EFT / TAPPING THERAPY
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a powerful stress relief technique designed to ease anxiety and other disturbing emotions. It is often called the acupuncture without needles, emotional acupuncture or just the Tapping Therapy because it involves tapping with the fingertips on the acupressure points – the endpoints of the main meridians, the body energy circuits network. The same meridian acupoints have been stimulated inacupuncture, acupressure, reflexology, reiki, and other traditional healing systems for over 2,500 years. EFT is a very unique approach as it combines the manual action of tapping with cognitive-behavioural and exposure therapy principles.
In contrast to other forms of therapy, EFT tapping is easy to apply and works really fast. Over recent years, EFT tapping has grown massively popular mostly due to the word of mouth for one simple reason – millions and millions of people get the same experience every day – it is highly effective!
EFT tapping used to be traditionally seen as an energy balancing technique. Emotional health problems generally arise from suppressing your emotions, which resulted from difficult or traumatic experience. That suppression causes a disturbance in the life energy flow – an ‘energy block’ or ‘emotional stuckness’, which then affects your physical health.
Tapping on the selected acupoints helps resolve those energy blocks. It breaks up the signals that might be causing you distress (like unresolved emotional blocks or habitual ways of thinking) and restores both your emotional and, ultimately, your physical health.
The modern research shows that clinical EFT tapping is the powerful stress relief tool that improves multiple physiological (biological) markers of health.
For example, during the standard EFT tapping session:
amygdala calms down (amygdala is a part of the brain limbic system processing the stress fight-flight-freeze response);
brain waves pattern changes from the anxious one, with a lot of high Beta waves, to more balance with more Alpha, Delta and Theta;
heart rate reduces (pulse goes down);
cortisol level drops (cortisol is a stress hormone produced in the adrenal glands in response to stressful event, thought, or memory);
DHEA level goes up (dehydroepiandrosteron is a neurosteroid essential in neurons regeneration and differentiation, maintaining hormonal balance, cell repairing, and slowing aging, hence it is sometimes called a vitality hormone);
sIgA level gets increased (salivary immunoglobulin A is a body’s anti-germs shield – a marker of the immunological system health).
‘Scientific Research: Inspiring Proof That Tapping is Changing the Physiology of Your Brain and Body’, Dawson Church, PHD, 2019 11th Annual Tapping World Summit conference materials.
‘Science behind tapping’ David Feinstein, 2019 11th Annual Tapping World Summit conference materials.