Emotional Freedom Techniques, which are commonly referred to as “tapping”, are powerful holistic techniques whose roots stem from traditional Chinese medicine, specifically acupuncture. According to Chinese medicine, our body is made up of various meridians. These meridians connect to our organ systems and act as pathways for energy to flow throughout our body. When we are afflicted by physical or emotional stressors, the energy can become “stuck” along one or more meridians. Just as acupuncture uses needles to help restore energy flow along these meridians, tapping on certain acupoints (typically in the face, upper torso, and occasionally the fingers) provides clients with “emotional acupuncture”, thereby encouraging the body to release these stuck points and assisting clients in reconnecting to life in a more positive, balanced way.
While EFT is not – nor is it a substitute for – medical or psychological treatment, many clients find that EFT offers immediate relief to active stressors or overwhelming emotions. Tapping acts as a form of gentle somatic stimulation, offering clients an effective way to calm the “fight, flight, or freeze” response. In addition, not only can EFT produce long-lasting results, it is also a great way for clients to become active participants in their own healing journey.
Disclosure: Please be advised that these holistic methods are not intended to be substitutes for medical or psychological diagnosis and treatment, and they do not replace the services of licensed health care professionals. Although these holistic methods appear to have promising physical, mental, and emotional benefits, and there is a growing amount of valid scientific research indicating that EFT meets the criteria to be considered an evidence-based technique, they have yet to be fully researched by the Western academic, medical, and psychological communities. Therefore, the energy methods described on this website are considered experimental and the extent of their effectiveness, as well as their risk and benefits, are not fully known.