Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is also commonly referred to as Tapping.
What is EFT?
Tapping is a blend of modern psychology & traditional Chinese medicine.
From the Chinese medicine standpoint, we are working with the meridian system, which is an energetic circuitry that maps itself throughout the entire body. When there is any degree of trauma, emotional or physical, this circuitry can become blocked.
How is it done?
It’s like acupuncture without needles! Instead of needles, you use your finger tips to tap on the key energy points on the face and torso to relieve your distress.
How does it work and why?
By simultaneously tapping on specific circuitry points (some of the same points used in acupuncture), while focusing on the stressful issue, and repeating positive statements, you are able to clear the blockage and experience relief.
Regardless of how long or how deeply the blockage has been held in the body and the mind, Tapping produces dramatic results. The combination of sending kinetic energy through these points and bringing love and empathy to the negative emotions results in a cleared nervous system and a relaxed mind.
This self-help tool has a blended origin from ancient roots and modern techniques. The ancient roots stem from the Chinese Medicine components of acupuncture and acupressure. These are both healing techniques that use needles and pressure to clear stagnated energy from the pathways of meridians. Traditional acupuncture and acupressure have been used for over 5000 years in supporting the physical and emotional body via clearing these energy pathways.
Over 50 years ago a chiropractor by the name of Dr. George J. Goodheart, Jr., discoverer of Applied Kinesiology-Muscle Testing, used tapping on specific points along with muscle testing to determine what treatment to use.
Then Dr. Rodger Callahan was the first to discover the power of repeatedly tapping on the body to heal trauma.
Finally in 1991, Gary Craig, who studied with Dr. Callahan, discovered a way to simplify the process even further. The quickest route to release unconscious pain would be to stimulate the 12 main acupuncture points while focusing on the feeling in your body in order to experience relief. This process then became known as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or Tapping.