Hey, I’m Sarah!
What is tapping?
EFT (emotional freedom techniques) tapping draws on the ancient Chinese medicine practice of acupuncture. Acupuncture is based on the idea that the body’s energy travels along certain paths in the body. Specific points (meridian points) on these pathways are stimulated (with very thin needles or pressure) to improve the flow of energy.
Studies have shown that acupuncture can improve many conditions such as musculoskeletal pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, infertility and many others. Scientists believe that since the Central Nervous System is stimulated, it may cause the body to release some helpful chemicals.
Tapping is used similarly to acupressure as a series of points in the body are stimulated by tapping them gently with your fingers. Affirmations are used while you tap on various locations. The main goals are to acknowledge the issue you’re dealing with (anxiety, PTSD, pain, etc) and accept yourself despite the problem. Different outlines are used in different sources but the way our running team does it is like this:
Even though I have [this fear or problem], I still love and value and accept myself.
The locations used:
the heel of the hand: small intestine meridian
eyebrow: bladder meridian
side of the eye: stomach meridian
under the nose: governing vessel
chin: central vessel
collarbone: kidney meridian
under the arm: spleen meridian
top of the head: governing vessel
You begin by tapping the heel of your hand while reciting your mantra 3 times. Then you move down the list to your eyebrow then side of the eye while continuing to recite your phrase 3 times while you tap each location. You always finish with the top of the head point.
EFT Tapping is a kind of meditation for me. I always finish it feeling a little lighter of energy and body. There is research that shows that it can be effective for anxiety treatment and as a cognitive therapy technique for other psychological problems.
My 87 year old running coach taught this to my teammates and I after practice one day. There are often giggles while we do it as it feels hippy-dippy and we feel a little strange as we practice ancient Chinese medicine in the busy park in our city but we undeniably feel a little bit better after we slow down, breathe, tap, and recite kind things to our self. The thing about alternative medicine is that when used properly, it never makes things worse. Unlike many Western healing methods that involve drugs and procedures with side effects and risks. There are only benefits to tapping so why not give it a try??