What is Reiki Massage?

When you think about massage, I would bet you would think of a traditional massage therapist who performs their work by manipulating your muscles for relaxation and stress management. This is called therapeutic massage. Reiki massage provides the relaxation and stress reduction without having to manipulate and massage the muscles. In fact, Reiki can performed effectively without even being physically touched. And unlike therapeutic massage, during a Reiki treatment session the client typically remain fully clothed.

Benefits of Reiki

There are many wonderful reasons to use Reiki.  It is a fantastic stress reducer.  In energy healing, stress reduction is the key to healing many disorders and illnesses.  Reiki can be used to treat:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Emotional Trauma
  • Release of a Bad Habit

So, What Is Reiki Massage?

Reiki Massage

Reiki Massage

Reiki is an ancient energy healing practice that uses the “life force energy” that is found in all things to harmonize the body and bring balance, health, and well being to the “receiver”. During a Reiki session, the practitioner will use their hands, either on the receiver, hovering over the receiver, or at a distance from the receiver, to manipulate the life force energy.

Manipulating the life force energy in such a way treats the receiver in a holistic manner: mentally, physically, and spiritually. The practice also uses a series of symbols to help in the harmonizing of the energy.

The goal of a Reiki massage session is to release blockages in the life force energy that have been caused by a unbalance of the opposing forces of Yin and Yang that make up the life force energy. Blockages result in dis-ease, stress, anxiety, emotional disorders, and other mental and spiritual issues.

Reiki massage can be performed with the receiver remaining fully clothed either in a horizontal position, such as on a massage table, seated, or standing. The horizontal position is the preferred method because it is the most comfortable for the receiver and it allows the practitioner to access all the key points.

reiki massageThe Reiki Master will likely do a brief scan of the bodies’ energy field, then they would begin to transmit the universal life force energy, or Qi, to the receiver. This is usually done using a light touch on key points of the body, but it is important to remember that a Reiki Master does not have to touch your body to transmit Reiki to you. They may hover, or hold their hands above you, at the same key locations a distance of about 4-6 inches away. This makes it especially practical of you do not like to be touched.

The length of the treatment will vary between practitioners, but the average time to schedule for an appointment would be about an hour.  This includes time for a brief intake visit and a short exit visit to discuss how you felt during the treatment.

Where To Go For a Reiki Massage

Reiki practitioners are pretty easy to find these days. A quick Google search for Reiki within your city or town should return many options. Practitioners are usually located in natural healing center, holistic care offices, and possibly naturopathic doctor offices.

Many Reiki Master have their own professional offices or work from home.  House calls are pretty common as well. Much like a massage therapist, Reiki Masters need no more than their hands and a good massage table to perform their services, so they can be pretty mobile.

Most major municipalities will have numerous Reiki Master to chose from. If you live in a smaller, less progressive town however, finding a Reiki Master might be a bit more of a challenge. You will most likely have to expand your search territory to find a practitioner or you might have to seek other options, like online Reiki training.

Reiki Training

Interested in getting training in Reiki, but not sure where to start? Check out the Alternative Healing Academy’s Home Courses. They offer different courses for you current level:
Learn Usui Reiki Level 1 via Home Study at the Alternative Healing Academy
Learn Usui Reiki Level 2 via Home Study at the Alternative Healing Academy
Learn Usui Reiki Levels 3/Master via Home Study at the Alternative Healing Academy
Become a Reiki Master – Learn Usui Reiki Levels 1, 2 and 3 via Home Study at the Alternative Healing Academy

Using Reiki In Conjunction With Other Modalities

Some Reiki practitioners enhance their Reiki practices by incorporating other healing techniques with their Reiki practice. The use of crystals placed on the chakras is one such example. Because Reiki is so complimentary to other styles of healing, it is easy to blend personal styles.

