Live better with the Emotional Freedom Technique.
EFT is similar to acupressure, and it is a technique you can perform on yourself or have performed by a trained practitioner such as Sergey Kalitenko MD. EFT may work to do the following:
- Reduce pain
- Improve psychological state
- Enhance mood
- Reduce negative feelings
- Reduce cravings for sugar and other foods
The emotional freedom technique is an Eastern practice based on the belief that negative emotions cause disruptions in our life energy. By tapping on specific areas of our bodies while thinking of a specific problem and voicing positive affirmations, it’s believed that you can restart the flow of energy and release the negative issues.
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EFT: a short lesson
It’s recommended that a holistic physician do your first EFT session to determine the exact points that should be tapped, based on your needs. This is done by autonomic response testing. However, if you’d like to get a sense of EFT, here are some pointers.
- Tap using both hands and all of your fingers.
- Tapping should be done with your fingertips. If you have longer nails, use your finger pads.
- Remove all bracelets, watches and rings.
- Tap firmly, but not so hard that it hurts.
- Start tapping at the top of your head and work your way down your body.
How to perform EFT
- Concentrate on something specific that’s bothering you—a pain, a problem, a troubling memory or fear, etc.
- Tap at about 60 taps per minute, or use a 1-2-3, 1-2-3 rhythm.
- Breathe deeply while tapping.
- Make a low-pitched hum or repeat affirmations such as the ones below, or make up your own:
“I’m willing to get well.”
“I love and accept myself even though (state the problem)”
- Either keep your eyes closed, or move them from side to side. A holistic doctor may give you special colored glasses to wear.
- Tap each point for about 20 seconds, three times daily for two weeks.
Learn the EFT tapping points
- The crown line: Using both hands, tap along the top of the head from back to front. (Imagine tapping along a middle part in your hair.)
- Eyebrow line: Tap your fingers on both eyebrows, one hand on each eyebrow.
- Temple: Tap each temple, just above the cheekbone and parallel to the corner of your eye.
- Nuchal line: Tap the back of your head, just behind the hear and about 2 inches above your hairline, using the edges of your open palm instead of your fingers (think of a karate chop motion—but not so hard!).
- Stomach line: Tap your fingers vertically on your cheeks, in line with your pupils and just above your mouth.
- Upper jaw line: Tap just above your upper lip.
- Lower jaw line: Tap in the middle of the jawbone on either side of the chin.
- Side tap (chicken wing): Using the thumb edge of your palms, tap along the sides of your torso from the armpit to just below the chest.
- Breastbone or thymus 27/kidney: Tap just below the collarbone, with your hands about 3 inches apart.
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