Tapping – The Emotional Freedom Technique to Reduce Pain

Tapping – it’s more than a dance

Have you ever thought that you might want to try acupuncture, but did not want the invasiveness of needles? Maybe, consider Tapping; not the dance form of tapping, but the Emotional Freedom Technique, a form of psychological acupressure. It is said to:

  •  Remove negative emotions
  •  Reduce food cravings
  •  Reduce or eliminate pain
  •  implement positive goals

Our bodies contain invisible energy pathways—meridians, and hundreds of acupoints at junctions along these interconnecting highways. They can be disrupted by life’s adverse circumstances.


Tapping Points

The combination of tapping the energy meridians and voicing a positive affirmation works to clear the emotional block from your body’s bioenergy system. It is necessary to restore your mind and body’s balance for healing disease and maintaining optimal health.

Tapping, or EFT, is based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments. It involves stimulating certain acupressure points on the body. It has been used for over five thousand years, but without the needles.

Instead, tapping with the fingertips is used to input kinetic energy onto specific meridians on the head and chest while you think about your specific problem, such as a traumatic event, an addiction, pain, etc. while you voice a positive affirmation.

Tapping can be done with a therapist or alone

Richard Mark, an advanced EFT practitioner and certified trainer, who has worked as a psychotherapist and hypnotherapist for 12 years, explains that EFT is “especially effective in clearing traumatic memories: accidents, abuse, violence, childhood memories; or even clearing persistent negative messages from family or key people in our lives.” You will not achieve your body’s ideal healing and preventative powers if emotional barriers stand in your way. Tapping can be done with the aid of a therapist or alone during a moment of anxiety.

“It tells your body that the stressful thought you are having isn’t a real threat to your survival. Once you break the association in your mind between the stressful thought and the fight or flight response one time, it stays broken,” explained Dawson Church, PhD Research Director of the Foundation for Epi Genetic Medicine.

Tapping Points

EFT works by a person tapping on just nine of the acupoints, while speaking aloud. The tapping points are:

1 . Top of the Head
With fingers back-to-back down the center of the skull.

2 . Eyebrow
Just above and to one side of the nose, at the beginning of the eyebrow.

3.  Side of the Eye
On the bone bordering the outside corner of the eye.

4.  Under the Eye
On the bone under an eye about 1 inch below your pupil.

5.  Under the Nose
On the small area between the bottom of your nose and the top of your upper lip.

6.  Chin
Midway between the point of your chin and the bottom of your lower lip. Even though it is not directly on the point of the chin, it is descriptive enough for people to understand easily.

7.  Collar Bone
The junction where the sternum (breastbone), collarbone and the first rib meet. This is a very important point and in acupuncture is referred to as K (kidney) 27. To locate it, first place your forefinger on the U-shaped notch at the top of the breastbone (about where a man would knot his tie). From the bottom of the U, move your forefinger down toward the navel 1 inch and then go to the left (or right) 1 inch. This point is referred to as Collar Bone even though it is not on the collarbone (or clavicle) per se.

8.  Under the Arm
On the side of the body, at a point even with the nipple (for men) or in the middle of the bra strap (for women). It is about 4 inches below the armpit.

9.  Wrists
The last point is the inside of both wrists.

Tapping practitioners have published many small-scale studies showing positive results using EFT. One is to be published in the October Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, that found stress hormone levels dropped 24% after tapping. The American Psychological Association, however, says many more large-scale peer-reviewed studies must be performed.

I do plan on trying Tapping! It can be done in the privacy of home or with a group and doesn’t cost a cent!

Tapping Video – click here to see how to “tap”!

I would love to hear from you!

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***Special credit is given to author “Helena Fone”.  The image is from her book, “Emotional Freedom Technique for Dummies”.

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