What is acupressure?
Acupressure is an alternative medicine technique similar in principle to acupuncture. It is based on the concept of life energy which flows through "meridians" in the body. In treatment, physical pressure is applied to acupuncture points with the aim of clearing blockages in these meridians. Pressure may be applied by hand, by elbow, or with various devices.
EFT treats stress, anxiety, communication problems, anger management, guilt and shame, destructive behaviors, phobias, depression, fears, compulsions and addictions.
EFT Emotional Freedom Technique
Throughout the 40 plus years of being a psychotherapist I would hear people
tell their stories…(EFT introduction with Victoria Danzig)
...they would talk about what happened to them and there would be tears, but nothing really changed. There was still such an intense emotional charge when they talked about their traumatic past event. So I was motivated to try and search out what there was in the therapy world that really worked for trauma.
The first thing I learned was Thought Field Therapy, a branch of Energy psychology. Then I learned Eye Movement desensitization and reprocessing and then I tried something new, Advanced Integrative Therapy.
I trained many therapists in Thought Field Therapy and Advanced Integrative Therapy. What you're going to learn tonight is Emotional Freedom Therapy, a branch of Thought Field Therapy that is truly amazing in helping people with trauma throughout the world.
Here is the history of discovery of EFT:
Roger Callahan, who's a psychologist took about 100 hours chiropractic training and learned to do something called muscle testing. It's Applied Kinesiology. He discovered something called reversals, where you say you want to do something but the reverse happens. For example you say you want to go on a diet, but you find yourself eating chocolate. He brilliantly figured out how to correct the reversal so people could be successful. He felt he had discovered the code to nature's healing system.
Roger Callahan had a student named Gary Craig, who changed and added to the tools that Roger taught him.
Dr. Callahan had an idea of tapping on acupuncture points also called meridian points, in a sequence, and so that's the training I originally learned. But his student, Gary Craig, he took those 14 meridian acupuncture points and he said it didn't matter what order you tapped. Forget that it went this way and that way, you can tap them in any order and it still works. Dr. Callahan died in 2013, but Gary Crain is still a force in Energy Psychology.
What are the traditional ways that we know about, that you've experienced or you've heard about on TV, for treating trauma and negative beliefs?
What are the ways that you know about? We already said talk therapy, so any others?
Medication is really big right now, also Cognitive Therapy - changing your beliefs about something. So the problem with trauma work — when you're just trying to say something positive over and over again, and you don't treat the trauma underlying it — it won't stick.
It's a great thing, and it makes you feel good, but it's not permanent. Therapists and clients who've been doing trauma work want permanent change.
Energy Psychology uses the energy pathways in your body. This is a really big change in the field of psychotherapy, that all of a sudden they're connecting with their bodies to do treatment and heal. It's had a lot of resistance in the psychotherapy community.
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is a form of psychological acupressure. It's a really effective stress reliever, and it really works great with anxiety. EFT does behavioral desensitization.
Sometimes I work with people, and they're thinking about the issue, and they're really feeling a lot of upset about it, and we'll do a little tapping sequence, and they can't think about it anymore. They can't remember even what we started with, so it really desensitizes you.
It's great for stress. For example if you're going to take an exam or if you're a sports person or a performance person, it is fabulous. In fact, at the Olympics we saw some people tapping.
EFT treats stress, anxiety, communication problems, anger management, guilt and shame, destructive behaviors, phobias. It's really great with phobias. It's amazing. Depression, fears, compulsions and addictions. It can be used for performance enhancement, improved sports performance, and you get to feel more empowered. It's really positive. It's really gentle, and it's easy.
Tah shares her personal EFT session on back pain.
1. Top of the Head (TH)
With fingers back-to-back down the center of the skull.
2. Eyebrow (EB)
Just above and to one side of the nose, at the beginning of the eyebrow.
3. Side of the Eye (SE)
On the bone bordering the outside corner of the eye.
4. Under the Eye (UE)
On the bone under an eye about 1 inch below your pupil.
5. Under the Nose (UN)
On the small area between the bottom of your nose and the top of your upper lip.
6. Chin (Ch)
Midway between the point of your chin and the bottom of your lower lip. Even though it is not directly on the point of the chin, we call it the chin point because it is descriptive enough for people to understand easily.
7. Collar Bone (CB)
The junction where the sternum (breastbone), collarbone and the first rib meet. This is a very important point and in acupuncture is referred to as K (kidney) 27. To locate it, first place your forefinger on the U-shaped notch at the top of the breastbone (about where a man would knot his tie). From the bottom of the U, move your forefinger down toward the navel 1 inch and then go to the left (or right) 1 inch. This point is referred to as Collar Bone even though it is not on the collarbone (or clavicle) per se.
8. Under the Arm (UA)
On the side of the body, at a point even with the nipple (for men) or in the middle of the bra strap (for women). It is about 4 inches below the armpit.
“Though we’re not yet sure why, tapping seems to turn off the amygdala’s alarm—deactivating the brain’s arousal pathways. Tapping on the meridian endpoints sends a calming response to the body, and the amygdala recognizes that it’s safe. What’s more, tapping while experiencing—or even discussing—a stressful event counteracts that stress and reprograms the hippocampus, which compares past threats with present signals and tells the amygdala whether or not the present signal is an actual threat.”
Nick Ortner, The Tapping Solution