• Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

  • What is EFT?

    EFT

    When you first hear about EFT you may find yourself feeling skeptical at first…until you experience it.

    EFT is a meridian based therapy that some texts say has been around in one form or another for thousands of years and is used to help neutralize fear based emotions.  At the most basic of all levels, the building blocks of life, our bodies are comprised of systems of energy. Every thought you have has an electromagnetic or energetic consequence, creating physical symptoms in the body. The basic premise of EFT is that the cause of all negative emotion is a disruption of the body’s energy field.  

    To better understand how EFT works you would first need to know a little about the brain.  

    If you were to think of the organ of the brain itself, it would be like the hard drive in your computer.  Every time you have a thought, especially one where a negative emotion is attached, it’s like loading software onto your brain, and a neural pathway or program is formed.  These negative thoughts land in a part of the brain known as the “amygdala”, the part of the brain associated with fear. Over time, these pathways become bigger and stronger until they form patterns and become part of your sub-conscious. Before long, these unconscious fear based programs become a filter through which you see and live your life.   

    Research has shown that by tapping on the energy meridians of the body while associated into a particular feeling, a signal disruption occurs, and a neutralizing effect happens.  New, healthier pathways are created, and a cessation of anxiety is experienced.  This technique has been shown to be especially effective when used on PTSD patients.  A special technique called “Tearless Trauma” allows one to process and experience a release around particularly traumatizing events, without necessarily having to rehash painful details. 

    In a critical review published in the American Psychological Association's (APA) journal Review of General Psychology3 last year, researchers found that EFT "consistently demonstrated strong effect sizes and other positive statistical results that far exceed chance after relatively few treatment sessions."

    For research:

    http://www.eftuniverse.com/research-and-studies/eft-research

    PTSD:

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23364126