EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUES
Emotional Freedom Techniques, or EFT (often known as Tapping or EFT Tapping), is an innovative energy-oriented method that has been shown to provide significant results for a variety of issues. It is often referred to as “psychological acupuncture without the needles.” EFT operates on the premise that negative experiences and trauma can be stored in the body and continue affecting the way we handle new experiences. It is considered a gentle method of reducing or eliminating emotional and physical distress by stimulating relaxation of the body’s energy and autonomic response system. However, it is possible to experience emotional distress or physical discomfort using EFT. EFT is often used by licensed psychotherapists who are professionally trained in EFT as a therapeutic technique in trauma recovery.
While acupuncture uses needles to apply pressure to the body’s 12 meridian points, EFT uses fingertip tapping to apply pressure on nine specific points. It is believed that these nine meridian points ("The Basic Recipe"), along with the five Finger/Hand Points are the areas of your body through which energy flows to maintain balance and good health. When using EFT as part of a therapy session, the patient does the tapping on the patient’s own body and the therapist helps guide the session by instructing the patient where to tap while saying specific phrases based on the issues that are being worked on.
According to the theory behind EFT, when we experience a physical or emotional trauma, the flow of energy through one or more of these meridians becomes slowed, blocked or reversed. By accessing the energy system while addressing a negative event, EFT can help to smooth out disruptions in the energy system that arise from various traumas experienced throughout life. In comparison to traditional talk therapy methods, there are findings that suggest the resolution of past trauma is faster and more permanent.
EFT is a modality based on the newly emerging field of energy psychology and includes mechanisms in the fields of psychology, mental health, and trauma resolution:
Somatic, Emotional & Cognitive Activation
Nervous System Activation and Downward Regulation
Information Processing (new) & Reprocessing (old)
Eye Movements, Trance and Sensory Integration
Grounding in the Present
In July 2012, the American Psychological Association approved Energy Psychology and EFT as empirically validated modalities. While EFT is still being researched, the evidence thus far has shown that it can be effective in relieving a number of distressing symptoms:
To help overcome anxiety, fear, guilt, shame, jealousy or anger
To change unwanted habits and behaviors
To replace negative thoughts with life enhancing ones
To relieve the emotional contributors to physical pain, thus reducing pain itself
To enhance the ability to love, succeed and enjoy life
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While EFT appears to have promising health benefits and there is a growing amount of valid scientific research indicating that EFT meets the criteria to be considered an evidence-based technique, EFT has yet to be fully accepted by the mainstream Western academic, medical, and psychological communities. Consequently, EFT may be considered experimental and the extent of its effectiveness, as well as their risks and benefits, are not fully known. EFT is considered to be an alternative or complementary approach. Please refer to the Disclaimer for further information.