How EFT works – The Gary Craig / Meridian Model
The EFT model states that a distressing experience or memory will cause a disruption in the energy travelling along the body’s meridians. In effect it causes the natural energy flow in the body to ‘reverse’. This is referred to as ‘Psychological Reversal’. When a person is experiencing Psychological Reversal in relation to a certain issue it is difficult (if not impossible) for them to ‘heal’ or improve. EFT corrects the reversal by targeting the disruption in the energy system and the issue can then be worked on.
Based on Chinese medicine, meridian points are thought of as areas of the body energy flows through. These pathways help balance energy flow to maintain your health. Any imbalance can influence disease or sickness. Similar to acupuncture, EFT focuses on the meridian points — or energy hot spots — to restore balance to your body’s energy. Acupuncture uses needles to apply pressure to these energy points. EFT uses fingertip tapping to apply pressure.
EFT contends that the cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy field and works by tapping sequentially on meridian points to balance the flow of energy. It’s believed that restoring this energy balance can relieve symptoms a negative experience or emotion may have caused. EFT is an emotional healing technique which is also capable of relieving many physical symptoms. By tapping on specific meridian points on the face or body, while focusing on a problem, it’s possible to go from the stress response to the relaxation response, often in minutes. It is a safe and effective technique
In EFT the practitioner follows a set pattern that ensures all the necessary meridian points are included. This pattern also ensures that consideration is given to correcting the psychological reversal that may have occurred within the person. The EFT tapping points are related to the relevant meridian points as used in acupuncture and acupressure. An awareness of these points and their related emotions will assist the practitioner in dealing with clients’ issues more effectively.