EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is a brief intervention which combines elements of exposure and cognitive therapy and somatic stimulation. It is often referred to as‘Tapping’ as it uses a two-finger tapping process with a cognitive acceptance statement. EFT Tapping has moved in the past two decades from a fringe therapy to widespread professional acceptance and has been researched in more than 10 countries, by more than 60 investigators, whose results have been published in more than 20 different peer-reviewed journals.
Recent research has shown that EFT appears to affect the amygdala (stress center in the brain) and hippocampus (memory center), and both play a role in the decision process when you decide if something is a threat. Recent research has shown Tapping or holding a sequence of Acupuncture points has a calming effect on the Amygdala the part of our brain responsible for the "Fight or Flight Response" as controlled by the Sympathetic Nervous System which is triggered by fear; real or imagined. Tapping seems to initiate the initiation of the Para-Sympathetic Nervous System which switches off the Fight or Flight mechanism and creates the Relaxation Response and therefore enables us to desensitise ourselves from our problems, faulty thinking and negative mind set and create an environment wherein we can calmly reflect, review and make positive ecological changes to our thinking and feelings and behaviours. This accelerated process enables clients and therapists to work rapidly through layers of decisions and beliefs, memories and emotions to treat the root cause of dysfunction.
How Does It Work?
Using EFT Tapping we select and tune into the issue we want to release i.e. think the thought that creates the emotion or the uncomfortable feeling, or focus on a negative thought or limiting belief. While tuned into that thought /feeling /disturbance we stimulate specific acupressure points on the face and body. This regulates the body’s stress response, has a calming effect on the emotional center of the brain (the amygdala) thereby reducing the response associated with stress and initiates The Relaxation Response in the Autonomic Nervous System producing many beneficial physiological changes. This facilitates a reprocessing of the negative associated emotion or the strength of the limiting belief which simply softens is released and dissolves away.
It's Simple! You focus on what you want to release and tap or hold the acupressure points at the same time.
EFT will often work where nothing else will, providing rapid, long lasting relief. It is gentle with no drugs or equipment involved.
In this video Dr Peta Stapleton, clinical and health psychologist and world researcher in EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) or Tapping outlines the physiological outcomes that occur after EFT, including DNA changes, brain and hormone changes.
How Can It Help Me?
Since all human behaviour arises from a combination of our beliefs and our emotions we now have with EFT and extraordinarily effective tool for real change. EFT has been clinically proven to be effective in 80% of cases for:
• Panic & Anxiety
• Post traumatic syndrome disorder
• Weight Issues
• Eating disorders( Anorexia/Bulimia)
• Painful Memories
• Pain Management
• Children’s anxieties
Factors that limit an individual’s productivity:
• Fear of particular tasks
• Reluctance to rise to a new challenges
• Fear and resistance to change
• Stress related illness and absence
• Health challenges
• Effectiveness of one-to-one and public communication
• Quality of relationships, feelings towards colleagues, clients & customers
• Lack of motivation
• Low morale, negative feelings towards the company
• Speed of learning new tasks Stress at home effecting work
Research & Ongoing Developments
Sue Sawyer has specialised in EFT and is a Master Practitioner and Trainer of EFT. Sue has also attended “The Mastering EFT Workshops” with EFT founder Gary Craig, Dr David Lake and Steve Wells (SET- Simple Energy Techniques) and Robert G Smith (Faster EFT) who are all internationally recognised and innovative leaders and skilled practitioners.
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) has moved in the past two decades from a fringe therapy to widespread professional acceptance. Many research studies show it to be an “evidence-based” practice.
Research Clinical EFT as an Evidence-Based Practice for the Treatment of Psychological and Physiological Conditions
EFT has shown efficacy in several RCTs for anxiety. In one study, students with fear of public speaking received a 45-minute EFT session and improved significantly (Jones, Thornton, & Andrews, 2011). In another, high school students with test anxiety were evaluated before their university entrance exams (Sezgin & Özcan, 2009). Those who learned EFT improved significantly. A control group was taught progressive muscular relaxation. The improvement in the EFT group was significantly greater than that of the control group.
EFT was adopted by a clinic in Britain’s NHS, which performed a “service evaluation” in order to determine the acceptance of EFT by patients and its success in reducing symptoms. This study found a significant improvement in anxiety, with a mean treatment time frame of eight sessions. It also found a significant improvement in overall psychological health and physical functioning (Stewart et al., 2013).
Depression. RCTs in which depression was measured before and after EFT have demonstrated large drops in depressive symptoms. A study examining college students with high levels of depression (“clinical” depression as measured by the Beck Depression Inventory) found that they were in the “normal” range after EFT (Church, De Asis, & Brooks, 2012)
Phobias. Three RCTs have examined the effects of EFT on phobias and found that a single session is usually enough to resolve a phobia (Wells, Polglase, Andrews, & Carrington, 2003; Baker & Siegel, 2010; Salas, Brooks, & Rowe, 2011). All three studies included a follow-up period and found that the phobic responses of participants remained significantly lower than before treatment.
