Holistic Centre for Body, Mind & Spirit


Emotional Freedom Technique, also called EFT or meridian tapping, is a form of energy psychology. It involves tapping on specific acupuncture points to help neutralise and release stuck emotions and limiting beliefs.

Every time we experience an emotion, the body’s energy system is influenced as a result of our meridian system and psychology being intricately linked. Consequently every emotional upset we ever experience is stored in the subconscious mind and remembering the incident, or having something happen which is similar, will trigger the memory and also the emotional charge which is attached to it. This then manifests as interference in the normal energy flow through the body which makes us feel bad in some way.

EFT works by neutralising any negative emotional charge attached to difficult memories. It has been designed to directly interact with the energy system, to help rebalance and stabilise the disruption that occurs when a distressing emotion is experienced. This then enables our energies to once more flow freely, leaving us relaxed and at peace. Verbal suggestion can also be used as a behaviour modification technique whilst a specific traumatic memory is focused on.

This technique can be extremely effective with emotional stress of any kind, such as fears, phobias, guilt and anxiety, and can also help with physical conditions, pain relief or food cravings. EFT is an invaluable technique to master as one of the greatest advantages is that once learned you can very easily apply it on a simple level to yourself, your friends or your family.

A client will be taught how to access the energy flow routes (meridians) whilst the interference is present i.e. while they are thinking of the issue. They will do this by gently tapping a sequence of meridian points on their body with their fingertips. As well as this they will carry out taught eye movements, humming and counting which allows access to different areas of the brain which then work together to reduce the interference and therefore the bad feelings. This will help to rebalance the energies of the body, release unwanted emotions and allow for a greater sense of inner calm to be experienced.

One of the most powerful effects can be the speed at which the emotional distress is released – sometimes in only a few short minutes. It is very rare for anyone to show absolutely no improvement with this technique and most people are amazed by its effectiveness. Anam Cara’s practitioner says, “I qualified as a Homoeopath in 1994 at the College of Practical Homoeopathy, as a Bowen Practitioner in 2010 with the European College of Bowen Studies and in EFT in 2012 with Phoenix EFT.

“I believe that ideally, we are all designed to self-heal: if we cut or bruise ourselves, assuming our body is functioning optimally, then it can heal without too much conscious effort on our part. The same applies to emotional cuts and bruises: if our self-esteem is good, then we are able to hold on to the wisdom from life’s lessons rather than hold on to the pain.

“What has always fascinated me is how this natural healing mechanism works: what may be interfering or blocking it from it from working well, and how can those blocks be cleared gently, effectively, and with ease. “Exploring this took me into the Mind-Body-Spirit connection, into the new sciences of Psychoneuroimmunology (how our thoughts and feelings can impact our immune system), and Neuroplasticity (how we can change our brain). The search for effective self-help tools took me to various forms of Energy Psychology, including EFT. This can be a wonderful way for transforming not just our emotional pain, but also our physical pain, our self-worth, and any limiting beliefs, fears or phobias.

“This journey also took me to the Bowen Technique, since I knew from personal experience after a car crash that it can be difficult feeling relaxed, happy and peaceful when your mobility is restricted or you are in pain. Also, emotional tension can become stored as physical tension or energetic blocks in the body and Bowen can help you dissolve and release these blocks.

“The best definition of health I have found so far is simply ‘freedom’ – freedom from pain and limitations, whether emotional or physical. When these blocks dissolve, then you are free to soar!

“Homoeopathy can also work very well with EFT, which is very effective when dealing with fears, phobias, limiting beliefs or cravings.”