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Is it possible my pain or condition will get more intense during EFT?

As EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) works on the physical level with raw emotions, a valid question is can it get worse during or after my session?

When we focus on something, be it a sore back from an over-exuberant gym session the previous week or an mild addiction to checking social media to see how many likes you have, the act of placing it in the minds’ eye generally makes it get more intense. It is to be expected. It is normal. It could be perceived as the biggest drawback of EFT, but I see it as its biggest attraction.

It is disadvantageous as the back will possibly feel worse or the craving to check social media or whatever else it might be, should get more intense and this can have the undesirable impact on some people to think that EFT is not working! But, this is the exposure part of EFT, bringing the issue or trauma up. I do understand how this may be seen as being counter-intuitive.

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But, when the issue/sensation or emotion is tapped at the same time, it is the tapping action that sends a competing signal back to the brain, essentially soothing the amygdala. It competes with the brain imagery and will override it eventually, normally after a few seconds, forever reducing the intensity attached to that particular issue/sensation or emotion within that particular aspect of that specific event from here on in.

EFT works with laser like focus. It will work on aspects, one at a time. In a simpe example, this will could look like working through the trauma related to a car crash by tapping on the fear around the car hitting the barrier and feeling like you were going to die. Tapping on it will clear that ‘aspect’.

After clearing that, there may be other aspects. In the car crash example, the trauma related to the sounds of another car’s screeching brakes as they tried to avoid your car could be the next aspect. Only when all aspects of a particular trauma/condition are cleared, will there be truly effective healing with the method.

So, it is expected that the emotions will vary during a session, a clients ability to feel into how they feel, will really help a practitioner guide the client.

One thing about EFT treatment is that it is real. With conventional medication, it can be an avoidance of the associated pain with short term benefits of taking the medication/pills, and questionable long-term ones. In most cases with EFT, it is a safe way for courageous inquisitive people to look head-on at their own issues.

Yes, it can be confrontational, but, it can also yield significant short-term and long-term benefits. You do need to want to change something and make a commitment to do the work.

And while it may be seem to be more difficult than taking a pill, that’s because it is! But a practitioner knows that feeling emotions are a good sign that you are on the right path. Stay on it, for it can only be something you will benefit from after it is cleared.

A good practitioner will not leave a client in a negative emotion at the end of a session. They will follow careful techniques to end the session at a suitable place.

However, elevated emotions during tapping is not to be confused with the issue getting worse due to another trigger that either hasn’t been identified yet, or, is yet to be tapped on. These are two different things that are commonly mixed up with people new to tapping. This is why it is hugely important for the practitioner to be checking, and checking, the tapping over the course of a session to be sure aspects are complete prior to moving on.

An aspect that is missed is a missed opportunity for healing.

Please write a comment or query below if you like.

I am not a medical practitioner. I am a trained scientist and engineer accredited as an EFT Practitioner with EFT International (EFTi).

You may wish to consult with those in the conventional medical establishment, if you are considering replacing and/or integrating EFT in the place of a current medical treatment!

EFT Tapping can be done solo, easily applied to something specific and simple. But, it is recommended to use an EFT Practitioner for more complex or stubborn issues or if you get stuck.




Hi, I write about using EFT to tackle stress, anger, low-self esteem and overwhelm. And about my own experiences. Sure aren’t we all a work-in-progress?

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Stephen Duffy

Stephen Duffy

Hi, I write about using EFT to tackle stress, anger, low-self esteem and overwhelm. And about my own experiences. Sure aren’t we all a work-in-progress?

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