What if you could literally massage your problems away?
That’s the idea behind this Chinese acupressure technique except that you’re “tapping” away your stress and anxiety.
What is “Tapping?”
Tapping is part of a stress relief method called Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). EFT is also sometimes called “tapping” itself.
Tapping is when you stimulate the 9 meridian points of the body.
The full technique includes 3 simple steps:
1) Tune into a problem in your life
2) Create a positive affirmation around the problem such as “Even though I have [insert problem], I deeply and completely love and accept myself.” (Example: Even though I have this fear of public speaking, I deeply and completely accept myself.”
3) Recite this positive affirmation or vent about the problem while activating the 9 meridian points of the body.
For a visual demonstration, watch the video below.
Health Benefits of EFT
Dr. Mark Hyman highly recommends this practice.
“EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is one of a group of therapies collectively referred to as ‘energy psychology’ or EP” (Church 1).
The technique is a mixture of ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology.
According to a study done by Depression Research & Treatment, EFT has been found to:
- reduce depressive symptoms
- reduce emotional triggering
- reduce anxiety
- reduce cortisol/stress levels
- increase relaxation
EFT has become the preferred method of treatment for psychological conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
Tap Your Problems Away
Try EFT and experience the health benefits for yourself.
If you try it and decide that you love it, you may want to consider signing up for the Tapping World Summit, which will be held February 24, 2014 at 8 pm.
It is an online event where you can practice EFT with others from all around the word and learn more about the technique.
For more information, go to the Tapping World Summit website.
Church, Dawson, Midanelle A. De Asis, and Audrey J. Brooks. “Brief Group Intervention Using Emotional Freedom Techniques For Depression In College Students: A Randomized Controlled Trial.” Depression Research & Treatment (2012): 1-7. Academic Search Complete. Web. 3 Dec. 2013.