We’re always looking for better ways to manage stress. Whether that’s meditation, deep breaths, a nice detox bath, time spent outside grounding, going for a walk, or a quick stretch sesh, it’s great to have a handful of tools to add a bit of calm to your every day. And if you’re interested in adding something else to your stressing-reducing arsenal, we have just the thing — Emotional Freedom Technique, aka EFT tapping, a healing modality that can help to ease anxiety, release stress, and negative tension by tapping on specific meridian points.
Keep scrolling for all things tapping and hopefully it’ll you’ll decide to try it out on a particularly stressful day. You’ll realize your heart rate will calm down, your brain a lot clearer — it’s an amazing feeling. Tapping therapy can help when you’re feeling stuck in certain emotions and give you the tools to move through those feelings. If you’re curious how EFT tapping can help you, here’s the breakdown for you.
What is EFT tapping?
Based on the combined principles of ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology, EFT tapping was designed to calm the central nervous system via light tapping on specific meridian points rather than needles to stimulate acupoints. It’s also part neuro-linguistic programming, using your voice to rewire your brain, which is why it’s so powerful at helping you overcome your negative limiting beliefs, and it’s amazing at getting to the core route of a problem.
Does EFT work?
Tapping can be used in so many different ways, and the benefits are huge because you’re bringing your nervous system back into balance. Studies have hinted that EFT tapping can help reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and even physical pain.
Working on removing physical blocks in the body at the same time as you allow your brain to process whatever it is that you’re struggling with can reap incredible positive effects on things like anxiety, depression, self-doubt, lack of confidence, sleep problems, past trauma, overwhelm, the list is endless.
What benefits does tapping offer?
One of the most powerful ways in which tapping therapy can be used is to process past traumas. It helps your brain effectively get to the core route of where a negative core belief, fear of phobia comes from then takes the emotional charge away from it. It allows both your brain and body to process the past and ultimately frees you from its grip.
How might people feel after utilizing EFT?
It can be a very emotional process and people often cry and have huge releases. This is really beneficial to your nervous system but whether you cry or not, people always describe feeling a lot calmer, grounded, and relaxed after the process.
What are the basic EFT tapping points?
- Karate Chop – Small Intestine Meridian
- Beginning of the Eye Brow – Bladder Meridian
- Side of the Eye – Gall Bladder Meridian
- Under the Eye – Stomach Meridian
- Under the Nose – Governing Vessel
- Chin – Central Vessel
- Beginning of the Collar Bone – Kidney Meridian
- Under the Arm – Spleen Meridian
- Top of the Head – Governing Vessel
EFT tapping in five steps:
Identify the issue and rate the emotional intensity of the feeling you want to work on.
The feeling could be anxiety, negative belief, fear, phobia, worry, or any difficult emotion or situation that you want to work on. Rate the feeling on a scale of 0 – 10.
Decide on your set-up statement which identifies the issue and includes a statement of self-acceptance.
Start by tapping on your karate chop and repeat the statements.
- “Even though I have this (insert problem here), I love and accept myself anyway.”
- “Even though I have this (insert problem here), that’s okay, I’m human.”
- “Even though I have this (insert problem here), I love my body and I love my mind.”
EFT Tapping Sequence.
Next move around the points of the body (tapping 5-7 times on each) using language connected to the issue (e.g “this anxiety, this tension in my body, it’s exhausting, its holds me back…”
Test the final intensity.
After two rounds take a deep breath (in through the nose out through the mouth) and rate the intensity of the emotion.
Keep doing the rounds until your number has reduced. Keep using language that directly impacts the problem and only move to positive affirmations when it has reduced.
EFT works by tapping on the supposed paths through which “life energy” is believed to flow in the body (meridian points) to release blockages. These specific pathways of energy or meridians help balance energy flow to maintain your health. Imbalance of energy flow can result in disease or sickness. Let us know your opinions of EFT tapping in the comments below.