What is emotional freedom technique?
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a form of counselling intervention that centres on the theory that disruptions in the energy system of the body causes all negative emotions. Fingertips are used by practitioners to stimulate specific acupuncture meridians located on the face, head, hands, and upper torso while the client focuses on the negative feelings or problems that they are harbouring. It should be remembered that any forms of emotional stress can negatively affect the natural healing potential of the body.
Also known as Tapping or EFT Tapping, EFT aims to reprogram or remove any established emotions. In addition, it can also be used to provide relief from physical issues or chronic pain without exploring any emotional contributors.
How does emotional freedom technique work?
EFT has been found to be helpful with various unpleasant, uncomfortable, or distressing feelings. Several people have found out that it has helped them become relieved from strong emotions like anger, anxiety, guilt, or sadness. It can also be helpful with long established feelings such as post traumatic stress or phobias. In addition, some people have also found out that it is helpful with addressing physical sensations like cravings, dizziness, or pain.
With some instruction, it is possible for anyone to use EFT. Although most people are choosing to perform tapping on themselves, it is also possible to allow someone to perform EFT on themselves. It has also been said that EFT is more effective if the person is well hydrated.
Usually, EFT is very gentle and can provide substantial relief with little or no pain and it does not require any use of needles or prodding. The qualified practitioner usually teaches the client some simple tapping sequence so that they can perform it on themselves outside of the sessions. This allows them to have a better handling of emotional issues when they arise.
Different EFT tapping points
The following are the tapping points for EFT:
- Top of the Head
- Third Eye
- Start of the Eyebrow
- Corner of the Eye
- Under the Eye
- Under the Nose
- Under the Mouth
- Collarbone Point
- Under the Arm
- Rib Cage
- Index Finger
- Middle Finger
- Little Finger
- Karate Chop Point
- Gamut Point
Benefits of EFT emotional freedom technique
EFT was developed by Gary Craig and is based on the belief that negative experiences and thoughts can cause disruptions in the energy system and these disruptions cause the symptoms that bring people to therapy. EFT works by realigning the disrupted energy meridians and addressing any underlying emotional issues to provide healing. Therefore, it is very helpful in healing victims of abuse or trauma, people with phobias, panic disorders, anxiety, depression, compulsions, and addictions.
Aside from being an emotional relief provider, EFT can offer relief for various physical symptoms such as pain and headaches.