What is EFT?
You may have heard about EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique. Maybe you still ask yourself, “What is EFT” or “How do I use it?”. EFT is something that you can do yourself, which is one of its vast benefits. It combines elements of self-hypnosis, acupressure, is non-invasive, easy and quick to learn. EFT uses a combination of light, physical tapping, and positive self-talk. This helps to focus the mind on allowing it to establish new patterns of beliefs and thoughts.
People who have used the EFT self-help technique have found it to be helpful with anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. EFT is especially useful when used with other traditional therapies, a healthy lifestyle, and modalities like meditation and yoga. If you ever suffer from stress or low mood, EFT could be worth a try.
The Mind-Body Connection
Studies have shown that the mind can have a powerful effect on physical and emotional states. This creates a basis for EFT that is well established in science. Research also tells us we can reprogram the brain to have a more positive mindset.
Scientific research has proven that we can build positive neural pathways in our brains by using techniques such as affirmations. Instead of a vicious cycle of fear and reaction, you can create positive thoughts and beliefs that put you in control of your self-talk.
Is it all in your head? Maybe…
Using physical tapping and repeating a positive mantra to work through negative emotions. EFT then works directly on the part of the brain that deals with the fight-or-flight response, the amygdala. Part of the brain’s limbic system, the amygdala reacts to stress. Your mind can get stuck in a pattern of over-reacting to perceived threats. It’s usually something you’re anxious about, like public speaking, or a fear of heights. Therapies like EFT can effectively dial down the amygdala. This will allow you to reprogram your brain’s response to stress.
EFT is similar to traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture, and acupressure. In this way, EFT focuses on the energy circuits or meridians that run through the body. We use the tips of one or two fingers to gently but firmly tap the body. With this, the body reacts to this as a type of acupressure. In TCM, the meridians form a complex network of energy pathways. They begin in particular organs and correspond to specific sets of symptoms. There are points or hotspots along the meridians. These can be tapped, pressed, or rubbed to promote physical and emotional healing.
Acupressure and Meridians
Energy healers believe that by applying pressure to these energy points, you can access the energy meridians. This can then address any imbalances that are influencing your emotional or physical health. Through EFT, you can learn to reduce stress, anxiety, and tension, and promote a deeper mind-body connection. All this, just by gently tapping on the endpoints of the meridians.
You might describe EFT as a kind of psychological acupressure. In this way, the light tapping with your fingertips transfers kinetic energy into specific meridians. As you tap, you mention aloud a particular worry or problem. Then you repeat the tapping while vocalizing specific affirmations aimed at addressing that issue. It’s easy enough that anyone can learn to do it, even children.
What is EFT Good For?
It can be especially useful in dealing with:
- Tension, muscular strain, and joint pain
- Boosting energy
- Sleep and fatigue problems
- Tension headaches
- Emotional issues such as depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem
- Removing emotional blocks caused by fear or past trauma
To wrap it up, this helpful tool gives you control over the issues you’re facing. It is not invasive, and you don't need specialized training or equipment, medications, or supplements.
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