Everyone knows that life is unpredictable. Entertainers who have spent their lives performing center stage have been gripped with sudden anxiety and other mood disorders, for example. Our lives and minds can change in an instant. New science and technologies are researching methods to help the brain and body function at their optimal levels. Ancient secrets and advanced 21st-century knowledge are now blending together to help more people adapt to our ever-changing lifestyles.

Clinical trials have found that Emotional freedom techniques show promising results in the field of psychology. Emotional freedom techniques (EFT) combine modern ideas in psychology such as positive affirmations and talk therapy with acupressure techniques. Natural disaster teams and health practitioners recognize the benefits of using emotional freedom techniques to help alleviate the trauma experienced by survivors of hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods.

What kinds of ailments can emotional freedom techniques help heal?

Self-sabotaging actions
Psychological and physical stress
Mood disorders
Severe anxiety
Eating disorders including diet and weight loss issues
Phobias
Trauma/post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Chronic pain
Substance abuse addiction (commonly used in non 12-step rehab)
Grief, shame, and guilt

Energy psychology is a new branch of science. This form of study is taking alternative approaches to how people heal their mental and emotional afflictions. Psychology is described as a discipline that helps people understand the mind. Many psychologists try to determine how the mind perceives events and the human behaviors that result from these events.

Energy psychology studies how the body and brain use electrical energy to operate. According to this field, energy resides outside of and inside of us. Bioenergy is commonly recognized in yoga and meditation. Both practices use mental and physical exercises based on assigned chakras to moderate energy. (Chakras are wheels of energy in the body that can influence our spiritual, mental, and physical beings.) It is believed that a person’s energy can become blocked or transformed, which can then affect flow of bioenergy.

Tapping is one of the most widely used tools of EFT. The concept is similar to the process of unblocking chakras by using mental focus and some form of movement. It combines a mix of acupressure and positive affirmations. It uses a series of taps on specific areas on the body with fingertips.

Tapping accesses meridian points. Meridian points on our body are related to key areas that are responsible for electric vibrations that flow inside our internal body. Chinese medicine uses hundreds of meridian points on the body to help patients find relief from various health conditions. Tapping focuses on nine meridian points to get the energy chi flowing again.

How does tapping work? If practitioners tap on the endpoints of the body’s meridians, this action can deactivate the amygdala, the area in the brain that can trigger responses related to arousal, fear, and emotional stimulation. In short, tapping can calm the brain and body.

Negative emotions and thoughts can become desensitized once tapping activates the pressure points. Our bodies are known to react in times of distress and excitement. This creates blocked pathways. People say they feel butterflies in their stomach in times of fear, anxiousness, and nervousness. By tapping pressure points, our bioenergy is able to travel freely. The brain is now able to react in more favorable manner. Non 12-step rehab healing centers have been able to address the problem of craving through tapping sessions. The sessions address the feelings and emotions related to the physical manifestation of cravings by clearing the body’s bioenergy pathways.

Are you ready to try tapping on your own? To experience the full benefit of this practice, you should seek a trained EFT practitioner. But if you are curious about tapping, here is a simple exercise that is at the core of many tapping sessions.

Rate the intensity of the problem you are facing at the moment on a scale from 1-10.
Locate what is called the karate chop point, an area between the base of the baby finger and above the wrist.
Recognize your negative thoughts, emotions, and feelings and put them into statements that begin “I feel …,” and “I know…,” and then follow these statements with a positive affirmation, such as “But I will overcome this.”
Apply tapping pressure 5-7 times while saying those statements aloud.
Rate the intensity of the problem again.

Tapping combines ancient practices and modern science to address our problems. It is yet another illustration of how the body, brain, and spirit are all connected.

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Comment by Lisa Shaw on August 3, 2017 at 7:37am

Hi, Zena. Thanks for submitting. I'm the OMTimes Spirituality editor and have some suggestions for this article.  First, because EFT is a copyrighted modality, it would help if you provide a bit of background/history and give credit to the founder, Gary Craig.  You also mention energy medicine and its connection to EFT, so I would give credit to Donna Eden as well. It would help the readers understand the origin, progression, and validity of the practice.  Thanks!

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