Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

EFT refers to the "Emotional Freedom Technique" and is a powerful self-help method based on scientific research which shows that emotional trauma and negative or distressing emotions can have large effects on physical health as well as a reduced capacity to lead a joyful and meaningful life. Clinical trials have shown that EFT tapping is able to rapidly reduce the emotional impact of memories and incidents that trigger emotional distress. Once the distress is reduced or removed, the body can often rebalance itself, and accelerate healing.

EFT uses elements counter-conditioning processes with verbal self-acceptance statements and combines them with acupressure, in the form of fingertip tapping on 12 acupuncture points. Over 20 clinical trials published in peer-reviewed medical and psychology journals have demonstrated that EFT is effective for phobias, anxiety, food cravings, weight loss, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, pain, and other problems. Research indicates that this combination of activities appears to reduce levels of stress hormones, while stimulating natural healing in the body. It is common after a session for a client to feel relief from their complaint, have obtained significant insights into their situation and experienced cognitive and emotional shifts.

Over 9 million people a month search online for "EFT tapping" and related terms. People who use EFT tapping keep growing in number as it revolutionizes the way people work with their sense of well-being and effectiveness in their lives. The negative emotional impacts of stressful and traumatic events on one’s life have been shown to have detrimental effect on a person’s self-esteem and profoundly effect how people view their ability to lead satisfied and healthy lives. Trapped negative emotions and of often unconscious patterns and beliefs, along with their related disruption of the body’s energy system, can affect an individual’s physical and mental/emotional health, the quality of their relationships and the effectiveness of their performance in a wide variety of endeavors.

The technique in its basic forms, can be taught to anyone and it can be self-applied it as a stress management tool for a wide variety of issues. In the hands of a trained practitioner, whether that be a coach, social worker, psychologist, educator, etc., even more challenging problems can be resolved.

The technique itself, draws a client’s attention to specific distressing memories or symptoms that may have ongoing implications into their current life situations. While that is happening, specific statements are spoken and gentle tapping on acupuncture meridian points is performed.

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