What is EFT tapping and how does it work? We’ll get into that in a moment. It is something that caught my interest several years ago when I was under a tremendous amount of stress. I was introduced to it by my reflexologist at the time. She was, and still is, very involved in alternative treatments like EFT tapping, reflexology, rain drop massage and other therapies, and she is licensed in many of them. Unfortunately for me she lives 1,500 miles away.
What is EFT tapping and how does it work? It is also known as Emotional Freedom Tapping and has been around for over 25 years. It is used to improve emotional health through a series of taps on the head. These taps follow the same meridians used in acupuncture but there are no needles to contend with. By using these techniques combined with repeating a mantra you can implement positive goals, get rid of emotional baggage, reduce food cravings, deal with pain, or whatever else might need your attention at the time.
I have fibromyalgia and when I do the tapping I say to myself or out loud if I’m alone, “My pain is really bad today and I still like myself”. Another variation might be, ” My pain is really bad today but now it’s going away.” When I get lonely for my family and friends that are 1,500 miles away I might say, “I’m lonesome for (name) today but I still like myself”. You get the idea. Your mantra needs to be self-directed and positive in the outcome or it just doesn’t work.
What is EFT tapping and how does it work? We’ve covered the how it works part so let’s get into the what it is. It is a series of taps done with your fingers. Typically it is done with only one hand and it doesn’t matter which one you use. Most of the tapping points are on both sides of your body which allows you to switch hands mid-exercise if you want to. You can also use both hands.
First remove your bracelets, watch, and glasses. Your glasses will be in the way and your bracelets and watch will interfere with the flow of energy.
You will be tapping with your fingertips and not your finger pads. Your finger pads have more energy meridians than your finger tips do so if you use your pads the energy flow will be interfered with. Of course, if you’ve got long nails you will have to use your finger pads.
There are nine tapping points: On the Top of The Head; The Beginning of the Eyebrow; On the Bone Bordering the Outside Corner of the Eye; On the Bone Under the Eye Below the Pupil; Midway Between the Point of the Chin and the Bottom of the Lower Lip; Where the Breastbone, Collarbone, and First Rib Meet; The Side of the Body, Even with the Nipple for Men and in the Middle of the Bra Strap for Women; Both Wrists.
This whole technique looks kind of strange when you first start using it and many people are embarrassed to be seen doing it in public. After you’re more proficient with it you can make it look like you’re scratching your head, nursing a headache, or camouflage it in another way that looks more ‘normal’.
The first time you do EFT tapping might not clear up the problem you are working on and will need to be repeated. As you notice changes in the problem you are addressing you can change your mantra to fit those changes. It is important to be in tune with your problem before beginning the tapping exercise.
I’ve always done it to myself but many people find they get better results if someone does it for them. Maybe that’s because they are combining the energy of two people instead of recirculating their own energy. There are practitioners you can go to or if you know someone that knows the technique have them do it for you.
What is EFT tapping and how does it work? Well, this is a thumbnail sketch of it. All I know is that it works. Why not give it a try?
The tapping points, and their abbreviations, are explained below, followed by a chart of the points. They are presented below in the exact order in which they should be tapped. These pictures are taken directly from Dr. Mercola’s Emotional Freedom web site.
|1. Top of the Head (TH)
With fingers back-to-back down the center of the skull.
|2. Eyebrow (EB)
Just above and to one side of the nose, at the beginning of the eyebrow.
|3. Side of the Eye (SE)
On the bone bordering the outside corner of the eye.
|4. Under the Eye (UE)
On the bone under an eye about 1 inch below your pupil.
|5. Under the Nose (UN)
On the small area between the bottom of your nose and the top of your upper lip.
|6. 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.
|7. 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 point is referred to as Collar Bone even though it is not on the collarbone (or clavicle) per se.
|8. 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.
|9. Wrists (WR)
The last point is the inside of both wrists.
What is EFT tapping and how does it work?