CLEARING HER RELATIONSHIP WITH MONEY When Paige volunteered to tape this EFT session, she was seriously overspending and under-earning. She felt trapped in a way of life that wasn't satisfying to her even though on the surface she looked successful.
Interview with Mary Treacy O'Keefe of Well Within about how to use EFT meridian tapping on food cravings. We demonstrated the process with a real food craving she was dealing with — sweet potato fries. Listen in and see what happened!
When I coached Kathleen about the pain in her body and what it might be connected to, she talked about all the intense situations currently going on in her life. We counted them and they added up to six. We used EFT meridian tapping to release the stress around having all that stress!
Kathleen went from a 7 (on a discomfort scale of 0 -10 with 10 being the most discomfort) to a 4 in one round, and was actually laughing by the end of it when she realized the absurdity of constantly bracing for the next intense thing.
What happened after the camera was shut off was a memory of being in a childhood car accident where she would have been thrown from the car if she hadn't braced herself against the car door. We did more tapping on that and turned up a more private stressful incident from her childhood that made it hard for her to trust that she'd be okay.
Kathleen was truly courageous in facing the issues contributing to the pain in her body. She was very open to using EFT on her own to keep releasing the stress and to restore herself to health.
Breakthoughs in Energy Psychology: A new way to heal the body and mind
by Nick Ortner, The Huffington Post 3/17/12
Yoga, meditation, massage, acupuncture, and herbal remedies; these are just some of Eastern medicine's contributions to our decades-long search for ways to live well with fewer pills and less-invasive health care. Toward that end, I'm excited to report that there are promising new findings in the field of energy psychology, specifically about a practice called Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), or tapping, that is taking our search for holistic solutions to an exciting new level.
What's unique about EFT is how it combines Eastern wisdom about acupressure, or "meridian points," in our bodies, with traditional Western psychotherapy. The practice consists of tapping with your fingertips on specific meridian points while talking through traumatic memories and a wide range of emotions. "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)," explains Dr. Church, Ph.D., who has been researching and using EFT since 2002. 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. "By reducing stress," adds Church, "EFT helps with
many problems. There's a stress component to sports performance,
business and financial pressure, and most disease. When you reduce
stress in one area of your life, there's often a beneficial effect in
Church estimates that 10 million people worldwide have used tapping, and 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.
At this point you're probably thinking what most intelligent and sane people are -- how is that possible? How can tapping on "meridian points" resolve serious health issues? As an EFT practitioner and the producer of the movie The Tapping Solution, it's a question I've been asked repeatedly over many years. In fact, you'll often hear me refer to EFT as "this strange tapping thing." Fortunately, there's very real science (and results!) behind it.
In partnership with Dr. David Feinstein, Dr. Church has been able to confirm that tapping on specific meridian points has a positive effect on cortisol levels. Cortisol, known as the "stress hormone," is integral to our body's "fight or flight" response. Originally designed to help us survive life in the wild, the "fight or flight" response was essential when our ancient ancestors were faced with sudden, brief danger like, let's say, a tiger. However useful in short bursts, releasing cortisol too frequently, as we seem to be doing in response to the ongoing or "chronic" stress of modern life, may have serious, even scary, impacts on our physical, mental and emotional health. In fact, living in this kind of biological "survival mode" may be making us more vulnerable to everything from cancer to heart disease, and more.
In Dr. Church's study, 83 participants were separated into three groups. One group was guided through an hour-long EFT session, the second group received an hour of talk therapy, while the third, the control group, received no treatment. The group that did an hour of EFT demonstrated a 24 percent decrease in cortisol levels, while the other two groups showed no real change. The EFT group also exhibited lower levels of psychological symptoms, including anxiety, depression, and others, as measured by the Symptom Assessment-45 (SA-45), a standard psychological assessment tool.
Research suggests that EFT may be so effective because of its perceived ability to balance out the nervous system, leveling off the activity of the parasympathetic and sympathetic regions. Responsible for promoting cell regeneration and relaxation, the parasympathetic region helps to slow your heartbeat, support digestion, and more. The sympathetic system, on the other hand, prepares you for vigorous physical activity by speeding up your heart, constricting your pupils, and so on. As noted in Church's study, imbalance between these two regions is associated with a long list of health issues, from high blood pressure and heart problems (most often seen in those with an overactive sympathetic region), to depression, fatigue, and weakened immune response (in those with excessive parasympathetic activity).
In his study findings, Church asserts that EFT, which he refers to as "acupoint treatments" produces "a neutral emotional state," which, biologically speaking, is the gold standard of health and wellness. It's also the state of well-being people have sought to achieve for millennia through meditation, prayer, yoga, and other mindfulness practices.
Dr. Feinstein, a clinical psychologist who uses EFT in his own practice, adds that EFT is an "unusually precise, rapid, and direct for shifting the neurological underpinnings of a range of psychological problems." In fact, he adds, "the number of therapists using EFT has been rapidly increasing over the past decade, and now peer-reviewed research is showing that their instincts have been right. Surprisingly rapid outcomes with a variety of disorders are being documented."
The results of that documentation can (and will!) impact millions of
lives in incredibly powerful ways, which is why I'm excited to share a
host of new studies with you here, in future posts. In the meantime, I
look forward to hearing your feedback. Are you familiar with tapping? Do
you use it yourself, or know others who do? Are there specific topics
you'd like me to focus on in future posts?
Nick Ortner is the creator and executive producer of the hit
documentary film, "The Tapping Solution."
If you're experiencing stress in your career, health or relationships, I can help you get your life back on track. Please contact me for a free sample session at 651.225.0858 or at Laurie@BigHeartCoaching.com
EFT Meridian Tapping
One of the best tools I've ever used to release stress and resistance is EFT — Emotional Freedom Techniques— "acupressure + self-hypnosis." Gentle tapping and simple phrases help shut off the threat detection part of your brain (the amygdala) that can get stuck in the "on" position.
STEP 1: Choose a problem to work on.
STEP 2: Rate your anxiety or discomfort. Decide how much it bothers you on a scale of 0-10 (where 0=no distress and 10=highest level of distress) when you think about it right now. (How anxious are you? How uncomfortable do you feel?)
STEP 3: Perform the Set-Up as follows:
While tapping on the Karate Chop Points, name your problem you have chosen to work on, followed by an affirmation of yourself. Below are a number of choices and examples of possible Affirmation Statements:
“Even though I feel totally stressed out right now, I deeply and completely accept myself.” Do this 3 times.
STEP 4: TAP the stress-relief POINTS as shown below.
As you tap on each point in sequence, repeat your problem: “I feel totally stressed out.”
EYEBROW (EB), SIDE OF EYE (SE), UNDER EYE (UE), UNDER NOSE (UN), CHIN (CH)
COLLARBONE (CB). UNDERARM (UA), HEAD (H)
STEP 5: Repeat Step 4 with a slightly positive statement, like: "What if I wasn't totally stressed out?"
Then take a deep breath and rate your discomfort level again. You can repeat everything until you’re down to a low number.
adapted from Carol Look, at AttractingAbundance.com
We loved your session and I can honestly say that I'm still feeling much better even though my upcoming week has quite a few tests!