Ease Unhealthy Stress with Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

True health should be available for everyone, and it is. It is part of our genetic inheritance and our bodies are designed to heal and regenerate, giving us freedom to pursue life to the fullest. Vital health comes from supporting three main physical categories: physical, chemical and emotional.

Physical health comes from moving and strengthening our bodies, avoiding injuries and getting proper rest. Chemical health involves avoiding junk foods, pollution, harsh chemicals and medications, while supporting detoxification and nutrition by eating wholesome foods. Emotional health is often overlooked, but it affects everything about the way our bodies work.

Research has linked emotional stress to a wide variety of health problems, including pain, lowered immune function, increased blood pressure and chronic inflammation. As a culture, America values productivity achieved by excessive hours worked in stressful environments. Add to that life’s inherent stress factors; financial obligations, poor health, family meltdowns, global events and peer pressure, and we have a recipe for emotional and physical crisis.

It is important to care for our emotional health by finding balance and healthy ways to de-stress, lest we drive our bodies to sympathetic dominance (a state of chronic stress) and create long-term hormonal imbalances that damage our health. While we cannot eliminate stress entirely, tools such as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) can help our body compensate for the bioelectrical “short-circuiting” that may disrupt many of our body’s important systems.

EFT is an effective tool for releasing stressful energy from our bodies and bringing balance back in a stressful world. It is a form of acupressure that helps reduce stress and neutralize negative emotions. Gentle tapping with the fingertips is used to input kinetic energy onto specific meridians on the head and chest while the subject thinks about their specific problem and voices positive affirmations.

This combination of tapping at the energy meridians and voicing positive affirmation works to clear the mind and emotional short-circuit from the body’s bioenergy system. With restored energy and body balance, the strong charge of emotion is reduced or even neutralized, allowing the freedom to move forward and heal.

EFT is simple and easy to learn. It begins with a mindfulness of thoughts or feelings of stress. For example, “Even though I have this stress about work, I fully and completely accept myself.” This mindfulness affirmation can be stated out loud or silently. The second step is to gently tap through nine acupressure points on the head and upper torso. The points are on the side of the hand, top of the head, top of the eyebrow, side of the eye, below the eye, below the nose, chin, collar bone and under the arm. While it is important to tap all the points, it is not necessary to be absolutely precise. Tapping the general area will adequately stimulate the area.

Then the mindful statement is repeated, along with the tapping, through two entire circuits. The two steps bring together the body’s electrical system and the body’s mindfulness to neutralize the emotional charge of painful or distressing thoughts and feelings.

EFT has been used to successfully neutralize past traumas, day-to-day stress, cravings and distress. It is also a powerful tool for affirming positive thoughts and emotions. EFT, incorporated with a positive daily affirmation, can bring even more power to our words. It is one of the easiest and most powerful tools to bring balance to our daily level of energy.

Jennifer Taylor and Christy Porterfield, of HealthWorks: A Creating Wellness Center, are practicing doctors of chiropractic in Plano and chapter leaders for the Weston A. Price Foundation. For more information or to attend their Nov. 6 EFT workshop, call 972-612-1800 or visit HealthWorksTX.com.


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