What is Emotional Freedom Technique and how can it help?

Good health involves approaching wellness from many different angles. Good health and wellbeing are gained from having a holistic approach to life and lifestyle; emotional health is often overlooked. Often people find they have a good diet and lifestyle, but suffer from problems due to emotional barriers.

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) works on the mind, body, spirit and the subconscious. EFT is an energy psychology technique, an advanced form of psychological acupressure, that has been transforming our understanding of how to create health, wellbeing quickly and effectively. EFT is based on the theory that all negative emotions are caused by a disruption in the body´s energy system.

Since its development in the 1990s, EFT has been used on a wide range of problems, including both physical and emotional: negative emotions, food cravings, reducing or eliminating pain, implementing positive goals, dealing with anxiety and anger, fears and phobias and limiting beliefs.

It is estimated that over 85% or more of emotional issues treated with these processes are eliminated quickly. Like any other stress-reduction method it does not have a 100% success rate. It usually works reliably, but not for everyone. Some people's issues are so intense that the mere mention of them causes emotional or physical pain. If you have emotional or physical problems it is essential that you consult your physician or licensed mental health practitioner, since EFT is not a substitute for medical or mental health treatment. Please share your experiences with EFT with your healthcare providers.

It is difficult to gauge or give an accurate duration of the length of time required to work on any issue as complexity varies from one individual to another.

EFT, just as coaching, is completed in a methodical way to enable clients to evaluate progress.

Tapping with the fingertips is used, to input kinetic energy onto specific meridians on the body, while tuned into a specific problem - whether it is a traumatic event, an addiction, pain or anxiety. The creative use of statements enables the person to tune into the issue and remain focused on the problem. This is essential to the success of EFT.

This combination of tapping the energy meridians and voicing of the statements works to clear the 'energy disruption' or 'emotional block' from your body's energy system, thus restoring your mind and body's balance, which is essential for optimal health and the healing of physical ailments.

EFT works wonderfully with coaching as EFT can often clears old traumas cleanly and thoroughly in just a few sessions.

Once you have seen how well EFT clears out emotional debris, you might notice that physical ailments start to fade. Headaches, back pains and other discomforts may reduce or vanish as emotional issues improve. Everyday stress may take less toll on your system once you have EFT´s potent stress-reduction tools at your disposal.

You can apply EFT to just about everything. You use the same basic procedure for your fear of public speaking as you do for improving your guitar playing, removing phobias and limiting beliefs and removing your fears and anxiety.

About Matrix Re-imprinting

Matrix Re-imprinting is a new Meridian Tapping Therapy, effective for the treatment of emotional or physical issues. It can also be used to manifest your goals and dreams. It evolved from EFT. Matrix Re-imprinting also uses the meridian system that has been used in acupuncture for thousands of years. You tap on points on your meridians with your fingers, and this releases stress and trauma from the body´s energy system, allowing the body-mind to return to a healthy physical and emotional state. Results for EFT have always been impressive.

So how does Matrix Re-imprinting differ from this already established technique?

For example, in conventional EFT tapping on meridian end points is used to take the emotional intensity out of a past memory. What you are left with is to be able to recall your most traumatic and stressful life memories without any emotional disruption or stress, which is obviously extremely useful, as negative past memories keep the body in a state of stress and can contribute to disease. However, with Matrix Re-imprinting the memory is actually transformed. You can go into any past memory, say and do what you wished you´d said and done, bring in new resources, and create and transform the picture you have of that memory.

In Matrix Re-imprinting we see these past negative memories as being held as pictures or holograms in your body-field. Until you transform them you keep tuning into them on a subconscious level and they affect your health, your wellbeing and your point of attraction. Changing the pictures creates both physical and emotional healing, and enables you to attract more positive experiences into your life. And by tapping on the meridians of the body at the same time, the process is accelerated.

