Tapping ( Emotional Freedom Technique)
Tapping, or Emotional Freedom Technique, is a practice that draws on numerous frameworks and methodologies, and is thought to be effective in treating some physical pain and emotional distress. It is also thought to be a helpful tool for reframing thought patterns—changing the way we think about different things in our lives—and treating things like anxiety and PTSD.
What is EFT, or tapping?
EFT is a form of acupressure, which focuses on “meridian points” (or “energy hotspots”) across the body. It has roots in Chinese medicine, and much like acupuncture, the foundation of EFT posits that these meridian points are directly involved in the flow of energy throughout our bodies. When this energy is disrupted, it yields physical and emotional ailments—depression, anxiety, physical illness, and more. Through EFT, or tapping, along these meridian lines while verbally processing whatever it is you aim to remedy, that flow of energy is restored.
More conventionally speaking, EFT is considered a self-regulation stress, anxiety, and trauma relief method with foundations in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and exposure therapy. Recalling the trauma or talking through the ailment, while combining a physical regulation tool (the tapping) that touches acupoints, has been shown to reduce cortisol levels in subjects. There is still much research to be conducted about the efficacy of EFT, but more recent studies show promising results for the relief it delivers to patients. (In addition to decades of anecdotal evidence supporting its efficacy.)