What is Tapping / Emotional Freedom Techniques? (EFT)
Emotional Freedom Techniques, also known as Tapping is best likened to acupuncture without the needles.
It is an ancient Chinese acupressure therapy, combined with a modern talking psychology.
EFT involves gently tapping on certain meridian points around the face and upper body, while talking through the issue we wish to resolve.
Tapping can help with a wide range off issues including –
- Pain Relief
- Abuse & PTSD
The results I see with clients are something else, and it can help you, like it has helped my clients and many others all around the world.
Psychological, emotional issues and physical pain are all connected to negative old emotions, that no longer serve us. And guess what? – We can release them and let them go!
How can EFT help me?
EFT works directly with the subconscious mind, and helps you gently let go of limiting beliefs that are no longer serving any useful purpose and are keeping you stuck.
When we tap directly on the identified meridian points around the face and upper body, this does several things.
Firstly, by tapping, we reduce the stress hormones in the body.
This is done by calming down a part of the brain 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 constantly living by the hormones of stress. They were on high alert and in survival mode, 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.
We are no longer generally in any real live danger zones. However, we are living in a word where stress is common place.
Tapping rewires the brain. Our brain isn’t actually fixed in place. Our brains are constantly being shaped by experience. Most of us have very different behaviours and thoughts today than we did 20 years ago. This shift is whats called ‘neuroplasticity’ in action; changes in brain structure and organisation as we experience, learn, and adapt.
With every repetition of a thought or emotion, we reinforce a neural pathway – and 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.
What tapping does is helps change these neural pathways. It does so by sending a new, calming signal to the amygdala. So, rather than holding onto the negative emotion, or belief that is linked to that emotion. we can let it go.
If we have any kind of negative experience, we will often struggle to let that go and keep repeating similar behaviours. The same neural pathways will keep being signalled in order to do this. What tapping does, is it takes away the negative emotion connected to the old event or experience, thus changing the new behaviour. We can literally change our emotion linked to past experiences, we don’t need to hold onto them anymore. How amazing is that!
Negative emotions are literally stored within the body. How do we know? Because it has been measured. All modern neuroscientists are saying the same thing. Our mind controls our thoughts, our body our feelings. Every time we have a thought, it creates a feeling, so on and so forth. When you know you have a problem, you can feel it right? Tapping resolves that, working directly with the energy centres in the body.
We may have had certain experiences in the past, that continue to shape us now. The good news is that the past has gone. EFT will gently and effectively help you let go of the past, whereby you can make positive and lasting change.
EFT is now much more widespread, and is much more commonly used. It is used by medical practitioners, and within organisations. Why? – Because it is a simply yet highly effective technique that works!
What is the evidence?
I see outstanding results with my clients time and time again. Tapping has been scientifically researched in peer-reviewed journals across the world.
I am very proud to say I am a researcher in this field. My research has been published in the Journal of Energy Psychology, a peer-reviewed journal.
Perhaps you’re thinking, does this actually work? It’s too good to be true? It is new! Everything mainstream was new once. The great thing about EFT is that I can teach you in sessions to use it successfully for yourself- it is the most fantastic self-help tool.
Check out my recent interview with Dawson Church PhD, THE leading researcher in the field. I am SUPER honoured to share this with you. This is full of the latest information about ETF and Mindset that will support you.