Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is an emotional healing technique that focuses on releasing energy blockages associated with our emotional challenges. The primary principle of EFT is that:
“Our negative emotions are caused by a disruption in the body’s energy system“.
It is also referred to as “psychological acupressure” because it is base on the same energy meridian system in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It works by tapping gently on the end points of the major energy meridians while focusing on specific emotional discomfort and voicing positive affirmation. The tapping balances energy meridians that has become disrupted due to emotionally disturbing circumstances.
EFT is a safe technique to be used for working through emotional challenges (such as PTSD, anxiety, depression, grieve), limiting beliefs (such as self-doubt, poor self-image), dysfunctional behaviours (such as eating disorders, procrastination, food cravings), and physical aliments that may have an emotional factors (such as hypertension, pain, obesity). It is easy to learn and is an excellent self-help technique to address some of our emotional stress. Please note that it cannot be used as a replacement of other treatments, such as psychotherapies, counselling, manual therapy, nutritional balancing, etc.
Here are some fantastic resources of EFT to get started:
Once you have experience EFT and feel that it is suitable for you, it is highly recommended to find an experience EFT practitioner who can assist you to deepen the healing journey.
In addition to psychological components, there is an extensive combination of genetic, environmental, lifestyle, dietary, biochemical, and physical factors that contribute to our mental well-being. Please explore some of these possible contributing factors with your practitioner to ensure that you are resolving the root cause of your mental health challenges:
To be aware of the possible root causes to your specific mental health challenge is the first step to recovery. Base on your unique biochemical individuality, your practitioner may choose to investigate one or more of the above areas as well as others that have not been mentioned here.
G Brattberg, MD. Self-administered EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) in Individuals With Fibromyalgia: A Randomized Trial. Integrative Medicine • Vol. 7, No. 4 • Aug/Sep 2008
Psychological Trauma Symptom Improvement in Veterans Using Emotional Freedom Techniques: A Randomized Controlled Trial; Journal of Nervous & Mental Disease: February 2013 – Volume 201 – Issue 2 – p 153–160
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