Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) also known as ‘Tapping’ is a complementary therapy that combines talking therapy with light touch body work. EFT first met with wider interest when it proved to be very effective dealing with the post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms of Vietnam veterans in the 1990's. It seems to reduce stress levels and is thought to balance the body’s energy system (known as Chi).

EFT is a very easy to learn self-help tool for helping with stress, anxiety, worries and even physical symptoms. An individual session with an EFT practitioner can be tailored to your specific situation. Benefits for cancer patients may include:

  • Coming to terms with the shock and trauma of the diagnosis
  • Coping with the emotional and physical side effects of treatments (e.g. menopausal symptoms, sleep problems, pain)
  • Alleviating anxiety, anger, grief, fear and hopelessness
  • Learning to accept inevitable changes in your body, job, or relationships
  • Moving on after diagnosis or after treatment

In a nutshell, EFT aims to help us make peace with where we are and who we are, no matter what life throws at us. With greater acceptance it is easier to breathe more deeply, make better decisions, deal with changes and challenges, feel lighter and experience more joy in life in the midst of whatever we are facing.

"Since my diagnosis of secondary cancer, I've had intermittent back pain, which is severe at times. EFT has helped enormously, both with the physical pain as well as the emotional stress. The EFT practitioner has shown me very helpful techniques that I use at home. EFT has had a positive impact on my life” - Breast Cancer Haven visitor

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is available at London, West Midlands and Wessex centres

 

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