emotional freedom technique

Are you ready to transform your beliefs?

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine system and involves tapping lightly on meridian points with your fingers and is sometimes described as an emotional version of Acupuncture without the needles.  By tapping on these points you are sending a message to the amygdala which triggers the fight or flight response in your brain to relax.

EFT works on a subconscious level, allowing you to bring to mind physical symptoms or negative emotional issues and allows you to access memories that can be worked on helping to clear negative thought patterns and behaviours which may be repeating throughout your life.  It helps to create healthy responses to current life experiences.

Tapping is easy to learn and you can easily work on yourself to promote a feeling of calm or change your perspective of a situation e.g. if you are feeling anxious, stressed, overwhelmed, have fears or phobias.

By transforming our beliefs we can transform anything!

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them”

Maya Angelou

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)?

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine system and involves tapping lightly on meridian points with your fingers and is sometimes described as an emotional version of Acupuncture without the needles.  By tapping on these points, you are sending a message to the amygdala which triggers the fight or flight response in your brain to relax. 

Tapping is easy to learn, and you can easily work on yourself to promote a feeling of calm or change your perspective of a situation e.g. if you are feeling anxious, stressed, overwhelmed, have fears or phobias.

How does EFT work?

EFT works on a subconscious level, allowing you to bring to mind physical symptoms or negative emotional issues and allows you to access memories that can be worked on helping to clear negative thought patterns and behaviours which may be repeating throughout your life.  It helps to create healthy responses to current life experiences.

EFT appears to affect the amygdala (stress centre in the brain) and hippocampus (memory centre), both of which play a role in the decision process when you decide whether something is a threat. EFT has also been shown to lower cortisol levels, which is the stress hormone. Too much cortisol can result in lowered immune function and ultimately affect our physical health (e.g. fatigue illnesses). Stimulation of acupoints like those used in EFT is believed to send a signal to the limbic or emotion system in the body and reduce its arousal. This is why you tend to feel calmer after tapping. It is also why some people yawn while tapping! EFT can also decrease activity in the amygdala, which is part of the brain’s arousal pathway.

Tapping is a stress-management tool—a way of calming the body and brain. This may then allow for clearer thoughts and better decision making.

What are the benefits of EFT?

There are many benefits of EFT including:

  • Decreased anxiety or depression
  • Improved symptoms of chronic pain
  • Reduced headache frequency and intensity
  • Increased weight loss
  • Improved mood
  • Reduced stress and levels of the stress hormone cortisol

What is the science behind EFT?

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT – often called Tapping) is an evidence-based self-help therapeutic method and over 100 studies demonstrate its efficacy. EFT can also simultaneously improve a broad range of health markers across multiple physiological systems.  See “Why Tapping Works – Six Evidence-Based Premises That Demonstrate the Power of Tapping – https://edenmethod.com/ep-articles/why-tapping-works/

Why do we state the negative?

This is a common question as many therapies seek to reframe a person’s issue, or simply learn to accept it. Tapping doesn’t affirm or implant a problem; however, on the surface it may look like that. The process does have someone state the truth of what is happening for them and acknowledge it. We are engaging the amygdala (stress centre) and the limbic system (emotions) in the brain and body with this technique. It is as though we are engaging these negative feelings or sensations just long enough to feel them, then we hit the delete button through the tapping. It is the tapping process that calms the physiological response from the body. Once this is released, cognitive shifts (or reframes) may surface naturally. If we tap with a positive affirmation first (attempting to take our mind off our problem), it may only result in a minor shift. It is like spraying air freshener when the garbage is still there. We need to tap on the real problem and reduce the intensity before tapping on anything positive. The key in EFT is to do the tapping when you acknowledge your problem and state it out loud. It is the somatic aspect that changes the response, not just stating the problem.

Does EFT work for anxiety?

EFT has been demonstrated to improve the symptoms of several mental health disorders, including anxiety and depression. EFT tapping for anxiety is an effective way to reduce anxiety symptoms such as excessive worry, irritability, sleeping difficulties and difficulty concentrating.

What is Matrix Reimprinting?

Matrix Reimprinting is a technique developed by Karl Dawson which connects you with your past traumas whether big or small and your core beliefs and enables you to transform them to support you in your current journey of life.  Changing beliefs such as I am bad, not good enough, no one wants to listen to me, I’m responsible, I don’t deserve etc. and transforming them into positive beliefs and thoughts which you send out via your vibration into the world. You become the director of your own movie.

Having being diagnosed for the second time in my life with Endometriosis and feeling completely exhausted after another very painful weekend, discombobulated and pretty frustrated I called the lovely Samantha, who told me to come to her if my family could spare me for a few days. Sam is my Reiki Master; I have known her for many years and totally trusted her when she said she was quite sure she could help me with a new technique she had just learned. So, I pumped myself with painkillers and drove myself to North Devon to see her. She gave me my first EFT treatment (Emotional freedom technique or more simply "tapping on acupuncture points") and Matrix Reimprinting. Honestly, even if I work with energy and am quite open minded, I could not see how it could work for me. I am just so glad I listened to her and so grateful by her amazing welcome. The next day when I woke up, I realised that I had actually slept through the night! Then I noticed that I wasn't in pain, and when I got out of bed, the pain didn't come back when I started moving around. It was the first time in 3 months that I was pain-free, and I have been pretty much all the time since then. I can't explain how it felt, it was simply wonderful. Since my stay with Sam, it feels like my life has been given to me again. I know that I have to work more with Sam for long lasting results. I want to go to the source of the condition. Modern medicine can do amazing things, but it only tries to solve the symptoms or remove the problem with a surgery, it doesn't go for the cause, and this is not enough for me. So if you or if you know anyone who is suffering with Endometriosis, and many other conditions, be curious look into it.
Solene
Haslemere