Balanced Energy Psychology – According to the FDA, 50 million Americans diet each year. This trend feeds a booming business in weight loss systems, exercise equipment and specialized food products that may or may not help people lose weight – mostly because there are mental and emotional factors in weight gain and loss that cannot be effectively changed using old systems. Enter “energy psychology” – the new tool to helping release fears, clear trauma, and improve performance by removing the emotional blocks to success.
What is Balanced Energy Psychology?
Balanced energy psychology is a group of therapies that use the body’s energy systems to create change on a mental or emotional level. These tools have been used to heal trauma, get over lifelong phobias, achieve goals, improve sports performance, and help people lose weight. Balanced energy psychology is offered by some therapists and practitioners, but most forms are simple enough for laypersons to learn to use on themselves.
Balanced energy psychology uses specific points on the body to access deep emotional and mental programming. This enables us to erase old, self-defeating beliefs and introduce healthier programming. Balanced energy psychology can be used to work at deep, unconscious levels like hypnosis does, while remaining conscious and in control of the process.
Emotional Limits to Weight Loss Success
Most people trying to lose weight come up against one of two problems: either there is a physical, metabolic issue that prevents them from losing weight successfully, or there are mental or emotional factors that keep them from following their weight loss plan. Metabolic issues can be addressed with energy work, but that isn’t the focus of most balanced energy psychology treatments.
Energy psychology “explores the relationship between unresolved emotions, anxieties, fears and guilt and weight issues. It offers practical advice for identifying and resolving the root cause of emotional eating and other behaviors” that can interfere with weight loss.
EFT or other forms of balanced energy psychology might be helpful to you if you:
revert to binge eating after a small weight loss success
feel too hungry to stick to a diet
resort to food to conquer negative self talk or hurt feelings (most of us do, to some extent)
believe you’ll never be successful at achieving your ideal weight
have self-confidence issues that interfere with your success
Balanced energy psychology isn’t a magic bullet for weight loss, but it can help to conquer the kinds of emotional patterns that are obstacles to weight loss success.
Where Can I Learn More About Balanced Energy Psychology?
There may be therapists in your area offering bio energy healing – sometimes called EFT (emotional freedom technique) or by other names. You can find information on these kinds of sessions, or classes in how to use the tools yourself, on listings of alternative or holistic practitioners for your area.
EFT and EDxTM Energy Healing Techniques
Energy psychology is an approach to mental and emotional health that draws on energy healing techniques from energy medicine, the Chinese meridians, and chakra healing. There are many schools of energy psychology. Two of the most popular, EFT and EDxTM, are often compared to each other because they are similar in many ways, but offer different approaches in how the energy healing techniques are used.
What is EFT?
“EFT” stands for “Emotional Freedom Technique”, developed by Gary Craig. EFT has been widely promoted, and is endorsed by many of the big names in healing, from Dr. Joseph Mercola to Deepak Chopra.
What is EDxTM?
“EDxTM” is an acronym of “Energy Diagnostic & Treatment Methods”. EDxTM was developed by Fred Gallo, the man who first coined the phrase energy psychology. It is less well known but has a devoted following who believe it is much more specific and adaptable than EFT.
EFT and EDxTM: What’s the Same?
EFT and EDxTM are more similar than they are different. Both are based on the Chinese meridian system, the set of energy channels that form the basis of acupuncture, Energy Medicine, and Touch for Health. EDxTM and EFT involve many of the same “accupressure” points, and use the same “tapping” technique to treat those points. These are bio energy healing.
Both energy healing techniques are highly effective for treating PTSD, trauma, fears and phobias, anxiety, and even helping with emotionally-based physical issues such as back or neck pain and weight loss.
EFT versus EDxTM: What’s Different?
The biggest difference between EFT and EDxTM – if not the only difference – is in their complexity.
EFT involves one basic treatment protocol – one series of points to tap on the hands, face, and body – that is used and adapted in almost every circumstance.
In EDxTM, every patient receives a different protocol – a unique set of points to tap that are found by muscle testing. Specific points are “diagnosed” to be related to the phobia, trauma, or other issue that the client wishes to work on, and only those points are used in treatment. This approach takes longer than EFT because of the process involved in identifying the relevant points – but the treatment itself is much faster.
While EFT is famous for helping people break through lifelong fears and chronic psychological issues, some say that EDxTM’s specificity makes it more effective.
“EDxTM is an art,” said one practitioner at a 2008 EDxTM training course in Toronto, Canada. “It is more specific and works better,” because each protocol is determined, at the time of treatment, for the individual patient.
Advantages of EFT:
it is easy to learn and easy to start using
the points are always the same, so there’s very little to memorize or forget!
works on most situations
Advantages of EDxTM:
treatment is uniquely fitted to every person and situation, during the session
series of treatment points is shorter (easier for the patient to remember) and more interesting for the practitioner
Disadvantages of EFT:
boring and repetitive
same points are not always effective for every person and situation
Disadvantages of EDxTM:
more complex: requires more time and training to learn and become proficient
sometimes offers more choices than needed, making more work for the practitioner
Choosing Which Energy Psychology to Use
As with most forms of energy work, success seems to depend not so much on which approach you use as on the patient’s desire and will to be healed as well as the energy and skill of the practitioner.
There are advantages and flaws in each method. Ultimately, most people will see results with any form of energy psychology so long as it is done properly and with good intent.
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