Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a powerful energy modality used by many therapists that can help relieve stress and anxiety, release outdated patterns, and negative emotions, heal dis-ease in the body through rebalancing the energy fields in the body similar to acupuncture but without the needles.
“The cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system.”
– Gary Craig, EFT Founder
EFT in combination with Psychotherapy: EFT is combines talk therapy with an additional physical component of tapping on the energy meridian points, which allows us to get to the issues faster and resolve them more thoroughly. The process of working with emotions with EFT is identifying, engage, and then clearing and integrating them in the moment. EFT has worked for many people on many issues, including trauma, clearing unwanted beliefs, weight loss, balancing emotions, reversing dis-ease in the body. There is little to compare it’s simplicity and effectiveness. Many experienced Therapists now report high success rates for many conditions.
Emotional Freedom Technique, one kind of Energy Psychology, works via the body’s energy system and is the tapping of your own acupuncture points (with your fingers) on the face and body in a particular pattern to release stress, negative emotions and unwanted responses. It is similar to acupuncture but it uses no needles.
A brief history of Energy Psychology
The modern origins of Energy Psychology surfaced only twenty years ago when an American psychotherapist was pursuing a personal interest in the oriental energy meridian system. These are invisible pathways along which energy or chi flows in the body, linking the organ systems together, and which come to the surface of the body at certain points. During a particular session, a client was experiencing her fear of water complaining about feeling sick in her stomach. Callahan asked the client to tap the point under the eye, which is on the stomach meridian. A few moments of tapping released her life-long phobia, leaving her permanently free of it.
Callahan, knowing he’d hit on something quite extraordinary, started to research with all kinds of phobias and then all kinds of other emotional problems. His research revealed that different emotions were linked to different meridians. He developed Thought Field Therapy, how to release specific emotions by stimulating combinations of meridian points.
Gary Craig took his TFT training in 1991 and in the next five years he was trying to simplify the method and he finally found that (according to his own statements) the sequence of tapping the points is really of very low importance!
EFT works by releasing the blockage and therefore any negative emotions and undesired responses, to re-balance the energy system and allow energy to flow freely and change your perspective of any circumstance. Without the blockage in the energy system the original event will still have occurred, but there is no longer a negative feeling associated with it. It just becomes a memory, which happened, but is no longer affecting the mind and body systems. This technique can be used on both emotional and physical issues.