What is EFT?

What is EFT?

Many people wonder, what is EFT exactly? In this case, we are referring to the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), often referred to as “tapping. EFT Tapping is a safe and highly-effective energy healing technique that stimulates specific acupressure points on the body to eliminate blockages that are causing or contributing to mental, emotional, or physical pain. By tuning into a problem while tapping on specific points, the blockage is corrected, allowing the symptoms to go away, often on the spot.

EFT is easy to use, highly effective, and painless. It works anywhere, anytime for anyone, and has no negative side effects. You can use it to help others or to help yourself. It works for “almost everything” and is among the most effective and versatile healing techniques on the planet.

What Does EFT Help?

When asking the questions, what is EFT, perhaps the best answer is to talk about the results that can be achieved with EFT Tapping.

When one understands how EFT Works, we can understand that EFT can be used to help with virtually any issue.

That is because EFT Tapping works on the premise that all ailments that manifest in the body are a result of a blockage or imbalance in the body’s energy system. When we clear the blockage, the body’s energy system can return to a normal, natural state and the symptom can disappear.

For this reason, it is possible to “Try it on Everything”, often with astounding results.

Here is a partial list of the things EFT Tapping is most famous for resolving.   

EFT for Stress

Anxiety and Stress

Tapping is a powerful tool for quickly and effectively eliminating or reducing stress and anxiety, allowing for a happier, healthier life.

EFT Addictions


EFT Tapping works on the premise that all addictions are, at their core, a form of anxiety management. By calming anxiety, addictions are more easily eliminated.



Tapping has proven highly effective at stopping an attack of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome in its tracks.

What is EFT?

Childhood Trauma

Unresolved childhood trauma is often the cause of many other ailments including anxiety, addictions, PTSD, physical pain, and more.

EFT for Sexual Trauma

Sexual Trauma

Sexual trauma, sexual abuse, and negative sexual experiences including rape, incest, molestation, sexual experimentation, etc, too often define the quality of someone's life. EFT often brings profound relief.

EFT for Fear or Phobia

Fears and Phobias

Fears and Phobias are caused by traumatic past experiences or improper references. By releasing these blockages, it is possible to live a fearless life.

EFT for limiting beliefs

Limiting Beliefs

Limiting beliefs can be paralyzing and keep us from living our full potential. With EFT Tapping, we can clear the blocking beliefs to create a better, more fulfilling life.

EFT for Money Blocks

Money Blocks

Financial Blocks are often based in limiting beliefs. By identifying and mitigating these beliefs, it becomes easier to create abundance.

EFt for Relationship Issues

Relationship Issues

Sexual trauma, sexual abuse, and negative sexual experiences including rape, incest, molestation, sexual experimentation, etc, too often define the quality of someone's life. EFT often brings profound relief.

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Dyslexia is caused by a miswiring in the body's energy system. Through tapping, we align things correctly, and reading is normalized.

EFT for insomnia


Insomnia is often driven by unresolved fears or traumas. By eliminating them, sleep comes more easily.

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Grief can be healthy in the short-run but incredibly damaging in the long-term. By examining beliefs about death and loss and tapping through them it becomes possible to honor the loved ones lost without holding on to the pain.

EFT for body issues

Body Issues

Hating oneself is often based in learned behaviors, social patterning, improper beliefs, and unresolved trauma. By addressing each of these areas, it is possible to love yourself as you are.

EFT for self-esteem


Like body issues, self-esteem is often crafted from false beliefs about oneself. Low self-esteem is a consequence of these false beliefs and the negative self-talk can become addictive in nature. By clearing these patterns, one can enjoy healthy self-esteem.

EFT for Pain

Physical Pain

Physical pain is a communication device by which the body talks to us. Often the pain we feel on the outside is a manifestation of unresolved emotional pain that we feel on the inside. By addressing both the external and internal issues, pain often goes away.

EFT for Procrastination


Headaches and Migraines are often resolved using EFT Tapping, sometimes in just minutes. It is based in the understanding that the body is caught in a cycle of worry or stress and is trying not to address them. When we tap on them, the issues are resolved and the pain goes away.

