The History of Tapping
In the 1970s, these two streams of thought came together in the office of a psychologist named Dr. Roger Callahan. Although he observed traditional protocol in his work, he found himself deeply intrigued by Traditional Chinese Medicine, specifically the principles of the body’s meridian lines.
In TCM, these meridian lines run throughout the body and are pathways for the flow of “ch’i” or life force. When the flow of ch’i becomes impaired due to trauma of some kind, the blockage can give rise to a whole host of injuries or illnesses. By manipulating various points along these lines – as acupuncturists do with needles – the flow of ch’i can be restored and the problems eliminated.
Callahan was fascinated by these principles but saw no need to incorporate them into his practice. That is, until he met Mary.
Mary would prove to be one of Callahan’s more confounding patients. She suffered from a severe water phobia, and nothing that Callahan tried seemed to help. Her fear was so intense that she even had trouble bathing her children. Callahan was stumped.
One day, Mary mentioned that when she thought about water, she felt a throbbing discomfort in her stomach. When she revealed this, Callahan had a flash of insight. He recalled that TCM held that one of the meridian points that corresponded with the stomach could be found right beneath the eye. On a hunch, he asked Mary to tap on this spot when the stomach pain arose. Mary did as he suggested. Her discomfort was quickly replaced by utter astonishment; the pain was gone. Better yet, she was no longer afraid of water!
Thrilled by this discovery, Callahan experimented with various meridian points and eventually distilled his findings into what he called Thought Field Therapy. A wild success, TFT attracted many students in the 1980s, one of whom was Gary Craig.
An eager pupil, Craig immersed himself in the technique, but soon came to believe that it was unnecessarily complicated. He in turn began to conduct his own experiments and soon boiled TFT down into a simpler, quicker routine that proved even more effective. He termed his streamlined modality Emotional Freedom Techniques, or EFT for short.
In the decades since, EFT has grown immensely, with new revelations emerging every day on just why it is so effective. In the next chapter, we’ll take a look at some of these discoveries that explain just how Tapping can work the seeming miracles that it does.
The Science Behind Tapping
There’s nothing mystical or magical about tapping, although the results are often so astounding that it’s understandable why some people come to this conclusion. That said, the grounded science behind it is just as wondrous.
Tapping is so effective thanks to an almond-shaped part of your brain called the amygdala. It’s responsible for determining and activating your body’s response when you’re faced with excessive stress of any sort. When threatened, it signals your body to release hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol – commonly known as “the stress hormone” – that prepare you for danger. This is what’s commonly called the ‘fight or flight’ response, and it’s responsible for nothing less than our evolution as a species. It’s what would have alerted our ancient ancestors to run for their lives when confronted by carnivorous predators!
There’s just one problem: in our modern world, we are faced with external stressors on a daily basis. And if that weren’t enough to contend with, we’re often poorly prepared to deal with it all – we eat food that isn’t good for us, work much harder than we’re supposed to, and don’t rest nearly as much as we should. With this being the case, our amygdala is often on high-alert mode quite a bit more than it should be, trapping us in a lingering, low-grade fight-or-flight mode every day. Studies have shown that this type of stress can lead to a weakened immune system, emotional dysfunction, weight gain and a whole host of other problems.
In short, stress can make you very, very sick.
So where does tapping come into the picture?
In ancient Chinese medicine, it’s long been known that you can reduce the body’s stress response and many of the problems it gives rise to by manipulating the body’s meridian points. This is what acupuncturists do to this day. Thanks to modern science, we now have proof that this is indeed the case.
Studies done at Harvard Medical School in recent years have found that the amygdala’s reaction to external stressors and our body’s resulting stress response can be reduced by stimulating these very same meridian points that Traditional Chinese Medicine speaks of. 
These studies focused specifically on acupuncture, but follow-up, double-blind research proved that the needles were not necessary, and that light pressure – as we use in tapping – was enough to produce these results.
Another study conducted by Dr. Dawson Church provided similar revelations regarding Tapping and stress relief. In a randomized controlled trial, Church and his team studied the cortisol levels of 83 subjects who underwent an hour-long tapping session, traditional talk therapy, or no treatment at all. The results were eye opening. For those who experienced a Tapping session, the average level of cortisol reduction was 24%, with a whopping reduction of almost 50% in some subjects! However, those who sat for an hour of traditional talk therapy experienced no significant cortisol reduction.
With each passing year, there are more and more studies revealing just how effective EFT can be. They go a long way towards establishing the technique’s legitimacy for those who question the efficacy of alternative or holistic healing modalities. For thousands of dedicated tappers around the world however, it simply confirms what we already knew to be true – that Tapping is the most effective way to reduce the effects of stress, pain and illness, so you can live a bountiful, fulfilling life!
How Does EFT Work?
All negative emotions are felt through a disruption of the body’s energy. The body like everything in the universe is composed of energy. Tapping restores the body’s energy balance. The client, you, brings to mind a situation creating your negative state. On a scale of 1 – 10, 10 being the highest you are asked to state where your negativity or pain level is at. Now you are going to relive the situation or state the pain level. I will ask you questions and begin to walk you through the tapping points you see below with specific statements you will repeat. After many rounds you should reach the root cause of the situation and begin to feel relief. The process can take thirty minutes or more depending on the severity of the situation.
What Can I Use Tapping For?
There’s a simple answer for this question: you can tap on everything, including:
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder *, Depression, Anxiety, Fear, Weight Loss, Relationship issues, remorse,
- Whatever is bothering you, you can tap on it. All you need to do is to take stock of how you’re feeling, and you can use it to begin tapping for relief. Be adventurous and expect to be amazed!
How to Tap
This is where the adventure begins. Are you ready to learn how to tap?For starters, let’s go over the meridian points that we use in EFT. There are several hundred meridian points all over your body, but when tapping, we focus on nine. They are:
|Karate-Chop Point (KC)
This lies on the outer edge of your palm, on the opposite side from your thumb. Either hand is fine. Tap on this meridian point using two fingers.
Use two fingers to tap the inner edges of the eyebrows, close to the bridge of the nose.
Side of eye (SE)
Use two fingers to tap on the hard ridge between the corner of your eye and your temple. Be careful and gentle!
Under eye (UE)
Staying in line with your pupil, use two fingers to tap on the hard bone under the eye that merges with the cheekbone.
Under nose (UN)
Use two fingers to tap on the point centered between the bottom of the nose and the upper lip.
This point is in line with the previous one, and is centered between the bottom of the lower lip and the chin.
Tap just below the hard ridge of your collarbone with four fingers.
Use four fingers to tap on your side, just about four inches beneath the armpit.
Top of Head (TH)
Use four fingers to tap on the crown of your head.
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