Emotional Freedom Techniques
EFT Tapping is an evidence-based form of energy therapy that combines acupressure and modern psychology.
Research shows that Tapping decreases activity in the amygdala in the brain, regulates our nervous system, and reduces stress and anxiety.
EFT Tapping is self-administered and preformed by gently tapping on a series of specific points around the head, face, upper body, and side of the hand. This tapping activates specific energy systems in our body which send calming signals to the amygdala in the brain (the area responsible for the 'fight or flight' stress response, emotional decoding, and survival instincts, among other roles).
First we put our attention on the stressful or negative experiences that trigger an emotional response (anywhere from mild to severe). We add a specific combination of language and phrases to focus on and offer space for the experience, and at the same time we begin tapping. This combination of the calming tapping while focusing on the stressful issue works to release the emotional response to the issues in a short time.
Tapping can work on a wide variety of issues including fears, anxiety, stress, bothersome memories, PTSD, guilt, shame and self-criticism, cravings, physical symptoms and pain in the body, and so much more.
Anyone who has tried to make changes in their life knows that change is hard, often because we have old programming still running the show. Although counselling, talk therapy, thought work, mindfulness, journalling, and all other forms of growth and support can help, pinpointing and neutralizing unconscious drivers can propel us toward an ease and freedom that may take much longer otherwise.
Tapping is a subtle and gentle, yet profound tool. Using and learning Tapping with a trained practitioner can empower you to manage what life puts in your way.
For more information on how tapping works visit The Tapping Solution website.
For a collection of online articles about various EFT topics, click here.
For academic articles on EFT, click here.
For guided Tapping for emotional well-being with Brad Yates, click here.