Today I am going to be talking about EFT therapy and my experience with it and also to let you guys know all about it.
As you probably know I suffer with anxiety, panic attacks and a few other mental health issues. I have tried most things to try to help with my anxiety but not everything has worked. I was casually having a conversation with one of my friends and she bought up EFT therapy and said that someone she knows has had it and has reaped the benefits of it. She suggested that I take a look into it and see what I think. Obviously my ears pricked up and my eyes widened, something that may actually help me long term? Of course I need to give this a go!! I made an appointment to see the therapist almost immediately. It seemed like the right time as I was due to go on a plane in a few days so I knew it would be a really great test to see if the therapy had worked on me.
Lets break EFT therapy down. EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques. That name in its self-made me feel excited to have the therapy done as many of you know who suffer with mental illness, it’s very easy to feel trapped in your own brain, so the words emotional freedom was like music to my ears.
Info & facts about EFT:
◊ EFT is a relatively new discovery but is very popular
◊ Often refered to as psychological acupuncture
◊ The techniques work to release blockages in our energy systems
◊ The blockages can be why we suffer with anxiety, depression, lack of confidence and many others
◊ It can also work on chronic illnesses
◊ EFT involves use of the finger tips rather than needles to tap on points of the energy meridians that are situated just beneath the surface of the skin.
◊ The treatment is non invasive
◊ Restores awareness and trust in the natural healing abilities of our mind and body
◊ Simple techniques for great outcomes.
◊ Can be used as a self-help tool.
So how does it work?
EFT therapy is done by focusing on a specific problem you are having for example, flying, anxiety, depression, smoking the list is endless. You have to rate the intensity of the problem out of 10, 10 being the most intense. Who ever you are having your therapy with they will tell you what you need to say while you are tapping. For example… “even though I suffer with anxiety and I am scared of getting on the plane because I feel trapped and claustrophobic, I will be fine and you know why? Because it is just anxiety and it will not hurt me, I am stronger than it because I am deeply and completely learning to love and accept myself” – that was one that I used as I worked on my anxiety around flying during the treatment.We went through 3-4 different things that were going on in my life that I had a lot of anxiety towards. I was taught different sentences as well as the one above to say during my treatment and you have to say these over and over again whilst doing the tapping. It’s like you have to say it over and over again to really drum it in to yourself and it works so well in conjunction with the tapping.
The tapping, below are all the points where you tap during the therapy and you have to tap on each point 2 times with your index finger and middle finger. You start from the top of your head and work your way down. You say the mantras you have been told to say and do the tapping along with it. You usually repeat the process 2-3 times over. Once you have finished you then take a long deep breath and rate your intensity out of 10 again.
My therapist asked me lots of questions about my fears and worries so he incoperated it in to what I was going to say whilst tapping. Which I found really helpful because it highlights and exposes your fears. One thing I do have to say is that you have got to be completely honest with yourself and your therapist in order for this to really work.
So the real test was to see if this therapy had helped me with my anxiety towards flying. I said above that you have to rate the intensity of your problem out of 10. Mine was a 10 when I first started the treatment, it went down to a 3. Which is obviously incredible. My therapist said that I will never ever go back up to a 10 now and that I will probably just sit at a 3 forever, which I thought wow, if this works then this is bloody genius. A few days later I boarded my plane to Dublin, I had a little bit of anxiety but nothing major. My last experience on a plane I was a crying, shaking anxious mess who was popping pills to calm me down. Not this time I was literally as cool as a cucumber. I was thinking bloody hell, this is incredible. On the flight home I literally had NO anxiety I was so excited to get on the plane. My therapist had actually text me whilst I was in the airport on my way to Ireland to see if I needed a chat or to do some EFT on the phone but I decided I didn’t need any help which is good. I did some tapping in the airport just to calm some of my nerves, but to be honest the nerves were barely there but I wanted to practice anyway. The best one to tap in public is whats called the karate chop (you can see in pic above) because it is very discreet and you can say your mantra in your head. No one needs to know what you are doing.
EFT really is such a wonderful form of therapy. I remember thanking my therapist for changing my life and he said back I didn’t do it, you did. Which is true he just showed me how to. I left there feeling so positive and ready for what I could now do. What ever it does inside you seems to work and im happy with that!! I would really advise you to have a session of EFT therapy for what ever issues you have. I will leave all info for the therapist I had below. On his website it has a lot of information you can read, what they can treat and more. This post is in no way sponsored nor did I get asked to do a review, I wanted to do this to get EFT out there more and plus I had a really great response from some of you who wanted to know more about it.
I really hope that I have explained this well, it was 2 months ago since I had EFT done so my memory isn’t as fresh, unfortunately. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask me either on here or on my Twitter which is @livmayes.
Therapist: Colin Wyatt
Website: Way Forward Therapy
Thanks so much for reading,
Love From Liv xo