BY: Janine Mitchell
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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’s an amazing stress reduction tool, as it lowers 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 to organs within the body. Thus, the energetic connection is broken which is keeping us stuck.
How does tapping help with stress
Much of the time, we are living by the hormones of stress. The stress response gets triggered in many situations. Especially at the moment! A culmination of small events can build stress up in the body. Or certain experiences or life events we go through. A trauma, job loss, a marriage breakdown, a bereavement, or moving house are all prime examples. Stress can affect us in many ways physically, emotionally and psychologically.
What if you could let go of stress, or be in control of it, rather than let it control you?
How can tapping make a difference?
This is what Tapping cleverly does. What the science shows us, is when we start gently tapping on these meridian points, the stress hormone, cortisol is lowered. So immediately we can reduce feelings of stress by using tapping as a tool for this. It is an amazing self-help stress reduction and stress management tool. Helping you to feel in a more relaxed and calm space.
Some stress can be good for us, so preparing us for a situation such as a job interview (adrenalin release)! However, too much stress can be detrimental to our health. We are also less likely to make good decisions, or create any clarity or focus when we are in the midst of stress. It’s not a good place to be!
How does tapping work to lower stress?
What tapping does, is send a calming signal to the part of the brain called the amygdala which controls the fight or flight response and where negative emotions are encoded. Thus, it interrupts signals to the brain, and helps get us in a calm and relaxed space.
You can use tapping yourself, as a self help tool, in order to immediately lower stress. It’s amazing for this, absolutely magical!
By working with a trained practitioner, you work at a much deeper level to remove those old ingrained patterns, habits and behaviours that are often connected to the stress.
Whats this got to do with the subconscious mind?
Tapping works directly with the subconscious part of the mind, which is the powerhouse that controls all our behaviours and where old beliefs that are keeping us stuck are stored. So think of old programmes and habitual behaviours or ways of thinking, that feel familiar and are ingrained, that are connected to the old stressful thoughts.
We can’t control what goes on outside of us BUT we can control our own reaction to it. Very often stress responses are triggered because it’s a familiar pattern of behaviour, it feels automatic. Tapping stops all that by interrupting old patterns and old stories we keep telling ourselves.
What tapping also cleverly does, is rewires the brain. There are signals being sent to part of the brain called the amygdala about the stress 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 stress response)! The neural pathways make new connections and signal safety, thus changing the presenting behaviour.
How you can be in control
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 issues that we work on that have been resolved with tapping, creating a totally different mindset.
The good news is, you don’t need to suffer with stress, or let it control you. If you feel these feelings are familiar, and you want to change them, tapping is for you. You can get right to that root cause and get yourself to a place of calm and clarity.
Imagine a life where you could let go of stress altogether? Who wouldn’t want some of that! You can help yourself, now more than ever. These stressful issues won’t go away, but the way you manage them and take control of them can totally change!
Get in touch to find out more!
Do you resonate and want to know how tapping can help you? Get in touch via the contact form below to find out more, to arrange a FREE no obligation consultation to find out how you can completely let go of stress.
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.