Tapping, or to give it its proper name, EFT, is taking off in the world of complementary therapy. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about this incredible technique.
1. Tapping instantly calms you down
When we are stressed, we engage the sympathetic side of our nervous system, leading us to produce high levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. Tapping on the acupressure points while thinking about how we feel sends an electro chemical message to the brain to switch off the stress response and tune into the parasympathetic side of the nervous system, the side linked with our relaxation response, giving us an instant sense of calm.
2. Tapping works wonders on anxiety
Tapping soothes the body, engages the parasympathetic side of the nervous system responsible for relaxation, and fires electro chemical messages to the brain that everything is OK, taking the body off emergency alert. It can be used in the moment to deal with situations that can trigger anxiety, to to unhook anxiety disorders and panic attacks, or to clear anxiety associated with a future event.
3. Tapping dissolves your pain
Pain often has an underlying emotional link to it which is addressed through Tapping. Tapping releases endorphin, the bodies’ natural pain killer and studies have shown that Tapping alone achieves pain relief far beyond that found in a jar of pills.
4. Tapping reduces stress levels
When we get stressed, the body produces excess levels of cortisol. The brain doesn’t know the difference between real and perceived stress so when any feeling of stress comes on, the body gets ready to fight or flight. Tapping significantly decreases cortisol levels, allowing us to feel calmer, more relaxed and in control.
5. Tapping helps you lose weight
That’s right, if you want to shift those pounds, get Tapping. Tapping tackles cravings, helps you tune into what your body needs, combats the emotional reason you may be eating and improves energy levels.
6. Tapping works on babies and children
Tapping on children and babies who are upset works like magic. Up to the age of 6 children are constantly absorbing information. Because they don’t possess the cognitive ability re frame things that may upset them, a few rounds of Tapping can clear any upset. Children as young as two can be taught to tap on themselves and children of any age can be tapped on. Far more effective and healthy than being given sweets to calm them!
7. Tapping helps clear your phobias
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology in 2003 showed that one Tapping session with 35 participants was enough to demonstrate a significant decrease in specific phobias, for instance the phobia of spiders, when compared to conventional treatments like deep breathing. In follow-up tests 6 to 9 months later, those who had experienced Tapping reported even better improvements.
8. Tapping positively modifies your DNA
A study conducted by the Heartmath Institute showed that when a person evoked strong positive emotions like love and appreciation through practices like Tapping, their DNA unwound and increased in length. Negative emotions, on the other hand, caused strands of their DNA to shorten and in some cases disappear. In other words, working with your emotions allows you to change your genetic make-up and your life.
9. Tapping dramatically alleviates Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
A study published in 2005 examined the effects of Tapping on people who had been involved in car accidents and were displaying post traumatic stress symptoms such as flash backs, nightmares, panic attacks and anxiety. Results demonstrated that Tapping diminished these symptoms.
10. Tapping significantly reduces depression
In a Swedish study, fibromyalgia patients who were given Tapping exercises reported a 29% improvement in depression symptoms within just 8 weeks. Where anti depressants mask the problem, EFT extinguishes a dysfunctional conditioned response and deals with the symptoms of depression such as irritable mood, loss of interest in activities and lack of motivation achieving results that cannot be accomplished through conventional treatment.
Guest Author – Sara Maude, http://saramaudehypnotherapy.com/