TAPPING: WHAT IS IT?
I first heard of this funny word, tapping, a couple of years ago in a radio program. According to the tapping expert, you could use this technique for almost everything: from getting rid of a nasty headache to getting over your fear of flying. And best of all: you could do it on your own!
I thought it was interesting, and I asked myself the question:
What is tapping?
Tapping is the modern term for EFT, which stands for Emotional Freedom Technique and it combines ancient Chinese acupressure with our modern understanding of our thoughts, emotions, and feelings as the driving force of our actions.
Why it works?
When we feel resistance or fear the part of our brain called the amygdala is activated and our body enters in what is called “fight or flight” mode. This has physical consequences because, when we are in “fight or flight”, our levels of cortisol go up. Yes, cortisol, the stress hormone!
Also, as we talk about the resistance, fear or stress that we are experiencing, the amygdala gets activated. But, at the same time, while we tap through the points, we are sending signals to our brain to calm it down.
So, what does that mean?
That we are teaching our brain to link the resistance to calm feelings. Of course, we don’t forget what stresses us out, or associate what felt “bad” as feeling “good”. What we have now is the memory without the emotional charge it used to have. To put it simply, if the resistance were a bomb, with tapping we would’ve deactivate it.
There is nothing secret or woo woo about it. It is all based on a whole body system way of addressing issues that are keeping you from doing, saying, being, having, what you want.
What is your favourite thing to do when you are feeling stressed out?
I’d love to read it in the comments section!