Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) in Reading, Berkshire
EFT, often called “Tapping Therapy”, can best be described as an emotional clearing technique that releases any ‘stuck’ feeling which is preventing you from moving froward in your life. It works by tapping with fingers on various acupressure or energy points on the body, just as acupuncturists do. It can be described as a kind of psychological acupuncture, but without the needles.
It works on the understanding that our thoughts about ourselves, our experiences and circumstances can disrupt the energy system in our body and that these disruptions can cause negative feelings, which then manifest as physical symptoms. So it’s based on the premise that the underlying cause of all negative emotions is a disruption or imbalance in the body’s energy system. Therefore by tapping on the meridian or acupressure points around the body, the blocked energy can be released and the body’s natural energy (chi) can flow freely once again, creating positive change as it does so. When this happens the problem, negative emotion or physical symptom often reduces or eliminated, in some cases.
“These methods (EFT,TFT) do not rely on insight and understanding, but on shifting internal states of bodily experience. [They] can bring about remarkably rapid changes in the way people feel and move through the world.”
— Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D. Medical Director, the Trauma Center, Boston, MA Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine
EFT involves focusing on either the negative feeling you want to change or an anxiety producing event, while tapping with fingers on specific points on the meridians – points located on the head, face, upper body and hands. Lightly tapping with fingertips around these points rebalances the energy system which then gently changes the feelings, but often dramatically. Usually, when the feelings are different, you spontaneously think about things differently as well. This is called the Mind-Body connection.
It is used on a whole range of issues and conditions including anxiety & panic, phobias, tension and stress, aches and pains, confidence issues, traumatic experiences, addictive behaviours and weight issues. It is particularly helpful in overcoming cravings and negative thoughts. This simple but highly effective process is especially useful for releasing negative memories or relieving the burdens of childhood memories, and even though the memory remains after a course of treatments with EFT, the emotional charge which was attached to the memory normally loses its intensity.
The beauty of this technique is that it can easily be learned by anyone, and it can be used in-between the therapy sessions, as a self-help tool to alleviate discomfort, emotional upset, or simply to boost one’s confidence.
Here’s an interesting clip by Professor Tony Stewart, appearing on BBC Midlands, talking about the effectiveness of EFT and outlining the findings of an NHS trial using EFT.
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