What is Tapping, and How Can it Help You?
What’s holding you back?
What is it that slows you down, trips you up, and sometimes even makes you fall flat on your face?
It could be something minor that only pops up every now and then, derailing your day and souring your mood – nothing more than a nagging annoyance, but one you’d love to be rid of no less. For others, this obstacle can make life feel like a winding uphill climb to a place of peace and contentedness that never seems to get closer.
Whichever it is, no matter its level of intensity, you deserve a reliable way to handle it once and for all.
What’s in your way?
Do you find yourself tired sometimes, cranky for no apparent reason?
Is it occasional stress and anxiety? For some of us, the unrelenting weight of things to do, people to deal with and unfulfilled personal accomplishments that seem more and more unrealistic with each passing day can be especially burdensome. Relationships, jobs, family matters – they all might be stressing you out.
For others, the obstacle is physical – pain, illness or even weight gain for which you just can’t find a remedy, no matter how many doctors, alternative therapies, routines or diets you try.
An even scarier and all too common possibility is that you don’t have a clue what’s wrong; you just know that every day is overwhelming and something’s not right.
How can you deal with any of this? What can you do to make your days unfold more smoothly? How can you remove any impediment – however big or small – to your progress and baseline well being?
That’s where tapping comes in.
Drawing on cutting edge medical research that is continually teaching us how and why emotional stress manifests as psychological and physical damage, as well as ancient principles found in Chinese Traditional Medicine still used in acupuncture and acupressure today, EFT Tapping is a healing therapy that you apply yourself. You don’t need any training, tools or personnel; all you need is yourself and your emotions.
That’s right, your emotions.
So often we hear that ‘attitude is everything’ and while this is indeed true, there’s more to it than we tend to realize. Your emotions are entry points into the core of whatever ails you. By burrowing deeper into how you feel, you’re able to discover and unlock whatever it is that’s holding you back and even hurting you.
If you can deal with your feelings first, everything else can follow afterwards. You can locate the emotional source of your physical ailments or life problems. You can:
- Lose those extra pounds that no diet or workout have been able to shed
- Earn the money and abundance that you so want and deserve
- Heal your troubled romantic relationship
- Learn how to have a less stressful work-life or even start your ownbusiness
- Eliminate everything from headaches to chronic back painThe list goes on and on, and the results speak volumes.
Perhaps best of all, this revolutionary, life-changing technique is easy and quick to learn and apply. What you receive far eclipses the work you put in.
There is scientific evidence that is constantly increasing our understanding of why eft works.
Tapping is nothing less than miraculous, and while that may seem like an extreme thing to say, every day we are learning more and more about just why it works as well as it does. To truly understand EFT, we have to take a close look at its seemingly mystical origins on through the new, fascinating science that is continually revealing why it’s so powerful.
Why Tapping Works – The history of tapping
Like many healing arts that draw upon ancient wisdom, Tapping has been met with a fair share of skepticism. Many doctors and psychologists have been quick to dismiss it as “woo woo”, despite the heaping anecdotal evidence from practitioners and people who have used EFT on their own.
In recent years however, there’s been a growing pool of undeniable research that proves what millions of people the world over have known for some time now: that EFT produces real, lasting breakthroughs and significantly improves or even eliminates conditions that hospital treatments, medication and years of psychotherapy often fail to adequately deal with.
So why does it work? We’ve recently learned that it all has to do with an almond- shaped part of your brain called the amygdala.
The amygdala manages your body’s stress response, and as such is responsible for your “fight-or-flight” reactions to anything that scares or threatens you. It alerts you to potential danger so you can respond accordingly. This is a good thing.
Here’s the catch: the amygdala cannot tell the difference between real and perceived danger. And for those of us who have experienced some kind of emotional or physical trauma in the past, the occurrence of something even slightly similar to what we encountered before can set our amygdala’s alarm bells ringing. The result? A flood of cortisol – commonly known as the “stress hormone” as it’s secreted by our body when stressed – into our nervous system that sets us on edge and can produce a whole variety of symptoms.
So what does tapping have to do with your amygdala?
Studies done at no less than Harvard Medical School during the last decade found that the stress and fear responses generated by the amygdala could be lessened by stimulating the body’s meridian points as outlined in Chinese Traditional Medicine and as used in acupuncture and acupressure.
And as you’ve seen, they’re also the points we use in tapping.
Now although these studies focused on acupuncture, and as such used needles, follow-up double-blind research revealed that stimulating the points through pressure, as we do in tapping, gave rise to a similar response!
Another exciting set of research was undertaken by Dr. Dawson Church. His team performed a randomized controlled trial to study how an hour-long tapping session would impact the stress levels of 83 subjects. To do this, Dr. Church and his team measured their level of cortisol. Their findings? The average level of cortisol reduction was 24%, with a whopping reduction of almost 50% in some subjects! In comparison, there was no significant cortisol reduction in those who underwent an hour of traditional talk therapy.
This is but a fraction of some of the eye-opening research being done on tapping, and with each new study we come closer to the widespread acceptance of tapping as perhaps the most adaptable and accessible healing modality available to us. Just as acupuncture was once dismissed as a hokey, backwards remedy before it became respected, any lingering doubts about tapping will be forgotten as more studies such as this are performed.