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Q: How do I explain EFT to friends, family, and colleagues?

A: My preference is to demonstrate EFT rather than explain it. A single five-minute session is usually more effective at convincing people than reading a 500-page book. Once they feel it in their bodies, their minds usually come along for the ride. I keep my explanations brief, even when talking to medical professionals such as doctors, psychiatrists, and nurses.

EFT can be briefly summarized as:

  • ·      A relaxation technique
  • ·      Simple physical exercises to reduce stress
  • ·      A scientifically validated method for addressing anxiety and depression
  • ·      A fast way of shifting the fight-or-flight response
  • ·      Acupressure such as is used in massage methods like Shiatsu
  • ·      Acupuncture without needles
  • ·      A body-based stress reduction system
  • ·      A quick method for reducing cortisol and stress hormones
  • ·      A way to regulate the nervous system
  • ·      Like qigong and tai chi, exercises to balance the body’s energy system

In time and with practice, you’ll find your own brief “elevator speech” that allows you to explain EFT fast so you can get people tapping. Once you’ve given them their first experience, little more explanation is necessary.

–from The EFT Manual, by Dawson Church