EFT Tapping: The Potential Health Benefits

If you are stressed, many mind-body practices can bring you back to a state of calm. One is known as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or Tapping.

Standard EFT tapping is a non-invasive, inexpensive method that most people can learn on their own to relieve stress and anxiety, explains Alex Ortner, Newton, Connecticut-based co-owner and chief marketing officer of The Tapping Solution, a company that provides EFT tapping resources. .

EFT tapping combines the principles of traditional Chinese acupressure with modern psychology. As the name suggests, it involves touching specific locations, known as acupoints or acupuncture points, on the hands, face and body with your fingertips, according to EFT International (PDF).

As you tap, you focus on the problem or emotion you want to change, combine it with what’s called an attunement statement that acknowledges the problem, and end with a phrase of affirmation or acceptance. For example: “Even though I’m overwhelmed with work, I deeply and completely accept myself.”

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