Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

What is EFT: EFT is otherwise known as Emotional Freedom Technique. It’s a type of Meridian Tapping that is connected with Chinese acupressure and modern day psychology. This technique has been shown to be very successful and has surprising results.

What does EFT treat: EFT can be used to treat anything from pain relief, early and recent life traumas, weight loss and body image, and even fears and phobias. Tapping has been proven to be a powerful and very well-researched technique.

How does it work: Tapping is similar to what it sounds like. It utilizes the body’s energy meridian points by stimulating them with your fingertips; literally tapping into your body’s own energy and healing power.

Why Does EFT Work?
When you’re experiencing a negative emotional state, your brain goes on alert. It prepares your body to enter a full blown, fight-or-flight response. Our fight-or-flight response is a response that evolved with us throughout time. In ancient days, our fight-or-flight system was triggered by very real, external threats to our survival. Today, that response is rarely activated by a physical threat but more so by an internal, emotional “threat”. In the past, our fight-or-flight response would be triggered if we had a tiger running at us; a serious time to think about survival and an external threat. Internal generated stress can be triggered by negative memories, past trauma, conditioned learning from childhood and so forth.  The stress response from that external threat takes the same form in our bodies from an internal threat, or internal stressors. Just like that external threat, an internal threat gets our adrenaline flowing, heart racing, and so on. What tapping does is halt your fight-or-flight response and reprogram the brain and body to act and react differently. The stress response is going to start in your brain, specifically in the amygdala which is one of the components of the limbic system. The limbic system is the source of our emotions and long term memory, and it’s where negative experiences are stored. Your amygdala is like your body’s own smoke detector. It says, “uh-oh, here comes trouble” or, ”Something is threatening our well-being.” This activation signals the brain to mobilize the body in the fight-or-flight response. Tapping on the meridian points helps to deactivate the amygdala’s alarm and sends a calming response to the body, and then the amygdala recognizes that it’s safe.

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