Emotional Freedom Technique is one of a group of therapies known as Energy Psychologies and arises from concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), includingacupuncture, and western psychotherapy. The theory behind original EFT, developed by Gary Craig, is that the cause of all emotional pain is a disruption of the body’s energy system. According to TCM the body’s energy system consists of a series of meridians or pathways just below the skin along which subtle or universal energy flows. The free flow of this universal energy is essential for health and wellbeing. This concept is sometimes difficult for westerners to accept, but western medicine knows that each cell emits an electric pulse and so we could think of the body’s energy system as an electrical system.
A simple way to explain how the EFT strategies work is to use the analogy of a circuit breaker in the kitchen. Once the circuit breaker is overpowered it is impossible for any of the equipment (lights, fridge, freezer, washing machine, microwave, electric cooker, dishwasher, etc) connected to that circuit to work until the breaker has been reset. EFT resets the circuit in a person’s body and mind.
Although based on acupuncture theory, EFT has simplified the rebalancing process by gently tapping on key meridian points located on the head, torso, and hands. Traditional acupuncture needles are not necessary in this process.
What should I expect during treatment?
When you attend for a consultation you will be asked questions about yourself, your lifestyle, the past health of yourself and your family, and about your problem or illness. This detail is necessary because each problem is like a jigsaw, it has many pieces making up the complete picture. All information will be held in the strictest confidence.
You will be asked to tune in to your ‘jigsaw pieces’ in a gentle conversational manner and to rate the level of emotional discomfort connected to each. The therapist will then guide you to use your fingertips to tap on a sequence of meridian points. This helps to connect the body and mind while at the same time rebalancing the flow of subtle energy around the body. Both emotional anguish and physical symptoms often subside, in many cases permanently. EFT is a non-invasive therapy that can be used without fear of any side-effects or overdose. It may be used with confidence alongside conventional medication or natural remedies because it acts in a complementary way.
What can EFT help?
EFT can help a wide range of problems, including
- Anxiety/ Worries
- Sports or artistic performance
- Bad habits/addictions
- Stress/work pressures
- Anger management
- Blood pressure
- Body pain including post surgery pain/inflammation
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)