EFT is a very quick and simple method of reducing the intensity of traumatic memories. Over the years we’ve built up a backlog of traumatic memories, reinforced by negative experiences. By the time we’re in full Stress of adulthood, we’ve formed behaviors and coping strategies based on these experiences. Our emotional growth has been shaped by them, and we may believe we’re destined to remain that way for the rest of our lives. EFT has ushered in a whole new way of releasing emotional memories. There are many scientific studies of EFT for depression, anxiety, and other psychological problems. They show that people who use EFT recover very quickly, often in just a few sessions. Not only can EFT improve psychological problems, it can improve physical symptoms too. How is that possible? There is a strong association between emotional stress and disease. A lifetime of carrying the burden of trauma takes a toll on our bodies. When people use EFT for physical problems, they are releasing the emotional memories associated with the symptom. Once those memories don’t hurt anymore, the stress response is reduced, and the body has a chance to heal.
EFT has also been used for sports performance, school performance, and business performance. When the anxieties that claim a large part of people’s attention are removed, their full capacities come to bear on the task at hand.
When doing EFT, you tap with your fingertips on a series of acupressure points on your face and body. The tapping sends a calming signal to your brain, telling it that you’re safe. So while before, the memory might send your body into a conditioned stress response, you’re now re-conditioning your brain with a positive association. The signal of safety sent by your fingertips tells your brain’s stress machinery to disengage. So the conditioned association of the memory with the stress response is broken. Once that loop is broken, it usually stays broken. So later on, when you think of the memory, you no longer feel stressed. It’s a simple, profound method of clearing stress, anxiety, emotional responses, physiological symptoms and trauma.