EFT is an alternative treatment for physical pain and emotional distress. It is often referred to as tapping and known as "psychological acupuncture". The technique works by releasing blockages within the human energy system which are trapped due to unprocessed trauma. Our conscious mind may not be aware of most traumas. However, our subconscious mind will use these traumas (no matter how small they may be) to negatively affect our peace of mind. This can result in lack of confidence and self-esteem, feeling stuck, anxious or depressed, or the emergence of compulsive and addictive behaviours. Blocks can also be limiting beliefs that stop you from manifesting the life you truly deserve and desire. It is also now widely accepted that emotional disharmony is a key factor in physical symptoms and dis-ease.
An EFT treatment involves the use of fingertips to tap on the end points of energy meridians that are situated just beneath the surface of the skin. The tapping points are named after their location on the body: top of the head, eyebrow, collarbone etc. An EFT practitioner will identify the issue and test the initial intensity from 0-10, with 10 being the worst or most difficult. The scale assesses the emotional or physical pain and discomfort you feel from your focal issue. Establishing a benchmark helps the practitioner monitor a client's progress after performing an EFT sequence. If your initial intensity was 10 prior to tapping and ended at 5, you will have accomplished a 50 percent improvement level.
An EFT sequence involves the practitioner to state a phrase built from questions, rapport, reframing, testing, and many other skills. This phrase is repeated by the client whilst they tap on their own meridian points as directed by the practitioner. After a round of tapping the practitioner will test the intensity and compare the results with the initial intensity level. The goal is to reduce the number to 0 thus the practitioner will use the same set skill to repeat this process numerous times during a session. The treatment is non-invasive and works on the ethos of making change as simple and as pain free as possible.
In the short time since its inception by Gary Craig in the 1990's, EFT has provided many people with relief from diverse problems and conditions, often in startlingly quick time and after long periods of searching for a cure. The diversity of successful treatments have ranged from trauma and abuse, phobias, self-sabotaging behaviour patterns, to deep set emotional conditions of depression and physical pain to name but a few.
EFT draws its power from Eastern discoveries that have been around for over 5,000 years. Albert Einstein also told us back in the 1920's that everything (including our bodies) is composed of energy. These ideas have been largely ignored by Western Healing Practices and as they are unveiled in our current times, human process is reopening itself to the forgotten truth that everything is energy and the potential that this offers us.
EFT restores awareness and trust in the natural healing abilities of our mind and body, providing ground-breaking opportunities to achieving physical and emotional well-being in a faster time frame.
Reiki is a Japanese technique that is used to heal mental and physical trauma, and to support mental clarity and spiritual well-being.
In Japanese, the word "Rei" refers to a higher intelligence that permeates all living and nonliving entities and guides the inherent functioning of the universe. The word "ki" refers to the nonphysical energy that flows through everything that is alive, including plants, animals, and human beings - because of this, ki is also often called "life force energy". The combination of these two words is what defines Reiki as "spiritually guided life-force energy".
To administer Reiki, the practitioner channels life force energy through his or her hands onto another. This is done whilst the client is laying fully clothed on a therapy table in a peaceful and relaxed setting. The practitioner places their hands lightly on or just above the client receiving treatment in a series of hand positions taught in training. It's said that the aforementioned spiritual guidance enables the Reiki to flow through the affected parts of the clients energy field and charges them with positive energy. It raises awareness in and around the physical body where negative thoughts and feelings are contained. This causes the negative energy (such as stress, anxiety, physical pain, sadness, confusion, etc.) to loosen its grip, allowing the touch of the Reiki practitioner to swoop in and clarify the energy pathways.
Reiki can help us cope by encouraging relaxation and bringing balance to both mind and emotions. Benefits reported by clients include deep relaxation, promoting a calm, peaceful sense of wellbeing on all levels. Reiki encourages and supports positive personal choices, such as improving diet, taking more exercise, devoting time for rest or leisure activities, and may reduce the need for alcohol and tobacco. Creating greater inner harmony and balance, regular Reiki treatments promote a calmer response to life’s challenges.
Reiki’s gentle energy is easily adapted to most medical conditions and may be used safely by people of all ages, including pregnant mothers, the new-born, surgical patients, and the elderly in any situation.
Being complementary, Reiki works effectively alongside orthodox healthcare and natural remedies, expanding treatment options.
One of the basic teachings of healing with Reiki is that we are more than our physical bodies. We also have an energy body made up of our aura (energy fields), the chakras (energy centers) and the meridians (energy pathways). Like our physical body that takes in food to nourish it and give it energy, our energy body does the same. The energy fields take energy in, the chakras break it down, and the meridians distribute it throughout the body.
Reiki's healing energy connects us on an energetic and spiritual level where the healing work is conducted. To understand this, we must first realise that we are more than our physical bodies. Our thoughts, emotions, feelings, ideas, perspectives and moral beliefs all exist within us but they are not part of our physical bodies. They are energies that can affect our physical bodies but they are not physical elements.
Our soul or our spirit also forms part of who we are and it is definitely not a physical element. Reiki energy connects on our spiritual and energetic levels. Distant Reiki sessions work because energy is not limited by distance. Distance is a physical limitation only.
We accept other energy frequencies that we cannot see, such as electricity, radios, mobile phones and wi-fi. Initially, these frequencies were thought to be too unbelievable to be true, but now they are accepted as normal functioning services. In order for them to work, they have to be tuned in and Distant Reiki works the same way. The Reiki practitioner acts as a conduit and tunes the healing energy to the person it is being sent to and then it flows through the energy currents that exist naturally. Distance is not an obstacle for Reiki in the same way that it isn't for mobile phones or the internet.
In the UK in 2010, a National Occupation Standard was developed by Skills for Health which acknowledged the following three types of Reiki practices: from a distance, hands on the body and hands near the body. Reiki is now recognised as an occupation that can be performed by distance away from the client.
Receiving Reiki in person can be a wonderful experience however, in some cases physically attending a session is not possible. Thus Distant Reiki provides a wonderful, simple and effective alternative solution.