My client, “Jenny,” came to me to try EFT for her neck pain. We began using EFT clinical tools, including
- Exploring the beginning of the pain
- How and when symptoms exist and worsen
- Emotions around the pain
- Ways the symptoms have been incorporated into her lifestyle
- Noticing other ways the physical pain impacted her life.
We used these EFT techniques:
- Psychological reversal
- Gentle techniques
- Talking and tapping
- Releasing negative emotions
We discovered that her neck problems began years ago when she was at a crossroads, specifically when she made a permanent commitment to a relationship with her significant other. Once we turned our work toward the dissatisfaction in that relationship and the regret around that decision, the neck pain reduced.
Her neck pain has become less of an issue in her life and her physical abilities have increased. She feels more confident in her physical strength. We turned our EFT work to her deep dissatisfaction in her relationship, which then led to core emotional work around childhood events with one parent. Today, she is stronger physically and emotionally and our sessions are filled with laughter as she discovers more about herself and develops deep compassion for herself and appreciation for her life. She no longer feels stuck. Rather, she is at peace with and she accepts responsibility for her choices.
With EFT “tapping,” the “energy” or “stuckness” around beliefs, patterns, and habits shifts gently, allowing for self-growth. By adding this simple, easy to use tool to your personal and professional work, shifts happen quickly, easily and naturally.
Try this if you have neck pain (or any other physical pain!)!
- Begin by sitting quietly and tapping continuously on the karate chop point (fleshy part of the outside of your hand between the top of the wrist and the base of the baby finger).
- As you tap, tune into the physical feeling and describe it. Is it a small, intense, red, pulsing pain? Is it a shooting, rod-like, green pain? Give it a color, a personality, an intensity level, and any other descriptors that come to mind.
- As you continue tapping, see if you can focus 100 percent of your attention on the pain. After you stick with it for a few minutes, you will most likely notice the pain shifting in intensity, changing color or size, or moving to a different spot.
- Continue tapping while tuning in with your complete focus and continuing to identify the shifts in the pain. If memories, thoughts, or concerns rise to the surface, notice them and continue tapping.
It is very powerful to “tune in and tap” like this any time you experience a physical pain, negative emotion, or negative cognition. Continue tapping on the pain until it lessens or disappears.