Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, is a psychological acupressure technique I have incorporated into my practice as a way to help people to overcome old habits and old belief systems.
It can often be overlooked, as it has been linked with hypnotherapy and NLP. But actually, it is a much more client-active measure in which you take a much more active role in applying the technique yourself.
Emotional patterns can develop from a very young age, and this can then instil certain beliefs about yourself. If these beliefs are positive, then you most likely will have beneficial and positive results occur regularly in your life. If the beliefs were negative, then you will get exactly that, negative results on a regular basis.
In applying a combination of tapping the energy meridians and voicing positive affirmation, this works to clear away a link or circuit to the emotions associated with the thoughts.
Your body’s bioenergetic system then restores your mind and re-balances the body creating a much more equal and holistic healing mechanism for your body’s chemistry.
I’ve always thought that the resistance or wariness that comes from other practitioners about EFT is that it focuses on the electromagnetic energy that flows through the body and regulates our health. To some scientists, this is debated, very much like Acupuncture and the Alexander Technique and even Osteopathy.
There is also the ‘affirming’ element, where you speak out loud a positive affirmation to address the negative belief whilst tapping on the meridian centres.
How Does It Work?
The basic EFT sequence is straightforward and generally takes clients only a few minutes to learn. I always go through the sequence first with you, and tap on you , so that you can concentrate on the process of what we are doing. After a while, you will be able to tap on yourself.
You will use your fingertips to tap, and you can use 2-3 finger. The Meridian points are on your body as well as your fingers.
You can use either hand, whichever feels most comfortable for you. It is best to remove jewellery like watches, rings and glasses.
The indication is to tap in a solid motion, but not too hard or pounding. You can use both hands if you chose to do so.
You will tap 6-8 times, and this is not critical, but just enough to take effect.
The sequence is that you will start at the top and work your way down.
What are the Tapping Points?
You will tap in this sequence:
1. Top of the Head
2. The eyebrow
3. The side of the eyes
4. Under the eye
5. Under the nose (top of lip)
7. The collar bone
8. Under the arms
9. The wrists
In addition to this, you can hold your wrist and say ‘Peace, Tranquil, or Calm’.
You will be asked to focus on your problem and the emotion that goes with it. You will hold that focus and them begin to tap whilst saying words and sentences give you a positive acceptance of yourself despite the problem stated. For instance, ‘Even though I have a fear of heights, I completely love and accept myself’.
The important thing to remember is that this can take some time. Go easy on yourself.
You must be patient with yourself and take time to review your affirmations. The energy points will feel odd when you first start to activate them.
When Do I Tap?
You can tap at any time, anywhere. After a while you will learn to tap without actually tapping. You will learn to just imagine that you are tapping and those energy points will be activated. This is the power of the mind-body connection
Practice tapping at least 5 times a day. You may do it more often depending on the need. If you find negative thought arising or old behaviours coming to the surface, tap on it.
Here’s a Quick Guide:
1. Identify a problem
2. Set a goal
3. Do a sequence of tapping
4. Re-examine the problem
5. Notice what’s changed and what is still there
6. Identify what is still there
7. Set a goal
8. Do a sequence of tapping
9. Begin again.
If you’d like to learn more or have an appointment for EFT, please contact me for an initial discussion.
EFT Tapping: How To Relieve Stress And Re-Energise Rapidly Using The Emotional Freedom Technique by Colin G. Smith.