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The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) could be described as type of emotional acupuncture. It is often called “tapping” because it involves tapping on certain meridian points with the fingertips to address unbalanced energy meridians. Properly done, emotional freedom technique is said to make emotional healing easier, thereby making it also easier to provide physical relief from pain, disease, and physical ailments.
EFT is usually performed by tapping a specific series of acupuncture points while repeating specified phrases. Tapping sessions can take five minutes or last several hours, depending on the depth the person wishes to explore. Most people report relief after tapping, even if they are initially skeptical that such a process could work. Children above age 3 have used EFT with good results.
Several variations of EFT have evolved–some tap rapidly with the fingertips of both hands while others press the acupressure spots gently. Some begin a tapping session by describing a situation in depth and then repeat a single phrase while tapping, while others use each point as a separate comment on the situation. You might need to experiment to find the technique that feels most natural to you.
Almost all EFT variations begin with a statement of self-acceptance, despite the problem at hand. Even making this statement can be difficult or impossible for some people, which can lead to insights into the problem. Issues can “surface” during EFT tapping that seem unrelated to the present problem, but which can lead the tapper into insights about underlying problems.
There is a scientific basis to the EFT. In a study published in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, EFT was able to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol better than traditional psychotherapy, an effect that lasted for weeks after the EFT sessions. Researchers believe EFT stimulates the amygdala, a portion of the brain that coordinates our response to stress. The tapping points on the face are the same ones compressed during crying, and some points are in areas that even babies spontaneously touch when in distress, such as the throat and sides of the ribs. By reducing stress, EFT can have a positive effect on stress-related illnesses such as fibromyalgia and can halt stress-related headaches instantly in some people.
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