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EFT aids stress reduction, compliments massage

“Someone once helped me heal from an emotional trauma and I loved the results. I didn’t realize how much unyielding relief I felt,” says Linda Fisher-Piccolo. “It made such a difference and I couldn’t wait to share that with others.”

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Fisher-Piccolo is an Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, teacher and Reiki master based in Sterling Heights, Michigan. While employed in the robotics industry, she realized that “left brain” thinking was not what she wanted for her life. Instead, she wanted to do “work that feeds the inner me.” After taking a one-year sabbatical and learning about different healing modalities such as Reiki, Fisher-Piccolo found and embraced the benefits of EFT.

EFT is designed to remove the effects of negative emotions in the body through the application of a Universal healing aid available to everyone. Using “needleless” acupuncture points ("acu-tap") to affect the body’s energy meridians, or “lines” of energy flowing through the body, EFT allows a person to address emotional, physical and spiritual concerns before and after they manifest themselves in the body.  A simple tapping pattern, typically starting with the forehead and moving down to the chest and hand, along with affirmations are used within EFT.

Gary Craig, originator of the Emotional Freedom Technique, says on his website that, “You use the same basic procedure for your fear of public speaking as you do for improving your golf score. You can also use it for everything from the common cold to multiple sclerosis (consult your physician, of course).”

Linda Fisher-Piccolo says that EFT can be practiced alone, with a teacher or guide, and in groups. You do not have to verbalize your problem in order to do EFT, but Fisher-Piccolo suggests, “Your first experience with EFT should be with an experienced practitioner, but after that you can really use it on your own.”

Easy to learn and practice, this method has begun to be studied and approved by physicians. In fact, the main EFT organization, found at EmoFree.com, boasts 13 MDs on its EFT Advisory Board. However, it should be noted that EFT should not be sought as a substitute for professional medical advice. Fisher-Piccolo notes that, while she does not specifically refer clients to doctors, therapists, etc., she supports them seeking multiple paths to wellness.

In fact, Fisher-Piccolo stated that the one service she will recommend in tandem with EFT is massage therapy. She notes, based on her husband Brian Piccolo’s experience as a massage therapist, that clients sometimes experience an emotional release during massage. That is to say, they may have tears or other feelings (from sadness to fear to happiness) emerge as a massage therapist is working on their tissues. This link between the body and the mind can be explored further with EFT after the massage session and may be released.

Fisher-Piccolo suggests that, while anyone is a good candidate for healing through EFT, those who feel hurt or sadness when they think of a specific event, even years after they have “forgiven” the offending party, are not actually healed and are great candidates for healing through EFT. Citing the law of attraction, she notes that when we have unresolved hurts, they send out vibrations that “call to the Universe” to bring you more of those disappointments. She notes an event from her own background stating, “I had an incident where I was hurt when I was younger. I said I forgave the person, but each time I thought of the offense it hurt all over again. Through EFT I was able to heal my emotions from this incident. When I think of it now, it doesn’t hurt and I don’t feel sorry for myself. I essentially forgot what it even was.”

If you are interested in learning more about EFT, you can take one of Linda Fisher-Piccolo’s workshops in Metro Detroit. She has an office in Sterling Heights for clients who wish to come to her, but she is also available for consultations around the world via telephone and Skype. New and existing clients can learn more about EFT, Reiki, or the Yuen Method via her website, Inner Light Services.

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