EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques and is also referred to as tapping, due to the fact that we tap on the face and upper body, as you can see below in my video Introduction to EFT-Tapping.
Very simply put it is a Stress Reduction technique, allowing you to feel calm and at peace in the moment. That is not all of its capabilities though, it is so much more, just as you are.
EFT is a form of psychological acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture without the needles, now that is some good news.
We simply using two fingers to tap on the meridian points placing kinetic energy whilst you think about a specific problem. Whether that is a traumatic event, chronic pain or limiting beliefs.
It is the combination of exposure and cognitive therapy and somatic stimulation, helping you to understand the truth of how you are feeling and what you are experiencing in your life.
EFT is often used to change negative feelings, reduce distressing and self-limiting thoughts and to alter repetitive unwanted behaviours and is effective for working with and resolving traumatic memories.
The Science behind EFT
There are in fact over 100 scientific papers about EFT that have been published in peer-reviewed medical and psychology journals that include dozens of randomized controlled trials, outcome studies and review articles.
These papers have been written by researchers from Purdue University, Stanford University, University of Arizona, Bond University Australia, Staffordshire University in the UK to name a few.
Ongoing research is showing us that Tapping lowers stress hormone levels (cortisol) that has an important effect on a person’s ability to return to a relaxed and calm state instead of a stressed and anxious state.
Our very own Peta Stapleton – Associate Professor at Bond University here in Queensland Australia and my personal Mentor has a TedX Talk I want to share with you, “Is Therapy Facing a Revolution?’.
Below I have shared a range of information on the research regarding Tapping with Dr Peta Stapleton. To learn more you can also consider purchasing her book called “The Science Behind Tapping”
Research Spotlight EFT Meta Analyses – Dr Peta Stapleton
Research Spotlight EFT Stress and Anxiety – Dr Peta Stapleton
Research Spotlight EFT PTSD – Dr Peta Stapleton