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EFT FAQ

Mar 10, 2008
EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques, and is a new form of energy therapy. Tapping on specific stress relief points on the body, based on the meridian system used in acupuncture, can provide relief for stress, phobias, panic, anger, and physical issues too. Improve your EFT scorecard with my uncomplicated solutions to the most common stumbling blocks.

EFT Is Not Working - What Am I Doing Wrong?

There are a few primary pointers to maximise your chances of results-rich EFT. Initially, ensure you are being specific enough. This applies on 2 levels. First, ensure you're working on a specific event as opposed to a general feeling. Second, within that memory, ensure you're working on a specific moment of the memory and not the whole thing. I liken this to getting practical tasks in life done. If you're focussing on too many all at the same time, none of them end up getting done. The same applies with EFT. If, while trying to collapse one aspect of one issue, you have intruding thoughts and focus on other things, none of them end up getting collapsed with EFT. A singular focus of attention will always get best results with EFT. Other aspects of delivery to check include ensuring you or your client are suffice hydrated, as a sufficiently water-fed body is essential for EFT work or any energy therapy to be effective. Also, try really shouting or emphasising the setup statement to help the client really accept themselves, before doing any tapping on the actual issue itself. Self-acceptance is vital before any progress can be made on any issue, and this is a cornerstone of most disciplines of therapy being used today, regardless of medium.

Do I Need To Tap On A Certain Side Of The Body/Be Precise In My Tapping/Tap A Certain Number Of Times?

Generally, no. Some EFT Practitioners report varying results using bi-lateral tapping (tapping on both sides of the body at the same time), however I don't think there's sufficient evidence of benefits of this at the moment to recommend it for everyone. Certainly there's no harm in tapping uni- or bi-laterally, whichever is most comfortable. I often use only the hand tapping points, when tapping on the client's face points would be too distracting for the process we're doing. Number of taps is largely irrelevant. Personally I move through the points quickly and with only 3-4 taps on each point, as it is often only one point and one meridian channel blockage that is causing the issue at hand.

Are There Any Side Effects To Using EFT?

No real world contra-indications exist. Some people experience increased emotion following a session. Our emotional issues tend to peel away in layers like an onion, so more emotion is usually a sign of progress, that part of the issue is being resolved and now other layers are coming up for resolution. Very commonly people experienced tiredness after a session. This is usually an indication of the release of an emotional issue that was being held as an active conflict in the unconscious mind, and is experienced as a sudden and immediate sense of deep relaxation and release. Usually, stay hydrated and sleep are the best ways to deal with this. Note that each of these "side-effects" are actually signs of emotional progress on issues resolved which normally take years to surface in traditional talk therapy and other mediums.

When Is The Right Time To Consult An Experienced Practitioner?

EFT is a unique tool in that it is self-applied and suitable for all, including children. However, if you have severe emotional issues, very intense trauma, etc then best practice is to seek the help of a seasoned EFT therapist. Working on our own emotions, whilst at the same time trying to navigate the therapy process is, at best, tricky, and at worst, scary and disturbing. Even without severe issues to resolve, paying for a single session with a seasoned EFTer to help point you in the right direction for your own self-work will reap rewards in your emotional bank account, and is an emotionally safer way to travel. There's no need to cause yourself additional trauma in the process of therapy! Seek advice if in doubt.

How Do I Know What To Say When Using EFT Myself?

A common question. Remember, the purpose of the reminder phrase in EFT is to keep you tuned in to whatever is going on, in the event or issue you're working on. Therefore, your language should reflect just that, without any editing, worry if you're doing it right, or otherwise. Often I will have my clients focus on the physical feeling of the emotion and tap on that, as it's an easy way to focus, and keeps the client out of an emotional abreaction they might have by staying in the emotion. Losing yourself in the moment, and releasing any concerns about doing it right, will provide best results.
About the Author
Copyright 2008 Stewart Robertson. Stewart is THE seasoned Practitioner of EFT in Scotland, and the author of several EFT articles. His Running Start EFT materials are freely available, as well as a printable diagram of the EFT tapping points.
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