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What is EFT?

EFT is short for “Emotional Freedom Technique”, also often referred to as “tapping”.  It is an energy therapy, where negative emotional issues, thought patterns, behavior, but also physical issues can be resolved, often amazingly fast.

Gary Craig, the founder of EFT once described it as “a form of psychological acupressure”, where elements of NLP(Neuro Linguistic Programming) and acupressure points are both used in combination.

The History of EFT

EFT is a fairly recent therapy, and owes a lot of its inspiration to the American psychologist Dr. Roger Callahan, who had a great interest in acupressure points.  With an amazing break-through discovery in the seventies, where Callahan was treating a client with a water phobia, who he had been treating for a long time, he found that by tapping on certain acupressure points whilst talking about her phobia, the client felt no more fear of water.  Even years later, this fear was gone.  Callahan went on to develop a technique called Thought Field Therapy (TFT). 

Gary Craig, one of his star pupils, was very inspired by this technique and developed it further, changing and simplifying some of the original TFT tapping procedures and adding elements of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming).  He has since inspired thousands of people with his charismatic approach to helping others improve their lives.

How does it work?

When we are in good health, energy flows freely through the meridians (energy lines) in our body.    All emotional upsets, such as fear or sadness, for example, are linked to a disturbance in our body’s energy system, which means that if the energy is not moving properly and does not reach vital cells and organs, disease is imminent.


Hence, free energy flow needs to be restored in order to allow the emotional/physical problem to disappear.  This can be achieved by using EFT, i.e. tapping with fingertips on the end points of energy meridians whilst focusing on specific emotional issues.  Results can often be quite fast and symptoms generally don’t come back unless there are any other aspects of the problem, which have not been dealt with.

Could EFT not be dangerous?


Sometimes, questions come up, such as “Could EFT not be dangerous, for example, if all fear is removed, a person who previously had been suffering from fear of height, might jump off a cliff?” The answer is NO.  Whilst unhealthy, excessive emotion is removed with EFT, a natural, healthy caution will still remain.  For serious issues, such as big trauma, you should always work with a trained practitioner.

Do I have to believe in EFT for it to work?


EFT works whether you believe in it or not.  It is not a placebo.  However, it is important to “tune into the problem” whilst doing the tapping.


What can EFT be used for?

  • Stress/anxiety

  • phobias

  • trauma

  • pain

  • high blood pressure

  • weight problems

  • and many other issues


How difficult is it to learn EFT?

EFT is quite easy to learn and can be applied by anyone, including children.  Once you know how to tap, you can do this in the comfort of your own home.  Quite a number of people have found that EFT has provided them with a powerful tool which has helped transform their lives.

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