Emotional Freedom Technique in Indy Area
Nov 03, 2016 01:06AM
Emotional Freedom Technique, also referred to as EFT or Tapping, is a non-invasive approach to support optimizing emotional health by releasing emotional barriers to physical health and healing. It’s a form of psychological acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments for more than 5,000 years, but without the use of needles.
EFT, a form of self-administered therapy, may be used to treat a wide variety of emotional, physical or performance issues. Tapping with the fingertips is used to input kinetic energy onto specific meridians on the head and body while you acknowledge a specific problem—a traumatic event, insomnia or anxiety to name a few— and then speak positive affirmations about it.
Colette Liose, owner of TAPNGRL based in Fishers, explains, “We tap on meridian end points while addressing the negative emotion or experience that disrupted our body’s energy system. Tapping out the negativity, while giving it a voice releases blocks in our meridians that creates the dis-ease. We can then go back and tap in positive affirmations.”
The combination of tapping the energy meridians and giving the negative experience a voice prior to voicing positive affirmation works to release and restore the mind and body’s balance. “This balance is a key component for optimal health and healing. We are addressing the emotional drivers behind the pain be it physical or emotional—calming the fight, flight or freeze response in the body that is a natural reaction to stress,” Liose says.
Gary Craig, who studied Thought Field Therapy from American Psychologist Roger Callahan, developed EFT in the 1980s. Tapping is based on his discovery statement that “the cause of all dis-ease is a negative disruption in the body’s energy system.” Tapping acts to calm the stress response—first in the mind, then in the body—to better support the healing process.
Liose, who has practiced EFT since 2007 with both individuals and groups, understands some people are initially wary of the principles it’s based on—that the energy flowing through the body plays a significant role in regulating our health. As with any traditional or alternative method, results lead to traction and more widespread use of a specific practice.
Tapping is gaining recognition from some interesting sectors, including professional sports teams. “Tapping was used by the St. Louis Cardinals when they won the World Series a few years ago, some NFL teams are using it and it’s now being taught at the Mayo Clinic,” offers Liose. “Because it works!”