What is Tapping or EFT?

Emotional Freedom Technique is also known as EFT, EFT Tapping, or just Tapping.  It is a combination of Eastern wisdom about acupressure or “meridian points” and Western psychology.  Some people call it acupuncture without needles.  Like acupuncture, Tapping is designed to stimulate certain nerves or areas of the body.

One of the top goals of Tapping is to reduce or eliminate unwanted negative emotions, negative thoughts, and/or the “fight-or-fight” response. Tapping on these acupressure points has been shown to “switch off” the fight-or-flight response in minutes, reducing feelings of anxiety, fear, or anger.  There is growing research supporting these physiological effects on the body such as reducing cortisol levels (a stress hormone) in blood samples or showing decreased activity in the amygdala (fight-or-flight area of the brain) on an MRI.

Many VA treatment centers have adopted Tapping to use with Veterans suffering with PTSD because of the ease at which it can be used and its exceptional results.

Tapping is aimed at healing emotions at the nervous system level, however even the medical field agrees that up to 80% of all illness has a stress related component.  That is why increases in health and performance can result when we reduce the stress response with Tapping.

The technique of Tapping consists of tapping your finger tips on specific meridian points on your body while talking through a traumatic memory or a situation in which you had a negative reaction.   Dr. Church, Ph.D. has been researching and using Tapping (EFT) since 2002, he explains that “acupoint tapping sends signals directly to the stress centers of the mid-brain,”  and and these signals help your nervous system to relax.

What can you do with Tapping?

Reduce stress and anger
Eliminate phobias
Improve self-esteem
Help release resentments
Release negative memories
Desensitize traumatic experiences
Improve relationships
Reduce and/or eliminate physical pain
Enhance sports performance
Get rid of allergy-like sensitivities
Eliminate your limiting beliefs
Help you create the life you want…

It’s important to know that:

You don’t have to believe in EFT for it to work
It’s easy to learn and apply EFT to yourself
Beginners and experts alike have benefited from Tapping
Tapping can be used alone, with a practitioner, or in a group setting
Using Tapping is kind of like brushing your teeth, it works best when used regularly and consistently
If for some reason, it’s too daunting to do Tapping by yourself, seek the help of a specialist
If it doesn’t seem to be working, consult with a professional who can help determine what you can do to get better results

There is no wrong way of practicing Tapping (EFT).  It is a very flexible tool that can be used for just about everything. The original version and complete training can be found at emofree.com and eftuniverse.com.