There are 361 acupressure points in traditional Chinese medicine. TFT uses 14 of those points and basic EFT uses 13 of them. The question that I kept asking myself was what are all of those other points for? Seeking an answer to that question led me to develop the REMAP process. What started as a tool to extend the effectiveness of EFT into the whole acupressure system eventually became an entire methodology utilizing eye movement techniques for accessing the problem more thoroughly and acupressure protocols for quickly and easily drawing upon the full range of treatment point possibilities.
It began with a therapy session that wasn’t going very well. A woman had just discovered that her husband had left her for the forth time. The pattern was that he would abandon the marriage every three years like clock-work. This time it was too much. She knew she couldn’t go through it again. She wept from the core of her being. The pain and anger seemed unbearable to her. After trying TFT and multiple rounds of EFT the session clock was down to the last five minutes and she was crying too hard to be able to drive. So we tried an experiment. I had her simple hold each of the points used in TFT/EFT one at a time. She was asked to tell me if she could notice any difference: better or worse. The only point that yielded any change was Liver 14 which is located on the lower front of the rib cage. Yet this point did not help enough. So I decided to test the other 13 points on the Liver meridian. Beginning with Liver 13 and working back toward Liver 1, each point was tried. There was no change until we reached Liver 3 which is on the top of the foot. At that point there was a dramatic and immediate easing of her pain. She went from a 10 plus (on a 0-10 scale) down to a level 3 within seconds. I then knew that we had only just begun to tap the power of the acupressure system. By escaping the notion that kinesiology or intuition was the only way to diagnose effected meridians and points, I began to develop the REMAP process.
EFT and TFT trained practitioners sometimes asked about the advantages of adding this method to their existing set of tools. As just mentioned, one of the key advantages is that all of the benefits of the REMAP process can be accomplished without the drawbacks of having to rely on muscle testing or intuition.
Some of those major benefits are that the REMAP process:
- Helps people to more readily access emotion, thoughts, and visual memories associated with the issue being treated and allows you to know which parts of the problem to treat and in which order.
- Helps you to more easily identify specific blocks / reversals to treatment effectiveness and to know exactly when they clear.
- Allows you to simply and quickly determine which meridians and points are disrupted so the treatment can be focused precisely where it is needed.
- As those points are treated hidden aspects of the issue emerge and are dissipated often contributing to insight.
- By working deeper along the pathways of the meridian system, you discover the points that most rapidly release emotional pain (even when the EFT/TFT points don’t) and know when all of the necessary aspects have been treated.
The practitioner utilizes techniques that work closely with the client’s subconscious, thus facilitating a process that honors the client’s inner wisdom about where they need to go to foster healing. One of the best parts is that the process is so simple that you don’t have to memorize any of the acupressure points. The REMAP process is an elegant stand-alone method that can also be combined with EFT, TFT, EMDR or other effective tools.
Steve B. Reed, LPC, LMSW, LMFT is a psychotherapist and treatment innovator who has developed the REMAP process.