The use of essential oils and aromatherapy is another great way to add an additional layer of treatment. There are some Reiki practitioners who will work in conjunction with other treatment providers in order to allow the patient to have two healing sessions done at the same time. Great complimentary practices might include

  • Reiki Massage and Traditional Massage – While the massage therapist massages the muscles beginning at one end of the table, the Reiki practitioner administers Reiki at the other end. There may be times when the person delivering Reiki stands just off to the side and sends Reiki to the person on the table.
  • Reiki Massage and Cranial Sacral Work – Again each person would take a place and move along the body in the opposite direction from each other.

Whatever additional practice you might choose to have administered at the same time as Reiki, be sure that the providers are compatible in their practices so the dual practice moves along nicely, and they are able to compliment and accommodate each others style.

Reiki Groups

Reiki GroupsAnother option are Reiki groups or Reiki circles. Groups of like minded practitioners set up a group healing as a chance to work together to bring Reiki to the public.

These groups often meet to exchange Reiki techniques and strategies with each other. They also work as a group on those who are not energy workers who come to receive the benefit of a group session. Sometimes these events are offered without charge. There may be a donation basket or a small charge to cover the cost of the venue.

The best way for someone to learn about Reiki is to get some hands on experience with it. Anyone can learn to do Reiki. After you receive a Reiki massage and feels how relaxed and confident you become, you may want to become a Reiki practitioner.

Becoming a Reiki  practitioner can have amazing benefits. It can be administered to family and friends, or self administered. There is no rule that says you must charge for Reiki or turn it onto a business. So if you learn how to practice and do not want to open a practice to the public, be sure to at least offer it to your friends and family. They will certainly appreciate the offer.

What is EMDR?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and is a form of energy psychology. Developed in 1987 by Francine Shapiro, EMDR is well recognized as an effective form of treatment for a number of disorders that typically result in trauma, including PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). Tested and studied in more than twenty different studies, and shown to have helped millions of people overcome psychological distress, EMDR has found its place in integrative psychotherapy.

If you are interested in getting an in depth look at EMDR, we recommend purchasing Francine Shapiro’s book “Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): Basic Principles, Protocols, and Procedures, 2nd Edition”, available on Amazon.

What is EMDRIn an eight phase approach, the techniques used in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing assess and analyze past traumatic events, fully “process” them, and bring in new thoughts and thinking patterns. In essence it reprograms old or recently developed detrimental belief patterns into positive and useful ones.

Let’s explore that a little more. Due to the nature of traumatic events, the brain usually goes into survival mode when “digesting and storing” the memories of such events. These memories can be spotty, incomplete, or even completely blacked out. However, they are still there, deep within the subconscious mind.

Because of the incompleteness and disorder of such memories, they can influence emotions, behaviors, and feeling in negative ways, sometimes to the extreme. EMDR brings those memories out, re-sorts them, and establishes aspects of the events that can be beneficial to you and allow you to use those experiences in a positive way.

When used in addition to other clinical therapies the positive effects and benefits of EMDR therapy are even greater.

EMDR Eight Treatment Protocols

Phase 1 – Patient History and Treatment Planning – This phase typically is covered in the first two sessions, but can be revisited as new situations arise during the EMDR process.

  • Determine whether you are truly ready for treatment.
  • Identify past or current traumatic event(s) or disturbances.
  • Identify triggers, behaviors, and symptoms that result from the traumatic event(s).
  • Develop treatment goals to treat specific event and current triggers.
  • Identify specific skills and behavior for future sessions.

Phase 2 – Developing Coping Skills and Preparing for Treatment – 1 – 4 sessions depending on the severity of the traumatization.

  • Develop a set of tools to handle emotions when triggered.
  • Identify and verify that you are able and willing to use EMDR.
  • Establish trust between your and your therapist.

