The first step of the therapy is to think about the traumatic event and to see the feelings that come up. Then you must rate the feelings on a scale of one to ten. With ten being the absolute worst feeling imaginable and one being of no significance. After a rating has been given, you will begin to tap the side of your hand using two to four fingers of the other hand.
The tapping then moves to under the nose, followed by the beginning of the eyebrow, under the eye (more gently), under the arm (about half way down the side of the body), the collar bone point (which is found by moving down the neck towards the V section then one inch over to either side of the chest), the little finger (on either hand – but on the side facing the thumb) towards the tip, the collar bone point again, index finger towards the tip (again on the side facing the thumb) and once again on the collar bone point.
After this, you make a fist using the hand and follow between the knuckles between the middle finger and ring finger and keep tapping it for a longer period of time than the other spots. Then you must close your eyes, whilst continuing the tapping, then open them and look down to the left and down to the right. You follow this by looking in a full circle towards the left and then a full circle towards the right.
You will them hum any tune you can think of for a short period of time (such as a bar in a song), then count 1-2-3-4-5 and begin humming again. The tapping is then repeated at the eyebrow spot, underneath the eye, under the arm, the collar bone point and the tip of the little finger, the collar bone point again, the tip of the index finger, the collar bone point and then you can finish. After doing this complete cycle once you can reassess the feelings of distress. If it has gone down, then you will repeat the cycle until the feelings stop alleviating.
If at any point during the cycle you miss a step or have to restart, it is believed as safe to do so.