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Denise Grieve

Reiki, EFT, meditation, mindfulness


What is EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and what is it like to have an EFT session ?

What is EFT tapping ?

Emotional freedom technique (EFT) is a treatment for physical pain and emotional distress. It can also be referred to as tapping or psychological acupressure. It has been found that, by tapping the body on specific points, we can create a balance in your energy system and treat pain. According to its developer, Gary Craig, a disruption in energy is the cause of all negative emotions and pain. EFT tapping is also used to treat people with anxiety, eating disorders, depression, fears and phobias, addictions and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). EFT can be described as acupuncture without the needles. It is also taught during the treatment session so that it is passed on, giving you a helpful tool which can be used when needed outside of the therapy space. It is shared and offered as a healing gift. People using EFT tapping are often referred to as ‘happy tappers’ and for good reason ! As EFT is a powerful unblocking technique that can at times release intense and overwhelming emotions and physical sensations, I always recommend learning this technique with an experienced practitioner who understands the process and who can guide you through this release, ensuring that you remain calm and feel safe during and following the session.

How does EFT tapping work ?

Similar to acupuncture, EFT focuses on the meridian energy points to restore balance to our body’s energy. By restoring this energy balance, we can relieve symptoms caused by negative experiences or painful emotion.

Based on Chinese medicine, meridian points are thought of as areas in the body that energy flows through. These pathways help balance energy flow to maintain good health and well-being. Any imbalances in this energy system can result in disease or sickness.

As acupuncture uses needles to apply pressure to these energy points, EFT uses fingertip tapping. Stimulating the meridian points through EFT tapping can reduce the stress or negative emotion you feel from your issue, restoring balance.

An EFT treatment session

There are 5 basic steps to an EFT session. They are as follows ;

  1. Identifying the issue
    The main issue becomes the focus of the tapping therefore it is identified at the start of the session;
  2. Test the initial intensity
    The intensity level of the issue is rated on a scale from 0 to 10, with 10 being the worst it’s ever been. This helps to monitor your progress following a completed EFT sequence.
  3. The setup
    Before tapping, with help, you will establish a phrase which must focus on two main goals :
         • acknowledging the issues
         • accepting yourself despite the problem
    The traditional setup phrase is : “Even though I have this [fear or problem], I deeply and completely accept myself.” This phrase can be altered so that it truly fits your own personal issue.
  4. EFT tapping sequence
    The EFT sequence is tapped on the ends of 3 to 9 meridian points.
    There are 12 major meridians that mirror each side of the body and correspond to an internal organ. However, EFT mainly focuses on nine. During your EFT session, you will be introduced to these tapping points
  5. Test the final intensity
    Finally, you will rate your intensity level on a scale from 0 to 10, comparing it with your initial intensity level. The sequence can then be repeated.