We all need a recipe that rewires the brain to respond more promptly and optimizes the emotional health. Mental wellness is often overlooked, but it is vital for overcoming emotional barriers. It is quite surprising to know the figures of people affected by depression around the Globe for various personal reasons. As reported by the World Health Organization, as many as 350 million people are affected by it. 


Hence we can say, people are continuously looking out for destressing elements and activities. If you think your loved ones are suffering from any form of depression, anxiety, or fear, we recommend, they should undergo Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Treatment. This treatment is often known as tapping or psychological acupressure technique and gives relief from any emotional distress or physical pain. 


Since the body is made up of energy, it is required to have a balance of positivity and negativity. If the negative energy increases, it needs to be disrupted, and tapping therapy does exactly the same. Almost 34 years ago, Dr. Roger Callahan discovered that it is actually possible to have a balance in energy by stimulating an instant release of stored emotions. The technique beautifully combines Chinese acupressure and modern psychology. Chinese had discovered 100 meridian points, and tapping these points healed negative emotions without using needles. 


One can practice this technique either at the therapy center or at home. But as we all know, any new technique takes years to be the master. An expert or a holistic health coach needs to memorize the meridian points list along the body and should take the training for the same. Hence, you should understand and know the technique well at the clinic before starting it at home. If performed well, the technique is less expensive and less time-consuming. 


EFT gives you a release from stored anxieties, stresses, depression, and emotional hurts. The technique involves tapping on the meridian points of the body while focusing on the fear, hurt that you want to resolve. Wonder what the meridian points are? They are the specific points through which the energy circulates in the human body. 

Your body is constantly under a roller coaster ride of emotions where there are chances that you experience trauma or phobia. These experiences create a feedback loop that builds and enhances neural pathways and, many times reduces the mobility of the person. Tapping is a simple solution to it. 


Learning the Tapping theory basics:


A total of 9 points that are covered under tapping therapy lies on the eyebrows, side of the eye, under the eye, under the nose, on the chin, the collarbone, under the arm, karate chop, and on the top of the head. 

You can tap lightly but firmly with your dominant hand. If for any reason, you can not tap on a particular point, then it is okay to skip that point. It is quite a forgiving process (if you make mistakes) that can be done using both the index finger and the middle finger together for effective tapping. 


The 5 easy steps of following the technique are:

Understand and identify the issue:

To remove the influence of the negative energy or the phobia, you need first identify the issue you are facing. While performing this activity, it is possible to ascertain that you have multiple problems to resolve. However, it is better to follow one problem at a time. Because, based on the issue, the focal point for tapping changes. And identifying the right focal point will enhance the effectiveness of the therapy. 

Know the initial intensity:

Everything, including your problem intensity, needs to be measured. Hence on the scale of 0 to 10, set a benchmark level of the problem intensity. Your level of improvement is assessed based on this benchmark scale. The level of 10 is the worst or the most difficult to overcome and gives maximum discomfort. As you start practicing the technique, you need to monitor the progress. A score of 5 from the initial score of 10 is a 50% improvement. 


Set up before starting the therapy:

Since you have already identified the issue, it is time to acknowledge it while tapping. For this, you need to frame a phrase that will address the issue in hand. The ideology behind doing this is, it reminds and makes you accept the problem. 

Here is a phrase, just for the example:

Say, for example, you have hydro-phobia and want to overcome that. The very first thing you need to do is frame a phrase like, “Even though I have hydro-phobia, I deeply and completely accept myself.” 

By repeating this phrase, you would be able to focus on the problem. In turn, this will help you in distressing the mind and the body. 


Start the tapping sequence:

You need to start tapping on the nine meridian points, namely:

  • Karate Chop: Small intestine meridian;
  • Top of Head: Governing vessel;
  • Eyebrow: Bladder meridian;
  • Side of the Eye: Gallbladder meridian;
  • Under the Eye: stomach meridian;
  • Under the nose: Governing vessel;
  • Chin: Central Vessel;
  • Beginning of the Collarbone: Kidney meridian;
  • Under the arm: Spleen meridian

Recite the phrase three times while you move down the body in the following ascending order. Tap every meridian point at least 6 times so that it keeps you focused on the emotion.

  • Eyebrow;
  • Side of the eye;
  • Under the eye;
  • Under the nose;
  • Chin;
  • Beginning of collarbone;
  • Under the arm


It does happen that the exact wordings of the phrase may change, but it should continually tune you into the emotion. 

Know the final intensity:

After repeating the tapping procedure, rate the problem intensity level and compare it with your initial score. Until you have reached a score of one or below, repeat the procedure. 


Emotional Freedom Technique is highly useful for people who feel trapped inside the negative cycle of emotions. Tapping brings a disruption in the energy levels, thereby giving you a chance to grow, flourish, cherish, and enjoy. 


In the End: 

“You have many beliefs that are unseen but are expressed by how you see and interact within the world. The secret to enlightenment is the discovery of your inner self than making fine adjustments for the betterment of all. “

-- Robert Smith

Author's Bio: 

Dr. Rachel Eva Dew is a board-certified Natural Doctor, life transformation coach, self-development author, and leader in integrative wellness. She is the founder and head instructor for the Integrative Wellness Academy (IWA) where she trains and certifies students as integrative life coaches in order to help people transform their lives.