About EFT Tapping
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or EFT Tapping is a form of psychological acupressure, combining meridian tapping and modern psychotherapy. It is a gentle technique to help restore the balance of energy flow in all the subtle energy pathways (meridians) of the body. This helps the release of long-held negative thoughts and emotions, restoring free flow of energy throughout the body. Simple tapping with the fingertips is used to stimulate specific energy meridian points on the body, while focusing on a physical or emotional issue. It is a very powerful technique that can provide impressive results for physical, emotional, and performance issues.
The EFT technique was developed by Gary Craig in 1990s. The basic principle behind EFT is that "the cause of ALL negative emotions may it be fears, phobias, anger, grief, anxiety, depression, traumatic memories etc., is a disruption in the body's energy system." Through practice of EFT we restore balance to our body’s energy and mend the negative emotions and physical symptoms.
Trying to meet the demands of modern life, millions of people are experiencing poor health and emotional stress, without knowing how to achieve the joyful and satisfying lives they desire. EFT Tapping can be of great help in releasing the negative emotional charge which may be adversely affecting our physical health. It gives us an opportunity to break through our old conditioned patterns and empowers us to lead a life that is filled with joy, peace and abundance.
Benefits of EFT Tapping
It helps us instantly relax
Researchers at Harvard Medical School found that stimulating acupressure points through Tapping reduces blood flow to the "amygdala", which leads to an increase in endorphins, an increase in soothing GABA waves and reduced cortisol levels. The result is an instant sensation of calmness, and a dramatic reduction in anxiety symptoms.
It is an effective treatment for anxiety disorders
A study conducted by Dr Joaquin Andrade on 5,000 participants suffering from anxiety disorders showed that approximately 50% more patients who underwent energy psychology treatments like Tapping reported complete remission of symptoms when compared to those who underwent conventional treatment.
It aids in weight loss
A study on 96 obese/overweight adults by researchers at the School of Medicine in Griffith University, Australia, found that participants who were trained to use Tapping demonstrated an intense reduction in food cravings. A follow-up study one year later showed persistent results, and an overall decrease in the participants’ Body Mass Index (BMI).
It helps reduce phobias
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology in 2003 showed that one Tapping session with 35 participants was enough to demonstrate a significant decrease in specific phobias, for instance the phobia of small animals, when compared to conventional treatments like deep breathing. In follow-up tests 6 to 9 months later, those who had experienced Tapping reported even better improvements.
It can help alleviate Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
In a clinical trial at Marshall University Medical School, 32 war veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) were put through a series of Tapping sessions. After just 6 sessions, 87% of these subjects were cleared from any further symptoms of PTSD. As a comparison, conventional therapy typically cures only 40% of PTSD patients.
It significantly reduces pain and depression
In a Swedish study, fibromyalgia patients who were given Tapping exercises reported a 29% improvement in depression symptoms and a 22% drop in pain within just 8 weeks: a result they would not have accomplished through conventional treatment.