Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) incorporates theories from holistic therapies such as acupressure, energy medicine and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP).
Many eastern medicine models are founded on the belief that there are channels of energy within the body. It is thought that when these channels (known as meridians) become blocked, energy becomes unbalanced. When this happens, it is thought to lead to physical and emotional symptoms.
In the western world, we are beginning to catch up with the premise that emotional health is imperative to physical health. As well as affecting our health, emotional blocks can lead to limiting beliefs and behaviours. This may result in phobias, anxiety, depression or even addictions.
EFT acknowledges this and combines energy medicine with psychological interventions for a truly holistic approach to health.
In a similar way to acupuncture, EFT looks to release blocked energy by stimulating the meridian points. Rather than using needles however, this therapy uses tapping techniques.
Tapping (using the fingertips) on certain points on the body, combined with voicing positive affirmations is thought to neutralise the emotional block in energy.
How does EFT work?
We believe that negative emotions and illness are interlinked. Physical problems create emotional responses and emotional problems often manifest physical symptoms. For this reason, it is important to approach healing in a holistic manner, looking at both emotional and physical energy.
Emotional Freedom Technique aims to tackle both the negative emotions and unbalanced or blocked energy. This is done by tapping meridian points on the body while focusing on the issue and repeating positive affirmations.
This combination of stimulating meridian points whilst thinking about root causes enables the energy system to ‘straighten out’. This is believed to eradicate the ‘short circuit’ to the body’s learnt response or negative emotion.
The basic technique involves repeating a positive affirmation then focusing on the concern (for example anxiety) while tapping on each meridian point.
What can it help with?
A well-known motto within the EFT community is “try it on everything”. Because the therapy is non-invasive, entirely natural and safe, there is nothing to lose by trying it on any issue. Advocates of the therapy say it can offer long-lasting relief and often works where other approaches fail.
EFT works well for recurring problems as they aim to tackle the root cause, rather than simply treating symptoms.
Below is a list of issues people commonly turn to EFT for:
- Fears and Phobias
- Pain Management
- Panic Attacks
- Anger Management
- Weight Loss
It is important to note that EFT is a complementary therapy and therefore should be used alongside medical advice. If you suffer from any of the above, be sure to speak to your doctor. Another consideration to keep in mind is that while EFT does tackle emotional concerns, it should not be used in place of mental health treatment.