How does EFT work?

Find out how EFT works

When you use Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping) several physiological and psychological changes can occur in your body:


Tapping has been shown to activate the parasympathetic nervous system and this promotes your relaxation response. As a result, your body may experience reduced heart rate, lowered blood pressure, and decreased stress hormone levels.

    Reduction in Cortisol Levels

    Cortisol, the stress hormone, is often raised during times of stress or emotional turmoil. EFT has been linked to reductions in these cortisol levels, which leads to decreased feelings of anxiety and tension.

      Releasing Endorphins

      The action of tapping can trigger the release of endorphins, which are neurotransmitters that act as natural painkillers and mood elevators. This can contribute to a sense of calm and well-being both during and also after the EFT session.

        Enhanced Mind-Body Connection

        EFT encourages an improved mind-body connection because you become more aware of your emotions and their physical manifestations in the body. This heightened awareness can lead to greater self-understanding and empowerment.

          Activation of Brain Regions

          Studies have shown that EFT can activate certain brain regions involved in emotional processing and regulation. This may explain how EFT can help change the way the brain responds to emotional stimuli and reduce negative emotional reactions.

          Reduction in Physical Discomfort

          EFT has been found to give relief from physical symptoms, especially those related to stress and emotional tension, such as headaches, muscle tension, and digestive issues.

            It's important to note that individual responses to EFT may vary, and the extent of the effects depends on various factors, including the specific issues being addressed, the frequency of EFT practice, and the individual's overall well-being.

            Decreased Sensitivity to Traumatic Memories

            EFT has been found to reduce the emotional intensity associated with traumatic memories. This means that memories that were once distressing may become less emotionally charged over time. It works in a way that avoids re-traumatisation.

              Emotional Release

              During EFT, as you tap and address emotional issues, you may experience an emotional release. This can involve tears, sighs, yawns, or a sense of emotional relief as you let go of pent-up emotions.

              Increased Emotional Regulation

              With regular EFT practice, you can experience improved emotional regulation, allowing you to respond more calmly and thoughtfully to challenging situations.

              Stimulation of Energy Meridians

              Tapping on the acupressure points stimulates the body's energy meridians, which are pathways that carry vital energy (or "Qi" in traditional Chinese medicine). This can help balance the flow of energy and release blockages in the meridians.

                The extent of the benefits can depends on various factors, including the specific issues being addressed, the frequency of EFT practice, and the individual's overall well-being so individual responses will vary.

                You can see that there are numerous ways that EFT can be used for self care and with the guidance of a skilled certified Practitioner you can more unlock profound emotional healing and growth in a safe way. Click here to find out more about when you would use a certified Practitioner.

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