What is Emotional Freedom Techniques/Tapping?
EFT is a scientifically proven, powerful self-help tool that’s easy to learn and use. It gently helps you quickly resolve negative feelings, thoughts, and emotions.
Think of this clever blend of ancient Eastern Medicine and Western Psychology as emotional acupuncture. It utilizes the same meridians (where energy flows) used in Chinese medicine for over 5,000 years. EFT blends the cognitive benefits of talk therapy with the physical benefits of acupressure to resolve physical and emotional issues.
Rather than needles, you use your fingertips to tap on energy hot spots while focusing on something that is troubling you, such as anxiety, stress, or physical pain. Bothersome feelings, memories, and beliefs are released, and can permanently disappear.
Tapping may look weird, but there’s a growing body of evidence proving it works. Over 100 papers published in peer-reviewed medical and psychology journals have demonstrated its effectiveness for phobias, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, pain, and other problems.
How Does It Work?
Tapping is a way to use your finger tips and your focus to access and calm your body’s energy and nervous system. It utilizes your mind-body connection to release blockages within your body’s energy system. It accesses your emotions and physical body simultaneously.
The three important components to tapping include:
Mentally tuning in to something that is bothering you
Tapping on meridian points in a specific sequence
Saying a self-acceptance affirmation
Combining these three powerful steps clears emotional blocks from your energy system. It restores balance, and significantly reduces the effects of stress, which is essential for your physical and emotional health. Clearing these issues opens the door to true emotional freedom.
Almost everyone can relate to being stressed out. Many believe it’s just the way life is and have gotten used to feeling it 24/7. They may even think it’s a good thing. It shows we are busy, valuable, and productive, right?
Actually, it’s not right. The long-term impact stress has on our body, mind, and spirit is devastating. It affects all areas of our life, especially our physical and mental health. Relationships suffer. Many of us end up exhausted, overweight, and unhappy.
It’s no wonder that stress has been called the “health epidemic of the 21st century” by the World Health Organization.
Here’s what happens when you get stressed. The emotional center of the brain (amygdala) activates your “fight or flight” response. It sends a danger signal to the hypothalamus, the brain’s command center. Your body responds by making stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline.
Being in “fight or flight” feels like you are in a state of high alert. This can last a long time – days, weeks, and even months. This horrible high alert state can become a 24/7 thing, a new normal. It’s impossible to feel happy and free in this state.
The key to moving forward and feeling better now is to settle down and move out of “fight or flight” mode as soon as you can, as often as needed. Training your nervous system to move into relaxation mode is critical for healing and being able to handle everyday challenges.
EFT’s quick calming effect on stress and fear are well documented. Tapping can reduce those stress hormone levels and counteract it’s negative impact by sending a calming signal to the amygdala.
Clinical research studies have shown that tapping decreases cortisol levels by 24% after just a few tapping sessions. This reduction is significantly higher than all other stress management techniques.
Managing stress will help you increase circulation, sleep better, and improve your immune system. Increased energy, mental clarity, and ability to make wise choices are just a few of the important benefits you get when you use EFT to calm stress.
Are stress-related issues causing you pain? You don’t have to struggle through it by yourself. I’d love to teach you EFT and other gentle energy techniques that will quickly and easily replace stress and fear with calm and relaxation.