Phase 3 – Assessment of Beliefs and Feelings – This is the initiation phase of the actual EMDR treatment

  • Select specific scene from traumatic event that represents the memory
  • Identify feelings, or statements, that arise when thinking of the specific scene
    • “I am a horrible person”, “I am useless”, “I am abandoned”, etc.
  • Develop contradictory statements that are positive and self assuring
    • “I am a good person”, “I am useful”, “I am surrounded by love”, etc.
  • Use of Validity of Cognition (VOC) scale to determine the truth of the positive statement
    • Scale of 1 – 7: 1 = completely false; 7 = completely true
    • Based on feelings, not thoughts
  • Pair negative emotions with physical symptoms resulting from those emotions

Phase 4 – Desensitization – This phase uses the information found in Phase 3 to help you work through the trauma and associated emotions.

  • Use of a series of eye movements, or possibly other forms of stimulation, specifically designed to shift the mind’s focus on the event and reduce the SUDS levels to zero.
  • Primary focus is on the main, triggering event, but shifts to other related events as needed.

Phase 5 – Installation of Positive Beliefs

  • Implement the positive statements developed in Phase 3 and strengthen them so that they are more powerful than, and eventually replace, the associated negative statements.
  • Use of the Validity of Cognition (VOC) scale to assess the strength of the positive statements

Phase 6 – Body Assessment and Reprocessing – Making sure the positive statements are dominant.

  • Identify body tension that might result from revisiting traumatic event or memory.
  • Any tension indicates residual and unresolved feelings.

Phase 7 – Closure

  • Assessment of each treatment session to assure that you are feeling better than when you started.
  • Instilling of the belief that you are in control when not in EMDR sessions.
  • Implementation, on your own, of the self-calming techniques used during the EMDR sessions.
  • Maintenance of a journal to document events between EMDR sessions.

Phase 8 – Re-evaluation

  • Assess, at the start of each session, whether or not the positive statements and results from the previous session are still in place and being effective.
    • Use of SUDS, VOC, adn body tension evaluation.
  • Identify any new areas that need to be treated
  • Determines the success or failure of previous treatment sessions.

The procedure of Phases three through six might go something like this:

The clinician instructs you to focus on the identified issue. While you focus on the issue, the clinician begins to move their fingers in a back and forth pattern in front of your eyes. You are instructed to follow their fingers with your eyes. The eye movement pattern that is created is the same that occur during REM sleep.

You continue to focus on the issue and follow the finger movement in approximate twenty to thirty second intervals.  Between intervals you are allowed to take your mind to a safe place and rest your eyes. This is where the reprocessing takes place.

After several sets of these intervals the clinician revisits the levels of distress and, in most cases finds there has been reduced amounts of stress when thinking of the traumatic event.

The desensitization continues even after the session is over. Layering these sessions serves to increase your ability to process the trauma without causing stress or distress. Upon evaluation, the clinician will decide whether to proceed with another set of eye movement intervals, or call it quits for that session.

While this procedure often produces quick results, it is never wise to press too much work at one time.  Allowing time between sessions allows the patient to process at their individual pace.

Working with a Professional

The EMDR Institute

EMDR is best done with the guidance of a professional rather than taking this treatment on as self-help therapy.  Although there have been individuals who may have attained some success with EMDR on their own, when treated with a licensed professional you are in a better position for immediate help if the reprocessing becomes more than your might have expected. Bringing up past trauma can be powerful. You might not be prepared.

Working with a trained professional also promotes accountability. Not having the benefit of a second party, when working on yourself, you might have a tendency to ignore some of more powerful emotions and traumatic experiences.

Professionals trained in EMDR are also very adept at bringing out emotions and identifying traumatic experiences that you may not remember or immediately recall. Working through strong emotions takes a certain level of skill, experience, and intuition. Not easily something one can do on their own.

EMDR and Other Therapies

What is EMDR therapy’s role in the overall mental health field? It not only serves as a standalone therapy, but when eye movement desensitization and reprocessing is used in conjunction with other therapies, both traditional and non-traditional, its effects are amplified. Other complimentary treatments when using EMDR therapy might include:

  • Massage Therapy – keeping the body in a relaxed state for better stability.
  • Reiki Therapy – when used in conjunction with EMDR, Reiki helps boost self confidence and improve memory.
  • Psychotherapy – allowing oneself to release emotions by talking about them might increase the ability to let one see what is the underlying cause of the trauma.

