What is EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) or tapping?

Emotional freedom technique (EFT) is a totally natural treatment for physical and emotional pain and distress. EFT also has been nicknamed “tapping”. At the Budwig Center we have two certified EFT (Tapping) practitioners.

EFT has been around for a few years now. In fact, you might remember the opening scene of the movie “What About Bob?” where Bill Murray is tapping on his face to relieve stress and anxiety.

The concept was first discovered and developed by Gary Craig. He combined neuro linguistic programming and tapping on specific meridians or what he called ‘energy hot spots’ as in Chinese acupuncture points. Gary believed that many illnesses, pain, additions and anxiety are a result of a disruption of energy from negative traumatic experiences in life.

Using EFT he and countless other therapists who have mastered the technique have been able to create a balance of energy and neutralize pain, and anxiety.

Gary studied the concepts of Chinese medicine which has found that meridian points are thought of as areas of the body energy flows through. It’s by means of these pathways that energy flows to maintain our health. The Chinese believe that when there is an imbalance this can influence disease or sickness.

Please watch this YouTube presentation as Gary Craig explains EFT


You need to be a doctor or nurse or certified acupuncturist to put needles into someone, so instead of using needles Gary Craig decided simply to tap a few rounds on these hot spots. He discovered that tapping helps you access your body’s energy and send signals to the part of the brain that controls stress.

Combining the neuro linguistic concept with tapping EFT therapists will use special phrases like, “Even though I’m sad my father is sick, I deeply and completely accept myself” and so on.

Does EFT / Tapping Really Work?

There is now plenty of studies and research to substantiate the benefits and effectiveness of tapping. A Harvard Medical Study concluded that EFT really does produce good results in many cases. They reported that EFT has been used to effectively treat war veterans and active military with PTSD in a 2013 study

Please watch this YouTube video news report on EFT


EFT / Tapping has proven effective to help treat and manage life challenges and many emotional issues such as food disorders, addictions, rage, sadness, pain and fear, guilt, relationship problems and emotional traumas in general.

To find out more how EFT can help you, please request a free consultation.

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