History of the EFT Heart Protocol

EFT was developed by Gary Craig, after he was trained by Dr. Roger Callahan in Thought Field Therapy (TFT).  Dr. Callahan discovered TFT by accident in 1980 whilst trying to help a client to clear an intense water phobia with traditional therapy.  This client had suffered badly from her fear of water.  Dr.  Callahan had seen little improvement in his client after using conventional methods.  Dr. Callahan was sitting with his client, a few yards away from a swimming pool, when it occurred to him to ask the client to tap under her eye with her fingertips.  He knew from his studies of the body’s energy system, that this point under the eye corresponded to the stomach meridian point in acupuncture.  His client had been complaining of discomfort in her stomach.


To Dr. Callahan’s astonishment, his client ran over to the pool, splashed water in her face and said that her water phobia was gone.  Her phobia never returned and her associated symptoms disappeared.  Encouraged by this, Dr. Callahan developed TFT.


Gary Craig then took what he had learned with TFT and developed it into EFT – The Classic Protocol.  This included all of the tapping meridian points into what he called “The Basic EFT Recipe”.   Gary Craig developed “The Classic Protocol” which is still the original EFT protocol.  This used a collection of approaches from different fields of research to bring about a change in the client's presenting problems.  Gary made EFT tapping available to therapists in 1995 & he offered the EFT Handbook free to the public.


EFT is the original modern energy treatment technique and many energy pioneers have further developed this technique in the energy field.  One of these energy pioneers, Silvia Hartmann, introduced EFT to the U.K. & started the The Association for Meridian & Energy Therapies (The AMT) in 1998 with co-founder Chrissie Hardisty.  The AMT was to be the original certifying body of professionally trained and insured EFT practitioners.


Silvia Hartmann went on to develop further energy techniques including Energy EFT using the Heart & Soul Technique.  This new technique evolved from the original Classical EFT Protocol, after 15 years of practical experience, along with other energy developments and a much greater understanding of how to work with energy successfully.


In 2011, the AMT Trainers began training practitioners with the new Heart & Soul Protocol.  The Heart & Soul Protocol is a simplified and easy flowing version of the original Classical EFT Protocol.  It is specifically designed to be easy to teach to all ages, easy to use and easy to remember.  It is applicable to the widest possible range of clients, whilst at the same time maximising energy effectiveness across the board.


The Heart & Soul Protocol, in conjunction with other significant developments in approaches to client care, essential theory of energy work, instruments used as well as in patterns and techniques, forms the basis of the AMT’s “EFT Master Practitioner Training”.   Source:  http://theamt.com/history_of_tapping.htm#energy_eft January 2016