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Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a form of counseling intervention that stimulates acupressure points by pressuring, tapping, or rubbing these points while focusing on situations that represent personal fear or trauma.

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. 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.

​Tapping helps you access your body’s energy and send signals to the part of the brain that controls stress, 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.

This technique can be helpful for people with:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Chronic pain

  • Stress

  • Weight loss issues

  • Other problems

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Emotional Freedom Techniques Tapping

The 5 Steps of The EFT Tapping

1
Identify the issue

All you do here is make a mental note of what ails you. This becomes the target at which you "aim" the EFT Tapping Basic Recipe. It is important to focus on one issue at a time. 

2
Test the Initial Intensity

Here you establish a before level of the issue's intensity by assigning a number to it on a 0-10 scale where 10 is the worst the issue has ever been and 0 is no problem whatsoever.

This serves as a benchmark so we can compare our progress after each round of the EFP Tapping. If, for example, we start at an 8 and eventually reach a 4, then we know we have achieved a 50% improvement.

Here are some methods to help you access your issue(s) and rank to it on a scale of 0-10

  • For emotional issues, you can recreate the memories in your mind and assess their discomforts.

  • For physical ailments you can simply assess the existing pain or discomfort.

  • For performance issues you can attempt the desired performance level and measure how close you come to it.

3
The setup

At the beginning of each round , you should design a simple phrase and saying it while continuously tapping the KC point(center of the fleshy part of the outer hand) , you let your system know what you’re trying to address. 

When designing this phrase there are two goals to achieve:

1)  acknowledge the problem
2)  accept yourself in spite of it

We do this by saying:  

“ Even though I have this __________, I deeply and completely accept myself ”

**You can alter this phrase so that it fits your problem**

Important, Important, Important: The language that we use always aims at the negative. This is essential because it is the negative that creates the energy disruptions (zzzzzts) that The EFT Tapping Basic Recipe clears (and thus brings peace to the system). 

4
The Sequence

During this step, tap about 5 to 7 times each on the remaining eight points in the sequence described below. As you tap on each point, repeat a simple reminder phrase, such as "my anxiety" or "my interview" or "my financial situation" to help you mentally focus on your issue.

Top of the Head (TOH)
Beginning of the Eyebrow (EB)
Side of the Eye (SE)
Under the Eye (UE)
Under the Nose (UN)
Chin Point (CH)
Beginning of the Collarbone (CB)
Under the Arm (UA)

Reminder Phrase - A phrase that reminds you of the issue you are trying to solve.

5
Test the final intensity

Finally, you establish an "after" level of the issue's intensity by assigning a number to it on a 0-10 scale. You compare this with the before level to see how much progress you have made. If you are not down to zero then repeat the process until you either achieve zero or plateau at some level.

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