Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

EFT often referred to as ‘Tapping’ gives you the power to heal yourself.

The practice consists of tapping with your fingertips on specific meridian points which correspond with emotions and organs of the body, while talking through traumatic memories or other similar images such as having a panic attack, fear of going to deliver a public speech, phobias, intolerances and allergic reactions to foods and other things etc.

What is a meridian point?

Meridian points are certain points that can be mapped throughout the body similar to the ones used for acupuncture or acupressure. Energy circulates through the body alongside this specific network of channels. You can tap into this energy at any point along the system. All negative emotions and physical pain are felt through a disruption of the body’s energy.

I liken this to an image of a map of great Britain’s rivers, which flow endlessly from one area to another, however if a beaver decided to build a dam this would block the flow from going into the next village, shutting off a supply of water (or energy in this case). So, if there is a block in the flow of energy in the body for any particular reason it could cause emotional or physical issues, intolerances or addictions.

Dr Dawson Church, says that ‘Acupoint tapping sends signals directly to the stress centres in the mid-brain, not mediated by the frontal lobes (the thinking part, active in talking therapy)’. Because EFT simultaneously accesses stress on physical and emotional levels, he adds, ‘EFT gives you the best of both worlds, mind and body, like getting a massage during a psychotherapy session’. In fact, it’s EFT’S ability to access the amygdala and almond shaped part of your brain that initiates your body’s negative reaction to fear, a process we refer to as fight flight or freeze response that is so powerful. Think of the amygdala as your own personal alarm system, when you experience fear or trauma your body is flooded with the hormone cortisol the ‘stress hormone’. When EFT is used it calms the system down and works on the issue you have discussed together.

Tapping allows the free flow of energies allowing the body to access the yin/yang elements of harmony placing the body and mind in a more neutral area.

A treatment takes approximately one hour and is quite relaxing and empowering. You may be asked to continue the treatment at home as a follow up.

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