Unlocking the Mind: Tapping for Memory Enhancement Explained

Tapping for memory

In this article, you'll explore the wonders of tapping for memory and mind. You will learn about a fascinating technique known as EFT Tapping and understand how it serves as a powerful tool for enhancing memory and mental health.

Do you find yourself struggling to recall important details, struggling with the frustration of forgetfulness? Are you searching for unconventional yet effective ways to supercharge your brain health?

Look no further – as the Emotional Freedom Techniques or EFT Tapping might just be the key to unlocking your cognitive potential. It synergises tactile stimulation (use of touch to arouse sensation and awareness in the body) and memory enhancement of your brain health. 

From the intricacies of neuroplasticity (the brain's ability to reorganise itself by forming new neural connections) to the soothing effects of stress reduction, EFT Tapping for Memory has a profound impact on the way you remember everything in life.


Before venturing into memory enhancement techniques, it's essential to understand how it works. Your brain processes information through a complex network of neurons, forming connections that create memories in cognitive regions.

Memory is not a singular entity; instead, it comprises various types of cognitive functions, such as short-term, long-term, and working memory. Understanding these nuances is the first step towards optimising your memory for peak performance of your mental health (1).

EFT for memory enhancement


EFT Tapping basics

EFT Tapping is a form of alternative therapy that combines elements of traditional Chinese medicine, cognitive therapy, and exposure therapy.

It involves tapping on specific points on the body with your fingertips while focusing on a particular issue, often a negative emotion, to find the root cause behind it and solve it there.

The process is intended to balance the body's energy and alleviate emotional distress.

While EFT Tapping is primarily associated with managing emotions, improving personal well-being, increasing brain activity, and reducing stress, EFT Tapping for memory benefits may indirectly contribute to improved memory in several ways:


Stress Reduction

EFT Tapping has been shown to determine stress levels. Chronic stress can have detrimental effects on cognitive function, including memory and also cause mild cognitive impairment. By addressing and alleviating stress through tapping, individuals may experience improvements in overall cognitive performance leading to improving memory.


Enhanced Focus and Concentration 

It involves focusing on specific issues or affected emotions. Certified EFT Practitioners often report increased mental clarity and improved concentration as a result of tapping in their clients. This enhanced focus can positively impact the encoding and retrieval of information, contributing to better memory function.


Trauma and Memory Processing

EFT Tapping for memory is sometimes used to address traumatic experiences and associated memories. By tapping on specific brain areas like the frontal lobe while recalling distressing memories, individuals aim to explore the root cause of negative emotional responses. This process may contribute to a healthier emotional state, potentially impacting the way traumatic memories are stored and recalled.


Better Sleep Quality

Quality sleep is essential for memory consolidation. EFT Tapping has been reported to improve sleep quality by reducing anxiety and stress. As a result, individuals may develop enhanced memory consolidation during sleep, leading to improved overall memory function and ability to retain information for longer.


Positive Mindset and Memory Confidence

Apart from tapping on body points, EFT also involves verbally speaking out about the issue that you’re facing and how it makes you feel, which leads to cognitive restructuring. Addressing negative thought patterns and developing a more positive mindset can boost confidence in one's memory abilities.

This positive mindset can create a conducive environment for effective learning and memory retrieval. It is great for you if you are struggling with Dementia or depression.

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The Science Behind Tapping and Memory

Research from Kyung Hee University suggests that Tapping can positively impact memory by reducing stress and anxiety, two significant factors that can impair cognitive function. Stress hormones, such as cortisol, interfere with memory consolidation and retrieval.

Tapping helps regulate the body's stress response, promoting a state of relaxation conducive to optimal memory functioning. Additionally, the act of jaw-tapping movement may stimulate specific brain regions involved in memory processes, enhancing overall cognitive performance.

EFT Tapping for Memory


Neuroplasticity for Improvement in Mental Health

EFT Tapping may influence neuroplasticity, the brain's ability to reorganise itself by forming new neural connections in the memory and cognitive regions. Engaging in repetitive Jaw Tapping movement patterns could stimulate specific brain regions associated with memory, leading to strengthened synaptic connections and improved information retention.


Stress Reduction and Memory

EFT Tapping is often linked to stress reduction and relaxation. High-stress levels can negatively impact memory and cognitive function. By incorporating it as a stress-reduction technique in your daily life, you can eventually experience lower cortisol levels and a more conducive environment for memory formation and recall.


Embodied Cognition

Many researchers suggests that bodily experiences are intertwined with cognitive processes. EFT Tapping involves physical movement and touch, and incorporating these sensory elements may enhance the encoding and retrieval of information. The tactile feedback from tapping could contribute to a more holistic and integrated learning experience (2).


Memory Consolidation during Sleep

Memory consolidation during sleep means that while you sleep, your brain helps make your memories stronger. Some research shows that doing tapping or rhythmic movements before you go to sleep might make this process even better. Tapping in a rhythm could help your brain waves work in a way that's good for turning what you just learned into long-lasting memories. Even though scientists don't know everything about how this works yet, it's thought that these movements could help your brain organize information better while you sleep.


Associative Memory and Multi Sensory Integration

When you use tapping techniques, you often link certain movements or patterns with things you want to remember. This method uses your brain's skill to connect different kinds of information together, making a multisensory experience. This means you're not just using one sense, but combining touch, what you see, and what you hear to help you remember better. By mixing these different types of information, your brain can create a stronger network of connections, making it easier for you to recall what you've learned.