EFT for Stress


Procrastination is often based on fear. The fear can be a fear of repeating an unresolved past failure, a fear of shame or embarrassment. By tapping on the fears that hold us back, moving forward becomes a breeze.

EFT for Self-Sabotage


Self-sabotage is the psyche's way of protecting ourself but it can be highly disruptive in all areas of our lives. When we self-sabotage we KNOW the action we are taking is harmful but we do it anyway. With EFT Tapping we can eliminate the underlying issues to give you control again.

EFT for Weight Loss

Weight Loss

People hold on to weight for a myriad of reasons. Perhaps it is a way of protecting ourselves, for managing unresolved trauma, or bringing the appearance of happiness in an otherwise unfulfilled life. With EFT Tapping, we address each of these areas.

EFT for Sports Performance

Sports Performance

The difference between a good athlete and a great athlete goes beyond physical abilities. It is often a head game, where the battle is within ourselves. By tapping out the anxiety and the self-sabotage, our greatness can shine.

History of EFT Tapping

In 1991, Stanford-trained engineer and personal performance coach Gary Craig took a class that changed the world. The class, “Thought Field Therapy” was taught by Dr. Roger Callahan and was an offshoot of a training he had taken in “Touch for Health” which was devised by John Thie and George Goodheart. Each man learned from the other and built one upon the other. As Gary himself said, “I’m standing on the shoulders of giants.” Together they created the backbone of what would later be considered “Energy Healing or Energy Psychology.”

The story goes like this:  Dr. Roger Callahan, a clinical psychologist having practiced for over 40 years, devoted his life to finding ways to heal people from unreasonable fears, phobias, trauma, stress disorders, etc. He probably had a strong motive to do this as he had been suffering himself from problems like these since his childhood. Legend goes that Dr. Callahan had a patient named Mary, who suffered from a severe water phobia, a water phobia so severe she couldn’t even bathe or go out in rainy conditions without experiencing distress. Like many practitioners before him, Callahan was having very little success in helping Mary even though he had used every trick in the proverbial book. After all of that, she continued having nightmares and being afraid that the water might kill her.

Upon returning from a training in Touch for Health, Dr. Callahan decided to try something new. Because Mary indicated that her distress was in her stomach, he guided her to tap on a meridian point under her eye which was related to the stomach meridian. Almost instantly, Mary experienced relief.  Within minutes she was able to get into his swimming pool without any symptoms whatsoever. And thus Thought Field Therapy was born.

Over the course of the next decade, Callahan developed a set of “algorithms” for tapping on specific acupuncture points, with each specific algorithm being appropriate for specific ailments and dysfunctions. Even the same points could be used in a different order, thus creating many different algorithms which became the heart of TFT.

After completing the training himself in 1991, Gary did as so many others have done before and since, he began to examine, deconstruct, and reconstruct the process until he came up with a streamlined version which was soon to be called The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). Through his research he found that the essence of Callahan’s work, the algorithms, was simply more complicated than it needed to be. Instead, Gary streamlined the process into a single algorithm that was used on every ailment. Ultimately results turned out to be equal or better, without the complications.

So in 1995, Gary assembled and released his first training. Over the course of the next 30 years, EFT spread across the planet like wildfire, largely due to its amazing efficacy. The obvious results in areas generally considered to be “incurable” was noted by many; especially considering the low cost, the lack of negative side effects, and the sheer speed and simplicity of the technique.

In March of 2010, Gary shocked the world by announcing his retirement. The stress of managing this fast-growing technique had taken its toll and his doctor announced that he had, quite surprisingly even to him, experienced a “small heart attack.” That in combination with his growing frustrations over events going on in the community that he could no longer manage or contain, and his desire to experiment with new ideas, led to his retirement. In an act as classy as the man himself, he “gifted EFT to the world.” It was a courageous act that trusted that somehow his precious EFT would be in the hands of a community who cared for it and would nurture it as much as he did. He will always be the heart and soul of EFT and we are infinitely grateful.

So when asking What is EFT, the answer could be that EFT Tapping is one of the world’s most important and intriguing developments in healing over the last 50 years toward truly healing and transforming the lives of millions of people. 

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