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What is EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)?

EFT is a body/mind self-help method. It combines a gentle touch together with mindful and vocal attention to thoughts and feelings. EFT involves tapping with our fingertips on acupuncture points on the hands, face and upper body while focusing gently upon issues we wish to resolve.

EFT allows us to release and transform the way uncomfortable feelings like hurt, guilt, fear, anger and sadness may be affecting our experience. After just a few rounds of tapping, people often report feeling lighter and calmer and able to breathe more easily – almost as if they now have more space inside. They may report that their thinking has changed, they have gained new insights or that they are feeling better overall.

EFT represents a crossover between counselling skills and complimentary therapy approaches as it deals with the mind and the emotions that are stored in the body.

While ongoing scientific research continues to document and validate EFT as an effective treatment, a growing body of evidence is available.

“Emotions are our body’s reactions to our thoughts.” Ekhart Tolle

EFT Can Help to:

  • Relieve stress and promote general relaxation
  • Release and transform painful, uncomfortable or “negative” emotions like anxiety, sadness, anger, guilt, frustration, etc.
  • Improve some types of physical discomfort
  • Relieve phobias and other fears, including fears around treatments
  • Foster better sleep and sleep habits
  • Increase self-esteem, clear-thinking, positive feelings and a sense of greater peace

What to expect

You will be asked to share what issues are difficult for you and the therapist will explain how EFT will be used to help these issues.

You will be firstly guided into a relaxation practice that you can then learn and do for yourself.

The therapist will then start tapping on acupuncture points around your face and upper body and hands whilst you both discuss the difficulties.

This usually leads to a rapid change in the way the difficulties are experienced and more peace and new ways of thinking emerge.

You will be taught how to tap for yourself as a self-help tool for using in your life.

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Last updated - 09 August 2018
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