Emotional Freedom Techniques
After a session with Lou Ellyn and EFT about a trauma when I was fifteen, I can no longer feel upset and stuck when I think about that incident. Instead when I think back I see and feel and remember that I am powerful, that I have options, and that I have people who love me and can help me. – LM
What is EFT?
EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques, a technique that balances and restores your body’s natural energies. It is called “tapping” because you use your fingertips to stimulate acupuncture points on the hands, face, and upper body. This action, combined with language, stimulates the body’s energy meridian system, calms the body’s biochemistry from a stressful condition. It is used to dial down upsetting emotions, rewire neural pathways from negative thinking and feeling, and change limiting beliefs. It also feels very relaxing.
The roots of “tapping” go back thousands of years, in the practice of acupuncture, yoga, and Tai Chi to name just a few. But tapping is thoroughly modern and you don’t have to believe anything for it to work. In fact, it works well with skeptics!
When you need to present an idea at work in front of your colleagues or have a difficult conversation with someone in your family, you might get anxious feelings, shortness of breath, or something weird happens to your voice so the point you want to make gets lost. That is the kind of physical and emotional “trigger” that EFT or “tapping” helps clear. We use EFT to re-wire the neural pathways that keep leading you to shut down in situations that have always triggered you so that you have more ease and courage when speaking up. I coach you through the situations that are most challenging to you and teach you how to apply this tool in your personal life.
Research on EFT
EFT has been researched in more than 10 countries, by more than 60 investigators, whose results have been published in more than 100 different journal articles. The research shows that EFT is able to rapidly reduce the emotional impact of memories and incidents that trigger emotional distress. While EFT is still considered experimental in nature, it is gaining scientific support as a result of its increasing body of research in peer-reviewed journals.