EFT Tapping...Psychological Acupuncture

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What is Tapping?

  Emotional Freedom Techniques or EFT Tapping enables the fast release of negative thoughts, behaviours and beliefs.  Once the negative emotions or blocks have been cleared a new attitude and a positive outlook gently take the lead.  EFT is brilliant as a support to business and personal life giving positive health benefits as well as increased mental well-being.  

How does Tapping work?

The amygdala is the part of the brain which helps us to sense threats, its like our personal alarm and  triggers the fight or flight response. Our body can't distinguish between different  types of threat. It  reacts in the same way if you are just thinking about a traumatic event or if it is actually taking place. 

In effect it can't really tell the difference between a wild animal threatening our life or a work colleague telling us we've done something wrong. Today's stresses could be work, financial, social  or family pressures.


When the amygdala is constantly firing the body takes over as our energy gets ready to face the perceived threat. We can’t think clearly or make the best choices. Tapping sends calming signals to the amygdala. The perceived threat disappears, the brain fog lifts and we can think clearly again.

Effect of Tapping on stress and anxiety

As we now know stress is one of the main causes of disease.  It disrupts the body systems in  many ways and triggers our survival mechanisms, taking the energy away from replacing cells warding off pathogens and generally maintaining health in the body. 


The evidence base for the use of Tapping is building, it's been shown to have an amazing response over a range of conditions.  There have been over 100 trials in 10 countries on many aspects of stress...students are finding it very effective for exam anxiety, panic attacks, depression, decreasing phobias, PTSD and even for chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia. 


Tapping has the ability to turn off up to 6 genes responsible for stress.  It down regulates cortisol and is a simple and safe self-help tool.  Scientific research has found it lowers stress levels (cortisol) by 24 - 50% after 60 minutes.  Here is a link to the study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22986277  

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EFT research trial for food and weight issues

This video takes a look at the use of Tapping to release food cravings. Also looks at a study where tapping was used to help students with stress and anxiety 

What can I do?

Self Awareness

Try to become more aware of what you are feeling both on an emotional and a physical level.  Learn tapping - it will support you though every aspect of your life.  Taking control of your emotions will give you plenty more energy to do the things you love. 

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Be kind to yourself

We all have good days and bad days on our journey through life.  State of mind is one of our most powerful tools in weathering the storms.  Use tapping to help yourself get past the worst of the feelings - to unwind at the end of the day or as an emotional first aid when something particularly difficult has happened.   


Create a new positive cycle - the way we deal with stress and anxiety is a learned response. By reprograming our mind we can take back control and change our habits for new nurturing ones and remember...

 "Success fuels motivation; motivation fuels success." 

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Small changes make big things happen

Use positive self talk, spend time in nature to lift your mood and pamper yourself.  Listen to music you love and reach out for help.  


When you break the cycle the first time you are taking action that will cause changes far into the future.  Don't underestimate the power of small changes. Get tapping! 5 - 10 minutes can make a difference.

Life is made up of the details.  

Science Update Tapping & Weight Loss

Evidence based tapping studies

  During the past 10 years over 100 Clinical Research trial have taken place in 10 different countries. When it comes to weight loss tapping has shown significant benefits which improve over time. Whereas with the “normal approach” using diet and exercise have high rates of weight regained. EFT tapping has been shown to work better in the long term. 

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PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF EFT FOR FOOD CRAVINGS BY DR P STAPLETON

 Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) has been shown to have a lasting effect on food cravings, power over food and restraint ability, and ultimately results in weight loss.  This paper discusses the approach utilised in a recent food craving clinical treatment trial.

AN EXTRACT FROM THE PAPER:

  "There is now evidence that emerging complementary techniques such as EFT tapping can have an immediate and lasting effect on food cravings.  Between 2007-2009 the present authors conducted a randomised clinical trial, which offered a four-week treatment program to 96 overweight and obese participants with severe food cravings.  Progress was assessed at six- and twelve-months after treatment ended.

Statistical analysis showed :  Degree of food craving, perceived power of food, restraint capabilities and psychological symptoms were assessed at pre-EFT, post-EFT and twelve-month follow-up for the collapsed groups. 

Significant improvements occurred in weight, body-mass index, food cravings, subjective power of food, craving restraint and psychological coping for participants from pre- to twelve-months " 

Video

Check out this great video