Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a powerful tool for releasing negative emotions and promoting emotional wellness. EFT involves tapping on specific points on the body while focusing on a specific issue or emotion. This technique has been shown to have physical and emotional benefits, and has gained popularity in recent years as a form of alternative therapy. In this blog post, we will explore what EFT is, its benefits, how to prepare for a session, the tapping points and setup statement, how to tap through the points, releasing negative emotions, ending the session, and maintaining emotional wellness with EFT.
What is EFT?
EFT is a form of alternative therapy that involves tapping on specific points on the body while focusing on a specific issue or emotion. It is based on the principles of acupuncture and acupressure, but instead of using needles or pressure, it uses tapping with the fingertips. EFT was developed in the 1990s by Gary Craig, who simplified an earlier technique called Thought Field Therapy (TFT).
EFT works by stimulating the body’s energy meridians while focusing on a specific issue or emotion. This helps to release negative emotions and promote emotional wellness. The technique is easy to learn and can be done anywhere at any time.
Benefits of EFT
EFT has been shown to have physical and emotional benefits. Scientific studies have found that EFT can reduce anxiety, depression, PTSD symptoms, pain, and cravings. It has also been shown to improve sleep quality and immune function.
Personal stories of EFT success are also abundant. People have reported relief from phobias, addictions, trauma, grief, anger, guilt, shame, and more. EFT can be used for any issue or emotion that causes distress.
Preparing for EFT
Preparing for an EFT session involves creating a safe and comfortable environment where you can focus on your emotions and issues. It is important to set an intention for the session and choose a specific issue to work on. This can be done alone or with a practitioner.
The EFT Tapping Points
There are nine tapping points on the body that are used in EFT. These points include the top of the head, eyebrow, side of the eye, under the eye, under the nose, chin, collarbone, under the arm, and karate chop point. Each point corresponds to a specific meridian in the body.
The Setup Statement
The setup statement is a phrase that is used to focus on a specific issue or emotion while tapping on the karate chop point. It is important to create a setup statement that is specific and honest. Examples of setup statements include “Even though I feel anxious about my job interview, I deeply and completely accept myself,” or “Even though I feel guilty about my past mistakes, I deeply and completely accept myself.”
Tapping Through the Points
Tapping through the points involves tapping on each point while repeating a reminder phrase that focuses on the issue or emotion being addressed. It is important to tap with the correct pressure and rhythm, and to stay focused on the issue or emotion being addressed.
Releasing Negative Emotions
During tapping, negative emotions may come up. It is important to identify these emotions and release them by tapping through them. If emotions become overwhelming, it is important to take a break or seek support from a practitioner.
Ending the EFT Session
It is important to know when an EFT session is complete by checking in with yourself and your emotions. After tapping, it is important to ground yourself by taking deep breaths or doing something calming like going for a walk or taking a bath.
Maintaining Emotional Wellness with EFT
EFT can be incorporated into daily routines to promote ongoing emotional wellness. It can be used for any issue or emotion that causes distress, and can be done alone or with a practitioner. There are many resources available for further learning and support.
EFT is a powerful tool for releasing negative emotions and promoting emotional wellness. It involves tapping on specific points on the body while focusing on a specific issue or emotion. EFT has physical and emotional benefits, and can be used for any issue or emotion that causes distress. By preparing for a session, tapping through the points, releasing negative emotions, and ending the session, EFT can be incorporated into daily routines to promote ongoing emotional wellness.