EFT Tapping

How to Do EFT Tapping

EFT tapping is a simple, yet powerful process that helps the mind and body re-balance itself when things get out of whack. It is based on the same principles as traditional acupuncture, but instead of needles, eft combines gentle tapping on key acupuncture points while focusing your thoughts on the issue at hand.

Tapping provides relief from chronic pain, emotional problems, disorders, addictions, phobias, post traumatic stress disorder, and physical diseases. It is truly magic at your fingertips! It is one of my favorite tools to release resistance on myself and with my coaching clients.

“The cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system”. – Gary Craig

How to Tap

EFT tapping has evolved over time and new methods are continually being discovered that are simpler yet just as effective.

The “Short Sequence” was the basic technique I learned when I became certified in EFT and is currently the most commonly used among practitioners today.

The “Short Sequence” is easy to learn and apply:

The Setup: Focus on bringing an emotion or issue into your awareness in the present moment. Feel the emotion. For physical conditions – what emotion would represent it?

The Evaluation: Measure how strong the emotion feels between 1 and 10.

The Affirmation: Rub the “sore spot” on the chest (see image below) in a circular fashion OR tap on the karate chop spot, repeat the affirmation 3 times: “Even though I have this __________, I deeply and completely accept myself.”

The Tapping Sequence: Using your index and middle fingers, tap with a medium pressure approximately 7 times (5-10 is fine) on each of the accupressure points while repeating the the reminder phrase once at each point: “This _______________.” Note: points can be tapped on either side.

The Re-evaluation: When the tapping sequence is completed, take a moment to focus on the emotion or issue again and notice how it feels. Evaluate it again between 1 and 10.

Partial Relief: Still above a 2 in intensity. Repeat short sequence to clear remaining emotions.

Nearly Complete Relief: Intensity is 2 or below. Try *Floor-to-Ceiling Eye Roll while tapping on the Gamut Spot. If it clears, you’re done. If not, repeat the Short Sequence.

Complete Relief: Intensity is gone completely. Focus on a situation you may experience in the future, imagine yourself there to see if you get any emotional intensity. If so, repeat the Short Sequence to clear remaining intensity.

Little or No Relief: Little or no change in emotional intensity. Use Complete Sequence.

*Visit eft-help.com to learn the Floor-to-Ceiling Eye Roll and other additional EFT techniques.

Over the years I have developed my own tapping techniques with great success!

My Modified Version:

The Setup: This is the same as in the Short Sequence above. Focus on bringing an emotion or issue into your awareness in the present moment. Feel the emotion. For physical conditions – what emotion would represent it?

The Evaluation: Measure how strong the emotion feels between 1 and 10.

The Affirmation: Acknowledge the issue. Tap on the karate chop spot, repeat the affirmation 3 times: “Even though I have this __________, I love and accept myself anyway.”

The Tapping Sequence:

Round 1: Tap out the negative. Acknowledge the issue and the emotions that come with it. If you need more than one round to do this, repeat the phrases. Tap on whatever comes up.

Round 2: What do you want? Prepare your mind for change. You are letting it kow that there are alternatives and you are open to new possibilities.

Round 3: Tap it in. “Tap in” your new choices, such as “I choose to feel better,” “I choose to let it go.” Your feelings and the way you react to circumstances is always your choice.

The Re-evaluation: After completing the tapping rounds, take a deep breath, tune into the emotion or issue and notice how it feels. Evaluate it again between 1 and 10. Do you feel better? If not, repeat the tapping sequence until you feel relief.

The Tapping Points

Tapping Points

Karate Chop Point (KC): This point is on the side of your hand, in the middle of the fleshy part.

Eyebrow (EB): This point is at the inside edge of the eyebrow, above the inside corner of the eye.

Side of the Eye (SE): This point is next to the outside of the eye, on the temple.

Under the Eye (UE): This point is just below the middle of the eye, near the edge of the bone.

Under the Nose (UN): This point is in the indentation just between the middle of the nose and the middle of the upper lip.

Chin (CH): This point is on the middle of the chin, just below the crease.

Collarbone (CB): This point is a tender area close to the end of the collar bone, next to the u-shaped indentation below the neck, just under the bone.

Under the Arm (UA): This point is in the the tender area on the side of the chest about four inches below the armpit.

Top of the Head (TH): This point is at the crown of the head

EFT Tapping Tips

  • You can use the left or right hand, or both hands, and tap on either side of the body.
  • Use enough pressure when tapping to stimulate the meridians but not enough to hurt yourself. Use the same amount of pressure you
  • would use if you were drumming your fingers on a table.
  • Drink water before and after a tapping session. Water is a conductor of energy and can help get your energy flowing. It also helps to flush out an toxins that might be released from the tapping.
  • Take a slow deep breath after tapping to help move the energy through your body.
  • Yawning during tapping is a sign that you are releasing energy.
  • Be persistent. If you’re intensity level is not releasing to a 0, keep tapping on the issue. You may need to use different wording, or there may be other aspects to address.
  • Connect to your feelings. Be aware of your response to the thought or event you are thinking about.
  • Be Specific. Rather than using general statements, try to focus on specific incidents. Or if it is pain in the body, describe the pain. Where is it?
  • Tune in to your emotions. Say your statements and reminder phrases as though you mean them.

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Happy Tapping!

 

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