What is the Emotional Freedom Technique?
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is tapping with the tips of the fingers on the certain energy points within the meridian system releasing negative energy, allowing positive energy in your body. The effects are often felt immediately.
How does it work so successfully?
Recent scientific studies have begun to throw light on this mystery. It appears that tapping has a calming effect on the amygdala – a “fear centre” in our brain responsible for the “fight or flight” response. The amygdala gets activated in response to perceived danger, either real or imaginary.
Originally designed to help us survive life in the wild, the “fight or flight” response was essential when our ancient ancestors were faced with sudden, brief danger like, let’s say, a tiger. However useful in short bursts, releasing cortisol too frequently, as we seem to be doing in response to the ongoing or “chronic” stress of modern life, may have serious, even scary, impacts on our physical, mental and emotional health.
By the prompt from the amygdala, adrenaline and cortisol are released to prepare our body for action (i.e. to fight or to run). The aroused amygdala, in interaction with hippocampus, also facilitates the deeper ingraining of the learned information (both emotional and intellectual) in our brain.