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Emotional Freedom Techniques, EFT or “Tapping”

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Sometimes referred to as “Emotional Acupuncture,” EFT involves tapping on acu-points on the body’s energy meridian points. Blocks or imbalances in the flow of energy (which include traumatic experiences) may lead to illness, pain, stress, anxiety and subconscious beliefs. 

The goal of tapping on these meridian points is to get to the emotional and energetic root of the problem and restore the balance of energy to resolve physical and emotional issues and create a space for healing. 

Tapping can also work in a similar way to mindfulness, as it can draw the attention to the body and breath, calming the nervous system and serving as a mental distraction.

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Commonly Asked Questions About EFT/Tapping.

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What is Tapping/EFT?
Tapping/EFT is a self help tool that feels a bit like “talking meditation”. It is a safe, effective, easy to learn and easy to use technique that works quickly and effectively to deactivate the fight/flight/freeze response. Tapping relieves stress, distress and overwhelm and is used to treat anxiety, trauma and a huge range of other emotional and physical issues.
What happens in a Tapping/EFT session?
During your session we will begin by talking about the issue you want to explore to get clear about what the intent is behind your session that day. Then you will be shown where the tapping points are on your body and you will go through each point tapping very gently with your fingertips on these Acu-points, while saying key phrases and statements. Tapping combines very gentle acupressure with cognitive restructuring. You literally tap into your body’s healing power with your own fingertips and most people feel the results immediately. You will be supported and guided throughout the entire process.
What is Tapping/EFT used for?
Tapping is an effective and gentle technique that can be used for any of the following: 


  • Anxiety/depression
  • PTSD
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic Pain and Disease
  • Fertility Challenges 
  • Stress
  • Experiences of Trauma
  • Heavily Charged Emotional Experiences 
  • Birth Preparation 
  • Fears/Phobias
  • Manifestations
  • Changing Direction in Life: Career and Lifestyle changes
Who invented Tapping/EFT?
Tapping/EFT was developed by an American psychologist named Dr Roger Callahan in the 1980’s. Gary Craig simplified the technique in the 1990’s and named it EFT or Emotional Freedom Techniques. However,  tapping/EFT borrows Acu-point therapy which is an ancient Eastern medicine that dates back 3000 years. Tapping combines this ancient wisdom with modern western psychology. 
Is there any science or research on Tapping/EFT?
Studies conducted by The Harvard Medical School revealed that Tapping/EFT significantly reduces stress in the amygdala (the part of the brain that drives the fight-or-flight response). Dawson Church, one of the leading experts on energy psychology and founder of the EFT Universe, conducted a study which revealed up to 50% reduction in cortisol (stress hormone) levels after Tapping/EFT. Overall, there is a growing body of reach including many randomized control trials published in peer reviewed journals. Check out the following links to learn more.

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