EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques and it’s more commonly known as tapping. It’s like an emotional acupuncture but without needles, in fact is based on the same theory of Chinese acupuncture that our body has a map of meridians throughout the body that carry energy through our system. In fact, the idea behind EFT is that the mind and body are intrinsically interconnected and are part of the same system. What this means is that all negative emotions we have are caused by a disruption in the body’s energy system. In this way EFT brings together the ancient tradition of the Chinese Medicine, the healing practices of the East and the modern psychology and neurology, hence the term Energy Psychology.
Once you have identified a past memory that you want to work with, I will be gently and slowly guiding you through the process. You will be able to acknowledge and release the emotions associated to the trauma, identifying the negative belief that you created or strengthen in that circumstance, and then transform the picture of the memory into a positive one by bringing in new resources, creating a new outcome, transforming the belief that was formed originally and then we will reimprint the new memory in your body and mind. The result of it has been described my clients as “mindblowing” because it can really result into a cognitive shift and a profound transformative experience which then has direct beneficial effect on your emotional and physical wellbeing. By freeing yourself from the traumatic memory, you will be able to re-frame the event and change your perception of it, which will have a ripple effect on your present and future as well.
What does the process look like?EFT is done by stimulating some of the meridian points on our body using our fingertips and by tuning in into the emotional, mental or physical problem that we want to resolve and clear. Tapping on the ends of these meridians decreases the fight or flight response. When we tap on these acupoints, we tune into the emotional, physical or mental issue, both verbally and energetically, and we repeat a reminder phrase, and as a result our flight or fight response reduces and we experience shifts in our brain patterns.
What can EFT help with?EFT has proved to help with a wide range of conditions, such as:
- Stress, anxiety and panic
- Feeling of anger
- Feelings of isolation and detachment
- Sleep problems
- Traumatic memories
- Substance dependency issues, i.e. alcohol, tobacco, etc.
- Chronic pain
What’s the science behind EFT?
There is now a wide body of scientific research that proves the efficacy of this methodology and we can say that EFT meets the criteria to be considered evidence-based; in fact, thanks to MRI and PET scans it has been proven that tapping decreases the activity of those regions in the brain that linked to fear and stress, like the amygdala and the hippocampus.There are now over 200 peer-reviewed studies and a continuously growing body of research. If you’d like to know more about this please visit https://eftinternational.org/discover-eft-tapping/eft-science-research/. This is a link to a TED lecture presented by Dr Peta Stapleton, one of the world’s leading researchers and EFT experts.