Emotional Freedom Technique
Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT is a relatively new therapy to help those who are suffering mental or physical health problems.
It is usually fast acting and if the problem is overcome during a session it is normally permanent. This procedure, which enjoys a high success rate, is very popular in the United States of America and has more recently come to the United Kingdom.
Over 5000 years ago, the Chinese discovered an energy in the body which cannot be seen. This energy is thought to be the essence of all life and this force runs through twelve channels or meridians. Meridians serve as pathways of positive and negative energy and communicate at a deep level with the vital systems of the human body. The meeting points of positive and negative energy along meridians are acupuncture points and Emotional Freedom Technique is commonly described as "Psychological Acupuncture", as it works on these points.
Gary Craig, who originally developed EFT in the USA in the late 1980's says "Try it on anything". He devised "The Basic Recipe" which consists of a sequence of rhythmic taps on specific points on the top of the head, around the eyes and face, on the collar bone and under the arm. Tapping also takes place on the hands and fingers. During the tapping sequence a dialogue of phrases is established which is often enough to bring relief, and repetition of the process can provide greater effectiveness and the problem is overcome completely or significantly reduced in severity.
This technique can be used for both physical and emotional pain and if complete relief is experienced during a session, beneficial effects can be permanent, unless yet undiscovered issues are preventing this from happening. EFT can be the gateway to discovering how physical symptoms relate to emotions and this can be a very powerful and liberating experience. Your EFT therapist will guide you through the process and you can either tap the energy points yourself or have the therapist perform the sequences of taps. It is best if the sequence is learned for practice at home in between sessions and also after the therapy is completed.
EFT can be used for an enormous range of physical and emotional problems including:
Post Traumatic Stress
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Ros Powell is an Emotional Freedom Technique Advanced Practitioner.
"When using energy psychology techniques (which includes EFT), participants felt that at times able to facilitate change more effectively than by talking therapies alone and were struck by the speed in which change occurred"....
"They also described being able to change established patterns with energy psychology.."
"....clients looked more relaxed and freer after working with EFT techniques".
"....help clients to clear a range of symptoms more easily, safely and effectively than with psychological interventions alone".
(Energy Psycholgy and Psychotherapy: A study of the use of energy psychology in psychotherapy practice. Elizabeth Mason. BACO Research paper. September 2012)