Some Points about the Application of EFT
● EFT can be applied to physical stress symptoms, particularly where there is also a significant emotional stress component, for example with some forms of headache, neck pain, nausea and chest tightness. The body is often an accurate indicator of emotional stress and an equally accurate indicator of emotional release. However many physical health problems or symptoms require medical assessment to determine appropriate treatment, which may include EFT, relaxation strategies or other psychological interventions.
● It is important to remember that while EFT often produces quite dramatic results in reducing the intensity of emotions such as fear, and in resolving emotional issues, it is wise not to see it as a magical cure. Often other related factors, including our thinking patterns and core beliefs, may also need some positive adjustment using associated techniques, some of which may be self- taught or learned in association with a therapist. (There can also be situations where lifestyle factors, including diet, fitness levels or drug and alcohol consumption, are equally significant when seeking to work through issues, and may need to be simultaneously addressed by other health professionals.)
A combination of approaches can often produce the most effective results, where issues are complex.
● EFT works effectively in relation to both rational and irrational thoughts and feelings. An emotional response that is identified as being irrational could lead a person to feel even more distressed, because they may then think they shouldn’t be upset. However, an irrational thought or feeling can still FEEL very intense and lead to anxiety or other forms of emotional stress. In this situation, still use EFT on the feeling and watch the emotional intensity reduce and constructive perceptions surface again.
● A particular problem can have a number of different aspects to it.
Work on one aspect at a time for the most effective results. For example, a problem may have aspects of fear, anger and sadness. Each emotion is worked through separately. Some aspects of the problem will be more significant and have a higher level of emotional intensity. By reducing the emotional intensity of these aspects, some of the more minor aspects often resolve of their own accord. By dealing with a few key aspects, the identified problem will often melt away. Aspects can also include related memories or a specific event that highlights the essence of the problem. Much emotional energy can be invested in a specific memory.
The following two videos demonstrate the basic EFT routine. You will notice that EFT founder, Gary Craig, uses the optional tapping point on the crown of the head in his demonstration of the tapping points.
Something Worth Noting
Remember that in general, if you have a fear, for example, a fear of heights or spiders, or an issue that is easily identified, by learning where to tap and following the EFT procedure, you can quite often achieve effective results by practising just on your own.
Some issues relating to anxiety or self-esteem can at times be addressed by learning the technique and practising by yourself.
However, if your self esteem is quite low or you have more complex emotional issues such as past trauma, significant depression or high anxiety levels, please DO consult an experienced EFT therapist to help guide you in the process of effectively applying EFT to re-balance your emotional health. This can be invaluable in the healing process.
The ‘art of delivery’ of EFT is often the key to success.
There are a few variations on the basic method which can also be very effective, but usually require the help of an experienced EFT therapist.
Do I need an EFT session or counselling?
People whose lives are going generally well but who would like to improve their personal performance in some area, or resolve a particular fear, can benefit from learning how to effectively use EFT.
Others who experience anxiety, depression, trauma, or low self esteem, may benefit from counselling which also includes other strategies such as stress management and relaxation skills or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
EFT complements other techniques and strategies, as well as being effective on its own.
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