Dear EFT community,
Rebecca Kane of Portland, Oregon, is a personal performance coach and certified EFT practitioner. In this article, she tells how tapping uncovered the hidden roots of a client’s twenty-year seasickness and resolved it so the client was able to go on a sea voyage with no problem.
By Rebecca Kane, Certified EFT Practitioner
(The names and some details have been changed to protect the privacy of the individuals involved.)
One of my clients, Grace, came to me because she wanted to get rid of her seasickness before going on a cruise. She’d suffered from motion sickness for twenty years and wanted be in good enough shape to enjoy the cruise she was leaving on the next day. She thought the seasickness was caused by her inner ear not being able to adjust to the up-and-down motion.
I asked her what was hard about having seasickness. She said:
- I can’t be a part of what’s going on around me (on the boat).
- I feel like I’m going to fall down or throw up.
- I can’t think beyond myself.
- I feel clammy.
I asked Grace to imagine the up-and-down motion of being on a boat and she said it made her feel nauseated just thinking about it. She rated the worst intensity of seasickness that she could imagine at a screaming 10.
We tapped on the Karate Chop point, while saying:
Even though I get seasick when I’m on a boat, I completely love and accept myself.
Even though I can’t be part of the group and I feel so sick, I’m doing the best I can.
Even though I get seasick with the up-and-down movement, I love and accept myself.
Then we tapped on:
Eyebrow (EB): This up-and-down motion.
Side of the eye (SE): Ugh, it makes me feel sick just thinking about it.
Under the eye (UE): I can’t think beyond myself.
Under the nose (UN): I feel clammy.
Chin (CH): All this motion sickness.
Collarbone (CB): I don’t like it.
Under the arm (UA): Someone get me off this boat.
Wrists (two wrists together, TW): I feel sick.
Top of the Head (TH): I don’t like this up-and-down motion.
I asked her to take a breath and then imagine the up-and-down feeling again and rate her feeling of nausea. She said it was down to a 6. I asked her to think back to a specific time she’d been on a boat when she’d felt sick. She remembered one incident in which she said she’d just wanted to get back to land and she just had to hang on until the boat ride was over.
Even though I have this remaining seasickness being on this boat, I love and accept myself completely.
Even though I just want to get back to land, I’m doing the best I can.
Even though I just have to hang on until this is over, I deeply and completely love and accept myself and all these feelings.
EB: I want to get back to land.
SE: I don’t have any control right now.
UE: I just have to hang on until this is over.
UN: All this nausea.
CH: I want to get off this boat.
CB: I feel sick and I want to get off.
UA: I feel clammy.
TW: I feel like I’m going to throw up.
TH: All this lack of control.
She said that something interesting came up during that round, specifically when we said, “I just have to hang on until this is over.” She said she remembered a childhood incident in which her father was tickling her and it was the kind of tickling that went so far it hurt. She said she remembered that she wanted him to stop, that she was tolerating it and toughing it out–similar to every time she stepped onto a boat and felt sick.
I had her imagine the up-and-down sensation again and recheck her nausea. It was down to a 3.
Karate Chop point:
Even though my father’s tickling me and I don’t have any control right now, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.
Even though I just want him to stop but I have to tough this out, I love and accept myself completely.
Even though this tickling is too much and I don’t have any control, I love and accept myself and all these feelings.
EB: He’s tickling me.
SE: Stop it!
UE: That hurts!
UN: I don’t want to be tickled.
CH: I don’t have any control.
CB: I just want it to stop.
UA: I just have to tough it out.
TW: He’s not listening to me and I want him to stop.
TH: This lack of control.
We tapped some more on anger at her father, soreness on the side of her ribs where he’d tickled her when she was a child, and a remaining light-blue color of seasickness in her lower abdomen. When we were finished, her nausea was at a 0, her anger at her father was at a 0, the light-blue seasickness was gone, and she’d shifted to realizing that her father probably didn’t know he was hurting her when he was tickling her.
Since we were on Skype at the time, I tested her results by having her look at the screen while I moved it up and down like the motion of a boat. She said she was fine, but ordinarily that would have sent her over the edge. (No pun intended.)
She went on her cruise the next day and, despite one stormy day when it seemed that everyone on the boat was a little queasy from the ocean waves, she had no bouts of seasickness.