What is EFT?
Commonly referred to as "tapping," EFT is an acronym for Emotional Freedom Techniques. EFT is a form of psychological acupressure that uses fingers instead of needles to stimulate traditional Chinese acupuncture points. Tapping stimulates and conducts energy between the points just like electricity is transmitted from pole to pole along power lines. It instantly relaxes the body and attunes the mind to a unique state of receptivity. This allows the words and phrases that accompany the tapping to reach the subconscious mind on a deep level where long-lasting beliefs and behavior patterns can be changed or released. EFT cannot change anything in the past, but what it can do is neutralize and/or eliminate your reaction to it.
It is all in your fingers.
EFT is applied by tapping with your fingertips on 10 acupuncture meridians on the head and upper body. When you tap with your fingertips you stimulate not only those meridians you are tapping on but those on your fingers as well. Normally you tap with your index and middle finger with one hand, usually your dominant one. However, the tapping points exist on both sides of the body so it does not matter which side you use. Neither does it matter if you switch sides during the tapping. You can also use more than two fingers to cover a larger area.
Tapping works with our natural instincts.
Our hands carry an electromagnetic charge, and from birth we instinctively use our hands to comfort ourselves. Have you ever seen anyone hug themselves under stress? Have you ever put your hands up to your face or over your mouth when receiving bad or shocking news? Have your ever clapped your hand to your forehead under duress? We unconsciously use our hands to comfort ourselves in difficult situations and automatically reach for natural comfort spots on our bodies many times each day. Tapping intentionally uses this natural inclination to use our hands to bring about a sense of calm and reduce pain.