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10 things you didn’t know about EFT

by Sara Maude on July 23, 2012

in Hypnotherapy Edinburgh

10 things you didn't know about EFT | Sara Maude Hypnotherapy

EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) as as it is also sometimes known ‘Tapping’, is taking off in the world of complementary therapy.  Here are 10 things you didn’t know about this incredible technique.

1.  EFT instantly calms you down

When we are stressed, we engage the sympathetic side of our nervous system, leading us to produce high levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. By tapping on the acupressure points while thinking about how we feel sends an electro chemical message to the brain to switch off the stress response and tune into the parasympathetic side of the nervous system, the side linked with our relaxation response, giving us an instant sense of calm.

2.  EFT works wonders on anxiety                        Relax with EFT | Sara Maude Hypnotherapy

EFT soothes the body, engages the parasympathetic side of the nervous system responsible for relaxation, and fires electro chemical messages to the brain that everything is OK, taking the body off emergency alert.  It can be used in the moment to deal with situations that can trigger anxiety, to to unhook anxiety disorders and panic attacks, or to clear anxiety associated with a future event.

3.  EFT dissolves your pain

Pain often has an underlying emotional link to it which is addressed through EFT.  Tapping releases endorphin, the bodies’ natural pain killer and studies have shown that EFT alone achieves pain relief far beyond that found in a jar of pills.

4.  EFT reduces stress levels

When we get stressed, the body produces excess levels of cortisol.  The brain doesn’t know the difference between real and perceived stress so when any feeling of stress comes on, the body gets ready to fight or flight.  EFT significantly decreases cortisol levels, allowing us to feel calmer, more relaxed and in control.

5.  EFT helps you lose weight

That’s right, if you want to shift those pounds, get Tapping with EFT!.  EFT tackles cravings, helps you tune into what your body needs, combats the emotional reason you may be eating and improves energy levels

6.  EFT works on babies and children             EFT for children | Sara Maude Hypnotherapy

EFT on children and babies who are upset works like magic.  Up to the age of 6 children are constantly absorbing information.  Because they don’t possess the cognitive ability re frame things that may upset them, a few rounds of Tapping can clear any upset.  Children as young as two can be taught to tap on themselves and children of any age can be tapped on.  Far more effective and healthy than being given sweets to calm them!

7.  EFT helps clear your phobias

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology in 2003 showed that one EFT session with 35 participants was enough to demonstrate a significant decrease in specific phobias, for instance the phobia of spiders, when compared to conventional treatments like deep breathing. In follow-up tests 6 to 9 months later, those who had experienced Tapping reported even better improvements.

8.  EFT positively modifies your DNA

A study conducted by the Heartmath Institute showed that when a person evoked strong positive emotions like love and appreciation through practices like EFT, their DNA unwound and increased in length. Negative emotions, on the other hand, caused strands of their DNA to shorten and in some cases disappear. In other words, working with your emotions allows you to change your genetic make-up and your life.

9.  EFT dramatically alleviates Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

A study published in 2005 examined the effects of EFT on people who had been involved in car accidents and were displaying post traumatic stress symptoms such as flash backs, nightmares, panic attacks and anxiety.  Results demonstrated that EFT diminished these symptoms.

10.  EFT significantly reduces depression                                     EFT for depression | Sara Maude Hypnotherapy

In a Swedish study, fibromyalgia patients who were given tapping exercises reported a 29% improvement in depression symptoms within just 8 weeks.  Where anti depressants mask the problem, EFT extinguishes a dysfunctional conditioned response and deals with the symptoms of depression such as irritable mood, loss of interest in activities and lack of motivation achieving results that cannot be accomplished through conventional treatment.


About: Sara Maude 

Sara Maude is a hypnotherapist, psychotherapist and EFT practitioner based in Edinburgh providing both 1 - 1 and Skype sessions internationally. Sara provides problem-free therapy which goes deep into the heart of the subconscious mind to create powerful long lasting change.Follow Sara on Google+

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