What is EFT or Tapping?
EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is a safe, gentle and highly effective self-help technique used to reduce stress, change limiting beliefs and remove emotional blocks that prevent us from living a full, peaceful and joyful life.
Who does it help?
Tapping is used by thousands of people all over the world to help them cope with the stresses of everyday life to reduce anxiety, to lose weight, to eliminate phobias and panic attacks, to achieve peak performance in sports and music and to address the emotional component of pain and disease. In the hands of experienced EFT practitioners, tapping has also been used to help victims of abuse, war veterans and Rwanda genocide survivors to successfully overcome post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
How does it work?
EFT works somewhat like Acupuncture by using the energy meridians of our bodies. Research has shown that stimulation of several acupoints by gentle tapping promotes the release of serotonin and endorphins, the body's own natural, "feel-good", hormones. Tapping affects our biochemistry by reducing stress hormones like cortisol which induce a calming or relaxation response, the opposite of the "fight-flight-or-freeze" stress response. By pairing a distressing memory with the tapping-induced calming response, the human brain can be re-wired, allowing the traumatic memory to be recalled without the accompanying emotional charge. Observable changes in brain scans have confirmed that the results are real, measurable and reproducible.
How did it start?
Gary Craig, a Stanford engineer, adapted and refined psychologist Roger Callahan's TFT (Thought Field Therapy) to come up with a simple and elegant therapy that allowed freedom from emotional distress, which he called Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).
It is through Gary Craig's generosity, dedication and open-heartedness that EFT has become available to so many people all over the world. We all owe Gary an enormous debt of gratitude for bringing EFT/tapping into the world and benefiting so many people.
"EFT’s larger goal is to pave the way for true spiritual awareness. As EFT reduces our angers and fears it paves the way for enhanced levels of personal peace and true forgiveness.”
Can I use it for children?
Using tapping on children is both quick and easy. It is great for taking the sting out of childhood aches and pain, hurts and tantrums, everyday worries and anxieties about school and relationships. The technique is so simple a young child can learn it in minutes and then go on to teach it to other children. It's a superb self-soothing technique that children can quickly learn to use on themselves, as well as a great parenting tool to literally have at your fingertips!
Can I use it for my pets?
Pets love tapping! The next time your dog starts to tremble and whine at an impending storm or your cat is acting crotchety and needs to be calmed, use tapping on them. You will notice the improvement in their moods and behaviour almost immediately.
What if I do it wrong?
Tapping is a very forgiving technique. The important thing is that you tune into your problem and start tapping. Persistence is the key. Many people new to EFT get results the first time they tap for something simple. For more serious or complex issues, it is recommended that you consult an experienced EFT practitioner.
Can I hurt myself doing this on my own?
Tapping is gentle and non-invasive. However, if you have a history of serious trauma, it is wise not to tackle such issues by yourself. Seek help from an experienced EFT practitioner.