What is Emotion Freedom Tapping (EFT)?

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There are theories that suggest energy circulates through the body along specific network of channels. These channels are often referred to as meridian points. When feeling a negative emotion, there may have been a disruption of energy in the channels. While there are a variety of interventions that can be done to help rebalance the body’s energy, EFT tapping is one of the leading interventions. The origins of tapping come from ancient Chinese medicine with the development of acupuncture and meridian points. EFT works by stimulating the body’s energy meridian points by tapping them continuously in order to relieve problems such as: emotional pain, stress, physical pain, addictions, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), physical diseases, insomnia, and weight loss.

How Does it Work?

A key brain structure in the success of the intervention is the amygdala. This part of the brain is responsible for triggering the stress response in our bodies and giving us information that there is possible danger. For example, when you worry about the future or are suck in the past, the amygdala is highly activated. Tapping on meridian points sends a calming signal to the brain, letting your mind know it is safe to relax and be clam. The parasympathetic system is activated and cortical levels are dropped. The brain and body are returned to a more balanced state after a few rounds of tapping.

EFT Standard Protocol

There are nine tapping points: Eyebrow, side of eye, under eye, under nose, chin, collarbone, under arm pit, top of head, and outer edge of hand ( called karate chop). Below are the steps that are commonly used in EFT tapping:

    1. Identify the problem on which you want to focus. The problem can be specific or general ( i.e.; general anxiety, an upcoming exam, receiving bad news).
    2. How do you feel about it right now? Rate the intensity level of your anxiety on a scale of 0 to 10, with zero being the lowest level of anxiety and ten being the highest.
    3. Compose a “set up” statement with acceptance of some sort attached to the end of it. (i.e.; even though I feel anxious, I accept and honor how I feel).
    4. While tapping on the outer edge of your hand ( karate chop), repeat the setup statement three times out loud to yourself.
    5. Tap about 5 to 7 times each on the remaining eight points in the sequence described above. As you tap on each point, repeat a simple reminder phrase such as: my anxiety.
    6. Repeat this process until you feel your level disturbance drop to a lower level on the 0-10 scale.

EFT tapping can be used on a daily basis to help with overall well-being and healing. If you are interested in trying EFT tapping, set up an appointment at Mountain Vista Psychology to receive an experienced guide in the process!


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