The Emotional Freedom Technique was developed in the 1990’s by an engineer Gary Craig, with its origins stemming from the ‘Thought Field Therapy’ of Dr Roger Callahan in the 1980’s. EFT is an easy to use self-help tool that involves both the body and the mind to assist in transforming the way we feel, as well as addressing how our emotions affect us physically.
By using a series of acupressure points on the head, face, hands and body we ‘tap’ on them to assist in activating our body’s natural energy field and meridian system. We can use EFT to look at past events, to help identify thoughts that can be affecting our experiences in our daily lives and once highlighted we can work to empower ourselves to make changes for the better.
EFT is designed to calm down the emotional part of our brain ( the limbic brain) in times of stress by releasing calming chemicals into the body to combat the “Fight or Flight” response. Our “Fight or Flight” response is kicked into gear by our survival brain (the brain stem) when we are exposed to threats or situations that we perceive as alarming. Often the pressures of our modern day living are causing us to be in this state on an almost permanent basis. EFT can teach us how to calm ourselves down in any situation.
Research has shown that EFT works to form new neural pathways in the brain, re-wiring old thought patterns and beliefs. EFT is great for dealing with anxiety, trauma, fear, grief, and stress while promoting relaxation, creativity, motivation, confidence and peace within yourself.