EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), or Tapping, as it is sometimes called, is an effective emotional management technique. It involves tapping with your fingertips on acupressure points while focusing on the issue you want to work on.
EFT is a versatile self-help tool to manage everyday stresses, and unwanted emotions. I have found it helpful for combating self-sabotage and limiting beliefs. EFT can help build greater resilience and emotional maturity, which in turn supports and improves relationships as well as helps deal with the emotional aspects of health and wellness.
IET (Integrated Energy Techniques) brings together the most advanced communication and therapeutic techniques available today, including NLP and Hypnosis. In combination with EFT we have a flexible and powerful toolbox to help with a variety of problems, including changing deeply ingrained habits of feelings, thoughts and behaviors.
EFT was developed by American engineer and performance coach Gary Craig in the 1990s. He studied TFT (Thought Field Therapy), with its founder Dr. Roger Callahan. TFT is a complex therapeutic tapping technique where the sequence of tapping changes according to the issue being worked on. Gary Craig developed a simplified sequence of tapping that is effective regardless of the issue so it can be learned easily and used as a self-help tool by virtually anyone. I am fortunate to have studied EFT as well as IET with EFT Founding Masters Sue Beer and Emma Roberts who are direct students of Gary Craig. Sue Beer and Emma Roberts are the founders of London’s EFT Centre, authors of several books and worldwide well respected leaders in the fields of EFT and IET
One of the strengths of EFT in my eyes is, that it utilizes both mind and body. Combining a “top down” approach (via the mind: using language) with a “bottom up” approach (via the body: exploring physical sensations, tapping on acupressure points) calms the nervous system and helps create clarity and awareness about the issue you are working on. This, in combination with self-acceptance, prepares you to take positive action steps to improve your life.
Research shows that EFT can change our biochemistry, specifically that it can lower levels of stress hormones like cortisol by sending a calming signal to the part of the brain that is responsible for the fight-or-flight response.
Whilst EFT can be an effective self-help tool helping to deal with a range of issues, I would always recommend working with a certified practitioner for anything that is more than mildly distressing. We have been trained in various techniques that help ensure our clients emotional safety. And, speaking from experience, sometimes it is pretty difficult to recognize our own “stuff”, it can be hard to “go there”. A certified practitioner can make sure you get the best out of your session for lasting results.
Having read my first book about positive thinking when I was 15 years old I really appreciate the authenticity and honesty of EFT. In EFT we are truthfully acknowledging that there is a problem, so we can work through it. The problem with positive thinking can be that often people feel they “should” suppress any negative emotions, or worse, even feel guilty about experiencing negative emotions. That in itself can be quite detrimental to our health and long term happiness. In EFT we tell it as it is. Before we can change any unwanted emotions, they need to be validated first.