Have you ever exercised, but not lost the weight? Cut your calories, but still had no weight loss? The Delta Institute of Mobile, AL is working with the Providence Wellness and Rehabilitation Center on a pilot clinical study for weight loss using the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). In this pilot study, 20 women, each with Body Mass Index over 30, are receiving 8 private sessions of the Emotional Freedom Technique. Ten of the women will only receive the private EFT sessions; while the other ten women will receive EFT, exercise and nutritional guidance. The Providence Wellness Center is a part of Providence Hospital of Mobile, AL. The Wellness Center serves many clients for cardiac rehabilitation, physical therapy and weight reduction so weight loss statistics of the general population of the center are available as a control.
So what exactly is EFT? The Emotional Freedom Technique is a form of energy healing using a method of tapping on acupuncture points with the fingers while stating both positive and negative affirmations out loud. This combination allows emotions with a negative “charge” such as anger, fear or sadness, to be physically released from the body. Often the recipient feels so relaxed; they are ready to go to sleep after a session. Small clinical studies have already been conducted with the Emotional Freedom Technique for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with great success. After just six sessions of the Emotional Freedom Technique, eighty-six percent (86%) of war veterans had a complete resolution of their post traumatic stress disorder.
Similar success is expected in this weight loss study because the Emotional Freedom Technique goes to the core issues of a problem: it addresses the negative energy that accompanies a situation. Releasing the negative energy allows the physical body to become more balanced; resulting in the release of weight. Last spring, one client came to The Delta Institute to resolve an anger issue she had about a past job. Within one hour, all her anger was gone and she felt calm and relaxed. She called several months later to report that after the one session, her food cravings disappeared and she lost 30 pounds. She had been stuffing her emotions with food. Weight was a symptom of her anger, weight was not the problem.
In this clinical study, participants are first taught how to use the Emotional Freedom Technique to reduce or completely eliminate food cravings. Our body signals that its emotions need soothing by having cravings. Release the upsetting emotions and the cravings go away. The Emotional Freedom Technique cannot take away true hunger.
“What emotions? I don’t have them.” Many people go through life feeling numb. In a very gentle way, the Emotional Freedom Technique will allow them to feel again. This technique minimizes the very real pain of some past events so the emotions can be released once and for all. Using this gentle technique, most clients report they feel as if a burden has been lifted from their shoulders.
For years, people have reported using EFT for weight loss, but this is one of the first clinical studies to measure the effect of EFT on weight. This clinical study will last 16 weeks. For eight weeks, each participant will receive private sessions and will learn how to use the Emotional Freedom Technique. Eight weeks later, the participants will have a follow-up assessment to measure their weight. The study is expected to be completed by the end of July, 2011. Stay tuned for the results!
Dr. Diana Sturm, Executive Director of The Delta Institute in Mobile, Alabama, is the only Certified Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) practitioner along the Gulf coast. She helps clients release a wide variety of negative emotions in the comforting atmosphere of her private office. She also conducts sessions via Skype and video telephone. Dr. Sturm conducts scientific studies on the effectiveness of EFT for a variety of symptoms with local medical institutions. Dr. Sturm has appeared as a featured guest speaker for various civic groups and on the radio. Dr. Sturm is a Diplomat with The Mobile Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Sturm can be reached at (251) 219-4574.