EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique
Effective Energy Technique commonly known as tapping…
EFT is an energy medicine technique that has developed over a number of years and is a combination of talk therapy and gentle touch therapy using finger tapping on specific points on the head, upper body and hand. It is easy to learn and can be practised at home between sessions with a practitioner. There are various versions of it that were developed around the same time and go under the umbrella terms of “energy psychology” or “Meridian energy therapies” and it continues to evolve and develop to this day. Meridians are invisible energy channels in the body that vibrate at a higher rate than the physical body. It is believed that if there is imbalance in the energy body it will result in issues in our physical body, so by balancing the energy flow our physical health can be improved. That sounds a bit bonkers – does it work?
Yes, it does! Initially it may feel a bit strange. Like acupuncture it uses pressure points on the skin where there is lower electrical resistance. Some things that can be helped with EFT include:
Stress and Anxiety
Fears and Phobias
Confidence/ Low Self-esteem
Grief and Loss
Depression and Low mood
Frustration and resentment
Anger and distress
Guilt and shame
Worrying and over-thinking
Anything that contains an emotional element can be helped with EFT
What Happens During A Session?
You are asked to think about what is concerning you most about your current issue and tune in to how it makes your body feel e.g. you may feel anxiety as a tight band around your chest, or a sick feeling in your stomach. I then lead you through a series of statements to repeat as you tap the various points. You may repeat this tapping process several times and can often find that the intensity changes and sometimes the issue is replaced by something else that comes up and takes priority. That’s all entirely normal and any thoughts, feelings or sensations that arise are worked through and released.
How Does That Help?
The signal of touch and words over-rides the chemical stress signals in the brain. It tells our brain that all is well and actually “rewires” the brain to form new connections. This has now been proven in scientific experiments using brain scans. Touch is the primary form of soothing in humans. When a baby cries we instinctively pick it up and hold it close to us. We rub our body if we bump it, we put our hand to our forehead in the “Oh My God” pose when we’re at our wits end and need clarity and so on. As there are emotional aspects to every issue, when these are dealt with the brain is calmed and stress response switched off and this allows the body to make hormones that help with repair and allow healing.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
This depends on the issue but as a starting point I would recommend 3 sessions and we will review the position at the end of the 3rd session. Some issues resolve quite quickly but more complex or chronic cases will obviously take longer. For the best results it is important that you are open and honest and commit to doing a bit of work between sessions with me. Sessions from £45 (block bookings can be made)