Adverse Effects

As with any therapy, adverse effects may be experienced. In EMDR, distress may come from facing trauma head on. However, when processed through to the finish these adverse effects dissipate. The emotions may not be completely relieved, but for most people they are significantly reduced.

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing has proven itself as an effective form of treatment in its decade’s old practice. EMDR is both powerful and gentle.  It often produces very quick results, and even with the deeper and tougher cases of PTSD trauma, major results may be seen in a matter of weeks as opposed to years when using EMDR as a form of PTSD therapy.

The EMDR Institute

The EMDR Institute is the home base of Ms. Shapiro and her training resources for rapid eye movement therapy. It is the place to go if a person is seeking either training, or is looking for a trained clinician.

What is NAET?

NAET is an alternative health practice discovered and developed by Dr. Devi S. Nambudripad in 1983. Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique, also known as NAET, is an energy psychology technique believed to alleviate allergies through reprogramming the nervous system. A blend of bio-mechanical energy balancing and holistic methods are used to address the problem of allergies in a non-invasive way.

Individual cases have shown people suffering from allergies their whole lives have been cured through this groundbreaking technique. The secret is really in how NAET deals with the whole body as an interconnected energy system. Western medicine tends to treat only the symptoms of allergies, while NAET addresses the root causes.

Disclaimer: There are many opponents of NAET that believe that Dr. Nambudripad’s technique and the means in which it was discovered is questionable in its claims.  This technique is very similar to Applied Kinesiology, which is subject to the same scrutiny. This article is not meant to prove the effectiveness of NAET, or to disprove them. It is meant only to provide information for you to decide if it is a course of treatment that you would like to explore.

How NAET Works

NAET treatment

NAET uses physical stimulation of the nervous system in conjunction with exposure to allergens to re-program the body to not react to the allergens. Essentially, a code or pattern is discovered that can be applied to the spine and various muscle groups using pressure. This pressure creates a coded signal that lets the subconscious chemical pathways re-set.

In NAET, and applied kinesiology, it is important to understand that an allergy is not a problem with a specific organ in the body, but is a energy flow issue as the various organs communicate with each other in subconscious processes. Allergy healing is achieved by interfacing directly with the bio-mechanical, electrical, magnetic, and energetic pathways via touch.

NAET is said to successfully cure adverse reactions to peanuts, penicillin, aspirin, egg, milk, mushrooms, latex, grass, ragweed, shellfish, flowers, animal dander, animal epithelial, perfume, make-up, chemicals, pathogens, heat, cold, cigarette smoke, and other environmental agents.

Allergens are treated one at a time, one per office visit. This allows the body to respond with maximum effect to the treatment methods. With a fairy strong immune system, one treatment may completely heal your reaction to that particular allergen. It sometimes takes just one treatment to desensitize one allergen in lighter cases. Typically about 10 to 20 allergens are tested and treated for persons suffering from moderate to severe conditions as conducted in 10 to 20 office visits.

Aspects of NAET Treatment


NAET therapy uses various interconnected disciplines of kinesiology, chiropractic, acupuncture, oriental medicine, and nutrition to achieve the results of allergy healing. It is an experimental and very effective form of muscle testing for allergies. These following aspects are all part of the NAET treatment and method.

Instead of relying on one method, NAET treatment uses a combination of efforts to break through the painful and undesired habits of the body system, essentially reprogramming it from the inside out.


Kinesiology deals with the movement of the human body. Knowledge of Kinesiology is used in NAET treatment to determine the strength and weakness of any muscle in the presence and absence of a potential allergen. This is also called neuromuscular sensitivity testing, or NST. A perceived weakness in the presence of an allergen is due to the energetic re-routing caused by the bodies reaction to the substance. Muscle testing is used to determine if a substance is an allergy using a non invasive and drug free process.


