EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques.
EFT is an emotional healing technique that uses the meridian (Energy Chi) system of the body.
The meridian Chi runs through all parts of the body and is found in the fascia just under the skin surface, and then supporting all organs and tissues in the body.
It is a sophisticated system for transferring energy and was first discovered by the Chinese thousands of years ago. It is accessed either by special acupuncture needles, tapping or rubbing on a special acupuncture point on the body located in the fascia.
The fascia is “an uninterrupted viscoelastic tissue which forms a functional 3-dimensional collagen matrix which surrounds and connects every muscle and organ, forming continuity throughout the body. It surrounds and penetrates all structures extending from head to toe”.
It connects up the gallbladder, bladder, liver kidney, stomach, spleen, large and small intestine, heart and pericardium (covering of the heart) and the lung. It also covers the brain and reproductive organs and keeps everything in its place, including nerve fibres and blood vessels.
It could be considered a single organ in its own right.
Fascia influences, and is influenced by every muscle, organ, blood vessel and nerve. Its tiny acupuncture points have been located by MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging). The points are recognisable by their more dense appearance.
Fascia is supplied by nerves which keep you balanced.
Fascia transmits electrical signals throughout the body via the collagen. These electric currents can be altered by acupuncture/acupressure/tapping (EFT), leading to a physiological response in neighbouring structures in the body.
To get a correct response, the correct acupuncture points have to be stimulated in the correct order. There are about 400 which can be used. But for a treatment usually a small number are selected.
EFT uses only 8 major ones located on the face, head side of body and the fingers.
In 2000 researchers at Harvard Medical School used MRI to record the physiological effects from stimulating the acupuncture points.
They found that stimulation of a specific point on the hand caused a decrease in activation of the amygdala, hippocampus and other areas of the brain connected with pain and fear. Other studies found similar results.
Other researchers in 2009 using EEG (Electroencephalogram) found that brainwaves that had been disrupted due to remembering a trauma became normal after tapping on the acupuncture points. This appears to have precise effects of deactivation of the amygdala-based fear response.
It can explain the rapid response noted by practitioners and patients alike after treatment with EFT.
What is EFT and how does it work?
Other neuroscientists noted that the brain can update itself. Even though core beliefs formed with intense emotion in early life may be locked into the brain they can be modified or totally eradicated with specific treatment.
Trauma treatment with EFT (and some other trauma methods) involves
- vividly accessing the traumatic memory or learning.
- a treatment experience that contradicts conclusions drawn from the original experience must be activated.
- this must be repeated several times.
Then nature is able to chemically unlock the synapses in the brain that have been maintaining these deep traumatic learnings which came about in a highly charged emotional and traumatic experience some time earlier.
These experiences and memories can then be reconstructed in a new way based on more recent and positive experiences. With EFT this seems to have been discovered accidentally, but the steps have been refined in the Emotional Freedom Techniques.
The end result is there are no target symptoms, e.g., fear or panic. All aspects of the trauma are dealt with, and no prior learnings remain, for example “If I fly in a plane something awful will happen”. New and positive beliefs are installed that contradict the old learnings and a change in brain chemistry, learning, belief and emotions happens.
The change persists over time.
Because it is so effective and rapid, a therapist discharges a client rapidly as well!
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