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EFT for Sports Performance starts with eliminating knee pain

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated. Please use my newest advancement, Optimal EFT. It is more efficient, more powerful and clearly explained in my free e-book, The Unseen Therapist™.  Best wishes, Gary

Hi Everyone,

Sejual Shah from the UK uses some very creative approaches to eliminate long standing knee pain for an athlete.

Hugs, Gary

By Sejual Shah

Hi Gary,

I’ve talked about successfully easing Paul’s back problems in a previous article.  He returned to do EFT on his weak knees.  Paul is a keen cyclist and also competes in triathlons.  Any improvements, large or small would all help him improve his game.  Taking each knee separately, each one had a different story to tell!

Paul’s problems with his knees date back more than 20 years.  The constant soreness in his left knee could be traced back to when he was 21 playing football (soccer).  He ran past a player who tried to tackle him and the knee just collapsed inwards on itself.  The injured left knee was bruised and very painful.  Ever since that event his left knee felt constantly rough and stiff.  Over the 20 years since the soccer incident no physiotherapist or chiropractor could eliminate the pain.  When we started tapping, the pain at its worst was a 4 on a 0-10 scale:

Even though it feels like I’ve got a spongy “doughnut” behind my left knee…

Even though I hurt it so badly whilst playing football when I was 21…

Even though I thought it wasn’t a problem at the time…

Even though my knee was black and blue from the tackle, and it still remembers that bruising experience to this day…

Paul reported feeling odd sensations in his left knee, as if something was moving around inside.  I asked him to tell me more about what happened when he was 21.  It was an away match and he was sharing a hotel room with other team members.  After the match he was in a huge amount of constant pain.  Later that evening he couldn’t fall asleep.  He remembered hearing the easy sleep of his team members and feeling frustrated and panic-stricken.

Even though it feels like I’ve got John Hurt in my knee…, (humour’s great for helping ease any concerns someone is feeling about odd temporary sensations in their body)

Even though I was in excruciating pain, and they didn’t care…

Even though I couldn’t think of anything but my poor knee and what would happen to it…

Even though I was angry that my teammates were enjoying an easy sleep and not suffering like I was…

Even though I was deeply worried about what would happen to my knee in the future…

Astonished, he said that there was no tension left in his knee.  It felt fine when walking in my treatment room.  A week later he reported there had been a tremendous improvement in the knee, and the pain was virtually at a zero.  He was happy with it. 

The following week we decided to tackle the right knee, which had a different story to tell.  Paul was diagnosed 4 years ago with his right leg being shorter than his left.  Given his huge enjoyment of sports, this had an impact on his hips and spine as the rest of his body.  His joints had to compensate for the defect and were stretched beyond the normal 20% they could naturally cope with. 

He had bespoke insoles for his shoes made 4 years ago and since then his body was properly aligned.  However, his right knee hadn’t improved and on a 0-10 scale he’d get a 2 level pain if he pushed it.  He felt discomfort particularly when running down hill and had to shift his weight on to the balls of his feet to maintain balance. 

I had a flash of intuition, and I asked him to let me know as we tapped whether my setups were landing right.  We tapped on the following:

Even though my right knee hasn’t caught up with the mechanical changes I’ve made to supporting it and my body…

Even though my right knee is worried that things will go bad again and it has to hold out just in case..

Even though my right knee is scared of losing control and that I’ll tumble down because I’m not balanced…

Even though I need to be in control to avoid harming myself, I instead choose to feel I’m always in balance…

Paul nodded with understanding as each setup was delivered – he could see where I was going and it felt right.  I checked in with him between each round and at the end Paul noted he’d felt a shift in his knee.  In particular, he appreciated the subtle change we were introducing in replacing ‘control’ with ‘balance’.  He realised his performance could be effortless.  During the session he tested his knee by walking down stairs, and noticed a definite improvement.

Eight weeks after our work on his right knee the work has held and he has no problems that stop him from running.

Paul and I worked on several other sports performance issues, like maintaining motivation.  He explained how in previous years he always felt down around February/March as other demands on his time would mean that he couldn’t do a long cycle ride of 50 miles plus.  This year, however, as a result of our work he felt calm when the situation arose yet again.  He was instead making plans to fit a long ride in whenever practically possible and not beating himself up about the situation. 

Overall, Paul’s levels of self-appreciation improved, and he noticed subtle benefits on top of the mechanical improvements we achieved for his knees. 

Here’s what he said recently about our work:  “I'm a logical person with a scientific background and so was sceptical when Sejual offered EFT for a minor ailment - a runny nose that had been around for several weeks.  I was very surprised when a few minutes of tapping eradicated my snuffles.

Since then we've worked on my motivation to train for triathlon competitions, and knee problems from old injuries.  Over 8 sessions we tapped on related issues.  My commitment to train has significantly improved.  My confidence in tackling a very challenging part of the Tours de Flanders cycle race has rocketed up.  The soreness I have had in both knees for more 20 years has simply melted away.  My running is so much smoother than before the tapping.  I'd recommend Sejual to other athletes for any physical and mental blocks that are holding them back from achieving their goals.

Warm wishes,



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