What is "Tapping?"
"Tapping" or Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a treatment modality available to help people work through many kinds of life stressors and difficult feelings.
Although it's been around since the early 1990s, it seems people are talking about it more lately.
Unlike other therapeutic approaches like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), EFT can be learned by anyone and practiced on oneself. However, it's beneficial to work with a therapist to reconcile the thoughts, memories, and feelings that often arise in the process.
Described as a combination of ancient acupressure and modern psychology, EFT got its nickname "tapping" because we tap our body's meridian points (on the head and upper body) while using precise therapeutic language to illuminate and resolve various aspects of a particular problem. (The therapist does not touch you; you tap your own body's meridian points while following the therapist for guidance.)
In ancient Chinese medicine, it's long been known that you can reduce the body's stress response and many of the problems it gives rise to by manipulating the body's energy meridian points. This is what acupuncturists do to this day. Thanks to modern science, we now have proof that this is indeed the case.
Studies done at Harvard Medical School have found that the amygdala's reaction to external stressors and our body's resulting stress response can be reduced by stimulating these very same meridian points that Traditional Chinese Medicine speaks of.
These studies focused specifically on acupuncture, but follow-up, double-blind research proved that the needles were not necessary, and that light pressure - as we use in tapping - was enough to produce these results. Needle-free emotional acupuncture!
For more information, to schedule a private EFT session, or to arrange an EFT presentation to your group, contact metoday!
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