Tap and breathe away stress!
By Angelika Christie, ND
Nov 10, 2009 - 3:38:44 PM
Tapping your stress away? Yes, and I
am not talking about ‘tap dancing’ here, although that sounds like
fun also and it may work, while you tap-dance (smile). What I am talking
about here is a method called: EFT, which stands for ‘Emotional Freedom
In order to understand why EFT is so
successful in stress relief amongst many other issues like pain relief,
phobias addictions etc., is that it influences the energy flow along
the meridians in your body.
Just imagine a road net
of interstates and highways. Our meridians are like highways, or energy
lines that connect important organs and body systems with each other.
When you feel well, the roads (meridians) are open, which allows the
energy (traffic) to run smoothly along these paths. When you experience
stress or disease, there is a disruption in your energy system, which
is like a traffic jam on one or more of the highways (your meridians).
There are certain points alongside your meridians that regulate the
flow of energy. Bringing back the example from road traffic, just imagine
a switch station from which traffic is regulated. When there is a traffic
jam, the switch station regulates it by changing the sequence of traffic
lights, or opening additional lanes.
If there is a traffic jam (energy block)
within or alongside your meridians, your body is in distress. With EFT
you can influence the blockage by tapping on certain points along side
your meridians to open up the energy flow on these points. These points
are just like switchboards in traffic. In Chinese medicine these points
are also known as ‘acupuncture points’. Now take a moment to visualize
what you have just read.
You don’t have to know
why tapping on these acupuncture points helps to alleviate almost all
disorders; it is just how the intelligence of your autonomic nervous
system works. It happens so fast that your rational mind cannot understand
nor follow it anyway. EFT tapping works; it has been used successfully
for decades by healthcare professionals and laymen alike. There is a
basic sequence in the tapping technique, which can be learned within
an hour of instruction. The tapping is done with your fingertips, usually
your index finger and middle finger. Some people include the ring and
little finger as well, which covers a larger tapping area so you don’t
have to be as precise as with two fingers. When tapping with your fingertips,
you are likely to also activate the points there as well as those alongside
the ones you are tapping on. Your fingertips have more meridians than
your finger pads. The tapping should be firm. But if you are a woman
with very long fingernail, you have to use your finger pads, so that
you do not stab yourself!
Tapping in the right sequence
is one aspect of EFT, the other important one is the correct script
for the condition you want to change. It is a bit more than repeating
a positive affirmation. Unfortunately, many people who want to learn
EFT have a problem or hesitation when it comes to creating a proper
script for their condition. I can teach you the tapping sequence of
EFT in a few minutes. What takes a bit more practice is the script that
goes with the tapping. For example, if you are so angry that you are
ready to ‘explode’ and you say a positive affirmation of “ I am
calm and relaxed”, your internal voice may say: “Who are you kidding?
not calm and relaxed!!!” But if you say:” Although I
feel really angry now, I completely love and accept myself, and I
choose to let go of….. (whatever would be appropriate for your
particular situation). That is where your script comes in and is important.
The sequence of tapping is completed in less than a minute, but you
may have to repeat the sequence up to 10 times, or until your anger
level (which may be as high as a 10 on a scale of 10 to 1), comes down
to at least a 2.
Most people are surprised that this seemingly
‘silly’ tapping can accomplish this in such a short time; but is
does, and it works on physical, mental and emotional issues alike.
Find an EFT teacher and learn this easy
and effective method, or call me for the next workshop.
The right way of breathing
is another tool to affect almost all conditions that you may want to
influence or change. You may ask: is there a wrong way to breathe? Yes,
there is, and you are more likely than not to do it wrongly. At least
90% of my clients do not know how to breathe naturally. Babies breathe
naturally; just watch how their little bellies expand on their in-breath
and flatten on their out-breath. Is this how you breathe? You think
so, but don’t know? Try and see how your abdomen rises and falls with
your breath. If you are like most adults, you suck your belly in when
you inhale, and relax it when you exhale. Why do you do this? You don’t
know, because it just happens and you are unconscious of this automatic
activity. There has been a time when you changed your natural breathing
to this unnatural one, and it probably happened during your adolescence
when you were told to ‘suck in your stomach’ or you were holding
your breath often, which we do when under any kind of stress. Somewhere
around that time you switched to a breathing that is unnatural to your
body and does not support your state of vitality and calm centeredness.
When you inhale, your belly
expands. When you exhale, your belly contracts.
Why? Just imagine your middle body as
a vessel, or balloon; when air enters, the vessel fills, or the balloon
expands, and when the air leaves the vessel empties, or the balloon
deflates. Consequently, during
your inhalation your abdomen should naturally expand through the air
that takes up the space there, and flatten when the space becomes vacant
This is precisely why you
have to re-learn how to breathe properly. Your breath affects every
part of your body, through your nervous system. You have to learn the
simple natural breathing before you can train your breath to regulate
your blood pressure, stress level, pain response and other conditions.
If you learn EFT and proper breathing, you have two powerful tools to
regulate and bring back balance to your body. Right breathing is as
important as right nutrition; it is what keeps us healthy or makes us
sick. Call me for instruction in these modalities.
Angelika Christie ND is the managing
director of Radiant Health Center
You can reach her at 242-352-1010
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