Chiropractic techniques are used to detect the energy blockage in a specific nerve energy pathway. Various techniques are used to detect and isolate the nerve root being pinched in the body. Specific organ problems can be found by tracing the nerve routing and subsequently healed through spinal manipulation. Chiropractic medicine believes that a pinched nerve significantly alters the bodies’ energy flow and can cause disease. Chiropractors seek to establish an uninterrupted energy flow to promote optimum health.

Acupuncture / Oriental Medicine

According to Oriental tradition, “when the bodies system is in perfect balance, no disease can occur.” Therefore, a disturbance in the homeostasis of various systems, (meaning the interchange and balance between them is energetically imbalanced) is known to cause the symptoms of disease and allergy. Through direct modulation of energy pathways known as meridians, the acupuncture techniques effectively re-rout and redistribute misdirected energy through the body. This life energy can flow freely through the energy meridians, thus bringing the body into dynamic balance.


Nutrition takes extra effort in a world aimed at quick fixes and happy meals. The effect of food on the body is so significant that many NAET practitioners will only work with clients who agree to adhere to a new diet plan. In conjunction with allergy treatments, a nutritious diet can fine tune the body for health, happiness, and an allergy free existence.


Some western medical doctors outright oppose NAET and call it quackery. They criticize the methods for being to mystical and not based on scientific fact. The truth is that all science and medicine is a continuous discovery and revelation of information. We are constantly learning new and amazing thing about the human body and how we fit into the universe.

For example, it wasn’t until the 19020’s that doctors fully understood the female menstrual cycle. Scientists believed for years that it was the male sperm that contained all the life potential and that the female was inherently sterile. That understanding had to be radically revised after the discovery of the female egg.

In the same way, the human energy system is still in a state of discovery and many mainstream and conservative doctors do not fully embrace the newest discoveries. Thankfully, you can make your own observations, research, and conclude for yourself, if NAET treatment is right for you.

What is Applied Kinesiology

Applied kinesiology is an energy healing modality that falls under the realm of energy psychology. The basic premise of applied kinesiology is that it is possible to use the strength levels of muscles in relation to the body’s energy force (Qi) to determine the source of an allergy. Some people call it muscle testing. Some call it NAET. And some call it completely bogus.

This article is not meant to prove that applied kinesiology works. Nor is it conversely meant to show that applied kinesiology is bogus and that practitioners are scam artists. The goal of this article is to explain the background, the techniques used, and the theory behind applied kinesiology so that you can make an informed decision on whether it is right for you.

Applied Kinesiology – Fact or Fiction

In order to fully understand and appreciate the concepts found in applied kinesiology, you must have an understanding and acceptance of the basis of ancient eastern medicine, developed mostly in China, but also found in Japan, India, and other southeast Asian countries. The primary basis of eastern medicine is that there exists a universal life force that is found in all things.

For us Star Wars fans, this concept is very similar to “The Force” that is an integral part of the famous movie series. The Force, call Qi in eastern medicine, flows through and around everything. It is a binding energy that connects everything together. In the famous words of Obi-Wan Kenobi:

“It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.”

Unlike in the movies, though, in eastern medicine practice you do not need to be a Jedi Master or Sith Lord to use The Force, or Qi. But you do need to have an understanding of it and a belief that it does exist in order to effectively use it for healing. This is where the naysayers come into play.

Believing that there exists an encompassing energy force throughout the universe if a very hard concept to acknowledge. Even in the Star Wars movies it takes a long time for most of the characters to accept the fact that The Force is real. Han Solo, for example, puts it pretty bluntly:

“Kid, I’ve flown from one side of this galaxy to the other, and I’ve seen a lot of strange stuff, but I’ve never seen anything to make me believe that there’s one all-powerful Force controlling everything. ‘Cause no mystical energy field controls my destiny. It’s all a lot of simple tricks and nonsense.”

