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.

When carrying out tapping one has to tune into an uncomfortable emotion or state that one suffers from. When we do that the amygdala gets reactivated. However, the subsequent series of tapping on acupressure points actually calms the amygdala and thus “persuades” the body that nothing wrong is happening right now, so that it can stop producing stress hormones. In this way the body “unlearns” the trauma and returns to functioning in a more relaxed and optimal mode. Tapping has also been shown to increase the production of endorphins and assist in overcoming chocolate and other ‘comfort-food’ cravings.

How did EFT come about?

Before EFT was devised Roger Callahan and American psychotherapist, In the 1980’s developed TFT (Thought Field Therapy). In the 90’s, Gary Craig became a student of Roger Callahan and through his learning practise, Gary Craig recognised the need to make this therapy easier, and to encompass all issues easier without the need to learn each meridian point. His method became know as EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique).

Both forms of tapping therapies have been recognized for achieving amazing results where various conventional means have failed. In the States EFT has been used successfully in restoring to life war veterans suffering from severe Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. There are countless examples on YouTube.