When I first started working with EFT it felt natural for me to focus on stress, anxiety, trauma and phobias. This still remains my main focus.
However there have been times when I’ve been asked to focus on physical pain. As a former Paramedic, who always had prescription drugs on hand to administer for pain, using EFT, or tapping for pain, was an interesting departure. I’m pleased to say I’ve been happy, and sometimes surprised, by the results achieved.
Using EFT or tapping for pain
It just so happens that I’ve had two opportunities recently to use EFT with pain. The first was last month when I was the speaker at a local ladies networking meeting in South Birmingham.
The group had expressed and interest in learning more about EFT – Emotional Freedom Techniques (Tapping) – so I had agreed to do a very brief introduction on the topic as well as giving attendees the opportunity to experience it for themselves.
Towards the end of the session I invited those wishing to take part to choose an issue to work on. Nothing major. It could be something emotional or physical in origin. Perhaps something that had irritated them driving to the meeting, an ache or discomfort, or anything that they felt negative about.
As it turned out, everyone came up with a physical pain or discomfort.
Give it a score out of 10
I explained that they didn’t have to tell me exactly what they had chosen to work on. That they should just focus on it for a moment and give it a score out of 10. 10 – the worst it could possibly be. 0 – not an issue at all.
Then I instructed them to forget about and just tap along as I worked specifically with just one member of the group who had volunteered.This person had discomfort in their ankle that was a 5 out of 10.
I asked a couple of questions:
“If this discomfort had a colour, what colour would it be?”
“If there was an emotion behind this discomfort, what emotion would it be?”
Now sometimes they may not have an answer to these questions, but on this occasion I found out that it was an annoying, blue discomfort. That probably all sounds very odd if you’ve not done EFT! But, it’s actually very helpful.
We commenced tapping.
First using a set up phrase where we acknowledged the issue repeating this 3 times. Then we tapped round the points using a reminder phrase (this annoying blue discomfort) to keep us focused. I had only intended to tap round the points twice, but all of a sudden it became ‘very annoying,’ blue discomfort.
A positive sign.
So I continued tapping for two more rounds. This was probably no more that 5 minutes tapping in all, but the discomfort reduced from 5 out of 10 to 2 out of 10.
A great result.
I then asked everyone else to connect back to their own issue and once again score it out of 10.
Others had a similar reduction. Two people said their pain had moved – also a good sign. Another volunteered that they felt more relaxed and others agreed.
Such inspiring results for just 5 minutes tapping!
EFT and stress
The second time I was giving a talk to an NHS Fellowship Group. My talk was Recognising Stress Early & Some Self Help Techniques.
During this talk I mention EFT and give a brief demonstration of how I have used it for myself. But, remembering the results of the week before, and in the knowledge that EFT is often better experienced rather than watched, I asked if they would like to try it for themselves.
This time I didn’t focus on an individual, and didn’t ask anyone what they had decided to tap on. But as before, I told them to give their issue a score out of 10. We then used a general, all encompassing set up phrase that we repeated 3 times.
This was followed by just 3 tapping rounds, where they remained focused on their own issue.
Then I invited them to share their experience if they wished. One person said their pain had reduced from 9 at the start down to 5!
So that’s two more really positive experiences of using EFT for pain. I will certainly be exploring this more in the future.