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The Use of Tapping: The Emotional Freedom Technique Simplified.
What is the Emotional Freedom Technique?
The Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, is the based on acupressure points that are tapped firmly 5-10 times in a specific pattern. When the technique was first developed, only health care practitioners were trained and it was used for releasing severe psychological trauma. As of recent, with several books, websites and social media pages recommending it, tapping has become a simple mainstreamed technique for all to use.
EFT is very easy to learn, and helps with:
- Removing Negative Emotions
- Reducing Food Cravings
- Reducing or Eliminate Pain
- Implement Positive Goals
Dr. Mercola describes:
“EFT is a form of psychological acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments for over five thousand years, but without the invasiveness of needles. Instead, simple tapping with the fingertips is used to input kinetic energy onto specific meridians on the head and chest while you think about your specific problem – whether it is a traumatic event, an addiction, pain, etc. — and voice positive affirmations.
This combination of tapping the energy meridians and voicing positive affirmation works to clear the “short-circuit” – the emotional block — from your body’s bioenergy system, thus restoring your mind and body’s balance, which is essential for optimal health and the healing of physical disease.”
Ready to try it?
First think of a problem, concern, pain, etc. on which to focus. This is called your MPI, or “Most Pressing Issue.” Rate it in your mind from 1-10 with 1 being extremely mild and 10 being extremely critical.
Follow the tapping points and tap firmly with your middle three fingers. Tap as you state positive affirmations using the format: “Even though I ______, I deeply and completely love/accept myself.” Example: For the parent of a child with special needs who is having extreme anxiety about school ending and not having an adult program in place yet: This is your MPI. Rate it. Let’s say it’s a 9 out of 10 for this example. Then begin your tapping sequence following the picture below. Say out loud, “Even though I am overwhelmed with parenting and upset that Jon has no program acceptance, I deeply and completely love myself/accept myself.” Use words that fit the way you think; use the real language that is authentic to your way of speaking. As you tap from point to point, repeat your MPI over and over, and you can modify or shorten the statement as you go through each point. “I am so overwhelmed.” Next spot: “Jon needs to get into an adult program.” Next spot: I deeply love and accept myself.” Next spot: I am overwhelmed with the thought of him not getting into a program. Next spot: ” I deeply love and respect all the decisions I have made for him.”
You can be flexible with your wording. You can use one, two or three fingers, just use the fingertips since the finger pads have other meridians there and you don’t want to activate too many points at once.
Try it…..when done, take a breath and rate your MPI. Did your number go down? Great! It always does! Do it again and again until you are at a low number that is manageable for you. I like to keep tapping until I feel like the MPI isn’t an issue at all for me anymore.
One more example: You’ve just had your annual mammogram and you have been called back for further pictures as the doctor is concerned about the findings. The MPI here is “I am petrified that my breast exam is going to show a tumor.” You rate it, let’s say it’s a 10. Begin tapping at the head spot and move down as you state the affirmations: ‘Even though the doctor wants me to have more pictures, I deeply love and accept myself. Even though there may be a tumor there, I deeply love and accept my body.”
It doesn’t matter what the issue is, big or small, it can be reduced to a manageable degree or even eliminated with tapping.
Sounds crazy? Yup, I agree! But it works! I have used this technique on myself, on client, on children, on my pets. You can speak for your child if he/she is pre-verbal as long as you are certain what the MPI is.
Try it. It’s simple. It’s free. No co-pay required!
With fingers back-to-back down the center of the skull.
- Eyebrow (EB)
Just above and to one side of the nose, at the beginning of the eyebrow.
- Side of the Eye (SE)
On the bone bordering the outside corner of the eye.
- Under the Eye (UE)
On the bone under an eye about 1 inch below your pupil.
- Under the Nose (UN)
On the small area between the bottom of your nose and the top of your upper lip.
- Chin (Ch)
Midway between the point of your chin and the bottom of your lower lip. Even though it is not directly on the point of the chin, we call it the chin point because it is descriptive enough for people to understand easily.
- Collar Bone (CB)
The junction where the sternum (breastbone), collarbone and the first rib meet. This is a very important point and in acupuncture is referred to as K (kidney) 27. To locate it, first place your forefinger on the U-shaped notch at the top of the breastbone (about where a man would knot his tie). From the bottom of the U, move your forefinger down toward the navel 1 inch and then go to the left (or right) 1 inch. This is also a good spot to tap when you are getting sick as tapping it stimulates the immune system.
- Under the Arm (UA)
On the side of the body, at a point even with the nipple (for men) or in the middle of the bra strap (for women). It is about 4 inches below the armpit.
- Wrists (WR)
The last point is the inside of both wrists. (I call it your karate chop spot!)
The abbreviations for these points are summarized below in the same order as given above. It is, again, the order in which they should be tapped:
The abbreviations for these points are summarized below. It’s the order in which they should be tapped:
TH = Top of Head
EB = Eye Brow
SE = Side of the Eye
UE = Under the Eye
UN = Under the Nose
Ch = Chin
CB = Collar Bone
UA = Under the Arm
WR = Wrists