The Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT is also known unofficially to some as the Tapping Technique. EFT is a form of treatment that utilises and combines several aspects of alternative medicine including, Acupuncture, Energy Medicine, Thought Field Therapy (TFT) and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). These various methods are often referred to under the umbrella term energy psychology and are used to treat a range of physical and psychological issues including;
- Phobias / Fears
- OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
- Anger Management
- Severe Trauma
EFT works on the basis that the reason for all negative emotions are due to an interruption in the body’s energy field and strives to address and resolve the negative emotions that cause an undesirable impact on the rest of the body. This is achieved by concentrating on the specific problem while tapping the end points of energy meridians using fingers; this process sends kinetic energy to the energy system, essentially “resetting” the body’s learnt response to certain stimuli, by ridding the body of the negative emotion attached to it.
First of all your practitioner will ask you to rate your physical or emotional pain on a Subjective Units of Distress scale (SUDS) which ranges between 0 – 10, you will then begin the process of tapping defined meridian points on the body while repeating a key word or affirmation relating to the pain; minor eye movements or mental tasks can be applied at this point. Your SUDS result will then be re-scored and repeated until your pain level score is reduced or gone.
The great thing about EFT is once you know how to use the technique, you can practise it on yourself at any time and any place to further support your recovery.