What is Energy Therapy?
Energy therapy (also, referred to as Energy Medicine) refers to a new class of techniques used as therapeutic treatment modalities for a variety of emotional and physiological ailments.
Energy Therapy techniques produce change by gaining access to the energy system of the body through the complex network of meridians, or channels, that move life force energy or Qi (pronounced ch’i) through the body.
Whenever there is a build-up of emotional or physiological distress, one of the
meridians becomes blocked and must be cleared, and aligned in order for healing to occur.
What is Meridian Tapping?
The system of meridians accessed in Energy Therapy was mapped out by the Chinese over four thousand years ago, and is the basis of acupuncture treatment.
Imbalances in the energy system can be cleared and healed by stimulating points along these meridians, unblocking congestion and evening out the energy flow.
Energy Therapy is considered to be a form of "psychological acupuncture."
Where an acupuncturist uses needles to move the energy, the practitioner uses the
fingers to tap, or simply hold the end points of, the meridians. Thus, the method
you will learn to use is called Meridian Tapping. This stimulation of the energy points,
combined with a mental and emotional focus, restores balance to the energy system and
frees the body and mind to resume their natural healing functions.
What is Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT?
Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT is one of the many branches of Energy Therapy. It was designed by Gary Craig, a personal performance coach in California.
EFT is one of the easiest and most popular forms of Energy Therapy because it is easily learned by anyone who wishes to use it for self-treatment. It is effective, efficient and gentle. It may be used in conjunction with a therapist, and on your own.
Anyone can learn it, and it can be used anytime, anywhere, for just about any problem -- mental, emotional or physical. It has been successfully used for weight release, smoking cessation, fear of heights, stress and anxiety relief, pain relief, and a host of other conditions.
How does it work?
All negative emotions are felt through a disruption of the body’s energy field.
Pain and disease are intricately connected to our emotional system, which is directly stimulated by the thought patterns in the brain. Health problems create feedback into the complex neural pathways of the body-mind. Physical symptoms cause emotional distress, and unresolved emotional problems manifest as physical symptoms. Thus, the body’s health must be approached as the harmonious working of all systems.
Symptoms resolve when the causes are eliminated. Thus, we must treat the cause, not just the symptom. Because the body is composed of energy, when you restore balance to the body’s energy systems, you will resolve both the negative emotions and the physical symptoms that result from energy disruption.
The basic technique of EFT requires that you focus on the negative emotion: which may present itself as a fear or anxiety, a bad memory, and unresolved problem, or anything bothering you. While maintaining your mental focus on this issue, you use your finger tips to tap 5-7 times each on 9 of the body’s meridian points. At the same time, you are concentrating on accepting and resolving the negative emotion. This will access your body’s energy restoring it to a state of balance.