A Guide To Understanding EFT Tapping

What can tapping your fingertips on some parts of the body do to you? Learn more about EFT tapping, a self-help technique that helps relieve anxiety and wound past traumas. 

EFT tapping, also known as Emotional Freedom Techniques, combines modern psychology and ancient Chinese acupuncture. Aiming to relieve stress-like symptoms and people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

But tapping, according to its developer, Gary Craig, tapping is an energy healing tool. It can be used to heal emotional traumas from childhood, eliminate limiting beliefs, and replace negative with positive energy. 

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Based on the Chinese medicine principle, when there is an imbalance in the body’s energy system, sickness or disease can arise. Tapping in specific meridian points sends a calming signal to the brain that it’s okay to relax.

What makes EFT different from other similar therapies such as acupressure or acupuncture is its focus on the emotion that makes one feels distressed, anxious, or ill.

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The actual healing occurs on a deeper level during an EFT session. While you solely focus on easing the unwanted physical sensations in these therapeutic practices, tapping holds the space for the patient to be honest with themselves and their feelings.

This allows the patient to work on unrevealed emotions and traumas that are the cause of the physical symptoms in the first place.

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At the beginning of each EFT tapping session, the patient is encouraged to identify the issue and set up a statement that symbolizes that problem. For instance, if you’re dealing with a breakup and feel that you’ve been rejected, you come up with an affirmation.

For example: “Even though I have this feeling of being rejected, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.”

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Then the person should establish a before the level of the issue’s intensity by assigning it a number on a scale from 0-10. Then, the affirmation is a set-up to start each round of tapping.

As you tap through the sequence, you repeat reminders of the root cause. In this case, it could be why you’re feeling rejected and how you feel hurt because of that.

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EFT works to rewire the brain and body’s reaction to certain feelings and emotions and replace them with positive ones.

You can try EFT tapping by yourself using apps like The Tapping Solution, but they might not be specific enough for your situation. In those cases, searching for a certified EFT Expert Practitioner is the most recommended.

Written By:
Camila Santiago

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