EFT or Emotional Freedom Techniques is a powerful self-help method based on research showing that emotional trauma can contribute to some disease. EFT (also known as the Tapping Technique) involves the stimulation of traditional Chinese acupuncture points to create a healing response. However, instead of using needles, EFT uses a technique of gentle tapping on these points. Once the distress is reduced or removed, EFT theory holds that the body rebalances itself, and accelerates healing.
EFT is a universal healing modality that is easy enough for the average eight-year-old to learn on her own. EFT is helpful across a host of different issues because at the root of many problems is pent up, negative emotions. Whether it’s an illness worsened by stress, a bank account that’s slim due to fears of failure, or self-sabotage created when one is trying to lose weight, all involve negative emotions. It has been estimated that more than 14 million people worldwide use EFT in settings as varied as professional sport team locker rooms, hospitals, prisons, schools, and life coaches’ offices. Here’s a quick and easy way that you can begin to use EFT for a stressor in your life.
Step 1: Pick a problem. You’ll be most effective with this process if you limit this problem to a specific event as in, “The time when...”
Step 2: Pick the emotion you feel about it now, the level of intensity from zero to 10, and where you feel that in your body. There are books developed to why adding the somatic piece (where you feel it in your body) is so powerful in healing. It’s an important part of the EFT process.
Step 3: Take the four fingers of your dominant hand and tap on the side of your non-dominant hand. We call this the Karate Chop point for obvious reasons. Tap consistently while saying the statement, “Even though I feel all this _____ (negative emotion) about _____ (the time when…), I deeply and completely accept myself. This is known as the "Setup Statement" and utilizes "Neural Linguistic Programming" as well as aspects of cognitive awareness/mindfulness.
Step 4: Tap on the top of the head, start of the eyebrow, side of the eye, under the eye, under the nose, on the line below the bottom lip and above the chin, at the intersection of the collarbone at the base of the neck, and four inches below the arm pit on the side of the body. You are tapping with your middle and index fingers expect for the areas that are larger — the top of head, collar bone, and under the arm. While tapping on these points you need to remind your brain what the problem is and that is done by repeating the word “this” in front of the emotion as in, “this anger.”
Step 5: Evaluate the intensity of your emotions. More than likely, you’ll be feeling less intense.