What is EFT/tapping?
EFT means “Emotional Freedom Techniques” and is a powerful self-help method often described as “Emotional Acupressure”. EFT uses elements of Cognitive Therapy and Exposure Therapy, and combines them with Acupressure, in the form of fingertip tapping on acupuncture points.
Over 20 clinical trials published in peer-reviewed medical and psychology journals have demonstrated that EFT is effective for phobias, anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, pain, food cravings and many other problems.
For links to the diverse research areas in Emotional Freedom Techniques please see the EFT Universe Research page.
Why see an EFT practitioner?
While I encourage you to continue tapping for yourself (use the quick YouTube video below for a reminder), it is vital to have a skilled practitioner to guide you in finding the underlying causes and contributing aspects of each issue. Without clearing the initial event that created the belief or trauma the tapping will provide relief but it may not be long-term.
The ‘T’ in EFT is actually plural, it stands for a range of techniques that an EFT practitioner is trained to use in various ways. A skilled EFT practitioner will be experienced at knowing when and how to gently apply these techniques to best serve your needs. A practitioner can support you by providing a safe space and time to explore a topic and will ask questions to efficiently get to the core of the problem.
Matrix Reimprinting is an additional method that uses EFT and is particularly swift and gentle in identifying and collapsing past events and beliefs – what you can clear in one-hour with a good Matrix practitioner is amazing!
EFT is not necessarily a talk therapy, a practitioner will ask questions to identify what it is that you need to tap on but you don’t even need to put it in words – the benefit is in tapping on what you are feeling in the moment, not particularly putting words to it or talking things through. The more tapping-time you can fit into your session, the more you will get out of your session.
“Tapping is a subtle technique that seems to work away in the background, releasing you from old ideas and beliefs about your past. I have particularly felt the benefits of doing this practise, and it has helped me get through some stressful months. I have tried various techniques, but I felt that tapping worked really well for me even after the first session. I can highly recommend the services provided by Lou, as she creates a safe and caring environment to work in.”
The most simple and succinct explanation of tapping that I’ve come across:
A short video reminder of the tapping points you can use for quick reference:
Here’s a YouTube playlist of introductory EFT Tapping videos to for a bit more background:
I’ll continue to add to this playlist as good quality videos cross my path.
Tapping in the Media