Emotional Freedom Technique
Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire and West Midlands
A disruption in the Energy system is the cause of all negative emotions
- Gary Craig (www.Emofree.com)
What Is EFT?
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), also called Tapping, is part of Energy Psychology, and is based on the practice of Chinese acupuncture. Tapping is acupuncture without needles and quick results can be achieved by tapping end points of the energy lines called Meridians.
What Is Energy Psychology?
Energy psychology is based on the belief that mental health and physical health conditions are related to altered flow and function in the body’s electrical energies and energy fields. Tapping is believed to manipulate the body’s electricity and energy to enable healing. In turn, this intervention retrains the brain and allows us to overcome physical and emotional disruptions in the body and mind, affecting health and well-being.
Traumatic events trapped in the mind-body system, can have a negative impact on a person's health, outlook, experiences, emotional regulation, and their ability to relate to others. It is also believed that energy psychology techniques may also help a person release traumas (big and small) more rapidly than with talking therapies alone.
Traumatic memories and fears create a state called Hyperarousal, which is a heightened psychological and physiological state also known as Fight, Flight, Freeze response. It presents as muscular tension, decreased tolerance for pain, feelings of dread, jumpiness, difficulty sleeping, and increased emotional response, nightmares and flashbacks.
Energy psychology stimulates meridian points and sends signals to the brain to help reduce hyperarousal, which when combined with the memory of or exposure to things that produce anxiety and negative emotion, the body and mind become better able to create new, healthier responses.
Do you carry pain in your body that has no logical reason and no medical tests can explain?
Here’s a thought. ‘S/he’s a pain in the neck!’ The body is a metaphor for our thoughts so in this case, you might find that you have a constant neck or shoulder ache as a result of someone irritating you. ‘S/he’s a pain in the butt’ could result in sciatica. Lack of support could create back and hip ache.
Look at the diagram below 'Emotional Energy Centres of the Body' where it is thought that any disruptions in our energy system are carried in certain parts of the body.
What types of ‘tapping’ are there?
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) - usually involves talking whilst tapping a set sequence starting with the side of the hand, then beginning of the eyebrow, side of eye (end of eyebrow), under eye, under nose, under bottom lip, collar bone (where we’d knot a tie), under the armpit (a hand’s width down) and top of the head. There are also tapping points in the hands and fingers (which are usually used in TFT (see below)) but usually just the main points will get good results.
Our bodies talk to us through discomfort and pain but most of the time we’re too busy to ‘listen’ and find temporary help in medications, which only mask the underlying issues.
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Thought Field Therapy (TFT) - is just that. The issue doesn’t have to be discussed. For instance, you might feel guilt or shame about something you’d rather not disclose but there’s no need to say why. We would do a short cut version of tapping, which could also involve the hands and fingers and another point called the GAMUT.
Example: ANGER we’d tap the inside side of the tiny finger and then the collarbone together with a 9Gamut series, which involves tapping on the GAMUT point combined with various eye movements, humming, counting and then a repetition of tapping the tiny finger and the collarbone.
Picture Tapping Technique (PTT) – combines the power of EFT with the power of the imagination. It doesn’t replace EFT but can be less traumatic for the individual as they dissociate by drawing a series of pictures that metaphorically verbalise their current state.
For instance, when a child or other has difficulty talking about an issue, they are encouraged to draw sequential pictures of what’s bothering them and using EFT on the body, describes the picture. Very often, these pictures are abstract so it’s not easy to discern what has been drawn, which is the whole point and it does keep the individual ‘safe.’
More info is here (https://www.picturetapping.com).