“Tapping targets the root cause of health and wellbeing challenges by interrupting the body’s stress response quickly and effectively. Tapping is a powerful tool for enabling health on multiple-levels: mental, emotional and physical. From depression, anxiety and stress-related disorders to physical pain and a lot, lot more, tapping is producing consistent and compelling results.”
Mark Hyman M.D
Also known as Emotional Freedom technique or ‘tapping’. It is part of an approach known as Energy psychology.
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is not actually about being ‘free from emotions’ but it offers a really helpful tool to enable us to manage our emotions in a way that doesn’t overwhelm us and doesn’t throw us completely off course.
EFT, literally involves tapping on easily accessible acupuncture points on the upper part of the body at the same time as identifying and voicing problems/issues/negative emotions/pain etc that cause dis-ease in the body. As part of the tapping protocol, we also reinforce positive affirmations to counteract the judgements that we so readily make of ourselves, and that have such a self-limiting effect.
EFT developed out of an understanding that every thought and emotion causes a reaction in the brain and also registers in the physical body. We all know the feeling of being nervous about something and experiencing this as a feeling of butterflies in the stomach or possibly sweating in the palms.
EFT can be used to overcome unwanted emotions such as fear, guilt, shame and anger. It can be used to change unwanted habits and behavior such as smoking and cravings as well as addressing self-limiting and debilitating phobias and beliefs that stop us achieving the things we would like in our lives.
Distressing or uncomfortable experiences from the past can have an effect in present day and be activated by situations that are perceived to be similar, even if there is no current threat or danger. By stimulating these specific points on the body, electrochemical signals are sent directly to your brain at the same time as identifying the particular emotion that is causing the problem. Doing these two things simultaneously, enables the brain to shift its response to the situation.
A real strength of this technique is that alongside working with an EFT practitioner, this technique can be taught simply to apply on oneself as a self-help technique.
HOW CAN TAPPING HELP ME RIGHT NOW?
We need to be able to keep ourselves on an even keel so that we can manage the challenges ahead, not only on a practical level but also with those who are close to us, with whom we will have much closer proximity for extended periods of time. Tapping allows us to process feelings of frustration, anger, fear, panic etc and all the physical consequences of this.
As you will be aware, all these (understandable but) negative feelings also impact on our nervous systems, in particular, the sympathetic nervous system (connected to ‘flight’ and ‘fright’), with the subsequent release of stress hormones and all the uncomfortable physical sensations that come with it.
EFT has now had several randomized controlled trials and numerous outcome studies published indicating a range of positive outcomes for conditions such as post traumatic stress disorder, generalized and specific anxiety, phobias, depression and chronic pain.
EFT produces real, lasting breakthroughs and significantly improves a wide range of health conditions. Research has shown that the brain’s stress and fear response – which is controlled by a part of your brain called the amygdala – can be lessened by stimulating the meridian points also used in acupuncture. [i]
[i] Dr.Dawson Church and his team, performed a randomized controlled trial to study how an hour-long tapping session would impact the stress hormone cortisol. They found that the average level of cortisol reduction was 24%, with up to a 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.
Church performed two pilot studies of EFT (for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). They demonstrated highly significant results despite a small sample size, indicating a robust treatment effect. This led to a randomized controlled trial, published in the oldest peer-reviewed psychiatry journal in North America, showing highly significant results. It demonstrated that 86% of veterans with clinical PTSD were sub-clinical after six sessions of EFT and remained so on follow-up. A concurrent study by an independent research team in Britain’s National Health Servic, showed similar findings, indicating that EFT meets the criteria of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 12 Task Force as an empirically validated treatment for PTSD. An independent replication of Church’s PTSD study found similar results.
For more research information, please go to Dr. Dawson Church’s website: https://dawsonchurch.com/vitae/
"I’ve been seeing Marian Fixler for acupuncture for some time and credit her completely with stabilising my health issues. I’ve not had much experience with complimentary therapies and would not have continued if I hadn’t been able to see/feel for myself the impact her treatments had on me. After years of ill health, I gave birth to a beautiful daughter in my mid 40s and Marian has since treated her too. Recently Marian ran a Tapping course which I decided to join. It was amazing how something so simple as tapping on key points on your body can have such a profound impact. I attended in the hope of managing some of my stress responses and ended up getting so so much more from it. It’s so easy, and once learnt you can utilise it whenever needed. I can’t believe that something so simple could be so powerful and I’m hugely grateful to Marian for introducing me to it. Thank you." Alison
"Can’t recommend Marian Fixler enough! I have received acupuncture from her to help me cope with a difficult time in my life and she has helped me unbelievable amounts! She also ran a group tapping session which was really powerful and gave me a tool to use daily to cope with general anxiety. Will definitely continue to see her!" Fiona
"A few years ago I had a mild traumatic brain injury and suffered from PTSD and general anxiety throughout my recovery. Marian introduced me to tapping which gave me the tools and confidence to cope. I will never forget the first emotional release. Marian taught me how to tap and I was able to use the technique frequently especially when stress at work became too much. It saved me." Felicity
"In the summer of 2014 I found I was becoming irrationally afraid of heights. Not just in relation to myself but also my loved ones.
Marian offered me a treatment that was new to me, inasmuch as it combined talking with an entrancing, physically repetitive tapping action on apparently random parts of my anatomy. My trust in Marian helped to overcome my natural scepticism. She talked to me in a confident, reassuring manner about hugely personal emotions and within an hour I had learned so much about my fear I was laughing with recognition of observations which should have been obvious, but which I’d not seen until then.
But more; the ideas stayed with me in a way I cannot explain and for once I don’t really want to. The subtle and strange readjustment that seemed to outlast the ‘conversation’ had an immediate beneficial effect. Gentle, not radical, but absolutely identifiable, the improvement has lasted to this day.
I am hugely grateful to Marian for what she achieved in one session, and grateful to our trusting relationship which allowed me to try something I would normally have avoided." Dominic
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