What is EFT?
EFT, or Emotional Freedom Techniques, is a form of psychological acupressure that is based on the principles of acupuncture. It involves tapping on specific acupressure points on the body while focusing on a particular issue or emotion. The goal of EFT is to release negative emotions and to restore balance to the body’s energy system. EFT is often used to treat a wide range of emotional and physical conditions, including anxiety, stress, phobias, and pain. It is a relatively simple and non-invasive technique that can be done by individuals on their own, or with the help of a trained practitioner.
How do I do EFT?
Here is a basic outline of how to do EFT:
- Identify the issue or emotion you want to work on. This could be a specific fear, worry, or physical symptom.
- Rate the intensity of your issue or emotion on a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 being no intensity and 10 being the highest intensity.
- Tap on the “karate chop” point on the side of your hand while repeating a phrase that acknowledges the issue or emotion, such as “Even though I have this fear of public speaking, I deeply and completely accept myself.”
- Tap on the following acupressure points in sequence while focusing on your issue or emotion:
- The top of the head
- The beginning of the eyebrow
- The side of the eye
- Under the eye
- Under the nose
- Under the mouth
- Under the collarbone
- The side of the hand
- After tapping on each point, take a deep breath and check in with yourself to see if the intensity of your issue or emotion has changed. If it has, rate it again on a scale of 0 to 10.
- Repeat the tapping sequence until you feel a significant reduction in the intensity of your issue or emotion.
It’s important to remember that everyone’s experience with EFT is different, and it may take some time and practice to get the hang of it. It can also be helpful to work with a trained EFT practitioner who can guide you through the process and provide support and guidance.
What can be helped by EFT?
It is often used to help with a wide range of emotional and physical issues, including:
- Anxiety and stress
- Phobias and fears
- Depression and other mood disorders
- Trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Chronic pain and other physical symptoms
EFT has also been shown to be effective in helping with a variety of other issues, such as weight loss, addiction, and performance anxiety.