Advocates of western medicine pretty much take the side of Han Solo. They don’t accept the concept of a life force energy that surrounds us all and that can be used for healing. They see it all as “simple tricks and nonsense” and a way for applied kinesiology practitioners to take money from those gullible to believe them.

In terms of acceptance into western medicine, probably the biggest hang up is that the practices of eastern medicine, especially those in the realm of energy psychology, including applied kinesiology, is the lack of scientific evidence and documentation of actually healing taking place. And they are correct. There is very little, if any, clinical research done on eastern medicine practices.

Western modern medicine, however, is highly researched and documented, and backed by science, not theory. But, it is not perfect either. There is a lot, a whole lot, of money behind western medicine and there are many potential issues and side effect with the use of chemicals to treat disease and disorders. Western medicine has its own set of issues, which we won’t go into here.

Eastern medicine, and the concept of a life force energy, takes a little bit of a leap of faith. You don’t have to fully believe in it from the start, you just need to be accepting of the concept. As you learn more about it and become more aware of it, you will start to see signs of its existence. Phenomena that you have experienced before, like getting a phone call from a friend you were thinking about, or that feeling that you might get before something bad, or good, happens, will be seen in a whole new light.

Depending on your belief system, you might chalk these occurrences up to divine intervention, or just little miracles. Act of God, you might say. But what is God? One could argue that God is an omnipresent being that “surrounds us and penetrates us”. It binds us all together.

So, yes, applied kinesiology is not backed by empirical data and scientific evidence. It is more of a belief system that you must accept, on some level, in order to appreciate its existence as a medicinal practice. It is really up to you to determine if it is the right thing for you or not. Let’s explore how it is put into practice.

Applied Kinesiology – The Practice

In applied kinesiology, and all energy medicine for that matter, the life force energy found in the body is called Qi. The body has various energy centers where Qi flows. These areas are called meridians and applied kinesiology tracks the effects of blocked or malfunctioning meridians in the presence of allergens.

Applied Kinesiology

Applied Kinesiology – Muscle Testing

A test is performed to determine if a substance produces an allergic relation. This test is done by having you hold a sample of the substance while a therapist performs various muscle related strength tests.

The relative strength of muscles in the arm or leg can be used to determine if the person has an allergy, and how the allergy is affecting the energy structure of the body. When you are holding a sample of an allergen, there is a disruption in your meridians that causes a weaker muscle strength.

The practitioner will have you hold your arm up and instruct  you to keep it there. They will then push down on your arm to test its strength. This test is performed twice. Once when you are not holding the sample and once when you are holding the sample. If you are allergic to the sample, you will not be able to hold your arm up.

The Effects of Allergens on Your Body

When the body reacts to an allergy, it is essentially triggering a panic response to a chemical that is not really harmful to the physiology of the human body. This response is related to triggers in the nervous system, a network of tightly connected sensors that run though the body to regulate various biological processes.

Normally, this network functions without disturbance. When the body and subconscious mind sense an attack, even if the attack is not life threatening, they react and the body is altered to enter “defense mode”. It is this defense mode that causes the allergic reaction symptoms of runny nose, itchy eyes, bumps, swelling and other manifestations.

In eastern medicine, the allergen disrupts the meridian flow of your Qi, causing blockages. When there are blockages in your meridians, disorder and dis-ease manifest. Since allergens are typically mild, what manifests is typically pretty mild, uncomfortable, tiring, and frustrating, but mild.

Applied kinesiology muscle testing deals with the root of the problem: by testing the effects of a toxin on the ability of the body to exhibit muscle strength. Muscle strength is a good indicator of the presence of a toxin because a reaction causes the energy of the body to be diverted to other more crucial pathways than the firing of muscle tissue.

