EFT / TFT & Acupressure
Emotional Freedom Technique / Thought Field Therapy
Vernette @ Vernyoga is only available on Friday daytime.
What Is EFT Tapping?
EFT tapping is a self-help treament that has roots in the 1970s when several doctors began stimulating acupressure points to help their patients deal with stress, fear, and phobias. One of them, patented by Dr. Roger Callahan, is called Thought Field Therapy. Later Gary Craig simplified the process and made it available to the public under the EFT name. There are simalarities between the two in that they both use tapping but in slightly different ways. Using the tapping with positive / negative statements or phrases help change emotional responses to a problem.
The Philosophy Behind Tapping
Disciplines such as yoga, massage and acupuncture rely on a body-mind connection, and evidence shows that these interventions can relieve stress, depression, anxiety, and other psychological disorders.
Tapping draws on the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture, which teaches that the body's energy travels along specific pathways. Certain points on these pathways are stimulated to improve the flow of energy. The stimulation is done by inserting very thin needles (acupuncture) or by applying pressure (acupressure).
Studies show that acupuncture is effective for some conditions. Some scientists believe that it works because it stimulates the central nervous system and causes the body to release helpful chemicals. EFT tapping (and acupressure) stimulates acupoints by touch rather than by needles.
It can also work in a similar way to mindfulness, as it can draw a person’s attention to their body and breathing. It may serve as a mental distraction from the issues that are causing anxiety or stress.
How Is EFT Tapping Performed?
If you want to use EFT tapping, you can learn to perform your own tapping sequences or you can work with a practitioner to show you in depth techniques for specific issues. EFT tapping is easy to use as a self-help technique because you can do it any time you feel the need once your've learnt how.
EFT tapping sessions follow a set sequence:
Begin by rating your distress on a scale
Workout your "set-up statement," which identifies the issue
Begin the tapping sequence, using your fingers to tap on the specified areas of the body, face or hand
At the end of the sequence, re rate your distress
Continue the process until your distress rating is very low
Go through the end process of brain stimulation / balancing exercises
Tapping procedures can differ slightly from each pracitioner and who they've trained with as well as what the issue may be.
Does EFT Tapping Work?
Studies show that EFT tapping can improve psychological disorders. Further research is needed to compare EFT techniques with standard treatments such as talk therapy.
Most EFT studies rely on feedback from participants, but at least one study found that EFT tapping had measurable results on the body. Participants had lower heart rates and blood pressure after tapping. They also had lower levels of cortisol, a hormone associated with stress.
Some say that improvement in symptoms could be because of a placebo effect. When subjects want to believe that a certain treatment will work, their feedback may not be reliable. Another possibility is that EFT tapping works because of other techniques embedded in the process, such the fact you breathing slows down when performing it.
Some researchers have tested the effectiveness of tapping by setting up "fake" studies in which subjects performed tasks similar to but not identical to EFT tapping. One analysis of these studies supported the effectiveness of EFT by showing that fake actions were not as effective as EFT tapping.
A useful resource is the National Library of Medcine (NLM / Pub Med) website as it gives lots of articles on studies for all therapies offered on this site. this link is specifically for EFT
Using EFT Tapping to Treat Mental Health & Pain
Tapping has been used to treat a variety of psychological conditions, including:
Depression. One survey of 20 studies found that EFT techniques reduced symptoms of depression just as well as conventional treatments. The improvement in symptoms lasted over time.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): An analysis of seven studies showed that a series of EFT sessions is effective for a variety of populations with PTSD. No adverse effects occurred, and EFT techniques were effective both as a primary treatment and as a self-help technique.
Phobias. Fewer studies address the use of EFT tapping to treat phobias. One study used EFT techniques on subjects who had phobias. Phobias improved after a single session. For others regular self help treatments of EFT between professional sessions were more helpful.
Anxiety, fear, panic: Although no specific studies to site here, It is often used with success for these issues to the same as above.
Pain: I personally used this alot after a foot operation and although it didnt take the pain away for long, it took it away for between 45 minutes to an hour, which lessened the need for strong painkillers. I also used it before bed to ensure I wouldn't move the foot in my sleep as I had done on the first night home from the op and certainly wanted a way to train my brain out of that unpleasant experience again! it worked
Why EFT Tapping?
As a self-help strategy, EFT tapping has advantages over more conventional treatment. It is:
Easy to do
Less time-consuming than other types of therapy
Control over your own treatment
In addition, many who use EFT tapping like being in control of their treatment.
Acupressure as mentioned above, is a traditional healing technique that originated in ancient China.
The fundamental concept behind acupressure is the idea of vital energy, or "qi" (pronounced "chee"), flowing through meridians or energy channels in the body. According to traditional Chinese medicine, disruptions or imbalances in the flow of qi can lead to various health problems. By applying pressure to specific points along the meridians, acupressure aims to promote the smooth flow of energy and restore balance to the body.
Practitioners of acupressure use their fingers, palms, or other tools to apply firm pressure to specific points on the body as opposed to tapping the point sin EFT. These points are often located along meridians and are believed to correspond to different organs and systems in the body. Acupressure is used for a variety of purposes, including pain relief, stress reduction, relaxation, and promoting overall well-being.
EFT Treatment & Teaching 1hr £60 in person £30 online via zoom
Private sessions are booked and paid in advance. Sessions must be cancelled within 24hours, otherwise payment is non refundable as someone else could've had the slot.
You are expected to provide all correct details about your health.
Other Private Sessions Offered
Yoga therapy 1hr £60 in person - £30 online via zoom, 95 minutes £75 in person 1hr in person £60
Relaxation Tuition (meditation, stress management, mindfulness, yoga nidra, visualisation) 1hr £60.00 in person - £30 live via zoom
Breath Therapy Tuition (yoga pranayama and other breath technique practices) 1hr £60.00 in person - £30 live via Zoom
Reiki £40 in person £30 via zoom/distant healing
Yoga Facial Workout Tuition 1hr £60.00 in person - £30 live via Zoom
Nutrition support / Life Coaching 1hr £60.00 in person - £30 live via Zoom