Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), usually referred to as tapping, is a relaxation technique based on the principles of acupuncture. But unlike acupuncture, there are no needles involved. Tapping stimulates what traditional Chinese medicine calls meridian points. These are energy points along the body that our chi (life force energy) can get trapped, stagnated or congested.
You can stimulate these meridian points by tapping on them in a sequence with your fingertips – literally tapping into your body’s own energy and healing power. Tapping is believed to increase the overall flow of chi by getting it unstuck from these points.
Mini Summary on The Science
The brain’s stress and fear response – which is controlled by an almond-shaped part of your brain called the amygdala – could be lessened by stimulating the meridian points used in acupuncture, acupressure, and of course, tapping.
Benefits to Tapping
- Tapping is FREE!!
- Tapping is SIMPLE!
- No pills to take.
- There are NO SIDE EFFECTS!
- No doctors to visit.
- You can learn in a few minutes.
- Tapping is flexible.
- You do not need to lie down or close your eyes.
- Tapping can be done anywhere, anytime you feel stressed or anxious.
- Tapping can be helpful regardless of the underlying cause of anxiety or stress.
- Feeling some relief of symptoms is often rapid (within minutes).
- Puts you in control.
- Restores harmony and balance within your energy system.
How to TAP
- Name and focus on your unwanted feeling (e.g. anxiety/stress/worry /fear/etc.).
- Rate your feeling on a scale 1 to 10 (1 minimal, 10 being the worst).
- Setup statement you repeat throughout the tapping sequence: “Even though I have (condition/problem), I love and accept myself.”
- Tap approximately 10 times at each point.
- Tap until you feel your symptoms subside or tap for approx. 3 – 4 rounds and check in with yourself.
Below is 1 Round of Tapping
START HERE▪ Karate chop point: Start by tapping the “karate chop” point on the side of your hand.
▪ Top of the head:
▪ Inner Eyebrow: Tap directly on the end of the inner eyebrow nearest your nose.
▪ Outer eyebrow: It’s at the opposite end of the eyebrow
▪ Under the eye: Tap on the bone right under your eye, horizontally even with your pupil.
▪ Under the nose: This tapping spot is between the bottom of your nose and your upper lip.
▪ Chin: Tap this point that’s right in the indentation of your chin, between the point of your chin and your lower lip.
▪ Collarbone: The collarbone tapping point is directly on your collarbone, and inch or two from the hollow of your throat.
▪ Under the arm: Located approximately four inches below the armpit, about mid-bra line for a woman.
How to Tap – with Nick Ortner of The Tapping Solution