Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) / Tapping
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a method designed to free us from unwanted emotions. Energy EFT goes one step further and aims to increase the energy flow beyond the absence of negative emotions and strives for highly positive and energized states.
A series of energy channels (meridians) run through our body. They form an energy system that supplies every organ, every muscle, every cell with what traditional Eastern teaching refers to as the life energy or qi/ch’i. It forms the third part in the triad of mind, body and spirit.
Emotions are the energy system’s way of telling us how well our energy flows. When it flows freely, we feel full of life and at ‘ease’ with ourselves and the world around us. Being at ‘ease’ makes us better equipped to tackle whatever life throws at us and we may experience a sense of better health and well-being. If we think of our ‘energy body’ as a mobile phone, we would not only have a full battery that continuously recharges itself but also enjoy a five-bar network signal.
Unwanted emotions are our energy systems warning signals. We may experience them as stress, anxiety, phobia, fatigue or types of pain. ‘Dis-ease’ is our energy system’s equivalent to the bleeps on a mobile phone when the battery power drops. By acknowledging the emotion and gently tapping on specific energy points (acupoints) on our body, we improve and balance the flow of energy, recharge our batteries, and may be ‘at ease’ again.
During a 1-to-1 EFT session you will work with your practitioner to identify your unwanted emotions. You will then activate your energy system by tapping on a set of acupoints on head and hands to eliminate any disturbances in your body’s energy flow. Tapping is easy to do yourself and your practitioner will guide you through the process.
EFT was first formulated in the 1990s in the US by Gary Craig, an NLP Master Practitioner and student of Dr Roger Callahan, a clinical psychologist and founder of the Thought Field Therapy (TFT). Callahan was the first to use a sequential tapping procedure in the 1980s combining elements of western treatment methods with eastern energy techniques.
EFT is non-invasive and suitable as a stand-alone treatment or alongside medical treatment, for example to support individuals and those close to them during times of emotional stress after a medical diagnosis.
A typical private EFT session lasts approximately an hour.