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EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is often referred to as ‘psychological acupressure’.  It works by gently tapping on specific points whilst holding the unwanted emotion in your mind.  These points are the same as those used in acupuncture but we tap on the points instead of using needles. During the session you will tap on yourself on certain points on your face and upper body.  The basis of EFT is that all negative emotions are caused by a disruption in the body’s energy system.  What I particularly love is that this can be learnt by anyone and then used as and when needed/wanted which is unlike so many other modalities.  My children are great advocates of EFT and not just because I am their mum (!) but because they have seen and felt the results for themselves.  This technique is fast-growing and is used worldwide increasingly by doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists as well as nurses, therapists and 'lay people' to bring about  symptomatic relief for their clients/patients.

 

We have an electrical nature which is the key to understanding how EFT works.  Just think about what happens if you shuffle your feet across the carpet and then touch something metal – you get an ‘electric  shock’.  This would not happen if we did not have an electrical (energy) nature. Similarly, if you burn yourself you soon know about it; the messages are sent electrically to your brain.  Doctors also record this electrical activity with EEG’s (brain activity) and ECG’s (heart activity), so the flow of this energy is vital to our physical well-being and disruptions to this flow cause the unwanted emotions and behaviour.  Fortunately, we have this incredible technique which will restore the balance in the energy system resulting in the negative emotion no longer being there.

 

The result is that, not only is the negative emotion/pain no longer there but we are left feeling more relaxed both emotionally and physically and possibly with a different perspective and renewed sense of ourself.


 

HISTORY

 

All energy therapies can trace their origins to acupuncture and shiatsu.  When acupuncture came to the West it took two roads; one was in its pure form and the other was a fusion with western ideas resulting in modern energy techniques.  In the 70’s a psychologist, Dr Roger Callahan, studied kinesiology and investigated Eastern health principles and was particularly interested in tapping on meridian points.  He called this TFT (Thought Field Therapy).

 

Gary Craig(the founder of EFT) developed this further as his keen interest in personal development lead him to seek out approaches which had real, sustainable results without the individual being re-traumatised.  He has worked with people with a huge, diverse range of problems from fears and phobias to addictions to physical pain.  He also had great success with war veterans who were suffering with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) in just a few sessions.  He has very generously given this technique to the world as his aim has been to get this to as many people as possible.

 

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