You probably know someone who has successfully quit smoking with hypnotherapy or hypnosis. But think about EFT? As a hypnotherapist with 5 years’ experience helping others quit, I can visit a future when EFT will be the method of choice. So why EFT and what’s so special about it?
EFT is short for Emotional Freedom Techniques. It involves gently massaging certain acupressure points whilst repeating phrases designed to free you from the bad feeling. In cases like this, the bad feeling will be the smoking craving. Hence the “Freedom” section of the name.
Whether smoking cravings are purely emotional or not is subject to debate. I have certainly pushed the boundaries of this way for many physical conditions, so when a trained biochemist, I’d seriously challenge one to define the dividing line between your emotional and the physical. As a matter of known fact, many acupuncturists recommend acupuncture to permit the body to rebalance itself after quitting smoking. And the acupressure points that we use in EFT are the endpoints of the main acupuncture meridians. Only rather than using needles, we stimulate these points by a tapping sort of massage. We tap, usually with two fingers, on the area, thereby stimulating these meridians.
So what is different concerning the effect of having EFT from the effect of experiencing acupuncture? Well, with EFT, your mind is asked to create up a negative emotional state so the acupressure will release you from that bad emotion. It really is like the mind is the office cleaner, who switches into the office unobtrusively and removes the rubbish/garbage for the council/municipality cleaners to take away. These workers subsequently come and take away the refuse and it is no more in your office. Your office is then clean.
Faster EFT Practitioner
And why use EFT rather than hypnotherapy? Because the aftereffect of helping your physical body as well as your mind makes for a very strong combination. Although you might have EFT in hypnosis, this entails the practitioner speaking at a slower rate than using standalone EFT. With standalone EFT, as the practitioner can carry out the treatment at a considerably faster pace, they can get more done in the same timeframe. In other words, the procedure with EFT reaches further and goes deeper.
I estimate that within the next five years, EFT will have replaced hypnotherapy as the approach to choice for quitting smoking. And when ex-smokers-to-be ask for a recommendation to greatly help them stop, they will be asking for a good EFT Practitioner. I look forward to that day.