At our last meeting we welcomed along Chris Reynolds who is an emotional wellbeing consultant, she specialises in a technique called Tapping (also called EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique). Tapping is something that some may find useful to help focus on negative emotions or physical symptoms and re-centre themselves soothing the fight or flight response. Chris Reynolds can be contacted on 0191 2521575 or 07989970260 and works in Whitley Bay. It’s something that could help in your pain management but it’s important to find something that is right for you, as not everything will be right for everyone. I will include the video of Chris speaking at our last meeting (as Chris so kindly consented for us to use it) for anyone that wasn’t able to attend when I’m able to get it uploaded, which will hopefully be as soon as possible. It was a great meeting and we got the chance to mingle and chat at the end, and also welcomed along some new members, which was fantastic and it was so lovely to meet you!
The basic technique requires you to focus on the negative emotion at hand: a fear or anxiety, a bad memory, an unresolved problem, or anything that’s bothering you. While maintaining your mental focus on this issue, use your fingertips to tap 5-7 times each on 9 of the body’s meridian points. Tapping on these meridian points – while concentrating on accepting and resolving the negative emotion – will access your body’s energy, restoring it to a balanced state.
As Dr. Dawson Church says, “Acupoint tapping sends signals directly to the stress centres of the mid-brain, not mediated by the frontal lobes (the thinking part, active in talk therapy).” Because EFT simultaneously accesses stress on physical and emotional levels, he adds, “EFT gives you the best of both worlds, body and mind, like getting a massage during a psychotherapy session.” In fact, it’s EFT’s ability to access the amygdala, an almond-shaped part of your brain that initiates your body’s negative reaction to fear, a process we often refer to as the “fight or flight” response, that makes it so powerful.”
EB = Eyebrow SE = Side of Eye UE = Under Eye UN = Under Nose CH = Chin CB = Collarbone UA = Under Arm TH = Side of Thumbnail IF = Side of Index Finger Nail MF = Side of Middle Finger Nail LF = Side of Little Finger Nail KC = Karate Chop Point
There are two parts to The Setup:
- Repeat a Setup Statement 3X while…
- Continuously rubbing the Sore Spot or tapping tha Karate Chop Point.
The SETUP STATEMENT follows the format of acknowledging that you have a problem and then affirming self-acceptance. The default Setup Statement is,“Even though I have this problem, I deeply and completely accept myself.” Examples include,“Even though I have this sinus headache, I deeply and completely accept myself,” and “Even though I have this anger, I deeply and completely accept myself.” It doesn’t matter whether you believe the affirmation or not, just say it. And it’s more effective to emphasize the words “deeply and completely.”
To find the SORE SPOT, place two fingertips in the hollow of your neck. Then go straight down the chest about three inches, then over to either side three inches. This spot may be a little sore. If it’s really sore, rub the other side of the chest or tap the Karate Chop Point.
The KARATE CHOP POINT is the fleshy part of the hand below the outside of the little finger, the area that is contacted when you make a karate chop motion on the side of a table. Tap on that spot with two fingers of your dominant hand while repeating the setup statement three times. Either the Karate Chop Point or the Sore Spot may be used during The Setup.”
Hope this has been helpful, and as I say I will upload the video of Chris speaking into this post asap.
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