Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT or Tapping) is an elegantly simple, groundbreaking treatment from the growing field of Energy Psychology. EFT can help you bring physical or emotional issues quickly to the surface and then release them.
EFT blends the Ancient Eastern evidence-based treatment of acupuncture with more contemporary scientific studies in Mind-Body Medicine. EFT has been called a form of psychological or emotional acupuncture, without the needles.
We all ultimately want to be well and stress free, so does your body! It is literally programmed to heal, for example if you fall and graze your knee, your body automatically starts to mobilize and heal your skin. There are many automatic healing programs running in the body, but sometimes this healing formula is disturbed, by stress, negative emotions and our own personal beliefs about our limitations. By aiding the body’s subtle energy flow to return to its optimal balance, we can literally “tap” into the bodies innate healing programs.
Essentially, EFT helps the body undergo a physical process that enables negative emotions and psychological blockages to release. It is believed that the physical intervention of tapping on the nerve channels whilst simultaneously ‘tuning in’ to the patients’ issue is what makes this particular technique work so quickly and effectively. In this way EFT forms a bridge between talk therapies and body therapies.
What happens in an EFT session?
You will sit comfortably in a chair throughout the process.
The therapy works by tapping on the end points of the body’s main acupuncture meridians – nerve channels within the body. The points are tapped in turn as a trigger word or phrase is repeated relating to the negative emotion, target problem or physical issue. Properly applied, this process clears the ‘blockage’ or negative feelings, thus regulating the energy levels of the whole system and restoring balance.
Each round of the treatment takes a few minutes, and can be learnt quickly and easily so the person can use it independently. The process is rapid and painless, and can be applied to any problem, emotional, mental or physical.
Our EFT therapist is Catherine Ward. Please contact Reception to book an appointment.
- Complementary Medicine Improves Type 2 Diabetes Care April 30, 2012
Diet, exercise, and stress management counseling may be the key to managing diabetes and helping patients feel optimistic about their disease, confirms a new study at Bastyr Center for Natural Health in Kenmore, Wash.
Researchers compared two groups: One group of 369 adults with type 2 diabetes received conventional treatment of stress management, dietary supplements, and prescription medication. The second group of 40 adults received complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) on top of the standard care provided by their doctors.
The CAM included exercise and diet counseling, and regular glucose monitoring from naturopathic physicians. Most of the patients in the study received stress-management counseling, dietary supplements, and other measures as part of the conventional care prescribed to them by their regular doctors.
After six months, researchers compared the two groups and their treatments. Those who bundled CAM with conventional care had lower blood-sugar levels, better eating and exercise habits, improved mood, and a stronger sense of control over their condition.
- Biofeedback to Reduce Stress October 24, 2011
Very simply put, the science behind guided biofeedback has to do with heart rate variability, or the variation in the beat-to-beat interval of your heart rate. Researchers have found a significant link between reduced heart rate variability and a decreased quality of life, including greater stress, pain and worry, and a host of other conditions. Higher heart rate variability is associated with better overall physical and emotional health, as well as with a reduced risk for stress-related illnesses. Guided biofeedback devices may help increase heart rate variability — and possibly benefit a host of other physiological functions, like keeping the blood pressure constant and less reactive — by calculating and establishing optimal breathing patterns. According to Paul Lehrer, a psychologist and psychophysiologist from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, “In biofeedback, heart rate variability is about five to 10 times higher than if you’re just sitting there breathing normally.”
- Positive Thoughts May Help Treat Depression August 10, 2011
Gratitude and optimism may be a key to managing depression, a new review of relevant research finds.
Called positive activity interventions (PAIs), the treatment involves intentional positive behaviors and thoughts, such as performing acts of kindness, expressing gratitude, meditating on positive feelings toward others and using one’s signature strengths.
- Side Effects of Breast Cancer Treatments May Ease With CAM Therapies August 10, 2011
When the diagnosis is breast cancer, many women will augment their doctor’s care with some form of complementary treatment.
In 2006, research from the University of Texas indicated that yoga helped women going through radiation for breast cancer. They were able to function better day-to-day, they slept better and they had elevated moods compared to the women who didn’t do yoga. Research from Sweden found that art therapy sessions left participating women feeling more in control and better able to cope.
- Integrative medicine, spirituality improves outcomes in urban adolescents with asthma April 18, 2011
A new study by researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC) shows that urban adolescents with asthma may experience worse outcomes when not using spiritual coping and often use complementary and alternative medicine, or integrative medicine, like prayer or relaxation, to manage symptoms.
These findings, being presented at the National Conference in Pediatric Psychology in San Antonio April14-16, could help physicians and other providers gain insight into additional ways to help pediatric populations self-manage chronic illnesses.
The study, led by Sian Cotton, PhD, assistant professor in the department of family and community medicine, looked at urban adolescents dealing with asthma and uncovered the ways that they were both coping with their illness as well as ways coping methods affected their mental and physical health outcomes.