Emotional Freedom Technique (E.F.T)

…is a universal healing tool that can provide impressive results for physical, emotional, and performance issues. EFT operates on the premise that no matter what part of your life needs improvement, there are unresolved emotional issues in the way. Even for physical issues, chronic pain, or diagnosed conditions, it is common knowledge that any kind of emotional stress can impede the natural healing potential of the human body.

EFT breathes fresh air into the healing process by borrowing from the Chinese meridian system. While acupuncture, acupressure have been primarily focused on physical ailments, EFT focuses on the emotional issues providing benefits for both performance and physical issues.

It uses a simple two pronged process wherein it mentally “tunes in” to specific issues whilst stimulating certain meridian points on the body by tapping on them with our fingertips. It tunes into your mind and emotions and clears the emotional blocks caused within the past, leaving you feeling better and your thinking changed. It complements conventional talking therapies. Properly done, EFT aims at balancing disturbances in the meridian system and thus often reduces the conventional therapy procedures from months or years down to minutes or hours.

EFT is effective in a wide range of psychological and physical disorders producing remarkable improvements with phobias, anxiety disorders, weight loss, emotional eating and depression.

How EFT works

Traumatic experiences and memories register not only in our conscious and unconscious minds but also in our body’s cells, as “muscle memory” and as blockages in our body’s electromagnetic field, causing behavioural, psychological and physical symptoms.

When EFT releases the trauma that lives in our memories it also releases the trauma that lives in our cells and the body’s electromagnetic field.  We have all experienced events of great stress where our muscles have tightened involuntarily.  When such a stressful event is triggered again our muscles react exactly as they did the first time – the cells in the muscles “hold the memory” of the trauma and respond just as they did before.

Trauma can be felt as physical sensations in the body: anxiety in the stomach, anger in the chest, grief in the throat, etc. We’re not actually responding to the event in the present at all, but rather the event that happened in the past. We’re re-experiencing the past learnt response, over and over again.    

When a person experiences a trauma the actual distress is held, frozen, in our body’s cells and in our electromagnetic field.  Until we clear trauma from our electromagnetic field we will be at the mercy of the distress that is lodged there and is triggered along with cell memory. With EFT we first eliminate the trauma associated with the memory, from your cells and from your electromagnetic field.  When the blockages in your system are cleared there is an accompanying cognitive shift, similar to a psychotherapy or counselling session. This is why EFT is so effective for emotional and psychological distress.

After working with EFT we still retain the memory visually and consciously, but it no longer holds the emotional pain, nor does it control our body’s muscle response because EFT has un-coupled the memory from our physical and energetic systems. This leaves us free to remember events and people, without experiencing the pain physically or emotionally.

Counselling and psychotherapy can help us to get a conceptual handle on traumatic events and provide us with tools to link our thoughts and our emotions so that we can gradually learn healthier and more life affirming ways of thinking. Whilst EFT is not the same as psychotherapy or counselling, it complements and enhances them very well, and often achieves similar or a better beneficial healing enhancing our wellbeing.


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