Emotional freedom techniques (EFT), also known as ‘tapping’ is an alternative method for dealing with emotional health or physical pain issues. It’s a natural therapy that is gaining popularity because of its efficiency in improving emotional well-being. It reduces symptoms of pain, inflammation, and tension, which results in better physical health.
Understanding EFT and How It Works
EFT is a technique that involves tapping certain parts of your body to release energy blockages that lead to mental and physical problems. Gary Craig, who founded this new form of treatment, believes that restoring the balance in your energy system is key to getting rid of physical and emotional pain and distress.
It’s a technique that’s comparable to acupuncture. Unlike acupuncture, which uses needles, EFT is where you use your fingertips to tap on energy hot spots in your body. The tapping mechanism sends signals to your hypothalamus, which is the body’s control center for stress.
As you apply pressure to these areas, energy flows through your body, which helps reduce stress, get rid of any negative emotions, and maintain good health.
Emotional Freedom Techniques have been shown to help reduce stress and anxiety and improve the physical and emotional health of people suffering from chronic diseases and other mental health problems. It may also help people who suffer from certain phobias, such as agoraphobia, fear of needles, or fear of driving or flying for example.
If it can help with these issues, are you ready to try tapping for yourself?
The Five Basic Steps of EFT Tapping
EFT tapping involves five basic steps, which must be done in order.
Step One – Know What’s Troubling You
Identify the problem. Once you have determined the issue, it will become the primary focus of your EFT tapping. Identify only one problem at a time to get the best results.
Step Two – Assess the Intensity of the Problem
On a scale of 0-10, evaluate the intensity of the issue. It will help assess the level of pain or distress you feel from the problem that you have identified. You will use this number as your benchmark so you can monitor your progress as you complete each round of tapping.
Step Three – Create a Setup Phrase
You begin each round of tapping by creating a phrase that you will continuously tell yourself while tapping. Repeating this phrase allows your system to acknowledge that you are addressing a certain problem.
Step Four – Follow The EFT Tapping Sequence
EFT focuses on nine major meridians of the body. Each meridian corresponds to a certain internal organ.
1. Small intestine – (KC) Karate chop
2. Governing vessel – (TH) Top of the head
3. Bladder- (EB) Eyebrow
4. Gallbladder – (SE) Side of the eye
5. Stomach – (UE) Under the eye
6. Under the Nose – (UN) Under the nose
7. Central vessel – (Ch) Chin
8. Kidney – (CB) Beginning of the collarbone
9. Spleen – (UA) Under the arm
The EFT tapping technique follows a specific sequence. Make sure to follow it in order. Tap each meridian or energy spot 7 times while reciting your phrase 3 times.
Step Five – Rank the Final Intensity of Your Problem
Assess the intensity level of your issue once again after you have completed one round of EFT tapping. Repeat the entire process if you haven’t noticed any changes from the initial intensity level. You may have to do this several times until the intensity level drops to zero.
The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a simple, easy-to-learn method to help you feel better. If you are looking for a way to get rid of unwanted negative emotions without taking any medications, using any equipment, or talking to a professional, EFT is worth a try.
All you need to do is tap your fingers on meridian points to restore the balance of energy flow in your body. There are many videos that will help you learn how to tap correctly. Sometimes it is easier to watch another person do it to see how easy it really is! Once you know how and where to tap to ‘tap’ into the health benefits, you will find yourself tapping anytime and anywhere!