EFT Tapping, also known as Emotional Freedom Technique, was founded by Gary Craig in the 1990s. Craig is a Stanford engineering graduate and a personal performance coach who developed EFT based on earlier work by Dr. Roger Callahan, who created a technique called Thought Field Therapy (TFT). Craig simplified TFT and developed EFT, which is now widely used by practitioners around the world for a variety of emotional and physical issues.
EFT tapping is a form of alternative therapy that involves tapping on specific meridian points on the body while focusing on negative emotions or experiences.
The exact mechanism of how EFT tapping works is not fully understood, and there is ongoing research to better understand the underlying physiological and psychological processes. However, there are a few theories about how EFT tapping may be effective in reducing emotional and physical symptoms.
One theory is that EFT tapping may help to balance the body’s energy system. According to traditional Chinese medicine, the body has a system of energy channels or meridians that can become blocked or disrupted, leading to physical and emotional symptoms. By tapping on specific acupressure points while focusing on negative emotions or experiences, it’s thought that the energy flow can be restored and the disruption can be released, leading to a reduction in symptoms.
Another theory is that EFT tapping may activate the body’s relaxation response. When we experience stress or negative emotions, the body’s sympathetic nervous system is activated, leading to a “fight or flight” response. This response can cause physical symptoms such as increased heart rate and muscle tension. EFT tapping may help to activate the body’s parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the relaxation response. This can lead to a reduction in physical symptoms and an overall feeling of calm and relaxation.