what is EFT?


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Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or Tapping is a unique method for dealing with negative emotions and physical symptoms. This technique is tapping on points – energy hot spots along the meridian system using your fingers. Gary Craig developed EFT in the 1990s. According to Craig, EFT is based on the idea that “The use of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy stem.”

Acupuncture, another healing modality, uses the meridian system but with needles. Tapping combines ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology with undeniable results supported by research.

Tapping can rapidly release the impact of stressful or traumatic life events from the body-mind system to overcome negative emotions such as guilt, shame, fears, phobias, jealousy, and anger. It is also possible to use EFT to reduce physical pain.
The beauty of EFT is that it is easy to learn and use independently. It is a perfect fit for coaching because using EFT helps break up the emotional blocks that keep us from progressing and attaining transformation in our lives. 

Meridians are a network of energy channels that run through the body like blood through veins and arteries. This system was mapped over 5000 years ago by the Chinese.

EFT was developed by Gary Craig in the 1990s. He states that it is based on the idea that, “The use of all negative emotions are a disruption in the body’s energy system.”  

  • Increase energy
  • Improve sleep
  • Heal past traumas
  • Increase productivity
Emotional Freedom Techniques
How to Use EFT
1. Identify an event or situation that has an emotional charge.
2. Determine how strongly you feel the emotion, using a scale 0 – 10. Ten is the maximum intensity and 0 is none. The goal is to get as close to 0 as possible.
3. The setup statement: Repeat this statement one to three times
while tapping on the side-of-hand. Karate Chop (KC)
“Even though I have this_______(name emotion). I deeply love and completely accept myself.”
4. The tapping sequence: Tap about 3 – 5 times on each of the points shown in the diagram, while repeating a short phrase that reminds you of the problem. Note any physical sensations in your body.
5. Check in to determine the level of distress. If there is still a charge, repeat step 3.
“Even though I have some remaining ______(problem), I deeply love and completely accept myself.”
6. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 until your distress level is as close to 0 as possible.
Tips for Best Results:
Be specific.
Focus on the negative.
Tap anytime you’re upset or worried, before meetings or performances, to get rid of nagging thoughts, or even if you lose something like your keys.
It really does work!


Carmen is a Certified EFT Practitioner

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