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What is EFT and How Do I Do It?
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is growing in its popularity and its practitioners will say that this is because it works and is so effective. This hub isn’t about whether EFT works but simply about the principles it uses and how to do it so that you can try for yourself.
It comes under the ‘alternative’ and/or ‘complementary’ therapy heading and of course generates some debate between its proponents and more conventional scientists and therapists.
If it works for you then it would be great to hear your comments below.
What is Emotional Freedom Technique?
Put simply, EFT is the act of tapping on acupuncture points while thinking about a particular problem – usually an emotional problem – that you’re struggling with. So instead of needing an acupuncture practitioner one can perform it on oneself (although there are many EFT practitioners) and it’s ideal if you’d rather steer clear of needles.
The acupuncture points lie along meridians in the body. Meridians are also called Chinese meridians, Chi meridians or energy meridians. Think of them as streams of energy flowing through the body that allow it to thrive and grow. There’s a diagram of the meridians here, as mapped by Chinese doctors over 5,000 years ago.
These acupuncture points along the meridians are energy reservoirs and can be stimulated by needles, pressure or tapping. This action releases and redistributes the physical energy.
How does EFT work?
If you imagine these meridians as streams: having a blockage in the stream can cause this emotional problem you’re struggling with. Emotional Freedom Technique aims to remove the blockage and revive the easy flow of the energy so that your emotional struggle is therefore diminished.
Problems such as:
- Negative emotion
- Food cravings
- Negative attitude or pessimism
- Poor life balance
- Emotional trauma and upset
- Personal problems
How do I do EFT?
- While sitting or standing, you’re going to ‘tune in’ to the problem you’re having and to apply a tapping technique to specific acupuncture points. It’s important that the 2 elements are used together.
- You’re tapping with your fingertips rather than the pads of the fingers. There are 2 reasons for this: one is that the tips will enable you to tap more ‘solidly’ and give better kinetic energy to the intervention, and the other is that there are other meridians in the fingers that you will also stimulate.
However if you have long finger nails then use the pads of the fingers so that you don’t harm yourself.
- Tap firmly but not so hard that you hurt or bruise yourself.
- Tap using your fore finger and middle finger (in the traditional fashion) or use all the fingers if you prefer as this will allow you to cover more of each acupressure/acupuncture point.
- Use either or both hands. If you’re using both hands, practitioners at http://eft.mercola.com/ suggest alternating the rhythm of each hand instead of tapping both together to increase the kinetic (movement) energy.
- Remove your watch, bracelets and glasses before you start.
- Start at the top of the head and work down the body and make sure each of the points is covered.
- Tap 5-7 times, or tap for the length of time it takes to take a breath in and out.
Here’s the process:
- Think of the problem you’re having. You don’t have to re-live a traumatic event but simply bring the problem to mind.
- Think of an affirmation that you will say aloud to yourself such as “Although I have ______________ (your problem) I completely accept myself.” Don’t worry if you don’t believe the affirmation at this stage.
Repeat the affirmation as you tap:
- Top of the head in the centre of the skull
- The eyebrow – the inner brow, above the eye and to one side of the nose
- The side of the eye at the outer edge of the eye
- Under the eye, about ½ inch below the eye socket
- Under the nose, between the nose and the top lip, towards the centre towards the centre line of the face
- Chin – between the bottom lip and the point of the chin, towards the centre line of the face
- Collar bone. At the point where the breastbone, collar bone and the first rib meet. Put your finger on the U shape at the top of the breastbone and then move your finger down about 1 inch and left (or right) 1 inch. This acupressure point is there and considered to be very important.
- Under the arm – at the side of the body about 4 inches below the armpit. If you’re a man it’ll be in line with your nipple. If you’re a woman it will be in the middle of the bra strap.
- Wrists – the inside of the wrists.
Learning these points, the tapping technique and your own affirmation will enable you use this technique where ever and whenever you need it.
EFT doesn’t make the memory of a traumatic event go away but it’s said that it does remove the emotional baggage and charge that comes with it. It’s also said that these feelings rarely return but if they do you’re armed and ready to deal with them.
By tuning into the problem and releasing the negative energy by tapping the acupressure points, you can re-balance the body’s emotional sort circuit.
Video help for doing EFT
What’s the background of EFT?
Emotional Freedom Technique was developed in the 1990s by Gary Craig in the US. Its background is in acupuncture, kinesiology and psychology and is often referred to as a psychological acupressure technique or tapping technique.