What is tapping and how does it work?
Tapping is best likened to acupuncture without the needles. It is an ancient Chinese acupressure therapy, combined with a modern talking psychology.
Tapping, otherwise know as Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) involves gently tapping on certain meridian points, known as acupressure around the face and upper body, while talking through the issue we wish to resolve.This can be done by yourself, as an amazing self help tool. Or together with a licensed EFT practitioner.
Tapping can help with a wide range off issues including:
• Pain Relief
• Abuse & PTSD
EFT tapping was created by its innovator Gary Craig in the late 1980’s. However this type of therapy has actually been around for many years, used by the ancient Chinese.
While talking through the presenting problem or issue, the user gently taps on meridian points. Tapping is used by experienced practitioners getting to the root cause of the issue and clearing it from a subconscious level. However it can also be used very successfully as a self help tool. It can be learnt easily and quickly and the user can use tapping in order to lower stress in the moment or work on or issues that are causing complaint such as anxiety or negative thought processes.
Either way, old programmes and beliefs are often keeping us stuck and unable to move forward and tapping can release these. It is effectively freeing you from your old emotions of the past connected to old traumas, habits, belief or events.
How can EFT help you?
Tapping is an amazing stress reduction and stress management tool. The moment we start tapping on the meridian points, cortisol the stress hormone is lowered. This has been scientifically measured.
This is done by calming down a part of the brain within the limbic system called the amygdala which is responsible for encoding negative emotions, including stress, anxiety and trauma. It is also the part of the brain that controls our stress response and emits stress hormones such as cortisol or adrenaline.
Think back to our caveman ancestors. They were in survival mode the entire time. They were constantly living by the hormones of stress. So on high alert, ready for danger.
Our bodies were very cleverly programmed in this way. So faced with a bear in the woods, we would be prepared for the dangerous situation and immediately go into whats called ‘fight or flight’. We could either decide to fight, or run off in the opposite direction as quickly as possible; our stress response would be triggered.
Although we are not generally faced with danger in modern society, our brains remain wired to create the same internal response. And this builds up. Our body flooded by stress hormones. This can lead to a wealth of both physical health and mental health complaints.
With every repetition of a thought or emotion, we reinforce a neural pathway. With each new thought, we begin to create a new way of being. These small changes, frequently enough repeated, lead to changes in how our brains work and our brain chemistry.
What tapping does is helps change these neural pathways. It does so by sending a new, calming signal to the amygdala. So, rather than being stuck within a negative emotion, or belief that is linked to that emotion, you can let it go.
It removes the negative emotion connected to the old event or experience, thus changing the new behaviour. We can change our emotional response linked to past experiences.
Negative emotions are literally stored within the body. This, connected to negative past events or trauma can lead to low mood or depression. Feelings of helplessness and being withdrawn are common symptoms.
While working with an experienced practitioner, tapping works incredibly well with depression. There is much scientific evidence and a wealth of case studies to back it up.
EFT is a gentle and effective therapy to help those suffering with depression or related symptoms to let go of this, leading to positive, lasting change.
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