Both TFT and EFT involve tapping on specific meridian points on the body while focusing attention on a specific emotion or problem.
TFT was the original technique, developed by Roger Callahan Ph.D in 1981. EFT was developed in the 1990s by one of his students, Gary Craig, to simplify the process.
The main difference between the two techniques today is that TFT tailors the tapping points and their sequence depending on the specific emotions the client is experiencing in the moment. EFT uses the same points and the same sequence every time, accompanied by healing scripts.
How does tapping work?
Similar to acupuncture, a tapping therapy focuses on the meridian points — or energy hot spots — to restore balance to your body’s energy. It’s believed that restoring this energy balance can relieve symptoms a negative experience or emotion may have caused.
Based on Chinese medicine, meridian points are thought of as areas of the body energy flows through. These pathways help balance energy flow to maintain your health. Any imbalance can influence disease or sickness.
Tapping helps you access your body’s energy and send signals to the part of the brain that controls stress. Stimulating the meridian points through EFT tapping can reduce the stress or negative emotion you feel from your issue, ultimately restoring balance to your disrupted energy.
The tapping points are:
- karate chop (KC): small intestine meridian
- top of head (TH): governing vessel
- eyebrow (EB): bladder meridian
- side of the eye (SE): gallbladder meridian
- under the eye (UE): stomach meridian
- under the nose (UN): governing vessel
- chin (Ch): central vessel
- collarbone (CB): kidney meridian
- under the arm (UA): spleen meridian