Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping)

EFT - Emotional Freedom Technique (or Tapping) is an energetic technique that combines elements of Chinese acupressure and modern psychology.

What's it about? By tapping with the fingertips on specific points of the body, the energy system of the body is stimulated and as a result of this stimulation the cortisol levels are reduced and negative emotions are released.


This technique was created by Gary Craig, an American engineer and NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) Master Practitioner.


In 1990, Gary Craig resumed the studies of Dr. Roger Callahan, an American psychotherapist, who, in 1980, created a method for reducing stress, anxiety and phobias: TFT (Thought Field Therapy).

Gary Craig understood that emotions and thoughts are nothing more than a form of energy and that, as energy, they can affect the functioning of the human body, in a positive or negative way. Based on these elements, he created EFT.


EFT is a scientifically recognized technique* and can be used at any time of the day; given its simplicity it is also used with children.


EFT is used to treat insomnia, headaches, fatigue, feelings of overwhelm, stress, anxiety, physical suffering and in general any other emotional state.


In Medical Coaching, EFT is used for issues related to physical suffering in the form of emotions.


EFT can be used as an emotional first aid to obtain immediate benefit but also integrated into a Coaching / Medical Coaching path to discover new awareness.


In the first Coaching session the coach and the client work in mirror.

The coach repeats words by tapping on specific points on the body (see image) and the client does the same thing.

This way the client learns the basic EFT technique and can use it alone when they wish.


How does EFT work in practice?


1. Define the problem / situation you want to bring to light and its related emotions.

2. Rate emotions on a scale of 1 to 10.

3. Start with a set up (side of the hand point) and an opening sentence.

4. Tap the points of the body connected to the meridians (image) to be repeated three times.

5. Re-evaluate the intensity of the emotions (the intensity should have dropped and it will be decided whether to take a second full circle).

This is "the basic technique". There are advanced techniques for which the presence of the coach is necessary.

*One Hour of EFT Tapping Reduces Cortisol (Stress Hormone) by 43%: Replication Study on Stress Biochemistry Shows Tapping Works.

Stapleton, P., Crighton, G., Sabot, D., & O’Neill, H. M. “Reexamining the Effect of Emotional Freedom Techniques on Stress Biochemistry: A Randomized Controlled Trial.” Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. 2020 Mar 12. Advance online publication. 

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