June 19, 2017

Emotional Freedom Technique

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:18 pm by kellyfdennis

The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), or energy tapping as is is sometimes called, is said to soothe the body and mind by turning off the “fight or flight” response that can contribute to inflammation and worsen pain, both physically and emotionally. It is said there are key points in the body where energy is more “accessible.” Such points have been documented for quite some time, especially in Chinese medicine. Chinese healers have been simulating these points by touch (acupressure) and needles (acupuncture) for thousands of years.

Some years ago, I participated in a seminar about managing chronic pain and EFT was part of the “alternative” therapies. Recently, it has become more mainstream and now sometimes emotions, negative beliefs and/or thoughts are included. I plan to demonstrate this technique using some different words and phrases on my YouTube channel as a part of my exploration into mindfulness. EFT appears to be very mindfully based!

Here’s how to do it:

-Identify the problem (e.g. pain in the shoulder)

-Rate the intensity of the feelings about the problem on a scale from 1-10

-Compose a statement about the problem (e.g. “Even though I have pain in  my shoulder, I deeply and completely love and accept myself”).

-Using 1 or 2 fingers on one hand, tap the “karate chop” area on the other hand (the area of that hand you would use to karate chop something; between the wrist bone and the pinky knuckle) while repeating the statement 3 times.

-While repeating “intense shoulder pain”, using firm, but gentle pressure, use 2 fingers to tap the following areas on either side 3-7 times:

Top of head, Inner eyebrows, Outside of eyebrows, Under the eye, Under the nose, Tip of the chin, Collarbone, Under the arm (about 3 inches down from the armpit), Back to the top of your head.

-Take a deep breath, and note the intensity of the feelings about the problem now. If the rating is still above a “2”, repeat the steps using the phrase, “Even though I still have a little shoulder pain, I deeply and completely love and accept myself” for the Karate Chop; then “remaining shoulder pain” while you tap.

I’m told it takes practice for some, while other people notice immediate relief.  So, feel free to try it and leave feedback! Next blog, I’ll talk about what to do if you aren’t able to say “love and accept myself”.

Be Well and Have a Wonderful Day!


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