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Tapping or Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a hands-on tool you can use anytime and anywhere to regulate your emotions. To stop the Fight, Flight, Freeze response and bring yourself back to neutral (or as close as possible).
It is a brain hack that sends signals to the amygdala in the brain that effectively tells the brain it’s safe. In turn, the amygdala stops producing the stress hormones of cortisol and adrenaline. Therefore the Fight, Flight, Freeze response is paused in its tracks. The body, feeling safer, can get back to its normal operation and function of cell rest, regeneration and recovery.
Combining acupressure /acupuncture (without the needles) and psychology, you physically tap with your fingers on key points on the body. At the same time as talking about the negative emotion you are feeling or negative thoughts you are having.
Tapping lets the emotion go for good, and it can help re-write negative beliefs, all working deep in the subconscious mind.
I was drawn to Tapping while suffering from severe PTSD following the loss of our first baby Alice, in November 2014. Within 7 months I was pregnant again and suffering from severe anxiety, I knew I needed to do something.
My sister introduced me to EFT, after she used it to help her with flashbacks from a car crash. I immediately signed up for 6 sessions. My first session was so life-changing. I continued using it on my own for the next 3 years before taking the EFT training to share this effective technique with as many parents as possible.
I have now been tapping for 6.5 years. Over that time, I’ve gone on to have two sons (a planned C section and natural birth) – all using the tapping technique.
It is very effective as a self-help tool to manage day-to-day emotions as they arise. Such as guilt and shame, anger and frustration, sadness, and grief.
Working with a therapist, past traumas can be healed. Big traumas such as car crashes, baby loss, death of a loved one, abuse and small traumas such as bullying, emotional neglect, abandonment, and much more.
Tapping alleviates symptoms of anxiety, PND, depression, PTSD, physical pain and much more. It can also be used on hayfever, compulsions, depression, fears + phobias, all negative emotions, physical pain e.g. period pain, and insomnia. As it releases stress and therefore allows the body to rest more effectively. Sleep can often be improved as a result.
The great news is that Tapping can be used on babies and children too. With babies, you can tap either side of their spine lightly with two fingers and with young children you can use many of the same points as the adult. With children, you can stay silent and just tap, which is very relaxing when they are going to sleep. Or you can model and say words that explain how they are feeling in that moment.
The latest research, conducted by Dr Peta Stapleton (March 2020), shows that we can experience a 43% reduction in cortisol by an hours group tapping. This means tapping together with people on high-level topics such as anxiety. Therefore if you tapped on your own experience it is likely that the drop in cortisol would be higher.
I work with mostly mums on a 1-2-1 basis to help them release bigger traumas, emotions and limiting beliefs. I find just three sessions can make a significant impact. If you fancied trying tapping yourself, you can tap along with me on my You Tube channel (link below). Or you can join my monthly Membership and Community called ‘Tapping into Motherhood’.
This membership will give you access to 60+ tapping videos, workshops, courses, meditations, resources and a 10 hour Mindset + Manifestation course. You’ll be able to connect with likeminded Mums all using tapping and other tools to change their life. Enabling them to be more resilient and enjoy their motherhood journey a little bit more.
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Sarah Tobin found Emotional Freedom Technique / Tapping while suffering from severe PTSD following the loss of her first baby Alice, November 2014.