Acupuncture, the ancient Chinese health care system that works by stimulating these mysterious meridian points with tiny needles, was already well on the way to becoming acceptable practise in the field of alternative health care.
But there were others investigating how to stimulate and balance the meridians, and to find further ways that meridian based treatments could bring positive benefits to health in body and in mind.
In 1964, chiropractor George Goodheart began to pursue links between muscle strength, organs, glands and meridians and developed diagnostic muscle testing, later naming it Applied Kinesiology. One of his students, John Diamond, saw the potential for using the balancing effect of meridian work for psychotherapy, and another then student, psychologist Dr Roger Callahan, discovered a whole new approach to working with mental health and meridians.
One of Dr CallahanÂ?s long term patients at that time was a woman called Mary, who suffered from a water phobia. Dr Callahan later explained, "Her fear of water was so severe that she could not go out when it rained, would have panic attacks at the sight of bodies of water, and could not stand more than an inch of water in her bath. I treated her weekly for two years, using every approach I could think of, and all I had achieved in that time was to have taught her that she could stand more fear than she previously thought possible. I would have her sit by the side of a swimming pool and she was absolutely terrified in spite of everything we did."
Dr Callahan asked Mary to "tap" with her fingers under her eye Â? an important meridian point. She did, looked up and "the fear had disappeared" Â? just like that, in an instant, and it never came back.
Dr Callahan devoted his life and practice from this moment onwards to develop a treatment approach to help people overcome crippling fears, phobias and mental problems of all kinds. His approach is called TFT or Thought Field Therapy and is still in use today. TFT uses just 14 basic meridian points, and the order and sequence of how they are stimulated by lightly tapping upon them, is diagnosed through muscle testing for individual problems.
In 1996, Gary Craig, a Stanford Engineer and a student of Dr. Callahans had the brilliant idea of creating a simple technique that would cover all the 14 points by default Â? this either reduces or eliminates the need for extensive muscle testing and diagnostic training and provided a comprehensive therapeutic tool that is unprecedented in its ease of use, and in itÂ?s astonishing effectiveness.
Gary CraigÂ?s Emotional Freedom Techniques - EFTTM - is one of the easiest and most effective and efficient therapeutic approach imaginable, providing fast, effective and usually permanent relief for psychological, physical and neuro-physiological problems. These techniques have been described as one of the most important breakthroughs in the area of mindÂ?body healing in the last hundred years. Already thousands upon thousands of people all over the world have benefited from using EFTTM and it is rapidly becoming known as a modern day miracle being capable of dramatically relieving emotional disturbances and physical problems.
Thousands of professional therapists testify to EFTTMÂ?s unique ability to bring rapid and permanent relief from:
Addictive Cravings, Allergies, Anxiety & Panic Attacks, Anger, Compulsions & Obsessions, Depression & Sadness, Dyslexia, Fears & Phobias, Grief & Loss, Guilt, Insomnia, Negative Memories, Nightmares, Pain Management, Physical Conditions & Healing, Peak Performance, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD], Self Image, Sexual Abuse Issues and many, many more.
EFTTM, the "ambassador of Meridian Therapies", has one further and most remarkable aspect. It is designed so that once you have learned this simple technique, you can easily use it at home at any time, in any place, in any situation. This means that you can use it on any problem you wish to apply it to, without any further training or many years of study. In spite of its apparent simplicity and ease of use, EFTTM produces highly beneficial, lasting results in 85% - 95% of cases.
All meridian based therapies are gentle, rapid and startlingly effective. It is not uncommon for long standing or chronic pain to be released entirely in less than half an hour. Similarly, psychological pain such as anxiety, depression and addictions, caused by traumatic incidents or childhood memories can often be relieved fully in a minutes.
Since Thought Field Therapy revolutionised the way psychological and neuro-physiological problems are being treated with its unprecented success rate, many other forms of meridian based healing have proven themselves to be highly effective. As more and more innovative therapists move into the rapidly expanding field of Meridian therapies, new and different approaches are being developed.
Other Meridian Therapies include:
BSFF - BE SET FREE FAST [
TAB - Touch and Breathe
TAT - Tapas Acupressure Technique
AFT - Attractor Field Therapy
The basic ideas and approaches involved in Meridian Therapies are stunningly simple, and the techniques lend themselves perfectly to be used by professional therapists in combination with their existing mind-body healing modalities.
For Meridian Therapies AMT was established in 1998 to provide
insight and training in the New Meridian Therapies. About the author: Website: http://www.TheAMT.com
About the author:Article written by Chrissie Hardisty and Silvia Hartmann-Kent, Directors, The Association For Meridian Therapies [AMT]
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