What is EFT/Acupoint Tapping?

The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a self-conducted therapy proven to manage stress, negative emotions, pain, and other personal health issues. A blend of traditional Chinese medicine and psychological science, the technique involves physically tapping specific energy points on your body (known as meridians) combined with verbal recognition of the issue and the decision to let it go.

The power of EFT tapping resides in its convenience and efficacy. It’s been proven to reduce cortisol levels (the stress hormone), blood pressure, and resting heart rate, thereby promoting relaxation and halting the physiological stress response. And it only takes a few minutes to perform. If you’d like try EFT tapping, here is a simple outline for a successful session:

Step One

Focus on a specific problem in your life that’s preventing you from being fully tranquil, comfortable, and radiantly joyful. Possible topics include challenging emotions like anger, sadness, fear, and loneliness, as well as stress, lack of confidence, and physical pain. On a scale of 1 to 10, rate the intensity of the feeling to serve as a diagnostic for later.

Step Two

Once you’ve decided what you’d like to accept and let go of, formulate your EFT tapping statement. This statement consists of two parts: the first, a statement of how you’re feeling, and the second, a phrase of resolution and acceptance. For example, if you’re stressed about an upcoming job interview, you might say: “Even though I’m feeling stressed about this interview, I accept how I’m feeling and decide to let it go.”

Step Three

Here’s where the exercise begins. Begin saying your statement out loud a few times while repeatedly tapping four fingers of one hand to the outer edge of the opposite hand (where the pinkie finger connects). Then, using two fingers, begin tapping energy points throughout your body while keeping your problem in mind. These points include: the top of the head, the end of your eyebrows that is closest to your nose, the bony protrusion next to your eye, your upper cheeks, above your lip, right under your collarbone, and a few inches beneath your armpit. If you’re struggling to maintain awareness of the issue you’d like resolved throughout the exercise, you can repeat small reminder phrases like “interview” or “stress.”

Step Four

After you’ve finished, evaluate how you’re feeling. Has your issue been resolved, or at least improved? Revisit the scale from step one and compare.

Conclusion

EFT tapping is a powerful self-care tool that can help resolve a multitude of physical and mental health struggles. If you feel like this technique has the potential to help you, and you’d like someone to guide you on the way to the most successful EFT practice, take a look at our practitioner directory to find wellness professionals trained in this field.

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