PTSD. EFT has been studied as a treatment for clinical PTSD in three RCTs. One, in a population of 59 war veterans, found that PTSD symptoms dropped into the “normal” range after six sessions of EFT and remained that way on follow-up (Church et al., 2013). A hospital in Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) compared EFT to another efficacious treatment, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and found that both treatments normalized PTSD in an average of four sessions (Karatzias et al., 2011).
Pain and physical symptoms. Veterans were found to experience significant drops in physical pain after EFT (Church, 2013b), as were fibromyalgia sufferers (Brattberg, 2008). When PTSD symptoms were remediated in veterans, symptoms of traumatic brain injury (TBI) were reduced by 41% (p < .0021; Church & Palmer-Hoffman, 2013).
An RCT of patients with tension headaches performed at the Red Cross Hospital in Athens found that the frequency and intensity of their headaches dropped by more than half after EFT, and other physical symptoms improved ; Bougea et al., 2013).
Insomnia. Three studies have examined the effect on insomnia after EFT. The veterans PTSD study referenced above (Church et al., 2013) found a significant improvement in insomnia scores, with mean values dropping from the clinical range to the subclinical range (p < .001). A pilot study of 10 geriatric patients with insomnia noted a similar reduction in insomnia, along with decreases in anxiety and depression, and an increase in life satisfaction (Lee, Suh, Chung, & Kim, 2011). This led to an RCT conducted with 20 participants that compared EFT to an active control, Sleep Hygiene Education (Lee & Kim, 2013). It demonstrated significant reductions in depression and insomnia. Insomnia is related to stress and to the regulation of the autonomic nervous system; the improvements found in these studies demonstrate the association between a reduction in stress symptoms and decreases in insomnia.
Weight loss and cravings. Studies have examined the use of EFT for weight loss and food cravings. An RCT found that EFT improved restraint (Stapleton, Sheldon, Porter, & Whitty, 2011) and that, in the year following an EFT weight loss program, participants lost an average of 11.1 pounds (Stapleton, Sheldon, & Porter, 2012). An uncontrolled study of clients in a 6-week online weight loss program found a 12-pound weight reduction during the 6 weeks of the program, followed by a further 3-pound drop in the ensuing 6 months (p < .001; Church & Wilde, 2013). In the health care workers study (Church & Brooks, 2010) summarized previously, cravings for substances such as chocolate, sweets, and alcohol were reduced by 83% (p < .001). Group application of EFT was also found to reduce psychological symptoms such as anxiety in a group self-identified with addiction issues (Church & Brooks, 2013b). A review found that EFT could also be useful as an adjunctive therapy for weight loss (Sojcher, Perlman, & Fogerite, 2012).
Extract from Research Paper - Psychology
2013. Vol.4, No.8, 645-654
Published Online August 2013 in SciRes www.scirp.org/journal/psych)
Gary Craig - The EFT Tapping Home!
Sue Sawyer pictured here with Gary Craig the founder of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) who in 1995 brought EFT to the World. If you want to know more about the original EFT Tapping Therapy for Gary's Official EFT Tapping Instruction, please visit his website www.emofree.com
What is Emotrance?
EmoTrance™ is a very simple, natural concept and technique for transforming Emotional Energy. EmoTrance™ is the latest tool from the field of Energy Psychology and was developed by Sylvia Hartmann and presented in 2002 in the UK.
Emotrance is based on the very simple pre-supposition, namely that emotions are not a problem, regardless of their severity or 'label' but that the way emotions are being handled in our systems that is the cause of many problems. In this case we work by releasing the underlying energy disturbance from our energy system which is the cause of our emotions.
How Does It Work?
By simply holding the thought that the energy will soften it does. As it becomes soft enough to flow, you feel the consistency changing and you physically feel it as it begins to move through the body and finds a way out, which could be through the hands, feet, ears, mouth, absolutely anywhere!
Once all the energy has been released in relation to a particular distressing thought, the emotions will have all dissolved too. Emotions and physical pressure or pain that goes with it is just a symptom of blockage to the natural flow of this energy through us. It also, introduces the concept and realisation, that all energy is actually neutral. That it is our handling of this energy that makes it a positive or negative experience.
How Can It Help Me?
As with all the Energy Psychology Tools this method can assist with anyone with an emotional issue, either recent or unresolved that is holding them back and effecting their health and vitality.
Restoring the flow with EmoTrance™ turns anger and pain into graceful acceptance and letting go, with the wisdom and insight about what a particular experience brought to them. It turns stress into relaxation or even energised feeling in response to the same stimulus. Restoring the flow makes us more able to accept and be nourished by the compliments, recognition and praise that are paid to us and to receive the love that is around us, so we thrive and are strengthened by it.