Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is an amazing technique. It’s so simple and yet so powerful. EFT, or better known now as “tapping,” was first discovered and developed by Dr. Callahan in the 1970’s . He discovered it almost by accident when he was working on a patient who had a severe phobia of water. He found that by talking about her fear while tapping on specific acupressure points she was able to minimize her phobia to the point where it was no longer debilitating. In fact her phobia eventually went away completely and never returned.
From that first patient a whole new healing technique was born and through the years has been modified to it’s present form. Most practitioners who use tapping with their clients use a more simplified version. The practitioner guides a client as they lightly tap on 9 specific acupressure points while verbalizing what they are feeling. The process starts off with tapping on the karate chop point (seen in the photo above) and saying a “set-up” statement beginning with “Even though…..” and then filling in the blank with whatever the problem, issue pain, etc is and concluding the statement with the phrase “and I completely love and accept myself.” Sometimes people say, “and I completely forgive myself,” or “I honor my feelings” or “I accept the pain.” Any statement that acknowledges whatever the person is feeling and gives that feeling or issue a voice.
It is said that you cannot let go of something or change something until you acknowledge it first and let it be “ok” that “that’s what’s so.” Think of this set-up statement as the exact opposite of being in denial. Then as the client begins to tap they describe in more detail what they are feeling, experiencing, thinking, etc as they tap 5-10 times on each of the other 8 “tapping points.” (See picture right) Going through all 9 tapping points is called a “round.”
There is quite a bit of science behind tapping. In simple laymen’s terms it is a process that combines acupressure with psychology (verbalizing). Tapping on acupressure points interrupts signals being sent through the nervous system to the amygdala which is the part of the brain at the base of the scull that stores memories. Think of acupressure points like the light switches in our house with circuit breakers. When these are tripped the flow of energy going to the breaker box in the garage has been interrupted.
This is a very simple way of describing what tapping does and gives your left brain some kind of factual, scientific information to hang on to. However, as a life coach working with clients, as well as my own personal experience of working on myself, tapping does far more than just interrupt the energy flow. I believe that when you state the negative feelings you are experiencing and are willing to let go and heal that you ACTUALLY release those negative energies from your body. It’s a holistic experience engaging your mind, body and energetic body which is your spirit.
Here’s to your health! Happy tapping!
Til next time…