, mom's and children are tapping their way to well-being and recognizing its' usefulness for any life circumstance. E.F.T. is psychological acupressure. Tapping releases energy congestion, also called piezo electric charge, held in pressure points and along the meridian lines that are located on the body. Stress creates this tension or static. These points can be tapped, rubbed, or held for seconds for relief.
Energy disruptions or area congestion are caused by the damaging effects of stress. At each correlating point are bundles of nerve endings that express the experience of the respective stress. Not all points are equally effected and some may feel more sensitive than others during tapping, create 'body rushes' and even trigger other emotions and memory. When stress disrupts energy flow you will feel it through breath changes, physical tension and mood changes. The activation of the points through tapping re-establishes energy flow in the body.
"The cause of negative emotion is a disruption in the body's energy system."
Gary Craig, Originator of EFT
A life stressor might have you experiencing obsessive thoughts, limited emotion, relationship difficulties, performance issues, weight challenges, phobias, imagery or mental pictures, and even physical discomfort and pain.
You can perform E.F.T. anywhere, at any time and for any reason. I teach all my clients, adults and children, E.F.T. because it is self- administered and always usable. All you need to know is how to use the technique, and your fingertips. Anyone can learn and use E.F.T. successfully. I teach most of my clients E.F.T.
"Try E.F.T. on anything." Craig, 1990's
With persistence you can see if E.F.T. can work for your personal struggle. If you have minimal success, consider professional assistance. There are also processes and strategies within the basic recipe of E.F.T. for traumatic experiences and long standing struggles that are very effective and freeing.
INSIGHT: I learned the basic recipe for E.F.T. 12 years ago, and then studied advanced processes. Currently I apply it in client sessions every day and teach clients how to use it so they can continue their work independently. One day many years ago, I got creative. A client was involved in a childhood trauma and I instructed this client to walk into the traumatic event and tap on the small child to relieve the stress that had developed into a life long struggle. (Keep in mind this is a short description of a lengthy process.) The results were instantly life changing. I discovered that E.F.T. is unlimited in how I can apply it.
You literally take the power into your own hands and "Tap, Tap, Tap," your way to a resolution. As you clear away the feeling of stress you experience new insights, discoveries, and solutions.
E.F.T. is easy to learn, and can be applied to most situations - physical, emotional, and mental. Even if a problem seems unyielding and overwhelming, you can apply E.F.T.
In my work with children I teach them how to use simplified versions of EFT when they feel upset, hurt or scared. Moms and dads are pleased to watch their children manage stress.
Some Helpful Information About E.F.T.:
This self-help tool neutralizes and reestablishes energy flow in the body's energy system. Trigger points located on meridian energy pathways run up and down the body. When the acupressure points are tapped, energy flow is reestablished similar to a short circuit in a live wire. If you are familiar with acupuncture, you know that there are pressure points all over the body that are associated with organs, physiologic systems and emotions.
Gary Craig, a Stanford Engineer, refined the works of Robert Callahan, a Psychologist, who combined kinesiology, quantum theories and acupressure into a treatment program that brought rapid relief for military trauma victims' emotional and physical ailments. Gary Craig was lured to Dr Callahan’s work because of his genuine interest in helping people. He found Dr. Callahan’s complicated formulas and algorithms interesting, yet difficult for people to understand and apply. He felt that with a simpler process, people would be more inclined and motivated to use energy therapies for healing.
Craig refined the process and Emotional Freedom Technique was born. His study of NeuroLinguistic programming and Eastern methods of healing led him to discover that a faster, very effective methodology could be applied to any physical or emotional ill. His patient outcomes were partial to complete remediation. Gary Craig, now retired, has revolutionized Western medicine.
How E.F.T. works:
The human body is an electrical field. When stressed disruption occurs in the human body’s electrical system, it short circuits similar to the way a TV becomes static when there is an electrical problem. Eastern philosophies have studied this energy phenomenon for years. It can be described as “chi,” the body’s energy system, or “ki.” It is our life force and it circulates through our bodies until the physical body loses its life force or spirit.
E.F.T. works within the human energy system. Free flow of energy restores the broken pathways and the body/mind releases, thereby moving towards healing. The E.F.T. process returns the shorted circuit to flow or “neutralization." The E.F.T. Process involves tapping on various points throughout the body known to be related to various meridian systems, emotional and physical, while stating your problem and healing intention.
Thoughts and emotions have been shown to disrupt the chemical balances in the brain and Central Nervous System. There is a physical response. When you tap on the skin, neuro-receptors under the fingers and under the place where the tapping is occurring relay an (electrical) impulse to the brain. Endorphins, the pleasure chemicals, and various neurotransmitters communicate to release into the body a calm and connectedness. Within each cell is an intelligence that understands these energetic connections. Cells respond to thought impressions, verbal suggestions and mental pictures.
The added component of verbalization (along with the tapping) communicates a focus and a healing intention. You state the problem and the desire. Acknowledgment of the problem speaks consciously and loudly to the body mind and messages your want to heal. This synergy is a powerful one -- the words and the tapping. Being Mindful increases awareness and possible change.
E.F.T. influences emotional and physical conditions and is worth the small effort for any ailment or struggle.
- Performance stress
- Abuse of all kinds
- Self image problems
- Weight management
- Menstrual cramps
- Pain, headache
- Anxiety and depression.
When the body and mind create this flow of consciousness, a powerful healing power aligns naturally within the being. The individual literally becomes a conduit, or vehicle, for energy flow. Tapping and words set the intention.
E.F.T. combines the science of electricity, the intelligence of our biology and the power of consciousness to create a powerful change experience that has offered a pleasant surprise to many people.
E.F.T. can be used with infants, children and adults. "Try it for any situation, on anyone and for everything."