Freedom Through Tapping

By Prabha Shiyani - Integrative Nutrition Health Coach -


If you suffer from anxieties, phobias, chronic pain or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) it can feel like you are trapped in a cage with no way out, but what if there was a solution? A tool that is drug free and requires no special equipment but could release you from the confines of stifling feelings and once learnt could be self applied. That tool is Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or tapping as some know it.

This powerful healing technique is used all over the world by millions of people. It’s been proven to be over 80% clinically effective for stress, fears, depression, cravings, weight loss and many other physical symptoms.¹

EFT works on the principles of the meridians used in Chinese acupuncture. These energy channels run through our body including the major organs. Where acupuncturists use needles along the meridians, in EFT you use your fingers to tap on certain points on the body.

The theory behind EFT is that the cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system. This can be caused by a particular incident or distressing event. By tapping on meridian points whilst saying certain statements, you can clear the blocked channels which can leave you feeling calmer and able to move forward. Our amygdala, which is located in our brain, is our stress centre and by tapping these meridian points you are deactivating the amygdala, releasing stress and sending calming signals. Tapping can also help to shift underlying limiting beliefs.

This is a technique I often use myself in times of stress or even when I have a headache and I’ve seen fantastic results using EFT with my clients. People have even used EFT successfully with children and animals. Working with a practitioner can really help you peel back the layers to get to the core issues, however, once you have learnt EFT it is a tool that you have at your disposal for life and it can be used anytime, anywhere.


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