What is EFT

Emotional Freedom Technique, EFT for short, is also known as tapping and is a psychological form of acupressure. The therapy was developed by Gary Craig.

EFT is applied by tapping on meridian points. Research by scientists has proved the existence of meridians which they refer to as the primo-vascular system. 

Meridians are a network of energy channels in the body that connect the surface of the body with the internal organs and regions.

Through the flow of energy, meridians bring balance to the body by removing energy blocks and imbalances caused by negative emotions and beliefs.

Tapping Points and the related Meridians 

Karate Chop Point - Small Intestine Meridian
Top of Head - Governing Meridian
Eyebrow Point - start point of the Bladder Meridian, Stomach Meridian
Side of Eye Point - end point of the Triple Warmer Meridian, beginning point of the Gall Bladder Meridian, Small Intestine Meridian
Under the Eye Point - Stomach Meridian
Under Nose Point - end point of the Governing Meridian, Large Intestine Meridian
Chin Point - end point of the Central or Conception Meridian, Stomach Meridian
Collarbone Point - Kidney Meridian
Under Arm Point - ending point of the Spleen Meridian

By tapping on the acupressure points, this helps to balance and open the meridians to enable energy to flow freely throughout the body restoring health.

Locating the Tapping Points

KC: The Karate Chop point (abbreviated KC) is located at the center of the fleshy part of the outside of your hand (either hand) between the top of the wrist and the base of the baby finger or stated differently, the part of your hand you would use to deliver a karate chop.

TOH: On the top of the head. If you were to draw a line from one ear, over the head, to the other ear, and another line from your nose to the back of your neck, the TOH point is where those two lines would intersect.

EB: At the beginning of the eyebrow, just above and to one side of the nose. This point is abbreviated EB for beginning of the Eye Brow.

SE: On the bone bordering the outside corner of the eye. This point is abbreviated SE for Side of the Eye.

UE: On the bone under an eye about 1 inch below your pupil. This point is abbreviated UE for Under the Eye.

UN: On the small area between the bottom of your nose and the top of your upper lip. This point is abbreviated UN for Under the Nose.

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. This point is abbreviated Ch for Chin.

CB: The junction where the sternum (breastbone), collarbone and the first rib meet. 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 abbreviated CB for Collarbone even though it is not on the collarbone (or clavicle) per se. It is at the beginning of the collarbone and we call it the collarbone point because that is a lot easier to say than "the junction where the sternum (breastbone), collarbone and the first rib meet."

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. This point is abbreviated UA for Under the Arm.

The EFT Setup

The Karate chop point is used for the setup. While tapping on the karate chop, a setup phrase would be used and repeated three times. Your own problem or issue to be addressed would be inserted where the italics are.

"Even though I have this pain in my back, I deeply and completely love and accept myself"

"Even though I have this fear of heights, I deeply and completely love and accept myself"

Even though I can't control my nervousness and I feel so embarrassed, I deeply and completely love and accept myself"

The Sequence

By tapping on the points as set out below in sequence, starting at the top of the head (TOH) with simple reminder phrases. The reminder phrase could be:

  • this pain in my back

  • this fear of heights
  • this embarrassment 

Do test the before and after. What was the level of pain before starting the tapping and what is it now.

Well done if the pain level has gone down but try to get rid of the pain completely by doing more rounds of tapping.   

What EFT can be used for

There are no limitations here and the list below is not conclusive as tapping can be tried on anything.

Anger Management
Children and Teenagers
Chronic illness
Driving Test Nerves
Exam Stress
Fear of Flying
Improving Confidence

Medical & Dental Phobias
Panic Attacks
Serious Illness
Sleeping Problems
Speaking in Public
Weight loss

In My Experience

In my experience tapping is far more effective when hydrated therefore I recommend drinking plenty of water while tapping for maximum benefit.

When I was doing my EFT training, my tutor used me as a tapping demonstration as I had carpal tunnel syndrome at the time.

Since that tapping demonstration I have never had any pain from carpal tunnel since and that is when I was convinced of its effectiveness.

Wishing you vibrant health!

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