Emotional Freedom Technique
What is EFT?
EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) can be self-applied or practiced together with another person. It is a practical body/mind self-help method – a process of mindful and intentional tapping (gently, with fingertips) on several acupuncture meridian end-points on the face and upper body. An EFT intervention utilizes the same pathways/channels found in traditional Chinese energy medicine, whilst also capitalizing on our ability to think about or “tune-in” to our problem or issue in proactive ways. More specifically, tapping on the accupoints gives us access to the amygdala, the part of the brain that is in charge of our “flight or fight” response. When we can calm down our amygdala and remove the “charge” that is firing off in our parasympathetic nervous system, we are able to take a logical and rational look at an issue and take meaningful steps to deal with it and move forward. “Moving forward” being the key aspect of this technique
EFT or “tapping” is easy to learn and flexible enough to be used by anyone. It can allow us to transform the way we respond to uncomfortable thoughts, feelings, and troubling memories (with pain, tension or stress, for example). Whether it is used alone or together with an experienced practitioner, EFT can bring surprising – and lasting – relief, change the energy we bring to any life situation, and so much more.
As we explore EFT for ourselves, we can become more aware of how our thoughts, beliefs and emotions affect us physiologically – and we can make changes for the better.
What does EFT have to do with skin care?
Beautiful skin starts within, our emotional and mental state directly affects the health of our skin. From a simple perspective, consider how blushing from embarrassment reflects what we are feeling inside. It makes sense, then, how emotional trouble can show up as skin trouble. Interest in this relationship has led to the development of a field called psychodermatology, or psychocutaneous medicine. People who visit clinicians for a skin condition often have a related psychological problem that can affect the way they respond to medical treatment. As an esthetician, I’m not dealing with the medical aspect of this relationship so much as I am addressing chronic stress, lifestyle, nutrition, trauma and general anxiety. My mission is to help my clients feel good in their skin and I have found EFT to be one of the most powerful tools in which to do this.