What is it?
The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) incorporates techniques from holistic therapies such as acupressure, energy medicine and neurolinguistic programming. Many Eastern medicine models are founded on the belief that there are channels of energy within the body. It is thought that, when these channels (known as meridians) become blocked, energy becomes unbalanced. When this happens, it can lead to physical and emotional symptoms.
Ina similar way to acupuncture, EFT looks to release blocked energy by stimulating the meridian points. Rather than using needles however, this therapy uses tapping techniques. Tapping (using the fingertips) on certain points on the body, combined with voicing positive affirmations, is thought to neutralise the emotional block in energy.
How does EFT work
EFT practitioners believe that negative emotions and illness are interlinked. Physical problems create emotional responses, and emotional problems often manifest themselves in physical symptoms. For this reason, it is important to approach healing in a holistic manner, looking at both emotional and physical energy.
What can it help with?
A well-known motto within the EFT community is ‘Try it on everything’. Because the therapy is non-invasive, entirely natural and safe, there is nothing to lose by trying it.
EFT works well for recurring problems because its aims to tackle the root cause, rather than simply treating the symptoms.
Some of the problems it can help with include the following:
- Fears and phobias
- Panic attacks
- Anger management
- Weight management