How can EFT help with PTSD?
EFT works by balancing the bodies energy system by stimulating the end of certain energy meridian points on the upper part of the body. It can be described as an emotional acupuncture. Physical symptoms in the body such as anger, sadness, grief, nightmares, depression are caused by blockages in the bodies energy system. Our body is wired up with electricity and just as electricity needs a to flow to a light bulb, so our body’s energy system needs to flow freely. When it gets blocked we experience physical discomfort.
So back to PTSD. Your body cannot tell the difference between a memory and what is real, and when it feels threatened it goes into full alert Fight or Flight response. We need this ‘emergency’ protection in everyday life to keep us safe. However, if you have had traumatic experiences in the past, it can take very little to ‘trigger’ off a memory which your body can mistake for reality in the present day, and you will be flooded with the same physical anxieties that you experienced during your trauma in the past. Memories can be triggered off by something someone says, a facial expression, a noise, a colour, a smell… so many triggers in everyday life.
EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique and it does what it says. It is a technique which give you Emotional Freedom. It differs from other therapies as it is a technique that you can learn to do on yourself.
What can you expect? During a session you would be asked to remember some trauma from the past and whilst focussing on this memory (we are trained in using techniques to help you remember in as painless a way possible), your body would be experiencing an emotional intensity. You would give this intensity a number and remember it so as to measure the success of the EFT session (the number would be expected to go down significantly – often going to a zero). Once you have your number you would be shown the technique of EFT, which involves ‘tapping’ with the fingertips on certain acupuncture points. As the session progresses you will feel the body is more relaxed and balanced. Negative emotions will have dissolved and will no longer be triggered by the thoughts of the traumatic memories. Memories usually reveal many ‘hidden’ aspects and we would work on them as they come to the surface, unfolding the layers (a bit like peeling away the layers of an onion) until the memory can be recalled with the body and mind remaining in balance.
The best way to explain the success of EFT is to show you. If my clients can honestly say that they have experienced no relief with EFT during our session, I refund their money. I haven’t had to do this yet.
Please contact me for a no obligation chat to see if EFT can help you. Sessions can be done effectively over the phone. See my website for more info http://mindbodyeft.co.uk
Important note: While EFT has produced remarkable clinical results, it must still be considered to be in the experimental stage. I am not a trained doctor and I offer EFT as a Therapist and Personal Life Coach. Please consult qualified health practitioners regarding your use of EFT.
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