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What is Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)?

Updated: Jun 1

What is emotional freedom techniques?

As a Functional Nutritionist and EFT practitioner, I often integrate Emotional Freedom Techniques, commonly known as EFT or tapping, into holistic health strategies. EFT is a form of psychological acupressure that combines elements from ancient Chinese medicine with modern psychological interventions. This technique is gaining widespread recognition for its effectiveness in treating various psychological and physical issues.

What is EFT?

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a transformative approach to emotional and physical health. It involves the use of fingertips to tap on specific meridian points on the body while focusing on particular negative emotions or physical sensations. The aim is to balance energy in the body and promote emotional and physical health.

The Origins and Science Behind EFT

Developed in the 1990s by Gary Craig, a Stanford engineering graduate and personal performance coach, EFT is based on the premise that many emotional disturbances are due to a disruption in the body’s energy system. It draws heavily from the principles of acupuncture, where blockages in energy channels are believed to lead to health issues. EFT has been researched in various scientific studies, showing potential benefits in conditions like anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and chronic pain.

How Does EFT Work?

EFT tapping is typically performed in a sequence, beginning at the top of the head and moving down through specific points that correspond to meridians in acupuncture. While tapping, individuals focus on a specific issue they wish to address, often voicing positive affirmations to help shift their mindset. This process is believed to stimulate the energy meridian points and help balance the body’s energy, leading to reduced stress and emotional relief.

Benefits of EFT

  1. Reduces Stress and Anxiety: EFT has been shown to lower cortisol levels, the stress hormone, and alleviate symptoms of anxiety.

  2. Helps with Pain Management: By reducing emotional distress linked to pain, EFT can help lessen physical discomfort.

  3. Improves Emotional Health: Regular use of EFT can lead to greater emotional resilience and positivity.

  4. Aids in Healing Trauma: EFT has been used effectively as a tool for processing emotional trauma and reducing symptoms of PTSD.

  5. Enhances Sleep Quality: By calming the mind and body, EFT can improve sleep patterns and help with insomnia.

  6. Weight Loss: EFT can be a supportive tool in weight loss efforts by addressing emotional eating and reducing cravings through emotional regulation.

  7. Managing Fears and Phobias: EFT is particularly effective in helping individuals overcome fears and phobias by gradually reducing the fear response associated with specific triggers.

Learning EFT

EFT can be self-taught from books and online resources; however, working with a qualified EFT practitioner can enhance the experience, ensure correct technique, and provide personalised guidance.

Who Can Benefit from EFT?

EFT is versatile and non-invasive, making it suitable for almost anyone looking to improve their emotional or physical health. Whether you are dealing with emotional burdens, health issues, or simply seeking to enhance your overall well-being, EFT offers a valuable tool to explore.


As your dedicated functional nutritionist and EFT practitioner, I'm here to guide you through integrating EFT into your daily routine, addressing not just the symptoms, but the root causes of your health challenges. If you're interested in exploring how EFT can benefit you personally, or if you're seeking a holistic approach to your health and wellness, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Together, we can work towards achieving a balanced, healthy, and fulfilling life.

Schedule in a call with me today to start your journey to better health with EFT!

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