Heal Your Pain With EFT Tapping
As a 30+ year practitioner who has treated over 40,000 people, I have a great interest in finding ways to empower patients to become their own healers. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), often referred to as tapping, may prove to be a very important tool helping us feel our best every day.
Tapping is a little like being your own Acupuncturist
The purpose of tapping is to move the blocks that lodge themselves in the meridians, or rivers of energy, that run throughout our body. In the same way that acupuncture moves stagnation, tapping stimulates the body’s energy meridian points while engaging the brain through verbal participation.
Tapping Can Take You Out of a Hyper-Alert Stress State
The goal of tapping is to help your nervous system switch out of its habitual stress response when it is not needed. Whether the trigger is an actual event like a car coming at you, or a stressful memory, like the thought of a spanking you received when you were younger, the body reacts exactly the same way. The adrenaline flows, the heart races, the vessels constrict and the muscles stiffen.
When hyper-alert stress states are triggered by this negative memory the limbic system of our brain, responsible for emotion and long term memory, prepares us for attack and keeps us in a constant state of alert. Tapping on the meridians while feeling the stressful emotion and affirming self-acceptance sends a message and the sympathetic alert response down regulates allowing the fight or flight body reaction to relax.
I know, this sounds a little nutty…..but rumor has it…..it really works!
The Medical Community Is Taking Notice
EFT Tapping is now 20 years old. Due to the many subjective success stories from those that use tapping the research is growing. Acupuncture, acupressure, and tapping all work by stimulating the body’s meridians. EFT Tapping practitioners are excited about the success of Acupuncture on pain control. Although the two modalities differ, studies from Harvard Medical School have reported a direct connection between acupuncture meridian stimulation and the brains limbic system stress response.
Dr. Dawson Church, an expert on energy psychology, performed a randomized controlled trial to study how an hour-long tapping session would impact the stress levels of 83 subjects. In his findings, the average level of cortisol (a stress hormone) was reduced by 24% to close to 50% in some subjects. In comparison, there was no significant cortisol reduction in those who underwent an hour of traditional talk therapy. The Stress Project, created by Dr. Church, teaches tapping to war veterans suffering with PTSD. The project reports an average 63% decrease in PTSD symptoms after six rounds of tapping.
Health experts like Louise Hay, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Kris Carr, Dr. Mercola and Dr. Christine Northrup all use tapping with high praise.
Would You Like to Try Tapping?
I think tapping is worth a deeper look and I can help you learn how to tap. The basic technique requires you to choose a detailed phrase that represents the negative feeling you want to change and the condition in which it occur and then add a specific phrase about totally and complete self-acceptance. While maintaining your mental focus and repeating the phrase, you use your fingertips to tap 5-7 times each on 12 of the body’s meridian points shown in the graphic. Tapping on these meridian points while remaining open to resolving the negative feeling will access your body’s mind and energy system and help to restore it to a balanced state.
It’s best to work with a practitioner to help with creating the statement to use. Belief in tapping is not necessary but an open mind always offers less resistance to all growth and change.
Call me at 206-745-9504 or send an email and we can talk about how you can use this powerful technique.
Tapping does not compete with the many benefits of acupuncture but can be used as a supplement to continue the healing between treatments. As I study this technique I will add its benefits into my offerings. What most excites me about tapping is that it gives us the power to heal ourselves, allowing us to add it as a tool to keep ourselves enlivened and happy.