Reema Shamim
14 Jun
How Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) helps with Relaxation and Stress Reduction

In our quest for effective stress relief and relaxation techniques, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) stands out as a holistic approach that combines elements of cognitive therapy with acupressure. 

Often referred to as "tapping," EFT has gained popularity for its simplicity and effectiveness in addressing a range of emotional and physical issues. 

This article explores how EFT works and how it can help you achieve greater relaxation and stress reduction.

Understanding Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

EFT is a form of psychological acupressure based on the same energy meridians used in traditional Chinese medicine. 

Unlike acupuncture, which uses needles, EFT involves tapping with fingertips on specific points on the face and body while focusing on the issue at hand. This process helps release blockages within the energy system, restoring balance and promoting emotional well-being

How EFT Works

1. Identifying the Issue: The first step in EFT is to identify the specific issue or feeling you want to address. This could be anything from anxiety and stress to physical pain or negative memories.

2. Rating the Intensity: Before starting the tapping process, you rate the intensity of your discomfort on a scale of 0 to 10. This helps track progress.

3. The Setup Statement: You create a setup statement that acknowledges the problem and accepts yourself despite it. For example, “Even though I feel anxious about my presentation, I deeply and completely accept myself.”

4. Tapping Sequence: You then tap on a series of acupressure points while repeating a reminder phrase related to the issue (e.g., “this anxiety about my presentation”). The tapping points typically include:
- Top of the head
- Eyebrow
- Side of the eye
- Under the eye
- Under the nose
- Chin
- Collarbone
- Under the arm

5. Reassessing the Intensity: After one or more rounds of tapping, you reassess the intensity of the issue. Repeat the process until the intensity decreases significantly.

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