Move Towards Wellness with Emotional Freedom Technique by Sandra Meagher

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), otherwise known as tapping, is a powerful holistic healing modality that individuals can use as a self-help tool, or in consultation with a practitioner.

It is just one of a range of Energy Psychology techniques that is connecting with the energy flow within the body to heal unresolved emotions and remove blockages. It utilises tapping on various meridian points (acu-points) of the body, mainly on the hands, face and chest areas, with the fingers.  

According to Oriental Medicine the meridians run throughout the body and are the channels by which vital energy flows – maintaining health and vitality. Blockages, or imbalances in the flow are often a result of emotional or physical problems within the body. These same imbalances can exacerbate the original problem or create new emotional or physical issues. 

This technique sends an electromagnetic signal through the body, to the Amygdala in the brain, which is an area of nerve tissue involved in threat detection. The Amygdala helps to store memories of situations where the individual had emotions such as fear, sadness and anger. Its job is to keep the person safe, by initiating the “fight or flight” response when a threat comes which is quite handy in genuine dangerous situations, like being chased by a lion! 

Unfortunately, the brain doesn’t distinguish between an event actually happening (being chased by a lion), or just remembering the situation, or worrying about it. Consequently, we go into protection mode, fight, flight or freeze just from thinking such thoughts. This is definitely not helpful to the body as this stress response affects our higher order functions like awareness, reasoning and critical thinking. The immune system and body restoration functions can turn off as a result of the stress response.

The good news for our immune system and general wellbeing is that use of a repetitive sensory stimulation to parts of the upper body increases delta waves, which is a type of brain frequency, the one that occurs in deep sleep. Delta waves help to erase emotions from a memory. By tapping the body while we are remembering a stressful event, we increase Delta Waves which erase the emotions, leaving only the memory. The neural pathways actually dissolve. The body then can experience balanced and healthy emotions. 

The process of tapping on the various points is very easy to learn hence it is a great self-help tool for overcoming emotional issues from past or present events. The individual brings to mind the emotion or issue and taps the points whilst verbalising their thoughts and feelings about the incident. This allows any suppressed emotions to come to the surface to be released whilst sending a message of safety to the Amygdala, prohibiting the stress response. Hence EFT is a safe way to explore and heal past traumas, leaving just the neutral memory of the situation. 

EFT has helped thousands overcome a range of issues, including and not limited to, stress, phobias, past trauma, fears, chronic pain, addiction, weight control, emotional disturbances and limiting beliefs. Past events where there is still an emotional charge when you recall them, or present moment issues can be helped with Tapping, assisting a health-giving flow of energy within the body. 

At Zen Chi we have two EFT practitioners who can support you move from being trapped in fear and stagnation to freedom and health. Appointments can be offered online or in person. Contact us to book your EFT session today. 

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Debbie Webber

Debbie Webber is the pioneer of award winning wellness centre, Zen Chi Therapies and each month one of her team members will write about the modality they specialise in at Zen Chi.

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