In a session with clients, I was discussing various healing modalities and alternative ways to overcoming states of anxiety, stress, insomnia, depression, etc. I had almost forgotten about how powerful EFT can be.
Emotional Freedom Technique or tapping, combines Eastern wisdom about
acupressure, or “meridian points,” in our bodies, with traditional
Western psychotherapy. Sound freaky? It may be but some swear by it and it is SO EASY. Like any other stress-reduction method, EFT is not perfect and does not have a 100% success rate but it has worked wonders for many. Even bestselling author Jack Canfield, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, has teamed up with an EFT
practitioners, to produce a tapping event aimed to help people make emotional and physical breakthroughs.
Here David Childerley, one of the fir EFT practioners I’d ever encountered, demonstrates the technique to reduce stress in less than a minute. You can view several of his excellent videos on his Youtube Channel.
A few days ago, Nick Ortner, who organizes the annual Tapping World Summit, posted Breakthroughs in Energy Psychology: A New Way to Heal the Body and Mind on the Huffington Post. It’s an interesting read, especially this bit:
In partnership with Dr. David Feinstein, Dr. Church (Ph.D., who has been researching and using EFT since 2002.) has been able to confirm that tapping on specific meridian points has a positive effect on cortisol levels. Cortisol, known as the “stress hormone,” is integral to our body’s “fight or flight” response. Originally designed to help us survive life in the wild, the “fight or flight” response was essential when our ancient ancestors were faced with sudden, brief danger like, let’s say, a tiger. However useful in short bursts, releasing cortisol too frequently, as we seem to be doing in response to the ongoing or “chronic” stress of modern life, may have serious, even scary, impacts on our physical, mental and emotional health. In fact, living in this kind of biological “survival mode” may be making us more vulnerable to everything from cancer to heart disease, and more.
There are tons of videos on Youtube, websites to check out and practictioners you can find on Facebook. So the next time you feel stressed or overwhelmed by anything, consider TAPPING it away.