Free ‘emotional freedom’ sessions starting in New Year

  • Dec. 24, 2014 4:41 p.m.

A new six-week program aimed at helping women seek emotional freedom is set to launch in Red Deer next month.

Letting Go (A new approach to lightening up), is being offered by Marnel Hesterman, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Facilitator for Incite Inspiration as a way to share the power of the Emotional Freedom Technique.

Hesterman said EFT is a clinically proven method to conquer fear, cravings, stress, anxiety and depression.

The six-week sessions begin Jan. 5th, with the option to attend either an evening or afternoon class once per week.

EFT works by stimulating acupressure points, which send a flood of serotonin to the brain, which will effectively deactivate the hard-wired association to whatever the negative emotion is that you’re are experiencing, Hesterman said. New and old emotional upsets can often be released very quickly and effectively, she added.

“We start by talking about it and bringing those feelings to the surface, then by tapping on certain acupressure points it is clinically proven to increase serotonin levels and decrease stress causing cortisol levels,” said Hesterman. “By doing this it has been scientifically proven to create new neural pathways in our brains and it can help to release some of the negative feelings and memories that we have stored away in our subconscious that have been traumatic for us.

“Just by tapping on some specific points and repeating some key phrases we can decrease the amount of stress or negative energy in your body.”

Hesterman began her journey with EFT while doing some personal development classes and was a part of an information session, which introduced her to the technique.

“I tried it out and couldn’t believe how phenomenally well it worked to help me release some of the negative feelings I had been holding onto,” she explained. “I’ve had some issues with dealing with life’s stresses and weight loss myself, and I’ve found that EFT is phenomenal for releasing emotional stress and changing those neural pathways in our brains.”

Since discovering the technique, Hesterman has gone on to receive extensive training in the field.

While Hesterman does believe EFT to be a proven method to reducing fears, she does put forth that, “While EFT produces remarkable clinical results, this treatment is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Individuals must take complete responsibility for their own well being. I am not a health professional. I am simply sharing my training and knowledge of EFT; a practice that I have found to be truly remarkable.”

Hesterman stated in her sessions, clients work on a number of issues ranging from food cravings and other forms of addiction to general fears such as a fear of public speaking or of flying.

“Maybe you’ve experienced a recent loss of someone in your life and you’re having trouble getting passed that. EFT could be something you try to help you move on,” she said.

“I truly just need to encourage people to the fullest extent to give it a try, because it may be something new that you’ve never heard of, but it really does work and I’ve found nothing but success from the people I’ve worked with so far.”

Hesterman asks that those interested in attending the free sessions express their interest by emailing her at