About Emotional Freedom Technique EFT

Take control of the challenges, problems, annoyances, concerns and struggles that you or your family members (children, spouse), may be having.  Tapping is something you can try at home and there is a very good chance that it will be highly effective! If it doesn't seem to be helping,  and if the problems or challenges, or worries continue to disrupt your day-to-day life and routine,  then you should seek the help of your Family Doctor or Mental Health Specialist.

What is EFT Tapping? It is a powerful, holistic healing technique that resolves a range of issues, both emotionally and physically. Based on the combined principles of ancient Chinese Acupressure and modern psychology, the basic Tapping technique requires you to focus on a negative emotion, while tapping on the acupressure points. This could be a worry, fear, concern, old hurt, abuse, bad memory or an unresolved memory. There are 9 Acupressure points that are related to specific energy meridians that you would tap on, using your fingertips, 5 to 7 times. For young children, preschoolers and early school-age children, there is a series of similar but only 5 points. 

The idea is that tapping on these meridian end-points, while focusing and addressing the root cause of the distress, sends a calming signal to the brain. This allows you to feel relaxed and in control. 

  • “Clinically proven form of emotional acupuncture without needles”
     

  • Used by therapists, psychologists and millions worldwide to east emotional distress and clear negative emotions, beliefs and memories
     

  • Setting a new tone for managing stress in this modern world
     

  • Should help to short-circuit the fight or flight (stress) response and rewire our brains to think more clearly about the problem, concern, issue or worry. 

Emotional Freedom Technique, (EFT) Explained

Take 4 minutes to review the above presentation. You can stop it on the various slides, to give you time to read everything. This will explain what it is, how it works and why it works. It will explain how to administer EFT, whether to yourself, or to someone else and that anyone can do this!

EFT may be helpful with these and other 'adult' challenges:

  • Anxiety

  • Excessive Worrying

  • OCD

  • Depression

  • Chronic Pain

  • Stress

  • Substance Abuse

  • Money Problems

  • Gambling Issues

  • Insomnia

  • Weight Issues

  • Grieving

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EFT may be helpful with these and other 'childhood or teen' type challenges:

  • Trouble falling asleep or settling

  • Being bullied at school 

  • Anger

  • Frustration

  • Worried

  • Fears

  • Low Confidence

  • Stress

  • Self-esteem

  • Lack of focus

  • Depression

I will provide you with several EFT Tapping Scripts that you can use. Please feel confident to customize these scripts to be more suitable to how you express yourself or to how your child expresses him or herself. What is important is the tired and true 'formula' for tapping and it can be used for just about anything. The basics of the Tapping process are simple. Once you get used to how the script should work, you can create your own. 

 

The method/formula is as follows:

  • Always begin Tapping on the karate chop point while you repeat the setup statement to yourself. This allows you to be honest with how you feel and sets you up for the Tapping process (more on the setup statement below).
     

  • Begin Tapping while focusing on how you feel or on the problem. By doing this you send a calming signal to your brain, allowing you to think of the problem without feeling stress in your body.
     

  • When you feel better, you can move to more empowering thoughts. We can liken this to the same way you need to weed a garden before you plant seeds. You have to release the intensity of what you're feeling before more empowering thoughts can take root.


Lets break down the steps:
 

  1. Identify the problem on which you want to focus. It can be general anxiety, or it can be a specific situation or issue which causes you to feel anxious. An example of this might be worrying about your current job at work that might be deemed redundant, do to a company reorganization. Then what?
     

  2. Consider the problem or situation. How do you feel about it right now? Rate the intensity level of your anxiety on a scale of 0 to 10, with zero being the lowest level of anxiety and ten being the highest.
     

  3. Compose a setup statement. Your setup statement should acknowledge the problem you want to deal with, then follow it with a phrase of acceptance. This helps neutralize judgements you have around how you feel and allow you to be more honest with your Tapping.


About the Set-Up Statement:

The setup statement is where you state the emotion in question (why I am anxious, or why I am angry, etc) but then add a positive affirmation statement, ("I love and accept myself" or simply, "I accept myself"). Some people would say that it seems contrary to say you accept these troublesome feelings, emotions or problems because these are why I'm trying to get rid of. It's the inability to accept a feeling that leaves it stuck in one place. And there it stays, cropping up here and there, when you least expect it. 

 

By saying the set up statement, you are setting it up for the rest of the process which helps to neutralize any judgement we have around the issue or problem. 

 

Say the statement 3 times, then begin tapping on the rest of the Acupressure Points and simply talk about how you feel. Be honest. This is your opportunity to vent on the topic of why it's bugging you, or why it hurts. This sends a calming signal to your brain, letting it know that even if you are thinking or talking about the issue or challenge or problem, you are safe and it's okay to relax. 

Example of some set-up statements 
 

  • "Even though I feel this anxiety, I accept how I feel"

  • "Even though I'm anxious about my the company re-organization, I accept myself and how I feel."

  • "Even though I'm feeling this anxiety about my financial situation, I honor my feelings and give my body permission to relax. "



Are you ready to try Tapping?
 

  • With four fingers on one hand, begin tapping the Karate Chop point on your other hand. The Karate Chop point is on the outer edge of the hand, on the opposite side from the thumb.
     

  • Repeat the setup statement three times aloud, while simultaneously tapping the Karate Chop point.
     

  • Take a deep breath.
     

  • Tap 5 to 7 times each on the remaining eight points in the sequence described below. As you tap on each point, repeat a simple reminder phrase, such as "my anxiety" or "the company reorganization" or "my financial situation" to help you mentally focus on your issue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Disclaimer

The information I am providing is intended to help you to help your child or someone else to deal with a challenge. It is clearly not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is definitely not intended as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you are under the care of any health professionals (or should be), you are strongly encouraged to discuss any of these recommendations, or use of Energy Tapping (EFT) with them prior to making any changes, and never discontinue or reduce prescription medications without consulting your doctor or pharmacist.