Tapping is a combination of Ancient Chinese Acupressure and Modern Psychology that works to physically alter your brain, energy system and body all at once. The practice consists of tapping with your fingertips on specific meridian points while talking through traumatic memories and a wide range of emotions.
As Dr. Dawson Church says,
Acupoint tapping sends signals directly to the stress centers of the mid-brain, not mediated by the frontal lobes (the thinking part, active in talk therapy).
Because EFT simultaneously accesses stress on physical and emotional levels, he adds,
EFT gives you the best of both worlds, body and mind, like getting a massage during a psychotherapy session.
In fact, it’s EFT’s ability to access the amygdala, an almond-shaped part of your brain that initiates your body’s negative reaction to fear, a process we often refer to as the “fight or flight” response, that makes it so powerful. It’s estimated that 10 million people worldwide have used tapping. What’s so exciting is how incredibly quickly it’s alleviating issues like depression, anxiety and insomnia, as well severe PTSD, physical pain, even illness.
The basic technique requires you to focus on the negative emotion at hand: a fear or anxiety, a bad memory, an unresolved problem, or anything that’s bothering you. While maintaining your mental focus on this issue, use your fingertips to tap 5-7 times each on 12 of the body’s meridian points (see the video below). Tapping on these meridian points – while concentrating on accepting and resolving the negative emotion – will access your body’s energy, restoring it to a balanced state.
You may be wondering about these meridians. Put simply, energy circulates through your body along a specific network of channels. You can tap into this energy at any point along the system.
There are many benefits to tapping.
- Tapping is simple and painless.
- It can be learned by anyone.
- You can apply it to yourself, whenever you want, wherever you are.
- It’s less expensive and less time consuming.
- It can be used with specific emotional intent towards your own unique life challenges and experiences.
- Most importantly, it gives you the power to heal yourself, putting control over your destiny back into your own hands.