In essence, EFT is a “no needles” version of acupuncture that can give you profound relief from emotional and physical issues. It involves a two stage process whereby 1) you “tune in” to your specific issues whilst 2) tapping with your fingers on certain meridian or energy points on the body just beneath the surface of the skin. EFT is a simple and noninvasive process that can be learnt by almost anyone and is based on the ethos of making change as pain free as possible.
EFT is an exciting advancement in healing that originated in the 1990’s out of a therapy called Thought Field Therapy. It was developed by Dr Gary Craig, a Clinical Psychologist in America, with the aim of creating a tool that could be used by everyone to accelerate the healing process.
EFT draws upon the ancient Chinese meridian system. About 5,000 years ago, the Chinese discovered a complex system of energy circuits that flow throughout the body. They charted fourteen energy circuits, or meridians, and documented how stimulating specific meridian points along those paths released energy blocks, restored the normal flow of Chi, or healing energy, and improved health. These meridians are the centerpiece of Eastern health practices such as acupuncture, acupressure and a wide variety of other healing techniques.
Our body’s energy system has a profound electrical nature. Electrical messages are constantly sent through the body to inform it of what is going on. For example, if we touch something very hot, we feel the pain instantly because it is electrically transmitted to the brain quickly via our nerves.
Our electrical systems are vital to our health and without them we would lose our sense of touch, smell, taste, feeling and hearing. This subtle but powerful energy that flows through the body is invisible to the naked eye, much like you cannot see the energy running between a remote control and a television. However, you know that there is a transfer of energy evident when you see a different channel appear on the screen when you press the remote button. Medical equipment can record the electrical activity of our brains (Electroencephalograph, EEG) and hearts (Electrocardiograph, EKG) and provides resounding proof of the existence of the body’s electrical energy.
EFT is based on the fundamental premise that:
“the cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system”.
These blockages in our energy system result in emotional difficulties but also limiting beliefs and behaviours.
EFT works to clear these energy blockages along the body’s meridians to eliminate and significantly reduce mental and emotional symptoms. This is done by tapping on certain meridian points on the body while focusing on the emotion related to the specific issue. The combination of tapping and mental focus releases both the energy block and the problem it causes.
It is also widely recognised from growing research that emotional distress can lead to a whole host of physical health symptoms and illness. In line with this, EFT can assist physical healing by resolving underlying emotional causes with often astonishing results.
There are decades of evidence from scientific studies to support the benefits of acupuncture and a growing number of clinical trials (over 20) published in peer-reviewed medical and psychology journals have demonstrated that EFT is effective for phobias, anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, pain, and a whole range of other problems.
EFT can bring relief from emotional, mental, or physical pain. This includes unresolved anger, fear and traumas which can affect our relationships, confidence, self-worth and also our physical health. Hundreds of thousands of people across the world with all sorts of issues have benefited.
EFT can significantly improve the health and happiness of people of all ages.
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