Do I Need To Tap On All The Points?
This is definitely a frequently asked question, so if you are wondering about this, you are not alone! The shorter answer is “No.” But I recommend reading the more complete answer below.
When Roger Callahan first developed Thought Field Therapy (TFT), the precursor of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), he developed specific tapping instructions for various issues. It was a bit more complicated than what we know of as EFT today. Gary Craig, the founder of EFT, knew that he could bring the miracles of this technique to more people by distilling it down. After careful research and experimentation, he created a shortened tapping sequence that could be used for all issues. And after using this method for years, he was able to distill it down even further! We now can use mainly the side of the hand point and the 8 points on the head and upper torso from his Basic Recipe to get the job done.
But what if you are following the Basic Recipe and there is one particular point that is very sensitive to the touch and you don’t want to tap there? Or what if one or two points feel especially soothing when tapping. Is it OK to just focus on those few points or do you need to do them all to benefit from the technique?
While you are first learning EFT, it is best to try going through the Basic Recipe as written for at least 2 or 3 sessions before altering it to focus on a point or two. But once you’ve tapped on all the points saying the setup statement at the side of the hand point and your reminder phrases using your specific words about the issue on the other points, customize the order or number of points you tap on to meet your needs. Trust your instincts. Use the finger points if that helps or throw in the 9 Gamut if you feel stuck. Use the Basic Recipe as your GoTo method for most issues and once you feel comfortable with the process, customize to make it just right for you. I recommend a tapping buddy so you can help each other.
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Please remember: It's important to contact a professional if things feel too big for you, whether it be a physician, psychologist, psychiatrist, or certified EFT practitioner. Never discontinue your current medications without first consulting your doctor.