It is important to recognize that this process is very different from denying what happened. It is simply allowing us to be more resourceful, whilst releasing the stress and trauma that we hold in our body-mind and body-field, due to traumatic life events.

Matrix Re-imprinting works extremely well with life coaching, wellbeing and energy work, helping to remove those limiting beliefs and patterns which can be hindering progress, enable people to move their lives forward and feel so much better about themselves their lives and their possibilities.


After my first appointment with Rachel, in a relaxed and unthreatened environment, I felt a deep sense of positiveness and relief. Someone had quietly listened to me and I was understood. I was taught to concentrate on what I can do rather than what I could not do. To think like a natural optimist. In order to meet the needs of others I first need to meet my own needs. I learnt to value myself.

I learnt to research into my own childhood and explore why I thought as I did. I learnt different strategies to change these deep thoughts into positive ones. I became so much more positive with my thoughts and able to deal with my phobia. The learning took time, but was very very benefitting to me as a person.

Life is extremely hectic for most of us. To stop, listen, think and respond about decisions, which need to be met, what I should do next in my life, how to think of me, are all very positive experiences, which I am very grateful for.

EFT and Coaching Client

Having worked in the NHS for many years, I was very skeptical of any alternative / complementary therapies and could not imagine them being beneficial. However a few years ago, I booked a session of Reiki and was amazed in the improvement after just one session and that the therapist knew exactly where my problem lay. Recently, I was aquainted with EFT and understood that it could be of benefit to improve my bad sleeping pattern, my senseless phobias and my many anxieties. In the first session, Rachel dealt with one of my phobias and on the second session, she dealt with a different issue; at the end of this tapping session I was surprised at how the freedom from one anxiety had helped the other. Even though, we haven´t yet actually worked on the bad sleeping patterns, there has been a great improvement by tackling the other issues. I am looking forward to being the new me with all my hang-ups gone for ever.

Carol, Wirral

I have been so blessed to have been able to have Rachel Watson, working with me using EFT. As her client, I find her to be so intuitive, perceptive, supportive and empathetic. Through her skilled use of EFT (and in particular - Matrix Re-imprinting), she has helped me go back into my earlier life experiences to unravel my emotional blocks. These blocks from my childhood have affected how I have related with others and how I have perceived myself. Once shifted, I have felt that the past no longer has such an effect- it has helped me rationalize any future interactions that previously would have immediately brought me back and affected me. The whole approach is so gentle and has proved to be truly cathartic. I have no hesitation in recommending Rachel to others who feel would benefit from her skills.

Mel, Wirral

My Mum had been seeing Rachel for reiki for quite a while and kept raving about her. I however though it sounded like a load of nonsense. So you can imagine my joy when she decided that 3 sessions would make a lovely gift for me! But as GPs, specialist consultants, physiotherapists etc. hadn´t been able to alleviate any of my symptoms, mainly wide spread chronic pain and exhaustion, lasting over 10 years, I was willing to give anything a shot. I was very apprehensive. I knew what it involved, but just didn´t get it. I had nothing to worry about. Rachel made me feel at ease straight off, and she´s created a warming relaxing atmosphere in her treatment room. I was unsure if I´d be able to have a full session because of the pain element (relaxing usually brought on painful twitching) but surprisingly no pain, very relaxing and my shoulders, which I had a lot of pain in, felt wonderful. I was holding a lot of tension in them that had completely gone in my right shoulder. I still didn´t get how it worked but it did, far better results from 1 session than any thing I had from the NHS in the previous 10 years and a whole lot more enjoyable. So I continued and it´s been a great benefit to my health.

