EFT (also commonly called ‘tapping’) stands for Emotional Freedom Technique. Becoming widely popular and shown to be effective in peer reviewed studies, this modality uses the Chinese meridian system (just like in acupuncture) to move stuck emotional energy out of the body.
The modality was first developed by Dr. Roger Callahan in the 1980s, but it is rooted in the healing tradition of Chinese Medicine which dates back thousands of years.
Through finger tapping on specific points of the face and upper body, you access nonverbal portions of the brain (such as the amygdala or ‘reptilian brain’) which have triggered the Fight, Flight (or Freeze) response. Fight or Flight was a very helpful response in prehistoric times when we had to watch out for much faster animals with big teeth. Huge quantities of adrenaline and cortisol kicked in and all our energy went into our lower extremities helping us to survive potential attack.
Unfortunately, our bodies haven’t caught up with the changing times, and the Fight or Flight response kicks in when many non life-threatening situations—such as getting cut off in traffic, getting the stink-eye from a colleague, or public speaking.
When we tap we reduce those cortisol levels, allowing our energy to return the the prefrontal cortex section of the brain where higher level thinking, creativity, and problem-solving occur.
Like Matrix Reimprinting, EFT sessions are painless (both emotionally and physically) and thousands of people (including myself!) have experienced relief from things like:
- Hot Flashes
- Negative core beliefs
- Birth traumas
- Relationship problems
I’ve personally been blown away at how quickly EFT can clear issues when people have ‘tried everything’ – including therapy, conventional and alternative medicine, and tons of other strategies.
With the client’s consent, I now incorporate EFT tapping into my coaching programs. It is particularly effective for clients who find that self-limiting behaviors and beliefs keep stubbornly returning, even when they cognitively ‘get it’ and are ready to change.
Because of its ability to reach underneath into the subconscious layers, tapping can work on issues that years of talk therapy didn’t touch. All that talking doesn’t do jack with getting through to the nonverbal amygdala.
It also works for issues that came up yesterday, or today.
The beautiful thing about EFT is that it’s a technique that ‘teaches you how to fish.’ Anyone can do it by themselves. In addition to working with a practitioner to resolve your deeper issues, you can use EFT on yourself to calm anxiety, reduce physical pain, and much more. (Like, say, working through your fears about aging!)