EFT / Tapping is based on the premise that what we think and what we believe has a direct effect on our nervous system. When we think a stressful thought, our nervous system sends a message through the body to the amygdala of our brain that holds the fight, flight, or freeze response. We go into the stress response. Our cortisol levels increase. And our brain and our whole body are involved which directly affects our attitude, efforts, and actions.
Using our fingers to tap on acupressure points on our face, hands and chest, while voicing our feelings and beliefs, physically interrupts the stress connection that runs through the nervous system to the amygdala. Clinical trials have shown that cortisol levels are reduced with tapping. When the stress levels are reduced, we’re out of fight / flight / freeze mode, are able to let go of our negative beliefs and emotions, and think clearly and respond consciously, with awareness, to whatever our particular situation is.
Science, trials, brain scans & articles:
Read the Huffington Post article on tapping for entrepreneurs here.
PTSD - Psychological trauma symptom improvement in veterans using emotional freedom techniques: a randomized controlled trial:- Effect of the Emotional Freedom Technique on Perceived Stress, Quality of Life, and Cortisol Salivary Levels in Tension-Type Headache Sufferers: A Randomized Controlled Trial:
Relationships - Watch Dr. Sue Johnson speak about how effective EFT Couples Therapy is as shown in the fMRI brain scans: