EFT in a Massage or Reiki Session

Incorporating and introducing EFT

By Suzanne Zacharia

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When I started doing EFT, I was working as a massage therapist in the UK. Now I rarely do massage, as I am not a licenced massage therapist in my spouse's country. However, I now give workshops to licenced massage therapists so that they can spread the word. I remembered writing this some time ago, so I thought I must share it with you. If you are a Reiki practitioner or Spiritual Healer, all the basics of how to incorporate a lttle EFT into your regular session are the same.

The way it usually happens with massage is as follows. A client comes to me for a massage. I explain to them that I do EFT as well, and that it could help them release pain and muscle tension, as well as dealing with related emotions, and I may at some point in the massage stop to hold their hand and “do some tapping” on points on their energy meridians, such as on the face, body and hands. If they say yes (the vast majority do straight away, the rest do at a later session), then I explain that I may say some strange-sounding statements and to just bear with me and go with it. I leave out the 9-Gamut and do the talking for the client.

If they seem unsure about this strange new modality, I explain EFT as “it looks stupid, it feels silly, but hey, if it works...” At which point they add “it's worth a try”!

So I start with the massage as usual, with the client on their back, facing up. Then when they start relaxing, I say “I'm going to hold your hand now and do some tapping”. So we start EFT-ing their pain. Of course, there are all the related emotional bits, which we deal with as they come up.

Even more exciting for me though, I have noticed something very interesting with EFT for mechanical back pain. To explain briefly, we all compensate the way we hold our backs up in order to be in the position of least pain, and this could twist or contort the back into even worse positions, and we compensate even further and so on. When EFT works on one part of the back, say “upper right shoulder”, another part of the back gets the pain, say “left hip” or “top right of my neck”. My guess is that EFT actually physically relieves the muscle tension which was contorting us in one position to compensate for pain which is then revealed as we un-contort.

According to my osteopath colleagues, compensation often involves only millimetres and can be caused by a joint being as little as a millimetre out of position. The un-contorting, for want of a simpler description, could be a series of relaxations throughout the back, neck, shoulders, even knees. Our bits are, after all, connected to each other in one body. This has exciting ramifications. For instance, this could point to the real mechanical culprit in the body that requires exercise or a chiropractor/osteopath, in which case I refer the client on or advise them to do the appropriate exercise; or it could point to the part of the body where we normally store our stress, making us more aware of our negative physical patterns.

As well as helping with my massage clients' immediate emotional and physical needs, another interesting phenomenon is emerging. The EFT is somehow motivating them to take real action to help themselves in other ways. Let me illustrate with the case of Sharon, a fairly typical massage client.

Sharon walked into the shop where I had a clinic upstairs, asking if we had an aromatherapist. Since I do not do aromatherapy, the proprietor persuaded her to try my “special” massage instead. In the consultation, it transpired that Sharon's life was on a low, with a cold that just would not go away, stress headaches, eczema, sore knees, and an achy feeling in the legs. She had tried aromatherapy before, and it helped somewhat. She had not heard of EFT, and of course I soon persuaded her to try EFT with the massage.

I did my usual thing, as described above. A core issue turned out to be a car accident four years previously, which we easily released in the first session in minutes. The next time she came to see me, she said that her life had changed. She was back at the gym, and “doing things” again; she felt she had a miraculous recovery. I treated her a couple of times since, and she was still working out at the gym, doing things with her children and family, and basically living a full life. I called her a few months later to get permission to write about her case, and she said “you can say anything, Suzanne, anything to spread the word”!


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Author's Bio:

© Suzanne Zacharia 2010.  My name is Suzanne Zacharia and I am committed to spreading the word about health options. I believe that the more and better options one has, the more choice there is.  

A virus caught along with 5 other students at university at the end of 1986, plus medical negligence, meant that I got smokers lung at a relatively young age.  In desperation for help with my symptoms and quality of life, I turned to complementary therapy, and I have outlived one doctor's prognosis by many years now.

I am now a complementary therapist, author and trainer specializing in energy healing.  Want to use this article?  You can, as long as you credit me with it and invite your readers to get my FREE book "EFT How-To For You" at http://www.EFT-Scripts.com


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