What is EFT Tapping?
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) otherwise known as tapping is best likened to acupuncture without the needles. It’s an ancient Chinese acupressure therapy combined with a modern talking psychology. Meridian points are gently stimulated by light touch, while talking through the problem or issue that needs to be worked on.
Psychological and emotional issues connected to negative emotions can be released with tapping.
At a very basic level, it is an amazing stress reduction tool, by lowering the stress hormone, cortisol. This has been measured in scientific research. Tapping is an energy therapy, we tap directly on meridian points which are connected with organs in the body. Thus the energetic connection is broken which is keeping us stuck.
How does tapping work with anxiety?
When we are experiencing any form of anxiety, we go into a state of fight or flight. The body is preparing us for danger, a threat either real or perceived. You will feel anxiety in your body, perhaps in your stomach, chest or head. So a thought (which is in our head) will create a feeling (in the body). This is all done so at a subconscious level. It can often be a familiar, habitual pattern of behaviour. We make experience shakes, physiological sensations, sweaty palms, a racing heart, fear and panic. The severe end of this scale may result in panic attack.
We aren’t generally born feeling anxiety. We pick it up somewhere along the way, thus it’s a learned behaviour, that we internalise. Something can then trigger this. It can form part of who we are: ‘I suffer with anxiety’. This then becomes a belief about who we are. We think we have to live with it and often hope to keep it under control.
Fight or flight
What tapping does, is works on the fight or flight response. It works with a part of the brain called the amygdala that is responsible fo controlling the fight or flight response and where negative emotions are encoded. It sends a calming signal to this part of the brain. Thus, we can stop feeling the anxiety.
Tapping works as an amazing self help tool, so any feelings of anxiety that arise, you can tap on it straight away. This will then lower the feelings of anxiety, thus putting you in control. Or if you find yourself in an anxiety provoking situation, you can use tapping to help calm down these feelings and bring them right down.
Working with an experienced clinician or practitioner, you work at a much deeper level. During sessions the root cause of the anxiety is also worked on. This may often be linked to old beliefs and unhelpful partners of behaviour. Once this is done,
Anxiety can then be a thing of the past and often much quicker than you might think. We work in a very gentle way, in the here and now.
What tapping also cleverly does, is rewires the brain. There are signals being sent to the amygdala about the anxiety provoking situation (real or perceived). With tapping, these signals are interrupted. A new response is created. One of calm and safety, rather than one of threat or real or perceived danger. The neural pathways make new connections and signal safety, thus changing the presenting behaviour.
The thing with tapping is, it can look strange, and very simple, but it works! I’ve seen hundreds of clients who have a range of mental health and mindset issues that have been resolved with tapping.
I reviewed the success of a recent client I was working with. This client came to me with severe anxiety and had been struggling for many years. They had tried a number of different previous therapies, including CBT. To no avail. They came to me desperate, as a last resort.
When we reviewed how far they had come, I asked them where their anxiety was at a percentage before we started working together, they replied, 97%. I asked what it was now. I was expecting a reply of 20-30%, they said 3%! Some weeks later, they remain free from all anxiety and their life is completely different.
This is the good news. You don’t need to suffer with anxiety
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Janine is the founder of Change for Success
She specialises in transforming mental health and mindset. Janine helps people create calm, clarity and focus, banishing stress, anxiety, worry and negative thinking. She also works with companies and organisations by helping them improve their performance and productivity by reducing stress in the workplace. She has a Masters’ degrees in Psychology, is a hypnotherapist, NLP and EFT practitioner. She is a published researcher, her expertise in this area is tapping, where she has helped hundreds transform their lives with this revolutionary technique.