The EFT Technique is easy to learn, but the Best EFT Technique takes time, practice and perseverance at times for best results. Some issues are more complex than others and may require more time, and the guidance of a trained therapist, in order to get positive results.
Your brain is made up of nearly 100 Billion neurons (brain cells) that each connect electrochemically with as many as 10 thousand other neurons. We now know that the brain can re-route its pathways, and the seemingly infinite number of possible connections can allow us to transform the way we feel, think and act, as well as heal even long-standing, chronic, and "physical" problems.
Eastern healing methods like acupuncture have worked with the body's energy system for thousands of years in order to create physical and emotional health. Now, combined with the insights of modern psychology, these ancient healing arts can be applied to a wide range of emotional or psychological issues, by tapping on various points on the body while focusing on the symptom, pain, or troublesome thought that you wish to eliminate.
Is it that simple?
No - it's not always that simple! While instruction and videos can be found online about the EFT technique and other forms of "Tapping," many of these resources provide a superficial, one-size-fits-all approach that can be ineffective or lead a person into issues they were not prepared to deal with. Always exercise caution and work with a professionally trained EFT Tapping practitioner for complex or very sensitive issues. For a brief but very detailed video tutorial on getting started using EFT Tapping on your own, check out my Free EFT Mini-Course.
The best EFT technique, like other Energy Psychology methods, works both on a psychological/mind level as well as a physical/energetic level in order to release or neutralize a thought, feeling, or physical sensation that has been persistent and disturbing... and the same tapping technique can also be then used to reprogram the mind to accept a new thought, idea or belief that you consciously choose to hold. As such, the list of issues that can be alleviated, and the potential for positive change and transformation is vast.
The EFT Tapping Technique can be applied to yourself, or applied or guided by a therapist or doctor. It is recommended that you receive the guidance of a professional for complex or intense traumas or psychological issues that you are uncertain about.
This article is not intended to instruct you in the use of EFT Tapping on yourself, and is only meant to give basic information about the technique so that you may have a better idea about what it is. Feel free to use my video tutorials and information, available for free HERE.
EFT Tapping involves focusing on an issue (negative emotion, upsetting memory or situation) and verbalizing aspects of that issue or scene, while tapping a series of acupressure points that bring down the intensity of the thought/feeling/memory. This can be a meticulous and detailed process in some cases, which is why it is easiest, and sometimes essential to work with a trained practitioner, if you want to achieve the best results in the safest way. Tapping often works on issues that have lingered for long periods of time, and not been alleviated by other more conventional methods.
As indicated on the chart above, here are the main tapping points (only one side is necessary):
First, the side of the hand, referred to as "karate chop point"
Then, tapping 5-7 times on a series of points including:
1. The crown of the head
2. Inside end of the eyebrow
3. Outside corner of the eye (on the bone)
4. Under the center of the eye
5. Between the nose and upper lip
6. The dimple of the chin (between chin and lower lip)
7. The collar bone point (where the first rib meets the sternum)
8. Under the arm (even with the nipple line for a man, or the bra strap for a woman)
One of the biggest reasons that beginners do not get results with EFT on their own (or working with untrained guides), is that they are too vague and non-specific in their focus and language. EFT is a method of rapid desensitization, or exposure therapy. (Actually EFT can be categorized and explained in multiple ways, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, exposure therapy, somatic therapy, and energy psychology). If you want to see changes, you must be very specific, and you have to provoke a negative feeling in yourself while tapping. It is the combination of triggering your emotions (and fight-flight-freeze response), and the calming effect of tapping (which turns off the fight/flight response and down-regulates the nervous system), that neutralizes and changes your triggers.
Please note, this is only a brief, general explanation of the EFT technique. For the best EFT technique, the guidance of a well trained and experienced EFT Practitioner is important to achieve the best results and to avoid getting into emotional material that you don't know how to get yourself back out of.