What is EFT?
EFT (sometimes also known as 'tapping') is a simple, straightforward and easy to learn technique for approaching stressful problems. It can have profoundly powerful results.
The principles of EFT (which you don't need to believe a word of for EFT to work for you!) are based on the traditional Chinese Medicine theory of meridians, and chi, or ki. Energy (chi, or ki) is present in every living thing, and its easy flow through our bodies (along pathways known as meridians) ensures our systems are healthy and in balance. If there is a blockage or disruption in the flow of that energy, due to injury, stress, or a variety of other factors, the body is out of balance, and prone to illness, pain and mental and emotional disturbance - phobias, for example.
In EFT, you begin to notice and state the problem, little bit by little bit, and tap a small succession of points on your face and body, to help contact and release the roots in the body of troubling thoughts, emotions and memories.
You don’t need to know the cause of the problem for EFT to work, and you don’t need to relive distressing events to work on reducing the effects they have had. A number of sessions (the initial session being 1 1/2 hours, with subsequent sessions of an hour) may be required to deal with your issue - or it may resolve in just one - it's impossible to know until you get started.
If you would like to try EFT with a therapist, you can find details of my individual client work at stressandtraumahelp.com
Some of the issues I have successfully worked with clients on using EFT include:
- Intrusive and disturbing memories
- Stress of all kinds and with many causes
- Feeling low - or very low
- Phobias (public speaking, birds, exams... )
- Persistent Cravings (food, alcohol, sex...)
- Improving self-esteem
- Improving relationships (with partners, family members, bosses...)
- Physical symptoms - where directly caused by stress and emotional tension - including headaches, pain and breathing difficulties
But the list of things people have found relief from using EFT is truly endless - as the founder of EFT, Gary Craig puts it, you can 'Try it on Everything!'