About Emotional Freedom Techniques
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT aka Tapping) is a stress reduction tool that can help with physical pain, anxiety, depression, PTSD, food cravings, phobias, insomnia, procrastination and self-limiting thoughts. It is also commonly used to create positive emotional states, achieve goals and improve well-being and resilience.
EFT combines tapping on acupressure points with focusing on the issue you wish to resolve. This gentle touch decreases arousal in the amygdala, the part of the brain that initiates the body's fight or flight response.
We benefit greatly when we can diminish the power of certain “triggers” (a raised voice, an exam, an unresolved problem at work, public speaking) that give rise to stressful emotions and physiological responses. EFT reduces cortisol levels and calms the sympathetic nervous system which allows us to feel more resourced and to consider alternative solutions.
It’s fast, painless and easy to learn.
EFT has been taught successfully to students, parents, patients, veterans and trauma victims. The American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association grant continuing education credits for training in EFT.
Over 100 scientific papers about EFT have been published in peer-reviewed medical and psychology journals including by researchers from Purdue University, Stanford University, University of Arizona, Bond University in Australia and Staffordshire University in the UK. Here’s one research database.