A weakened muscle can be detected by a practitioner and traced to find the spinal and nerve pathway related to the allergy. Then, though a treatment process of various pressures exerted on the body, the energy pathways can be reprogrammed to not go into an altered state of panic when exposed to the allergen. The body is literally re-programmed like a computer through the interface of the spinal column and associated nerves.

Applied Kinesiology Muscle Testing

Applied Kinesiology

Muscle Testing

In an applied kinesiology session you will be muscle tested while holding various compounds. The therapist will be looking for a weak or a strong response when your body is exposed to potential allergens. A strong response indicates that no allergy is present and a weak response indicates an altered energy profile in the body due to physiological changes relating to the allergen.

The procedure involves holding a vial of the allergen in one hand while holding the other arm out to be examined. Discernment from a practitioner determines if the test was positive or negative and the result is recorded for further analysis. Usually a treatment can be offered in the same visit.

Is Treatment Safe?

Treatments vary from case to case but usually involve some form of pressure or acupuncture being applied to various sites on the body. This procedure will be custom created to balance the specific allergy problems indicated. A seasoned expert will be able to explain exactly how the procedure is designed to heal the condition.

Applied kinesiology muscle testing is drug-less and had been shown to be safe in conjunction will all other forms of treatment. It is non-invasive and does not involve inserting allergens into the body such as in the more common skin-prick test.

What do experts Say?

In 2003 applied kinesiology was the 10th most frequently used chiropractic technique in the United States. This means it has been a pretty popular choice for dealing with the energy malfunctions of the body. This does not attest to actual results, but it does indicate there is sufficient trust and belief in the practice of applied kinesiology.

People suffering with advanced symptoms of allergies are generally willing to try anything to get rid of these lifelong, frustrating symptoms. Many times, allergies disappear all together with applied kinesiology, despite the western scientist’s views of the procedure. It seems that there is more to human life than meets the eye and those issues of faith, belief, and overall attitude can and do affect the flow of energy in the body and subsequently affect the results obtained from applied kinesiology.

This means that your own attitude about applied kinesiology could determine weather or not your body will let down its guard for healthier reprogramming. In this case, you must be the expert. It is a new and evolving area of medicine that just might help you defeat a lifelong allergy problem.

What is EFT?

In the field of energy healing, EFT primarily stands for Emotional Freedom Technique, though some may call it Energy Field Tapping. What is EFT all about? It is a psychological acupressure therapy that uses techniques derived from the energy healing modalities of acupuncture, energy medicine, neuro-linguistic programming, and Thought Field Therapy (TFT).

EFT practitioners and advocates believe that by tapping on certain meridian points (acupuncture/acupressure), while verbally focusing on a specific issue (Thought Field Therapy), and then repeating a positive affirmation (neuro-linguistic programming), you are able to correct a variety of psychological disorders (energy medicine).

EFT was brought into the field of energy psychology by Gary Craig in the 1990s via his book “EFT Handbook”. Mr. Craig, a Stamford University Engineering graduate and ordained minister, used this technique for many years to help people with an array of issues.

His daughter, Tina Craig, has followed in her father’s footsteps, and together they continue the advancement of this technique. There are many variations of the EFT tapping techniques available. The common thread running through most of them is the specified tapping points that stimulate your body’s energy meridians.

EFT Tapping Therapy Points

  • What is EFT

    Tapping Points

    Karate Chop – the place to begin tapping; it is used to set up the affirmation

  • Top of the Head – top of the crown and center
  • Eyebrow – at the inner side of the brow by the nose bridge
  • Side of the Eye – at the outside edge of the eye bone
  • Under the Eye – directly under the pupil on the edge of the bone
  • Under the Nose – in the grove between upper lip and nose
  • Chin – in the hollow under the lower lip
  • Collarbone – in the hollow between the collarbone and the first rib
  • Under the Arm – approximately four inches below the center of the armpit

EFT Therapy Process

Begin by identifying an issue that causes you some sort of discomfort or dis-ease and then rate the intensity of that particular issue on a scale of zero to ten, with ten bearing the highest level of intensity. The goal of the process is to reduce the intensity level of the identified issue to a rating of zero, or no intensity. Once an issues is reduced to an intensity level of zero, you may move on to another issue.


