EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques – often referred to as ‘tapping’ because you tap on yourself.It is a leading edge, stress-reduction technique that works quickly to reduce or eliminate the stress caused by negative emotions. It is also a self-help tool, so easy to learn even a child can do it.
Throughout our lives we store an ocean of memories and experiences in our minds and bodies, not all of them are conscious or joyful. With EFT we can remove the sting, or the stress, of the memories and experiences from the past, and also the present, that affect us.Be it repeated put-downs from a family member, or that fight with your boss that just happened, by applying EFT you can be free of that experience. It becomes just a story, without any attachment, negativity or stress – emotional freedom! And with emotional freedom those putdowns no longer limit you and the disagreement can be remedied.The basis of EFT is that all problems, whether emotional, physical or performance-based, are the result of imbalances, or disruptions, in the body’s energy system. These imbalances can have profound, negative effects on our wellbeing.
EFT works to dissolve beliefs and experiences that fuel stress, anxiety, disease and/or dysfunction. If you find yourself stuck, there is likely something working beneath the surface of your awareness that is blocking you. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be stuck.
It’s my job as coach/practitioner to help you identify the problem and clear the way forward.
How does EFT work?
To correct energy imbalances, difficult emotions or barriers to success in any aspect of life, we integrate western psychology and eastern medicine.
A set of techniques developed in the mid 90s by Stanford engineer, Gary Craig, involves identifying a specific problem. As we tune into the problem we tap on a set of acupressure points with the fingertips and make statements that reflect the problem.
Depending on the nature and severity of the problem, a practitioner will utilize different techniques to bring peace to the client in the gentlest way possible. You don’t have to relive the experience to relieve it.
It should be noted that EFT does not replace doctors, therapists, medications, or any other treatment protocols.
The EFT process often leads to a greater sense of wellbeing because when energies flow through the body, the body takes care of itself. Studies show that cortisol, our body’s primary stress hormone, is reduced, when doing EFT. The result is that we see things differently. We can operate from a clean slate, from choice, versus reacting to old wounds buried in our subconscious.
In physical terms, EFT impacts the autonomic nervous system. A negative thought, experience or memory will trigger a conditioned stress response, i.e. fight-or-flight, that starts in your brain, invoking the sympathetic nervous system. With EFT, you’re re-conditioning the brain to produce a relaxation response, invoking the parasympathetic nervous system. The tapping actually sends a calming signal to the amygdala in the limbic part of your brain. The conditioned association of the stressor is broken, and when EFT is done thoroughly, stays broken. The problem evaporates. Balance and harmony are restored. And you are no longer triggered by the negative emotion or event.
“God made food, the devil, the cooks.”
―James Joyce, Ulysses
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