EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is an evidence-based therapeutic technique that uses acupressure points to modify the stress response in the body.

EFT is a powerful stress-reduction method based on extensive research. The EFT approach is based on the premise that all negative emotions are caused by a disruption in our subconscious mind. In EFT, we acknowledge our emotions and use them as guides, directing us towards what needs to be resolved.

EFT is a mind-body modality that is safe, gentle, and non-invasive. It combines the physical benefits of acupressure with the cognitive and linguistic benefits of conventional talk therapy, promoting somatic awareness while enabling positive cognitive shifts.

EFT is also known as ‘tapping’ because we tap on and stimulate various pressure points on the face, body and hands as we verbalise our thoughts and feelings. We use EFT to relieve stress, anxiety, low moods and pain, which then alleviates many psychological based concerns, leading to increased clarity, calm and harmony in the mind and body.

EFT Meridian points and talk therapy

EFT has proven effective with a wide range of both physical and emotional issues. EFT Can Help to:

  • Relieve stress
  • Diminish anxiety and anxious fears and feelings
  • Release and transform painful, uncomfortable feelings like anger, guilt, grief, fear, etc.
  • Process grief and loss
  • Heal the effects of emotional trauma, including PTSD symptoms
  • Diminish cravings for foods and addictive substances
  • Resolve emotional eating and weight issues
  • Address relationship problems
  • Gain clarity to make decisions
  • Relieve symptoms of insomnia
  • Increase self-esteem, self-empowerment and confidence
  • Improve or even eliminate chronic physical discomfort or pain
  • Enhance performance in any area; public speaking, sports, musical, artistic, professional, sexual, etc.
  • Resolve financial blocks
  • Increase energy and productivity
  • Empower children, parents and families
  • Benefit the lives of animals
  • Move us beyond negative, self-limiting thoughts and beliefs toward positive change
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EFT operates on the premise that no matter what part of your life needs to change for the better, there are unresolved emotional issues in the way. Tapping as we verbalise the problem allows an acknowledgement, flow and release of uncomfortable feelings like anger, hurt, guilt, fear or grief which may be negatively affecting our daily lives.

Using this technique helps us to become aware of the negative thoughts and beliefs behind our emotional experiences; we use EFT to clear any specific distressing or negative aspects before opening up to more positive possibilities in that area.

EFT helps with Physical Issues

Our negative experiences and subsequent emotions don’t only affect our mind—they have a profound impact on the brain and body too.

Unresolved negative experiences reside as triggers and disruptions in our mind and body. The physical discomfort we feel from those disruptions (for example, tight chest, clenched stomach, racing heart, etc), become attached to the memory of that experience and affect the way we see the world until we clear that disruption.

EFT works with the psychology of the body, as pain is as much psychological as it is physical. For example, the experience of anger releases a hormone in the brain which acts as a numbing agent. Unprocessed emotions from the time of the injury can significantly impede healing. Stress can fuel persistent pain.

When pain is chronic, the brain is flooded with pain signals on a regular basis; it changes your level of focus, concentration and ability to make decisions. The brain stays on high alert, often with the imprint of the memory.

EFT Tapping Points for physical pain - EFT for pain managment
Cactus plant showing pain - help pain with EFT

The mental and emotional aspects of pain can often be neglected as we stay focused solely on the physical. Addressing these helps to recognise root causes and identify current triggers. This is where the psychology of pain helps.

Properly applied, EFT balances our autonomic nervous system and realigns our neural pathways; this disconnects the physical discomfort that we attach to negative feelings and memories, which often helps to ease physical symptoms.

As Dr. Gabor Maté says, “The physiology of one individual cannot be separated from the psychological and social environment.”

EFT has yielded remarkable results for relieving emotional as well as physical distress and often works when nothing else will. Since it does not involve drugs or other medical interventions, it is different from conventional medical approaches.

EFT has been researched in clinical trials and has over 250 publications indicating its effectiveness for a wide range of concerns. With a growing body of research, EFT continues to gain wider recognition within the mainstream psychotherapy and medical community.

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“If you try to change your thoughts by thinking yourself out of them, you’re trying to use the same neural pathways that led you there in the first place. But when you tap, you’re reaching a part of your brain called the midbrain, the emotional brain, the limbic system, the part of your brain that’s all about emotion, all about feeling.” – Dawson Church, PhD