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Emotional Freedom Technique
What is it?

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is the use of visualization and taping on points of the body to relieve and open channels of energy which help the body to release emotions, phobias and other physical conditions. It is a form of mind body medicine and has been referred to as acupuncture without the needles. It involves several steps including positive affirmations and a sequence of tapping points on your body.

The Basic steps and The set up

It is important to start in a relaxed state. So breathe deep and let your body relax. Once you are relaxed, you repeat an affirmation three times using the fowling statement.

"Even though I have this____________I deeply and completely accept myself."

Each individual will fill in the blank with their personalized concern. An example would be "fear of flying". While you are saying this affirmation out loud, you are to rub your sore spot ( Just below collar bone on chest or on the outside of your dominate hand, often referred to as the Karate Chop Point).

Emotional Freedom Technique Tapping Points.

Emotions of Joy

Remember, it is required to tap each point 7 times.

EB = Beginning of the Eye Brow

SE = Side of the Eye

UE = Under the Eye

UN = Under the Nose

Ch = Chin

CB = Beginning of the CollarBone

UA = Under the Arm

BN = Below the Nipple

Th = Thumb

IF = Index Finger

MF = Middle Finger

BF = Baby Finger

KC = Karate Chop

The Gamut Procedure

This point is located on the back of your hand at the base of the ring finger and little finger. You are to tap here while closing your eyes, opening your eyes, moving your eyes to the right, then moving your eyes to the left, then roll your eyes in a circle, then roll your eyes in a circle in the reverse direction, hum a happy song for 2 seconds, then count rapidly from 1 to 5, and repeat the hum.

What results have people had using this techniques.

Some people have gotten over their phobias and fears. Some people have been able to understand their grief and overcome their addictions. Some individuals have been successful in losing weight. This type of healing is also able to be done long distance over the phone. There is also research on using these techniques for PTSD and the tapping has been found to be very successful for veterans, check out the tapping for veterans website. Personally I like to use my chi machine for this very reason, it relaxes me and keeps my energy pathways and chakras in my body open and aligned with one another. Using the chi machine every day for ten minutes does wonders and is very relaxing.

I have had several customers mention EFT and tell me about their positive experience with it and I thought I would mention it to you and see if it is something you could benefit from as well. I have found two great websites for reference. To download a beginning free manual or watch free videos, please visit Gary Craig's website and download his free manual for Emotional Freedom Technique website. You may also want to read our newsletter on Emotional Balance and our Health.

Written by Mara Gerke, CA, CNHP, All Rights Reserved.

References: Gary Craig, EFT