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What is EFT? The Emotional Freedom Technique was developed by Gary Craig. EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) works on the same principals as acupuncture without any use of needles. EFT is a method that is capable of relieving emotional turmoil.

What is EFT?

The Emotional Freedom Technique was developed by Gary Craig. EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) works on the same principals as acupuncture without any use of needles. EFT is a method that is capable of relieving emotional turmoil. In fact, EFT is a universal healing aid that can be applied to everything and often gets results when nothing else works. The modern day miracle begins with EFT.

Many people practice various forms of energy healing; EFT is only one of these. Healers today know that most all causes of illness are due to negative emotions. When energy is blocked, the natural flow of energy is disrupted and life force is impaired. The quality of life is not good as expected. EFT Techniques are simple yet very effective. EFT is an emotional form of acupuncture. Instead of needles, the meridians or pressure points are tapped with fingers while the client is thinking about his emotional problem. EFT can relieve both emotional and physical problems.

What does EFT work for?

EFT has been a well-known procedure throughout the world, implemented by many healthcare professionals as well as EFT practitioners. It has been effectively used in connection with phobias, anxieties, performance problems and in any areas where negative emotions are restricting a persons potential. This includes:
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Stress, panic and anxiety attacks
  • Fears and phobias
  • Depression
  • Addiction and substance abuse
  • Allergies
  • Children’s issues
  • And hundreds of physical symptoms including headaches, back pain, and breathing difficulties.
EFT is also highly effective when applied to all types of peak performance e.g. sports, speaking, sales, acting, etc.

How does EFT work?

EFT is based on the fact that the cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body's energy system.  This disruption in energy system presents as a recurring pattern or emotional state for years on until it is cleared. In EFT, clearing these disruptions is done by gentle tapping with the finger tips on easily accessible points on the face and upper body. In the beginning, it can be difficult to tell which points are most useful; therefore it is easiest to go with one of a few set sequences. That way you get a feel for where the points are and how they work for you.

While focusing on an emotion such as stress, fear, or anxiety, acupressure points are tapped while repeating a phrase to keep the patient focused on one issue. It gives mind an opportunity to release negative memories from the subconscious mind. These memories often trigger unwelcome emotions and prevent a patient from living life to the fullest.
 
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EFT tapping points:

  • Head - top of the head
  • Eyebrow – on your eyebrow on the side nearest to you nose
  • Side of the eye – on the bony part of the eye socket at the side of your eye
  • Under the eye – on the bony part of the eye socket under your eye
  • Under the nose – between your nose and your upper lip
  • Chin – at the crease between your chin and your lower lip
  • Collar bone – on your upper ribs right next to where your collarbone and breastbone meet
  • Sore spot – a “tender spot” below your collar bone and above your breast (and rather than tapping this spot, rub it)
  • Under the arm – on the side of your body 2-3 inches below your armpit
  • Ribs – on the side of your body down at your lowest ribs
  • Fingers – on each finger on the side closest to the thumb where the nail and skin meet
  • Karate chop – on the edge of you hand below your little finger (the edge you would use to make a karate chop)
  • 9-Gamut – on the back of your hand between and below the knuckles of your little finger and ring finger

How to use EFT to relieve stress & anxiety?

EFT is done by using your fingertips to tap on easily found acupressure points which are the same on both sides of the face and body. The tapping is done with the same firmness as if while drumming fingers on the desk. Use the middle three fingers of either hand when tapping so that there is no need to be worried about the exact location of the points. Use both hands and tap on both sides at the same time is preferable.

The tapping is combined with a focusing phrase that keeps your mind on the problem, in this case, the stress/anxiety. When we focus on the problem and tap on the acupressure points, the energy system in our body is balanced giving emotional relief. The more specific you are about the reason for the stress/anxiety the better.

Three suggested ways to approach stress relief with EFT:

1. Focus EFT setup statements on the actual physiological responses in the body. Target the results of stress such as increased heart rate, shallow breathing, adrenal response, cold, clammy hands and excessive sweating.

2. Find a way to use EFT as you experience a stress response. It is very powerful to take a moment to use EFT at the onset of a stress response. By applying EFT in this way, you can often turn the conditioned stress response in a new direction.

3. Take some quiet time to use your imagination to replay a stressful situation and apply EFT until you experience peace with the issue. Observe yourself the next time you are in the situation and note the change.

Criticism of EFT

EFT has been labeled as pseudoscience in the Skeptical Inquirer magazine because there is sufficient argument that renders EFT untestable via the scientific method. There are many points used by accupuncturists which are not included in EFT methodology, and tapping one of those may have an accidental effect that has not yet been explored. Waite and Holder suggested that success of EFT is likely to stem from characteristics it shares with more traditional relaxation techniques for anxiety, rather than manipulation of energy meridians via tapping.

The 2003 study showed that EFT, a modeling treatment, and a placebo all produced a significant decrease in anxiety and fear over a control group. A recent article in the Guardian suggested that the act of tapping parts of the body in a complicated sequence acts as an interruption, and therefore can appear to lessen the root distress. The therapist repeats a reminder phrase every few seconds throughout the treatment, to draw the client's attention back to the problem.

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