The Karate Chop Point

After identifying and rating an issue, declare the following affirmative statement with the identified issue included: “Even though I have (state the issue) I completely love, honor and accept myself.”  Repeat the affirmation three times while gently tapping at the karate chop point of your non-dominant hand using the tips of the dominants hands’ fingers. For most people this would be tapping the karate chop point of the left hand with the finger tips of the right hand.

EFT2Then, proceed to tap each of the eight therapy points at least 7 times (but not many more than 7) beginning with the top of the head and proceeding down until reaching the under arm point; all the while continuing to repeat the affirmation while tapping. Once a person is accustomed to using the method described, tapping may be used anytime for relaxation and healing.  To some it may even feel a bit like a meditative practice. Most will find it, at the very least, a peaceful way to spend ten or fifteen minutes.

After each round of tapping, repeat the identified issue and, again, rate the intensity of the issue. In order to accurately rate the intensity, you must be aware of your feelings. Notice what you are feeling when you state and think about the issue. At the beginning of a session, your feelings, what ever they may be or however they manifest, will be strong and easier to notice. After a couple of rounds of tapping, you will notice the feeling are harder and harder to detect.

Continue rounds of tapping until the intensity level of the identified issue is zero, or at least 1 or 2. Very powerful and deep issues emote strong feelings and may not be able to be brought down to zero in the initial sessions. Additional sessions may be necessary to reach zero.

EFT4Using this therapy, you may address more than one issue at a time, but unrelated issues are best treated at different times.  As with many types of alternative healing treatments, EFT practitioners should be sure to consume enough water to stay hydrated and to flush away any toxins that may have been built up into the body and were released during the tapping session.

What is EFT Helping to Do?

Using EFT is believed to help:

  • Release old patterns and unhealthy habits
  • Dissipate negative emotions
  • Instill positive goals

EFT may be used as a way to assist a smoker to drop the habit. Or, although it would be the most effective as a compliment to more traditional methods, EFT could be used to help a person in recovery to elevate self-esteem, and move on to a more typical lifestyle.  The use of tapping therapies to rid the body of disease, such as headache or nausea, and emotional dis-ease, such as obsessive thought patterns or hyperactive behaviors is another way this form of energy healing may be used.

If you are familiar with Eastern Medicine’s theories of accessing the body’s meridian points, you will recognize that the tapping points follow the Eastern form of medicine using some of the body’s meridian points.  Just as acupuncture follows the meridians, EFT does the same.  One could think of EFT as acupuncture therapy without the needles.  It may be a perfect alternative for someone who wants the benefits of acupuncture but is afraid of needles.

What is EFT Therapy Preparing For?

EFT3EFT will continue to enhance other forms of personal healing. It is a compliment to talk therapy, other alternative energy healing work such as Reiki or Cranial Sacral work, and also works well with traditional western methods of healing physical and emotional illnesses.

Healing the mind and body using tapping to transfer and balance the energy flow is a method that may be used at home or within a therapy session with a health care provider or practitioner. It can prepare the body for future events in order to make that event heal quicker – i.e. prepare for a medical procedure. Or it may be used to repair damage that was inflicted to the mind or body from a much earlier time.  One would simply formulate the affirmation to correspond with the particular event.

EFT is a non-invasive way to address issues within the body and spirit and access personal growth and healing. It has been used to help children and adults recover from early childhood trauma. Whatever the dis-ease, EFT may bring forth a happier, healthier mind, body and spirit. That certainly is worth whatever time and effort was expended.

Energy healing may not show immediate results and results may differ with each individual. When using any therapy it is a good idea to keep in mind that in most cases the issue being resolved did not develop overnight. Therefore, although anything is possible, it may take longer than overnight to resolve the issue.