Emotional Freedom Technique
EFT Tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique) is one of many energy psychology methods. It is often referred to as ‘acupuncture for the emotions, without the needles’. This process involves tapping on certain meridian points whilst focusing on a particular thought, emotion or behavior. The intensity of an emotion etc. can come down within minutes, even seconds. It allows easy access to the subconscious mind and easy release of any negativity.
Negative emotions, experiences, and trauma’s cause a disruption in our energy system. They get stored in our bodies, our mind and our energy field. And if held onto for long enough they cause pain, stress, anxiety, depression, illness, phobias and other issues.
EFT Tapping is an easy self-help tool that enables us to change our emotional state, thought patterns, and stress responses. It helps to bring balance back into the energy system and the emotions that become disrupted as a result of perceiving something as stressful, uncomfortable or threatening. This tool is also a great way of bring yourself back into present moment awareness and control of your thoughts & emotions. It is a technique that can be easily learned for use at home. Used in therapy with an experienced therapist like Gayle deep and profound changes can be made.
Tapping Points Guide - Step By Step Instructions
By affecting a change in our thought and emotions in a positive way,
we change our energy and physiology
“ Tapping produces changes in the body’s thought and energy fields, which in turn creates changes at the physiological level, leading to reduced stress, anxiety and fear ”- Roger J. Callahan, Ph.D., Energy therapy pioneer.
The stress response or ‘fight/flight’ response is designed to prepare our bodies for reacting fast in a dangerous/unsafe situation. Back in the cave era this enabled us to stay safe. We need to be able to flee the situation or fight when in danger, so the brain releases the hormones that enable us to do this. The amygdala and hippocampus (the stress centre on the brain) will decide if a situation is threatening and then set about releasing the ‘fight/flight’ hormones.
The problem is that thought alone can trigger the stress response, this is due to the fact that the parts of the brain that control this is sub-conscious and the sub-conscious brain does not know the difference between what is real and what is imagined in thought.
So if you imagine something stressful or think about past or possible future stressful situations the stress response will still kick in.
Tapping appears to affect the amygdala and hippocampus. It brings us into more awareness about a situation and then once we realise we are not in danger, it is just a thought, we quickly calm down. EFT has also been shown to lower cortisol levels, which is the stress hormone -too much cortisol reduce our immune function and affect our physical health.