Getting started is very simple. It takes about 2-5 minutes to learn the basics.
Children love this, too. It empowers them to feel better!
Once you learn the points, you can start tapping on whatever is important to you.
We include some examples to get you started, and you can find many more tapping ideas and help freely available in this course and by searching on Thrivingnow.com.
With two or three fingers of either hand, lightly tap with your fingertips on the locations shown in the Tapping Points Diagram.
As you do, you will repeat a phrase to help focus on the emotional and physical feelings.
Use the same pressure you would use if you were tapping on a table to make a drumming sound. You want to make contact but not hurt yourself or cause discomfort.
Tap around 3-7 times in each location. Tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap. If you have long fingernails, use the pads near the end of your fingers to tap.
We start by tapping on the Side of the Hand point (originally called the Karate Chop point – and still is by many practitioners). Tap with the other hand, using your fingertips.
While tapping the side of the hand continuously, we typically make 1-3 "Even though" statements.
These Setup Statements help tune into your body sensations, thoughts, and emotions. They also give the energy a direction towards relief.
(Some people choose to rub the Sore Spot as an alternative to the Side of the Hand point. It is located about four inches down from the beginning of the collarbone and a few inches out from your heart. You can rub this area gently with a few fingers. Either location will work fine. We recommend the Side of the Hand for most since the sore spot is… sore!)
Next, we move to the Top of the Head and use the fingertips on one or both hands to tap. There are a bunch of energy points here, and you can tap in the center or find a spot or two that feels good to you. Some people even use the flat of their hand to pat the entire top of the head.
Now we'll work down the body. (This makes the points easier to remember. The order is not crucial; don't worry if you skip one, and you can even tap the points in reverse. Tapping is very forgiving.)
The Eyebrow points are located at the beginning of the eyebrow, nearest the center of the face. You can use the index and middle fingers together, on either or both hands, to tap the eyebrow points. (Some people start at this point rather than the top of the head; it does not matter.)
The Side of the Eye points are located on the bones at the outside of the eyes. The points are not so close to the eye that you blink and not so far away that you are tapping in the softer temple area. Using the index and middle fingers together, tap on either one or both side of the eye points.
The Under the Eye points are on the bone located under the eye… even with the pupils. Using the fingertips of the index and middle fingers, softly tap this spot under either or both eyes. Be gentle here; it is a sensitive area.
Now tap Under the Nose. The spot is roughly midway between the bottom of the nose and the top of the lip.
The Chin point is not on the tip of the chin; it is midway between the bottom of the lower lip and the chin in that indentation area.
For the Collarbone points, find the start of one of your collarbones at the base of your throat and move about an inch down and an inch outward towards your shoulder. You can use two to four fingers together on either hand to tap the collarbone points (or tap both at the same time). These are potent points for stress and anxiety relief. Many people use the collarbone points all by themselves when they feel anxious.
The Under the Arm points are located about 4 inches below the armpits (about mid-bra line on a woman). You can reach across to tap (for example, lift your left arm and use the four fingers of your right hand to tap under your left arm) or lift your arm and use the hand on the same side to tap, whichever feels more comfortable.
We often return to the Top of the Head and tap to help the round feel complete.
Of course, you can end at any point. You can start at the eyebrow or top of the head. You can leave out points, too. EFT Tapping is flexible and accommodates many variations.
You don't have to do it perfectly. Your energy system is connected, so each point you tap resonates throughout the system. It can also be helpful to tune into your body, see how it feels, tap where it seems to "want" to, and stop when it feels right.
These are the nine comfort points most often used in EFT Tapping (out of 400+ points recognized in acupuncture).