What is EFT and how does it work?
EFT is a series of techniques to allow the conscious and unconscious mind to communicate in a safe environment using simple acupressure points and cognitive techniques. These allow the practitioner and client to work together to remove the negative emotional burden from thoughts and memories.
When experiencing negative thoughts or reactions the subconscious mind links emotional responses to all previous negative events which seem related. This often triggers puzzling self-sabotage patterns or fight, flight or freeze reactions which seem far out of proportion to the actual situation.
Neurologically, when researchers connected EFT practitioners and their clients up to EEGs to record their brain waves, they found that once well into the session, both displayed brain activity typical of highly skilled meditators. Both practitioner and client are wide awake and in complete control of themselves during sessions, but their minds are in a meditative state. This allows for a unique and tremendously effective dialogue between the subconscious and the conscious mind while the use of special acupressure points bleeds away the emotional charge around traumatic or painful memories, experiences and associated emotions.
During sessions clients learn to use many of these tools to improve their daily lives. EFT is beneficial both for current experiences and as a daily habit to continue processing the backlog of not fully reprocessed negative life experiences.