All you need to know about EFT tapping

What is tapping therapy?

Tapping or tapping therapy is also known as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).

It’s a powerful self-help method you can do for yourself which is a proven holistic healing technique to effectively resolve a range of issues including stress, anxiety, phobias, emotional disorders, chronic pain, addiction, weight control, and limiting beliefs –  just to name a few. 

How does tapping work?

Based on the combined principles of ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology, you use your fingertips on meridian endpoints of the body, while focusing on negative emotions or physical sensations.

This process helps to rapidly reduce cortisol levels, calming the nervous system and rewiring the brain to respond in healthier ways and restore the body’s balance of energy. 

Where are the EFT points?

The points used on the body are – Side of hand (KC), top of the head (TH), eyebrow (EB), side of the eye (SE), under the eye (UE), under the nose (UN), chin (CH), collarbone (CB), under the arm (UA) and ribs (R)Diagram of tapping (EFT) points on the body

How do you tap?

Below is the order of steps to take when tapping:

  1. Identify the issue you would like to work on. I.e. pain or emotion
  2. Score the intensity of the problem on a scale of 0 – 10
  3. Begin by tapping on your “karate chop point” (see diagram)
  4. Say out loud Even though I have this (insert problem here) , I deeply and completely love and accept myself. Repeat x 2
  5. Using a short reminder phrase (i.e. This throbbing headache), tap each point approx.
    7 times, starting from the top of the head. Tap on each point in the order they appear in the diagram down the body, finishing up with the ribs.
  6. Repeat tapping sequence (optional to include 9 Gamut)
  7. Score the intensity of the problem on a scale of 0 – 10.  After tapping, the problem could have:

Disappeared completely – well done!

Reduced in intensity – do more rounds of tapping, adjusting the wording
appropriately (e.g. “even though I still feel a bit sad or I have this remaining
sadness, I deeply and completely love and accept myself”)

Changed to something else or in the case of a physical pain, moved to
elsewhere in the body (do further rounds of tapping, adjusting the wording

Increased in intensity – this is relevant feedback and again alter your wording
to fit what you are feeling as you do further rounds of tapping.

       8. Stop when you feel relief and ready to move on.


Alison Van Vuuren illustrates the tapping points.

What are the benefits of tapping?

Tapping offers a simple process that leaves you experiencing a sense of calm, peace, joy and freedom. It also offers insights and clarity on any issues you may be experiencing.

Other benefits include:

Rapid Stress Relief: Experience the power of EFT tapping as it swiftly reduces cortisol levels, helping you alleviate stress and restore inner calm.

Reset the nervous system: This gentle tapping process helps to calm the amygdala, the part of the brain responsible for triggering the body’s stress response.

Emotional Freedom: Overcome the grip of anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder through EFT tapping, paving the way to emotional liberation.

Manage Your Body and Mind: EFT tapping equips you with effective techniques to manage weight issues, chronic pain, and muscular problems, fostering a healthier and more balanced lifestyle.

Release Your Fears: Address phobias, fears, and social anxiety head-on with EFT tapping, empowering you to step into a world of newfound confidence and courage.

Increased Confidence and Performance: Enhance your self-assurance, unlock your potential, and elevate your overall well-being with EFT tapping, positively impacting all areas of your life.

Release Limiting Beliefs, Crisis and Traumas: Free yourself from negative beliefs related to unpleasant experiences, including traumatic events that have held you back, paving the way for personal growth and a more empowering mindset.

Freedom from Addictions: EFT tapping provides a powerful tool to break free from addictive patterns and cravings, empowering you to make choices aligned with your well-being.

Enhanced Sleep Quality and Relieve Discomfort: Improve the quality of your sleep, find relief from headaches and migraines, and experience physical and mental well-being through the transformative practice of EFT tapping.

Sharpened Focus and Learning Abilities: Harness the potential of EFT tapping to enhance your focus, concentration, and learning abilities, enabling you to achieve greater success in your endeavours.

Discover the Root Causes: Uncover the underlying causes of emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual pain, bringing profound healing and a renewed sense of harmony and balance.

Navigate Healing Safely: When guided by a qualified practitioner, EFT tapping offers a safe and supportive environment to acknowledge and address traumas of various magnitudes, fostering deep healing and emotional liberation.

It’s fast, painless and effective treatment for many ailments, self-doubts, and diseases. It’s also easy to learn and can be used as a self-help tool which at times can be incredibly effective.

However, there are times when you can not get beyond issues alone and this is when it is much more beneficial to have an EFT practitioner guide you safely and gently to the issues that you may have been avoiding addressing for years especially if trauma is present.

Is there proof that tapping works?

Tapping practitioners experience first-hand the effectiveness of EFT by observing the incredible shifts and releases in clients. Visit this page for testimonials from Happisoul clients

Reading about the results people have had from tapping therapy may be proof enough for some, however there has also been numerous studies in recent years showing scientifically how tapping affects the body. 

A summary of the science behind EFT Tapping.

  1. Stress response regulation: EFT Tapping has been found to regulate the body’s stress response by reducing the production of cortisol, a hormone associated with stress. Studies have shown that tapping on specific acupressure points helps lower cortisol levels, promoting a sense of relaxation and calm.
  2. Neurological effects: Tapping on acupressure points stimulates the body’s energy meridian system, which is believed to influence the brain and nervous system. Research suggests that EFT can have a positive impact on brain activity, specifically reducing the amygdala’s response to emotional triggers. This can lead to decreased emotional reactivity and increased emotional resilience.
  3. Psychological benefits: EFT Tapping has shown promise in addressing various psychological conditions, including anxiety, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and depression. Studies have demonstrated significant reductions in symptoms and improvements in psychological well-being after EFT treatment.
  4. Physiological effects: EFT has been associated with physiological changes, such as improved heart rate variability, immune system function, and pain reduction. These effects may be attributed to the release of emotional stress and the restoration of energy balance in the body.

Overall, the science behind EFT Tapping suggests that it can be an effective therapeutic tool for addressing emotional and psychological challenges. While more research is needed to further understand the mechanisms and long-term effects, the existing evidence supports its potential as a valuable approach to improving emotional well-being and promoting overall health.

Read more about the evidence HERE.

Where can I learn to tap?

THIS VIDEO offers a simple explanation of tapping. HappiSoul’s FREE Online Tapping Group with Alison is a great way to get started and browse the video library to learn the basics and follow taps relating to the issues you want to focus on.

Have any questions? Contact Alison or book in a FREE 15 minute chat HERE.


PLEASE NOTE: Neither EFT nor the content of the HappiSoul website is intended as a substitute for regular medical or psychiatric or psychological care. By accepting theses terms and conditions, you agree that you do not construe it as such. Whilst EFT has produced remarkable clinical results, it must still be considered in the experimental stage. Practitioners and the public must take care and responsibility when using EFT. It is not intended to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease or disorder, physical or mental. If you have a diagnosed mental health problem, you are advised to also enlist the support of a GP, psychologist, or other mental health practitioner to support you, as this service alone may not be enough support for you. If you are experiencing a significant deterioration in your mental health, you agree to seek appropriate mental health services to support you. 

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