This technique is one of the many treatments offered by Jo Cooke, the Bright Butterfly Hypnotherapist based in Congleton and Stoke.
Emotional Freedom Technique. The name itself is instantly calming, isn’t it? How would it feel to let go of those emotions which are holding you back? EFT can help you to shake off those emotional shackles and spread your wings.
Think of it as a form of psychological acupressure. EFT involves tapping different areas of your face and body while talking about traumatic memories/emotions or verbalising your goals to simultaneously alter your brain, energy system and body. Using your fingers to gently tap on specific meridian points sends signals directly to the stress-related parts of your subconscious.
EFT allows you to short-circuit the amygdala, which is the part of your brain responsible for telling your body to react negatively towards things it believes you need to fear. By combining the tapping of your energy meridians with positive affirmations, you can effectively ‘avoid’ the emotional block of the amygdala. This can help you to feel more relaxed and able to embrace positive change.
You are not a robot. You are in control of your responses and can therefore change your automatic reactions to certain situations. If you think of your mind as a computer, EFT provides you with access to the main switchboard. It allows you to tap (no pun intended!) into the control panel of your brain. You can then reprogram, rewrite or update your subconscious thoughts so that they match your conscious thoughts and the goals you wish to achieve.
EFT can help you:
- To reduce or eliminate physical pain or illnesses
- To focus on and implement positive goals
- To reduce or eliminate food cravings
- To reduce or eliminate negative emotions
- To alleviate depression, anxiety, insomnia or severe PTSD