Used by over 10 million people worldwide, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is effectively the love child of acupressure and neuroscience! It’s a fairly new psychological discovery, helping to remove ‘blockages’ in the energy system…but with a scientific twist.
It’s an awesome way of clearing out limiting beliefs, restrictive behaviours and doing away with negative thought cycles for good. EFT cleverly fuses Ancient Chinese, modern psychology and neuroscience to create a self-help technique to alleviate both mental and physical complaints.
What can EFT be used for?
Now that’s a fantastic question! EFT, or Tapping as it’s sometimes known, could be used as an aid for:
- Post traumatic stress disorder
- Weight loss
- Boosting motivation to exercise
- Compulsive / impulsive behaviour
- Low self esteem
- Lack of confidence
Yes, rather amazingly, EFT can be used as a physical pain reliever – from headaches to complaints such as chronic back pain, fibromyalgia, shoulder pain, trapped nerves, sciatica, trigeminal neuralgia and much more. This is because physical issues start out as mental thought processes that get stuck in the system.
“I started working with The Brain Trainer when I had some health problems earlier this year. It worked beautifully. I not only started feeling better about myself, but my health improved – I became aware I was more accepting of who I am. My anxiety reduced and what The Brain Trainer helped me to discover is that I had a constant flow of negative self-talk going on in our subconscious mind that has been left uninterrupted since childhood. She helped change this by training my brain from negative to positive messages.
Heather radiates warmth and understanding when you speak with her and although EFT is a tool that you can use independently, Heather has a way of identifying what words you need to hear during your EFT session to amplifies its efficacy.”
Studies to prove that EFT works
For those of you who may be a little cynical about EFT, there have been a number of studies proving that EFT works for several different issues. In October 2016 there was an investigation as to whether or not EFT was an effective self-help aid for people suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. The findings concluded that, yes, “a series of 4-10 EFT sessions is an efficacious treatment for PTSD.” If that isn’t enough to whet your appetite, another study in August 2016 confirmed EFT tapping is “highly effective” in reducing symptoms of depression. It doesn’t even stop there! Yet another study, conducted in September 2016, revealed EFT helps teens with anxiety. Just take a look at this entire medical database on EFT to see just why doctors, nurses and professors are waxing lyrical about this amazing self help technique.
Where are the EFT points?
Acupoints are the various areas on the body we use during EFT. Some of them can be found here in our handy little guide. But just in case you’re enjoying this blog too much, here they are again:
- Karate chop point
- Top of the head
- Eyebrow point – where the eyebrow starts
- Side of the eye
- Under the eye
- Under the arms
How does EFT work?
Now you know the Acupoints, you’ll need to learn some powerful affirmations (or SayIts™ as I like to call them!). You can tailor these affirmations to your specific need. For example, if you’re tapping to big-up your self confidence then a great one would be “Even though I have low self confidence, I am strong. I am beautiful. I am enough.”
These awesome lil’ affirmations are designed to supercharge your tapping practice by admitting to yourself where you are, how you are feeling etc (a hard thing to do for a lot of people, but once you’ve done it, everything else will flow through!). You then tap on the Acupoints, giving your brain a chance to rewire itself, focus, unblock your energy system and restore emotional harmony. But what’s the science behind it?
Well…when you’re tapping on the points, you’re sending kinetic energy straight to your system and inducing a mini REM cycle in your brain. As we already know, rapid-eye movement (REM) is a crucial part of sleep – it reorganises the brain and changes how we store, process and retain information. Pretty cool, huh?
It also activates/connects with the amygdala gland – that’s responsible for the fight flight freeze response and calms down the body’s reaction to a perceived threat. This continued way to reduce and make the body calm will train the body’s response and therefore the brain.
If you wanted to delve even deeper into the marvellous science of EFT then check this out (Warning! Cool science ahead!)
Tapping wakes up the ‘mechanoreceptors’ under your skin. These little beauties respond to forces including tapping and massaging, making them super sensitive to stimulation. The acupoints on the body just so happen to have the highest concentration of mechanoreceptors – so you can see why it feels so good to tap them!
So, when we stimulate the mechanoreceptors it sends a message to the somato-sensory cortex (that’s the main receptive area for the sense touch to you and I!). This signal carries on through to the amygdala and hippocampus (parts of the limbic system in charge of emotional life and formation of memories!). The signal interrupts the current negative thought patterns in your brain and replaces them.
How can EFT help me lose weight?
As The Brain Trainer, I discovered that losing weight is one of the most popular reasons my clients choose EFT. It’s kind of like laying a foundation using tapping techniques, so you can pave your way to automatically making positive choices about food, as well as experiencing a huge motivational boost. EFT can help you lose weight by:
- Reducing stress and anxiety (reducing that annoying stress hormone cortisol which can make you put on weight!)
- Taking away the need for emotional over-eating or binge eating
- Overcoming cravings for unhealthy foods and replacing them with cravings for healthy foods.
- Reducing body image shame so you stop avoiding exercising in public whether that’s going to the gym or just for a run around your neighbourhood
- Encouraging self-love
So…why should I choose EFT?
There are so many reasons why you should choose EFT. Here are just a few:
- No need for drugs or any other types of medicine
- Clinically proven to be effective
- Can be done in the comfort of your own home by yourself
- It’s something completely different
- It’s a proactive technique