The first time I tried tapping I thought, “what’s this all about!” As I began to tap, I have to admit it felt weird tapping on the outside karate chop area of my hand. The truth is, I really didn’t understand the importance of tapping and to do it properly. There is a method and pattern to this amazing healing modality. Let’s explore this a little together.
The origin of the highly effective self-help method known as meridian tapping is ancient, but its modern forms are what are addressed on this website. Of these, TFT and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) are the most well known at present and are currently used worldwide by hundreds of thousands of people.
The meridian tapping methods have a venerable “family tree.” Their origins lie in ancient Chinese medicine with the development of acupuncture, a healing technique that uses needles the “energy meridians” or energy pathways, a term used by practitioners of this method down through the ages.
Ancient healing practitioners refined their skills over many centuries and of course acupuncture is widely used today, especially in Eastern countries. It is also recognized by Western medicine for its use for anesthesia in hospital settings.
It is important to realize, however, that acupuncture was not developed to treat emotional problems, but rather physical ones. Although occasionally a practitioner will use it today to relax a patient or to relieve severe anxiety, acupuncture does not have a systematic way of applying this method for emotional problems. In other words, traditionally acupuncture and acupressure are not viewed as psychological treatments so to say.
The development of “emotional acupuncture”, as the tapping methods are sometimes referred to, was indirectly assisted by Dr. George Goodheart, a well-known chiropractor in the United States who founded a branch of chiropractic based upon a precise method of testing the body for information about its own needs.
Goodheart had learned about acupuncture in 1962 from reading an interesting book written by the president of the Acupuncture Society in Britain. He was intrigued with the possibilities it promised for his own practice. He then studied acupuncture and soon introduced it into his own work as one of the bases of a new method he was developing called Applied Kinesiology (which uses muscle testing to determine the appropriateness of any form of treatment).
Substituting simple manual pressure for the acupuncture needles, he found that he could obtain the same beneficial results by simply applying manual pressure to the acupuncture points, or by “percussing” or “tapping” on them; an advance which made this acupuncture-derived method accessible to many more people, since it was non-threatening and non-invasive.
Building on the work of Goodheart, in the 1970’s an Australian psychiatrist by the name of John Diamond, M.D., took this discovery a step further by creating a variation of it which he called “Behavioral Kinesiology”. This derivative of Goodheart’s method added an interesting component. Diamond used affirmations (positive self-statements or thoughts) when the person was contacting selected acupuncture points, and did this specifically to treat emotional problems. His innovative departure in this respect foreshadowed the later development of the “meridian-based therapies” and Energy Psychology, in the forefront of which we find Meridian Tapping, including EFT and TFT, today.
Another significant study was conducted by Dr. Dawson Church, one of the world’s leading experts on energy psychology, and an EFT master in his own right. His study set out to determine how an hour-long tapping session would impact the cortisol levels of 83 subjects. For the sake of comparison, he also measured the cortisol levels of people who received traditional talk therapy, as well as the cortisol levels of those who received no treatment at all.
The results were fascinating. The average cortisol reduction of those who experienced an EFT Tapping session was 24%, and even hit as high as 50% in some subjects. On the other hand, people who experienced traditional talk therapy or no treatment at all didn’t experience any significant cortisol reduction. In other words, they were just as stressed at the end of it all while those who tried tapping walked out with significantly less stress!
This is but a handful of the research being conducted on EFT. These days, it seems as if a year doesn’t pass without the emergence of some great new science-based insight into why this technique is so very effective. It’s forcing naysayers to stand up, pay attention, and reconsider their disbelief about this wondrous modality.
Two of the leading lights in this field of research are the aforementioned Dr. Dawson Church and Dr. David Feinstein. They’ve made presentations at a number of our events, including the 2013 Tapping World Summit. In the months to come, we’ll also be providing you with a great deal more information on the exciting new research that’s emerging. As these studies come to the forefront, it will become apparent to any remaining doubters that EFT Tapping not only works, but also that it is in fact on the very edge of the future of healing.
Tapping helps to peel the layers of our stress and get to the root or core of the problems and replace those negative thoughts with positive life changing thoughts that provide lasting results.
Tapping is a powerful tool for improving your life on many levels, mental, emotional, and physical. It has been proven to effectively address a range of issues such as anxiety, stress, chronic pain, addictions, fears and phobias, and weight control management as well as financial abundance and stress relief and more.
This amazing technique is based on the principles of both ancient acupressure and modern psychology, tapping concentrates on specific meridian endpoints while focusing on negative emotions or physical sensations combined with our powerful spoken word, tapping helps calm the nervous system to restore balance of energy in the body and to rewire our brains to respond in healthy ways.
Tapping included with positive phrases can reduce the effects of a stressful day. With a tapping session, you can learn how to get to the core or root of the situation that is creating your problems. As you begin to tap through each tapping point in sequence you can begin to reduce and eliminate your stresses and anxiety, which are just a few of the amazing ways tapping can alleviate and remove unwanted behaviors from your life.
You can now begin to eliminate those limiting beliefs. Limiting beliefs is a false belief about yourself or the world around us. Limiting beliefs are incorrect conclusions we have based on events or experiences we have had in the past.
Your may have a limiting belief based on a previous negative event or experience and due to this experience or event you feel this shall always be the result of future outcomes. This is simply untrue.
With tapping EFT, you can begin to create changes in your life. You can learn to let go of the past struggles that have you trapped in old beliefs. Release those fears and start TAPPING.
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***As an Integrative Wellness Practitioner, I am trained and certified in many modalities for healing of the mind, body, and spirit. This is not a substitute for any medical treatment or medical diagnosis.
***This is an alternative approach to aid in the wellness of an individual. As a Wellness Practitioner I will not negate the medical treatment or any diagnosis of your medical or psychiatric treatment or prescribed medication.