EFT (Tapping)
What is Tapping? What is EFT?
February 9, 2018
Picture of Carol Hickson - Hypnotherapist, EFT Practitioner, Mindfulness Coach, Life Coach, Reiki Practitioner

Tapping is also known as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).  It is one of the best therapies I have ever come across because it is often very effective and very quick.

It's acupuncture without needles. It looks strange when you first see it; tapping on the meridian end points whilst making affirmations about where we are, where we have been, and more importantly, where we would like to be.  Being honest, I felt a bit foolish when I first started doing it.  However, my self-consciousness soon disappeared and I began to get results. It is very powerful.

If you believe that acupuncture is effective - and it has been practised for thousands of years - then you can have confidence in EFT.


What are the Meridians?

The meridians are the basis of Chinese acupuncture.  They are energy channels which carry the vital life force, known is ki, to the organs and throughout the body.  They run up and down each side of the body and they are each associated with a different organ – stomach, liver etc.  Each meridian has an ‘endpoint’ located on the surface of the body where the energy channels can be accessed.  Acupuncture uses  needles to balance or unblock the energy flow through the meridian.  Tapping uses  touch or acupressure instead. It’s acupuncture without needles.

Where do we tap?

Each meridian endpoint relates to a particular organ; however, it was discovered that by tapping on a set sequence the energy could be shifted across the meridians.  The act of tapping seems to be more important than the accuracy of the location.  The classic EFT protocol triggers all the major meridian endpoints, regardless of the issue.  This is the basis of simple tapping.  As the technique has evolved, and practitioners with different interests have developed their skills, the process of EFT has developed.  However, the classic protocol is always a good place to start.


Diagram of EFT Tapping Points - Emotional Freedom Technique

KC           Karate Chop point

TOH       Top of Head

EB           Eyebrow

SE           Side of Eye

UE          Under Eye

UN         Under Nose

Ch           Chin

CB           Collar Bone

UA          Under Arm



You can tap on either side of your body. Normally, people use their dominant hand to tap.  Start tapping at the Karate Chop point and state the issue that you want to work on.  Give the problem a number between 1 and 10 and use this to monitor the feeling as it changes.  The opening statement starts ‘even though …..I have this constant anxiety (for example)….I love and accept myself’.  Then move down through the sequence above, tapping between 3 and 7 times on each of the points whilst repeating ‘this anxiety’.  Then test the intensity of the problem again – the aim is to get the number to zero or possibly a one, if it won’t totally shift.

Why does Tapping work?

Tapping is effective in halting the fight-or-flight response and reprogramming the brain and body to act differently.  It also retrains the limbic response.  The limbic structure in the brain deals with emotions and memories.  In tapping we initially focus on the negative emotion, acknowledging the anger, anxiety, fear etc and accept that it is affecting us.  It is important to acknowledge the truth of your situation before you can move onto making positive changes.

Tapping differs from many talking therapies. Although it’s focussed on a specific issue, it’s not necessary to dredge it all up. Once we have recognised the problem  we can reframe it as a movie title or sensation in our body.  By disassociating in this way we can avoid drawn out therapy sessions where everything is brought up and then left raw and exposed and unresolved.  You can also tap at home!

What does tapping work for?

The uses of tapping are widespread. It works on persistent emotions that you are feeling such as bitterness, guilt, apprehension, hatred and so on.  It also gets to the bottom of symptoms and side effects such as insomnia, anxiety, headaches and phobias which are the result of deeper problems.  It can also be used to effectively deal with events and experiences that still haunt you after years and years.  It works on limiting beliefs that have been developed perhaps as the result of negative parenting, bullying or bad school experiences.

It’s truly a psychological swiss army knife.

For me personally, whilst I’ve used it for emotional issues, the effect of tapping on my own chronic pain has been life changing.

When I was first introduced to the technique, I was very sceptical. I have 5 broken discs (lumbar and neck region), a ­diagnosis of Dystonia, and a consultant’s recommendation that I need to have discs in my neck replaced. Chronic pain is immediately measurable - either you have pain or you don’t.

It took two thirty-minute tapping sessions. I have had no back or neck pain since.

If you have a long-term physical condition that is worsened by stress what have you got to lose by considering what I am saying?  Why not give it a try?

If you need further information I can highly recommend ‘Healing Back Pain’ by John Sano - there were so many ker-ching moments in this book that, as I read it, I sounded like a door bell!  For shorter reading check out research on the internet. Articles like the one below are informative and thought provoking.  Please don’t suffer needlessly!

Article: Understanding the psycho-emotional roots of disease