EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)
EFT, also known as Tapping, is a simple method of removing blocked energy in our bodies. The difficulties we experience in our daily lives are just blockages in our system. When we remove theses blockages our difficulties disappear and we become more energised. Similar to Reiki and Sound Therapy, EFT does not claim to cure ailments/illness but it assists us to cope and manage our lives around our ailments/illness. Some of our physical ailments are stress related and these may disappear after a treatment of either therapy. The main thing that EFT does is bring our bodies into balance and re-energise it.
Why choose EFT?
EFT is a two way process between client and therapist. It can be a quick process or take a few sessions to achieve the goal of the client. The client can also work on the problem at home in there own time. It can be used almost anywhere. There are a few different techniques to EFT, if one does not suit the client they can try another.
The use of a Sue Scale (Subjective Unit of Experience) assists the client measure whether the problem has changed to any degree.
How long is an EFT Session?
An EFT session is usually 45-50 mins long. Allow 60mins for full session as the practitioner will need to make notes before and after session.
Who can receive an EFT session?
Anyone from young to old can partake in an EFT session. Children sessions are different to adult sessions and are not as serious. They are made into a game and can also be enjoyed by groups. Anyone under the age of 16yrs must have an adult present during there session.
What can EFT be used for?
EFT can be used for many things:
- Reduce Anxiety
- Increase general Health
- Manage Stress
- Manage Anger
- Assists in Pain Relief
- Overcome Phobias
- Supports the Immune System
- Preventative Health Care
- Build Confidence
EFT can be a good support in times of exams, interviews, any stressful situation as it will assist a person to relax which inturn allows them to achieve there highest potential.
What can I expect during a EFT session?
The client engages in a process of Tapping on different areas of the body to release energy in the body. The Therapist guides the session and both tap together. Yawning, wanting to move (shake arm, leg, stand, walk) is quite common during the session as this is a sign of energy being released. By the end of the session the client should feel energised and relaxed.
What can I expect after a EFT session?
The feelings after a session vary for each individual. Most feel energised after the session but may become tired a few hours after. A good nights sleep is also reported by many. The therapist will supply information at the end of the session for those who wish (and is usually recommended) to continue working with EFT at home. It is beneficial to work on the same issue you were working on during the session (if it wasn’t resovled completely) or any other issue you would like resovled. It is easy to follow and can be practiced with other family members and friends.
History of EFT
EFT evolved from Dr. Roger Callahan ‘Thought Field Therapy’ (TFT). Dr. Callahan devised a technique of Tapping on a sequence of meridian points to evolve or cure phobias and other problems a client may present with. In the early 1990s Gary Craig, founder of EFT, trained with Dr. Callahan but found an easier system of tapping one sequence for all problems. He found that this was easier for clients to remember. His success rate with EFT was growing rapidly that in 1995, Craig posted the first ever information about EFT. He wanted EFT to be accessible to everyone and it spread worldwide by word of mouth and on internet forums.
Silvia Hartmann, Hypnotherapist, heard about EFT on the internet and was amazed at how quickly this energy work was spreading in such a short time. She researched and studied EFT and went on to developed Gary Craigs EFT even further.
In 1998 people were looking to train in EFT and Hartmann responded to this need. Silvia Hartmann & Chrissie Hardisty founded “The Association for Meridian & Energy Therapies” (The AMT) whose mission was to nurture and promote the “emergent” field. Also in this year, a group of American Psychologists founded “The Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology” (ACEP) (The AMT website).
In 2011, Hartmann developed the ‘EFT Master Practitioner’ course, which is a three day course, to provide a qualification for energists to practice EFT. Hartmann also wrote a book “Energy EFT”, in 2012, to provide practitioners and other energists with the new methods and techniques she had developed from Craigs original EFT.
In 2014, Gary Craig, released ‘Optimal EFT’ which includes the classic EFT, ‘Spiritual Principles and Quantum Physics. This ‘Optimal EFT’ is an indication that EFT cannot evolve any further but may be developed into another area similar to what Craig did with TFT.