Practitioner: Bill Barnhill, Hypnotherapist and EFT practitioner

tapping-1Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a tool based on a theory that negative emotions are caused by disturbances in the body’s energy field and that tapping on the meridians while thinking of a negative emotion alters the body’s energy field, restoring it to “balance”.

Every day there is a challenge to be faced.  For some of us, just waking up and going to school or work. Others studying for an exam or picking up their kids after school and bringing them to  their sports or piano lesson. A few of us enjoy life as it comes but no matter how optimistic we are about the things that happen to us, some avoidable situations just arise. Problems with family, relationships, jobs and sometimes issues within us occur in spite of all the caution and carefulness we take. Stress is a challenge whether you’re young or old. Somehow, for some people stress makes them stronger and mindful of themselves. However, others just can’t cope properly.  They fail to release their negative emotions, keep them inside, thus causing them greater conflicts and illness.

Many people do not give much importance to their emotional health. They take everything for granted just because their physical health is fine. What they don’t know is emotional health is just as important. Healthy lifestyle, exercise and proper diet are essential but emotional health is also an aspect of health which should not be overlooked.

One of the methods to deal with emotional stress is Emotional Freedom technique (EFT). EFT is a psychological acupressure and a self-help method.  EFT was created by Gary Craig in the mid 1990, and is meant to be a simplification and improvement of Roger Callahan’s field therapy (TFT) techniques.

Learning about EFT

There are two basic areas in utilizing EFT. First is the proper tapping locations and the techniques itself and second is the positive affirmation. Learning EFT is simple by following a few instructions. It is essential that you follow the prescribed techniques to be able to produce successful results.

Basically, as researches have proven that, “The cause of all negative emotions is a disruption to the body’s energy system.” The statement implies that any traumatic memory happened to any person has an effect to the body, particularly with the emotions. So in EFT, it tries to fix the body’s energy system which has been disrupted.


The fingertips have a number of acupuncture meridians which makes EFT tapping produce positive impact to the body’s pressure points. Typically, the fingertips on middle and index finger are used. It is done only by one hand. It doesn’t matter which side you will use as it produces the same effects. Just switch hands if you are tired.