What is Emotional Freedom Technique?
EFT is a powerful new approach to psychotherapy. It rapidly relieves emotional and psychological distress without medication and without long term talk therapy. EFT uses a simple tapping technique to achieve fast and permanent results for many common issues.
The basic concept of EFT is that all negative emotions are caused by imbalances or blocks in a person’s energy field. A problem can be quickly eliminated by gently tapping on the appropriate spots on the body while focusing on the problem. Don Milton's EFT tutorial videos walk you through this process.
If your first reaction to the above paragraphs is, "What? How in the world could tapping on my body do anything?" you're not alone. EFT is a very different method of dealing with emotional and physical problems. The great thing is that there is no risk in trying EFT, so the best thing to do is give it a shot and see if it works for you.
How does EFT work?
EFT combines Eastern approaches of the mind and body with Western psychology and psychotherapy ideas. EFT is based on the theory that all negative emotion we experience is a result of a blockage somewhere in the body’s energy system. The techniques of EFT remove those blocks.
Think of it as acupuncture without needles. EFT practitioners teach their clients to use a series of taps on acupuncture points while they recall an anxiety-producing event or an ongoing physical problem. Pressure on these acupuncture points relieves the discomfort and the issue dissolves.
What types of problems can EFT help me with?
EFT has been found effective in the treatment of a wide range of emotional and physical problems such as: anger, anxiety, depression, guilt, grief, insomnia and phobias. EFT helps people quit smoking, eliminate food cravings, lose weight, and achieve optimal business or sports performance. It can relieve pain such as fibromyalgia or back pain, and much more. EFT can be used to improve any emotion or situation.
What happens during an EFT video?
During your session, you will be asked to think of a situation, emotion, or past event from which you would like relief. Thinking of this situation, you are then asked to rank how uncomfortable you are on a scale of 1 to 10.
You will be shown how to perform a series of light taps on specific places on your body. These are located on the hands, face, upper body, and head. As you are guided through each EFT tapping point, you will be instructed on how to begin clearing the blocked energy.
In most cases, during the tapping sequence you will begin to experience the problem dissolve. After finishing the tapping, you will then be able to re-rate the level of the emotion on a scale of 1 to 10.
After one session, people generally feel lighter, freer, have more energy and think more clearly.
What’s the success rate?
For emotional issues, people will experience rapid, if not instant, relief 80-90% of the time. Physical concerns such as pain or addiction will be relieved 60-70% of the time. With a focus on the emotional issue behind the physical problem, the success rate rises back up to 80-90%.
These results are typical in working with an experienced professional. You will still get great results with a do-it-yourself video, but like any self help system, you get out of it what you put into it.
How long does it take to see results?
Most people experience positive results during their first EFT session. The complexity of the issue being addressed determines how much more needs to be done. For example, a person experiencing depression may require multiple sessions to clear up related feelings anger and guilt that must be removed first. In other cases, a person will be able to resolve some emotions and as a result of that, something new will surface.
What if I simply don't believe in EFT?
EFT works whether you believe in it or not. Once people start getting results this creates a belief in the process, which further speeds results.
Is EFT safe?
EFT is completely safe and there are no negative side effects. EFT simply removes energy blockages, which allows the person to clear negative emotions.
Will EFT work for children?
EFT is wonderful for children. It's fun and easy for them to use, and it works on children just as well as it does on adults, since it interacts with the exact same energy meridians in the body.
Among many other benefits, EFT can help children with behavior issues at home or in school, it can help them ease anxiety or worries, and it can help them stay focused.
A child that learns EFT will have an excellent resource to use as they grow up. EFT is a great tool for any family to have.
EFT Introduction Videos
Learn more about EFT with these videos featuring Jack Canfield, Bruce Lipton, and Cheryl Richardson.