Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) centres on the theory that the cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body's energy system. Practitioners use their fingertips (or have the client perform a tapping routine on themselves) to stimulate certain meridian energy points, on the head, face, hands and upper torso, as the client focuses on the problem or negative feelings they are harbouring.
EFT is based on the idea that negative experiences and thoughts disrupt the body’s energy system and that this disruption causes the symptoms that bring people to therapy. EFT works to realign the disrupted energy meridians and address underlying emotional issues to aid healing. It is therefore helpful in healing victims of trauma and abuse, people with fears and phobias, panic and anxiety, depression, addictions and compulsions.
As well as being a spiritual and emotional healer, EFT provides relief for a wide range of physical symptoms including headaches, pain management and weight. EFT practitioners claim that often physical symptoms clear up immediately or begin to heal when underlying emotional drivers such as anger, guilt or fear have been cleared.
EFT is usually quite gentle and substantial relief is often achieved with little or no pain, as it does not require any needles or prodding. The practitioner will usually teach the client a simple tapping sequence that they can use on themselves ourside of sessions, to better handle emotional issues when they arise.
Besides being a useful technique used in therapy, EFT is also said to be an effective self-help tool in aiding immediate relief from physical pain, anxiety, anger or other feelings.