Dopamine Release

EFT Tapping might help your brain release dopamine, often called the "happy hormone," which makes you feel good when you achieve something. When you feel this pleasure during tapping, especially if you remember something successfully, it can make those memory pathways in your brain stronger. This good feeling can encourage you to keep doing activities that help improve your memory. Interestingly, this tapping method has also shown promising results in helping people with Alzheimer's disease.

EFT TAPPING Steps TO EnhancE Your Memory

EFT Tapping Therapy

Emotional Freedom Techniques is a simple method that can help improve your memory by tapping on specific points of your body.

Here's your tapping script for memory:

Step 1:

Start with Noticing How Struggling With Memory Makes You Feel

The first step is to focus on the physical sensations in your body associated with memory challenges. The intention is to notice how your thoughts and feelings shift when you engage in tapping, helping you explore deeper to understand the root causes behind your memory difficulties.


Take a quick temperature check

First, think about how you’re feeling about your memory right now. Are you finding it hard to remember things? Are you feeling frustrated or upset about it? Identify exactly what the problem is, like forgetting names or where you put things.

  • What makes you feel this way about your memory?
  • What happens that makes you notice your memory isn’t as good as you want it to be?
  • What would make you feel better about your memory?


Identify the physical sensations

Notice where in your body you might feel worried or stressed about your memory. Is it a headache, a tight feeling in your chest, or a stressed feeling in your stomach? Ask yourself,

  • How am I feeling?
  • Where do I feel it in my body?
  • What is the colour, texture, size, and shape of these feelings?
  • Can I describe it (like, is it heavy, sharp, light)?

Measure the level of these feelings on a scale of 1 to 10, where 10 is high and 1 is not high at all."


Start tapping on the side of your hand (Karate Chop)

Tap on The Karate Chop point along with speaking out the EFT tapping statement, for example:

“Even though I have trouble remembering things and it makes me feel [emotion], and it’s at a number [__], [__]  in colour, and it feels like [describe the feeling], I deeply and completely love and accept myself.”

(Repeat 3 times)


Tap on the facial and upper body EFT Tapping points

Tap on different points on your face and body, saying how you feel and what you wish was better:

  • Eyebrow: I can’t remember things …
  • Temple: It makes me feel …
  • Under eye: I feel it in my …
  • Under nose: It makes me feel …
  • Chin: It is in my … at a number …
  • Collarbone: It makes me feel …
  • Under the arm: So (mention the feeling) …
  • Thumb: So …
  • Index finger: Because ...
  • Middle finger: I feel it in my ...
  • Little finger: So …


Close the sequence by tapping on the Karate Chop again

Close the sequence by tapping on your Karate Chop again and repeat your starting phrase. 

“Even though I have trouble remembering things and it makes me feel [emotion], and it’s at a number [__], [__]  in colour, and it feels like [describe the feeling], I deeply and completely love and accept myself.”


Breathe and relax

Then, take a deep breath and see how you feel. Drink some water.


Test yourself

Test the intensity of these feelings by questioning yourself:

  • Has the number changed? Do I feel a bit better?
  • What’s different now about how I feel?
  • How do I feel now?

If you’re feeling better, that’s great! If not, you can try a few more rounds of tapping.

Step 2:

Think About Old Instances of Memory Challenges and Clear Those

Remember times when your memory wasn’t great and how that made you feel. Ask yourself:

  • When have I had trouble remembering things before?

  • Does this remind me of any other past instances?

  • What does it take for me to feel okay about my memory?

  • What makes it hard to remember things?

Step 3:

Change Negative Thoughts and Limiting Beliefs Around Your Memory

Sometimes, you might have thoughts like “I’m always forgetting things” which can make your memory seem worse than it actually is. Recall and reflect on any limiting beliefs that are holding you back from have a better memory. Your next step is to consciously try to change those thoughts to something positive.For example,

  • "I can’t remember anything" to "I’m getting better at remembering every day."

  • "I’m always forgetting" to "I remember important things well."

  • "My memory is bad" to "My memory is improving with practice."

Step 4:

End with Positive Tapping

Finish the tapping practice by saying a revised and positively empowering version of your original tapping statement about your memory and tapping along with it. For example,

“Even though remembering everything can be tough sometimes and it makes me feel [____], I choose to stay grounded and believe in my ability to improve and remember things better. I deeply and completely love and accept myself.”

As the final step, imagine how good it will feel to remember things more clearly. Use this happy feeling and imagination to help you feel better about your memory now.


Unlocking your mind's potential for memory enhancement through EFT Tapping is a holistic approach that considers the holistic connection of mind and body without any age limitations.

By understanding the science behind memory, exploring the principles of tapping, and implementing personalised techniques and plans, you can embark on a journey towards improved cognitive function and enhanced memory.

No more forgetting your keys at home! EFT Tapping is a fabulous exercise for stimulating the memory and cognitive regions of the brain. Start tapping into your full cognitive potential today with the guidance and support of certified EFT Practitioners from the Vitality Living College team (3)!

Our practitioners undergo rigorous EFT training and practice before beginning the sessions with our clients. And they are eagerly waiting to support you in your journey.


Dr Rangana Rupavi Choudhari (PhD)

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In summary, EFT Tapping for memory enhancement positively influences cognitive function by reducing stress and anxiety. Stress hormones like cortisol, known to interfere with memory consolidation and retrieval, are regulated through tapping, promoting a relaxed state conducive to optimal memory functioning. This combination of traditional wisdom and modern science is a promising method to enhance memory recall and elevate cognitive abilities. Connect with the team of Vitality Living if you are interested in learning more about EFT Tapping