Karen, right, guiding a client through the EFT process. Photo courtesy Karen St. Clair

Wellness at Your Fingertips with EFT Tapping

Stress and anxiety during a pandemic are common daily occurrences for millions of Americans and “the cause of at least 95% of all illness and disease” according to Dr. Bruce Lipton, a highly renowned and respected cell biologist from Stanford University Medical School. Apart from all of the traditional remedies, there’s an alternative way to manage this discomfort—it’s called EFT Tapping.

EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques, a form of therapy that uses the simple technique of tapping certain points on the body, which provides quick results in reducing stress and anxiety.

Founded more than five decades ago by an American clinical psychologist, EFT Tapping has become a leading mind-body stress reduction technique. Utilizing the same energy meridian system as acupuncture (without the needles) EFT is widely used by more than 14 million people worldwide including celebrities such as Oprah, Prince Harry, Actor Naomi Harris, and world-class athletes who use it to improve performance.

EFT Tapping is a scientifically proven technique that quickly reduces high levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, and anxiety-related physical pain.

Supported by in-depth EFT research and experiential success stated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, VA therapists use EFT with their clients suffering from PTSD, depression, anxiety, pain, and other conditions. It also alleviates emotional issues such as phobias, food cravings, and fear of flying, just to name a few.  Simply put, EFT works on everything.  

As an EFT Practitioner for more than 12 years, I’ve guided thousands of clients through the EFT process locally and globally and have found each circumstance to be unique, and yet EFT continues to deliver the ultimate commonality of profound positive outcomes.  

As one of my clients described it:  “I have suffered with panic attacks, anxiety disorder, fears, and phobias for more than three decades. I’ve tried everything to cure it, from medication to meditation, and everything in between. I just needed the right tools. From the first session I felt a shift in myself, that I didn’t know was possible. In each session I dug deeper and made connections within myself that I had never made before. Things surfaced that I didn’t know I was still holding on to. I can honestly say I’ve never felt so free and safe in my own body, with my own thoughts. This is the longest I’ve ever gone without experiencing a panic attack.”  

To walk you through EFT Tapping protocol, here’s how easily it works to restore calm.

EFT requires specificity and works best when you zero in on how you feel in the moment. 

You might say, “I feel stressed about [fill in the blank].”  

Measure the intensity of that stress on a scale of 0 – 10, 10 being the highest intensity.  

Establish a statement that identifies your Tapping focus i.e., “Feeling stressed.”

Refer to the Tapping Points diagram on this page and begin tapping gently on the side of your hand (karate chop point) as you say out loud, “Even though I feel stressed about [the issue], I deeply and completely accept myself.” Repeat this sequence three times as you tap on the side of your hand.

Start tapping on the individual Tapping points using a shortened version of the set-up statement at each point, “I feel so stressed.” Or “All this stress about [the issue].”  

Continue this process at each Tapping point.  When you’ve completed tapping on all the points one time, repeat the same process one more time on each Tapping point.

Take two deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.  

Check in with yourself to see if the number of your stress 0-10 has reduced.  Repeat this process as many times as necessary to bring down the testing number as close to 1 as possible.

This basic Tapping protocol can clear negative stuck energy ranging from topical to as far back as early childhood. To learn more about it, visit KarenStClairEFT.com. 

Karen St. ClairKaren St.Clair is an Advanced Accredited Certified EFT International Practitioner, Reiki Master of Masters, Psych-K® Practitioner, Matrix Re-Imprinting Practitioner and highly skilled professional with a true gift for facilitating her clients’ life-changing outcomes. Karen is the founder of Reiki Tap RenewalSM, a modality that combines the energy psychology of EFT Tapping and the healing energy of her Reiki practice. 

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