More recently Rachel introduced me to tapping. I have this habit of not fully dealing with things just shoving things away somewhere in the back of my brain and convincing myself I´ve dealt with it. Unfortunately these things occasionally escape and it becomes quite obvious that I´m not as over them as I may try to convince myself I am. Counselling isn´t for me so Rachel suggested an alternative, EFT Tapping and EFT Matrix Re-imprinting. Not only could this help with those past issues but also with my chronic pain and energy problems. I had nothing to lose. The first few session we worked on my pain and energy levels, I can recall quite a bit of laughter and strange sensations, not at all unpleasant though, as the pain sort of worked its way out and the sluggish tiredness seams to disappear along with the pain. After a few sessions we moved on to my emotional baggage and yes there have been a few tears, but also a lot of laughter and some very surprising results. I´ve resolved many issues that had impacted upon my live with out me realising it, I´m cured of my moth phobia and I have a new found ability to say No and stand up for myself when I´m being dump upon. It´s further helped with my pain and exhaustion and I also have techniques I can use myself when needed. I can´t thank Rachel enough, my health and quality of life has improved so much. I´m probably never going to be pain free but it´s now so much more manageable. I sleep better and my energy levels are up. My emotional baggage is lessening with each session.
But most of all I feel in control again. I couldn´t have continued the way I was going. The medical profession it felt they just wanted to fill me with pain killers and sedatives. Rachel has saved me from that and given me my live back. I dont have the words to say how grateful I am.

Jo, Wirral

I was having difficulty concentrating especially with my music and also I felt the need for a fresh start and outlook, a more modern approach. I approached Rachel for EFT and was shocked at the results, within a comparatively short period, my progress was amazing. I can now concentrate and feel more self assured and am enjoying my music and feel I have made a fresh start.

Doug, Wirral

Rachel is an honest; understanding individual, with skills in which I believe can help anyone. Rachel has assisted me over time to help build my confidence, strengths and key skills. With her peaceful nature, Rachel listens tentatively and has worked in a way best suited to my individual needs.

Rachel has helped me with my organization and time management skills, right through to my fears and phobias. One fear that had become prevalent to me through discussion; was a particular phobia, which seemed silly to some people. This fear had intensified and became rather limiting. I worked through some techniques with Rachel, which had hugely lessened my fear; however, some negative feelings where still prominent including an obvious restrictive, squeezing feeling in my stomach through the thought of this fear. It actually made me feel sick.

Rachel introduced me to a technique called E.F.T (Emotional Freedom Technique). This method helps to find a deeper meaning to problems and helps collapse any negative feelings a lot quicker and more effectively (long term). I found that when working through this technique, other emotions where raises and I was able to tackle deeper issues, some of which I was unaware I had. I had put a feeling of panic and distress upon the thoughts creating the physical discomfort within my stomach. Once I understood that I was transferring an emotion of distress, I realized that the fear had been built up and exaggerated in my head. Through EFT, I was relieved physically and mentally and was able to comprehend the situation making me feel at ease.

I found that experience of EFT pleasant and amusing, almost as if I was laughing away any pain or negative emotion. I found it a liberating experience in which Rachel was supportive and understanding, helping me to overcome my fear. Rachel has hugely impacted my way of thinking helping me to strive to achieve my goals.

Jane, Wirral

I found the sessions with Rachel extremely useful. I was able to explore long held limiting beliefs in a safe environment. Long held views and beliefs were explored and challenged and with the help of Rachel and EFT, I was able to discover their source. Instant reactions I have to certain problems and worries I traced back to childhood experiences and by re-tracing them, I was able to rationalise them as an adult. The physical tapping helped focus and measure the intensity of my feelings. I found the sessions valuable and challenging and they have changed the way I deal with problems and worries. Combined with Enneagram training, they have really made a difference to my life and relations with and understanding of myself and others.

Both myself and my wife have benefitted from the EFT sessions with Rachel. The technique has enabled me to understand myself better and my partner. I have gained a greater awareness of factors influencing particular behaviour, feelings, thoughts and actions (or lack of action!). EFT has helped me to feel calmer and more confident - both during the sessions and thereafter. As someone who has always been reluctant to explore and express my feelings and emotions, I found the process challenging, but ultimately comforting and rewarding. I feel I now have a better perspective on life - past, present and future.

Wirral couple