EFT tapping: what is it and how to do it with Jody Shield
Though Tapping is set to revolutionize the London wellness scene, the healing concepts that it;’s based upon have been practiced in Eastern medicine for over 5,000 years.
WHAT IS IT?
Tapping or EFT (emotional freedom techniques) is an easy and effective self-help tool that helps quickly release negative emotions such as anxiety, stress or fear. Tapping can provide relief from chronic pain, emotional problems, disorders, addictions, phobias, post traumatic stress disorder, and physical diseases.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Similar to acupuncture, EFT uses the body’s energy meridian points, which are stimulated by tapping on them with your fingertips. The basic technique asks you to focus on a negative emotion such as fear or anxiety. While staying focused on that emotion, you tap on each of the meridian points for 3-7 times repeating phrases that focus on the issue. You start with the karate chop point (side of the hand) and tap this 3 times while saying a phrase. You then shorten the phrase and tap the
around the following points: the eyebrow, side of the eye, under eye, under nose, chin, collarbone, under the arm, top of the head.
Tapping on the energy meridian points, sends signals to the amygdala (fight or flight part of the brain) to calm down and relax. As soon as this happens, anxiety is immediately reduced which allows you to move forward in a calmer way. This also helps restore the body’s energy to a balanced state.
WHY DO IT?
EFT is simple, powerful and painless. Anyone can learn it and use it anywhere and anytime. Tapping can provide relief from a wide variety of things such as chronic pain, emotional problems, disorders, addictions, phobias, post traumatic stress disorder, and physical diseases.
EXAMPLES OF TAPPING
FEELING OVERWHELMED / STRESSED OUT
1. Start by tapping on the karate chop point. Tap on each point approx 7 times. As you tap repeat the following phrase three times: even though i’m feeling overwhelmed and fearful, I accept who I am, and how I feel
2. Continue tapping on the other points and say each of these out loud as you do:
Eyebrow: I’m feeling really overwhelmed
Side of the eye: All this stuff happening
Under eye: I’m really stressed out
Under nose: What if I miss something?
Chin: What if it all gets too much?
Collarbone: I’m so overwhelmed right now
Under arm: And I don’t know how to move through it
Top of the head: So much happening right now
Eyebrow: And I can’t cope with it all
Side of the eye: What if I miss something?
Under eye: And then I’ll mess up
Under nose: And I feel anxious just thinking about it
Chin: I’m stressed out
Collarbone: I’m feeling overwhelmed
Under arm: With all I have on
Top of head: I can’t think straight
Take a deep breath in and exhale. Then continue to tap and repeat the sequences until you feel calmer and more relieved. When you feel relief, tap through a ‘positive round’ and say each phrase below out loud:
Eyebrow: I know I can move through this
Side of the eye: I know I have the strength inside
Under eye: I choose to believe i’ll get through this
Under nose: I know I can find my power inside
Chin: I believe this is my journey now
Collarbone: I know I can move through this
Under arm: And feel good about myself again
Top of head: I choose to believe in my inner strength