Recently I have become interested in Emotional Freedom Tapping (EFT) and wanted to try it out so I could write an honest review of my experience.
At first, I was sceptical of the whole practice as I did see a lot of people online trying to ‘tap in’ millions of dollars. But, nevertheless, I was introduced to a coach who incorporates tapping into their sessions, I must admit I was more than surprised at the results I came away with!
I have been so positively impacted by the practice that I have decided to become certified so I can incorporate it into my coaching sessions with clients.
I know, a total 180 degree turn, but I have an open mind and am always willing to change my stance on things if I think it can be beneficial for myself and others. So let’s get in to it – and find out exactly what Emotional Freedom Tapping is all about.
Why Do People Tap Their Face?
The emotional freedom technique (EFT) is an alternative to the traditional treatment for healing pain and emotional distress. EFT is commonly referred to as tapping or psychological acupressure.
People who use this technique believe tapping the body can create a balance in your energy system and treat pain. According to its developer, Gary Craig, a disruption in energy is the cause of all negative emotions and pain.
Though still being researched, EFT tapping has been used to treat people with anxiety and people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
How Does Emotional Freedom Tapping Work?
Similar to acupuncture, EFT focuses on the meridian points — or energy hot spots — to restore balance to your body’s energy. It’s believed that restoring this energy balance can relieve symptoms a negative experience or emotion may have caused.
Based on Chinese medicine, meridian points are thought of as areas of the body energy flows through. These pathways help balance energy flow to maintain your health. Any imbalance can influence disease or sickness.
Acupuncture uses needles to apply pressure to these energy points. EFT uses fingertip tapping to apply pressure.
Advocates of the practice say the tapping helps you access your body’s energy and send signals to the part of the brain that controls stress. They claim that stimulating the meridian points through EFT tapping can reduce the stress or negative emotion you feel from your issue, ultimately restoring balance to your disrupted energy.
The 5 Emotional Freedom Tapping Steps.
EFT tapping can be divided into five steps. If you have more than one issue or fear, you can repeat this sequence to address it and reduce or eliminate the intensity of your negative feeling.
STEP 1 – Identify the issue
It is important to identify one issue at a time to enhance the outcome. I went into my session wanting to clear some anxiety I continue to have about starting a new business again as my first one failed.
STEP 2 – Test the intensity of the issue
I was asked to rate the intensity level of my fear on a scale from 0 to 10, with 10 being the worst or most difficult. The scale assesses the emotional or physical pain and discomfort you feel from your focal issue. This also provides a benchmark and helped me monitor my progress after performing a complete EFT sequence.
That day I was feeling really anxious and the intensity of my fear was a 7 to 8.
STEP 3 – Setup and choosing my phrase
My Coach then explained that we were going to pick a phrase together to address the issue. The objective of the phrase was to focus on two outcomes:
acknowledging the issue
accepting myself despite the problem
The common setup phrase is: “Even though I have this [fear or problem], I deeply and completely accept myself.”
My phrase went something like this: “Even though I am scared about starting my new business, I deeply and completely accept my journey and myself.”
STEP 4 – EFT Tapping Sequence
This is where the weird face tapping begins. I felt awkward for the first 10 seconds and then really go into it.
There are 12 major meridians that mirror each side of the body and correspond to an internal organ. However, EFT mainly focuses on these nine:
Emotional Freedom Tapping Points
karate chop (KC): small intestine meridian
top of head (TH): governing vessel
eyebrow (EB): bladder meridian
side of the eye (SE): gallbladder meridian
under the eye (UE): stomach meridian
under the nose (UN): governing vessel
chin (Ch): central vessel
beginning of the collarbone (CB): kidney meridian
under the arm (UA): spleen meridian
Begin by tapping the karate chop point while simultaneously reciting your setup phrase three times. Then, tap each following point seven times, moving down the body in this ascending order:
side of the eye
under the eye
under the nose
beginning of the collarbone
under the arm
After tapping the underarm point, finish the sequence at the top of the head point.
While tapping each point, I recited the phrase I choose in the earlier step:
“Even though I am scared about starting my new business, I deeply and completely accept my journey and myself.”
I recited this phrase at each tapping point seven times. Then after I stopped, I took a deep breath in and out.
STEP 5 – Retest the intensity of the issue
My Coach then asked me to rate the intensity level of my issue on a scale from 0 to 10. And, I was surprised that the anxiety I was feeling dropped from an 8 to a 3! Honestly, I know you are thinking, ‘yeah, right’, but it is true.
My disclaimer here is, the immediate dropping of intensity hasn’t always happened. With bigger fears, I have tried tapping and realised I needed to unpack what the fear behind the fear was, once I had understood this, the tapping worked more effectively.
My Top Three Emotional Freedom Tapping Resources
Brad Yates is one of the first ‘tapping’ pioneers who used YouTube to make tapping more accessible. He did his training with EFT founder, Gary Graig, and has since travelled the globe training others, leading courses, and is the co-author of Freedom at your Fingertips.
I recommend checking out Brad’s YouTube channel which has hundreds of free tapping videos for you to follow along to.
Melanie Moore – BigVisionTV | Website | Instagram | Facebook
Melanie Moore is a Transformational Big Vision Coach who helps people visualise and importantly make tangible steps towards their best lives. She uses tapping as part of her toolkit and collaborates with other tapping experts to support people with their personal development journey.
I recommend checking out Melanie’s courses where she has a variety of programme’s to help people move towards their Big Vision.
Jacqui Crooks is 1 of only 29 EFT Founding Masters Worldwide. Through her online courses, workshops, and mentoring, Jacqui inspires clients to achieve their potential, to discover what they really want, and to go for it, releasing all the limiting beliefs and strategies that are holding them back.
I recommend you check out this podcast with Jacqui to find out more about her journey and how she believes we can all rewrite our personal story.