The Meridians and the acupressure points of the body are a concept of Chinese Medicine. The process for the classical Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), or Tapping as it is often referred to, uses the acupressure end-points to influence the body’s ‘stress response’ enabling a person to have clarity of thought and to achieve emotional calm and balance.
There are 14 main Meridians of the body and each has a varied number of acupressure points that can influence the energy within the Meridian called ‘Chi’.
The 14 are paired Meridians (Yin/Yang) as follows:
Lung/Large Intestine Meridian; Spleen/Stomach Meridian; Heart/Small Intestine Meridian; Kidney/Bladder Meridian; Pericardium/Triple Warmer Meridian; Liver/Gall Bladder Meridian and the Governing/Conception Vessels – these latter two run up the centre of the back and up the centre of the front of the body.
Each of these Meridians is associated with an emotion, a taste, a colour, a time of day, a season and an element. These are all considered when seeing a person. In EFT it is the tapping on the acupressure points that can influence some of these associations, especially the emotions. Chinese Medicine considers emotions as pathological when they are repressed, contained, or expressed intensely often without control, or out of context. This is where EFT can be extremely helpful for people suffering from highs and lows of everyday life.
A brief overview of the Meridians and Emotions:
(The emotions associated with the Meridians when imbalanced can influence another ie too much worry can create fear).
Lungs/Large Intestine – Grief / Chronic Depression / Loss of Will – these feelings can create shallow breathing. Spleen/Stomach – Worry, nervousness. Too much worry and insecurity can weaken a person’s ability to digest. These emotions can cause stubborn weight issues, or, a loss of appetite. Heart/Small Intestine – Happiness / Joy. True joy nourishes our heart. When we lack joy/happiness a person can feel stuck and unable to think. Additionally, too much of the ‘good life’ can impact upon the heart. Kidney/Bladder – Fear – change of life direction, or unstable living conditions – a diagnosis/ill health/finances/relationships/work and life balance can create fear. Pericardium/Triple Warmer – Bewildered by choices and demands – neglecting the heart’s needs. The TW is connected to the Fight, flight or freeze response and safety. Liver/Gall Bladder – Anger, frustration, resentment and irritability. Governing/Conception Vessel – lack of courage to move forward and feeling vulnerable.
As an EFT Practitioner, it is my intention to help individuals maintain balance in their life with this extremely effective technique.