WHEE (Whole Health – Easily and Effectively) tapping technique was developed by holistic psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Benor to provide quick and effective natural pain relief, for both physical and psychological pain.
Pain relievers are the most common over-the-counter and prescribed drugs and cause tens of thousands of deaths, and even more hospitalizations, in North America every year. Effective natural pain relief that is free from side-effects is vital if the treatment for pain is not to be worse than the pain itself – an aspect of of creative health. Luckily, WHEE not only fits these criteria, but it may also stop the pain permanently within a short space of time.
As the time that Dr Benor was given to treat patients under managed care got shorter and shorter, he looked for effective treatments that worked quickly and that patients could use safely at home between visits. He started by treating patients with Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), then progressed to Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), a tapping technique which got faster results, and which patients could do themselves, and then to a combination of these which he called Wholistic Hybrid from EMDR and EFT. The first WHEE was born, but was later renamed under the same acronym, and its use was extended to cover many different physical and emotional/psychological problems.
When possible it is best to learn the technique when you are not in severe pain or distress.
Step 1: Determine how severe the pain is on a scale of 0 (none) to 10 (the worst it can possibly be). This is known as the Subjective Units of Distress Scale (SUDS).
Step 2: Tap each side of your body with 3-5 rhythmic taps, alternating from one side to the other. Places to tap can be: your eyebrows, generally at the end closes to the nose; or your arms (wrap them around the front of your body and tap the upper arms with the opposite hand). If you wish to do it inconspicuously, tap your feet, by tapping the sole of each foot on the floor, or your teeth, by using your tongue to tap them on the left and right sides.
Step 3: While alternately tapping the right and left sides of the body back-and-forth continuously, keep repeating an affirmation such as, “Even though I have this pain, I deeply and unconditionally love and accept myself.” If you cannot say that truthfully, then say whatever is most uplifting and true for you. For example you could say “I know that… God Loves me…the Universe is on my side…I love nature…I love my children..” whichever of these fit.
Step 4: After tapping for a few minutes, repeat the SUDS again. It should have gone down. Repeat the tapping and checking until it is down to zero. However, in the case of long-standing chronic pain, you may not want to get down to zero immediately, since to suddenly be without any pain may actually make you uncomfortable in certain situations. In this case reduce the pain to level where you feel comfortable, then reduce it gradually in subsequent sessions.
Step 5. If the SUDS does not decrease, then gently massage the releasing point. Feel around about an inch under the mid-point of one collar bone until you find a spot that is sore, then massage it for about 30 seconds without an affirmation, and repeat the WHEE process.
As well as being an effective natural pain relief, WHEE can also be used for many problems including anxiety, panic, fear or other negative feelings and thoughts. Learn more about using WHEE for effective natural pain relief and other situations.