Tapping vs EFT – what’s the difference

EFT is considered to be one of the best self-help, emotional management tools in the world.

By successfully using EFT it is possible to achieve complete emotional freedom from your condition.  However, as more and more people are learning about, and turning to EFT to help heal conditions such as depression, anxiety, pain, fears, phobias or traumas (to name but a few), the question has to be asked:

What is the difference between Tapping and EFT-Emotional Freedom Techniques?

EFT is affectionately referred to as tapping, or that tapping thing. Although EFT usestapping, there is a big difference between knowing the tapping points and knowing EFT.

On the face of it Tapping and EFT look exactly the same.  They both use the fingers to tap on exactly the same points on the body whilst focusing on the situation.

So what is the difference?

Tapping is more aligned to a Quick Fix for physical sensations in the body that you want to feel better about then and there, on the spot.  It is more of an emotional band-aid that will help you feel better within moments.   However, the condition or issue is likely to return.

For example, if you have a headache or migraine, tapping for approximately 10 – 20 minutes as you focus on where the pain is and how it may be pounding on the right or the left side of your head and any other physical sensations, the pain will ease and eventually go away without the need for taking medication.

If you are driving and suffer road-rage, tapping on the physical sensation of any anger you may feel in your body can help you feel better so that you drive calmer.

Feeling anxious about an interview or exam and tapping for the physical sensations in your body, possibly the butterflies in your stomach, can make these go away so that you can focus more.

If you have cravings for chocolate, pastries or bread or would like to stop smoking with your craving for cigarettes, tapping is good for this too.  A few minutes tapping could have you not wanting to eat or drink that item or not want to smoke that cigarette.  However, the craving has a high chance of returning unless you use EFT to fully clear the reasons why you crave those things.

EFT – Emotional Freedom Techniques on the other hand, is about achieving complete and lifelong emotional freedom from a condition.  Hence the term ‘emotional freedom’ in the title.  EFT includes tapping, but is so much more than that.

A fully trained EFT practitioner will take a person through the reasons behind their issue and help to successfully navigate and clear negative or destructive patterns of behaviour that lead to the road-rage, migraine or craving, or any other issue for that matter.

EFT also has a high probability of being a permanent fix as the individual will work with, and be guided and supported by, a trained practitioner to help them transform their issue to a more positive and resourceful state.  The practitioner is likely to teach the individual how to use Tapping so that they can help themselves between appointments.

Tapping can be done with no training and is perfect as a quick-fix, emotional band aid by dealing with overwhelming sensations that you want to feel better about then and there on the spot, simply by focusing on the physical sensations in your body and tapping on the points until you feel better.

EFT is about long lasting emotional freedom from an issue.

Both have their place and, used correctly both can be highly successful, however, if you want permanent, long lasting emotional freedom from an issue, it is advisable to seek the advice of a fully trained Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Practitioner.

Alternatively, if you want to know how to use Emotional Freedom Techniques to clear your own emotional issues for yourself, you would need to attend a Level 1, tap on yourself for yourself,  workshop where you will be fully guided on how to do this.

Debby is a Master EFT Trainer with and has trained many people on how to tap on themselves for themselves, as well as training people to become successful EFT practitioners.

She works with people on a one:one basis in person or via Skype.

Visit her website  www.dev.free-yourself.co for more info.