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Utahns tap away tension

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah ) - Utahns are tapping away tension using a little known technique called Emotional Freedom Tapping or EFT.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah ) - Utahns are tapping away tension using a little known technique called Emotional Freedom Tapping or EFT.

Angela Bell, an EFT Practitioner said it is a simple process.  First, patients are told to focus on a negative emotion tied to a memory or event.  Then, a certified practitioner helps remove that emotion by disconnecting its attachment to the brain using acupressure points in the body.

"You tap on these acupressure points that moves that encoding, that emotional encoding that's attached to the memory," Bell said.

According to Bell that often means the memory of the event is still there, but the negative emotions attached to it go away.

Jill Brady, who practices EFT, said the process worked wonders for her after a difficult divorce helping her heal and saving her time, money, and grief.

"I don't have to spend six months with a counselor," she said. "It's something that can be taken care of immediately."

That may be why EFT has made waves in the military.  A new study in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease says 90 percent of soldiers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD were close to cured after a few EFT sessions.  In fact, their emotional outlook had improved so much they no longer fit the criteria for a PTSD diagnosis. On the flip side, only four percent of soldiers with the same amount of counseling had the same outlook.

Bell said even though tapping looks silly, it has gained notoriety, especially now that the American Psychological Association has recognized it as a valid practice. According to the APA, "EFT is a scientifically evidenced modality for treating psychological disorders," she said.

Right now most insurance plans do not cover EFT.  However, given its recognition by the APA that may change.  Sessions vary in cost depending on the practitioner, but most hour long sessions cost less than one hundred dollars.













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