Last week I was home with my sick teen who was laid up in bed with the flu so I had plenty of time on my hands. I have been doing some reading up on EFT for dealing with my recent panic and anxiety attacks (see here).
EFT is a series of tapping on certain points where the qi (energy) flows close to the skins surface. As you tap the acupuncture points with your fingers, you repeat a positive mantra:
"Even though I am feeling anxious/panic at this moment, I deeply love and accept myself". "It's ok that I'm feeling panic about ________, I completely love and accept ALL OF ME anyway".
Then you are suppose to rate the level of anxiety/panic/pain you are feeling - 1-10. You repeat these steps over and over, until your anxiety (or whatever is going on) level is low or gone. It is said the tapping works by stimulating certain points (like acupuncture), as a result changing brain patterns by slowing the direction of electrical flow. The affirmation or the mantra, releases the emotional "charge" that carries the negative feelings — did you understand any of that or did I totally confuse the hell out of you? Here is a much better explanation of EFT.
So I practiced all week, tapping the pressure points and saying my mantra. I didn't notice an immediate relief for an attack, however, I did feel more and more relaxed with every round of taps I completed. Although, I don't know how I would apply this technique out in a public setting — tapping and repeating a mantra might make me look... well, somewhat "off-center" one might say. Can't you just picture it?... standing in a lineup at the bank/theater/store, tapping various body parts, chanting under my breath: "... I completely love and accept myself", "...deeply love myself". Yup, a few crumpets short of a proper tea!
Some helpful EFT links:
- Here is a great blog post at iCiNG about how EFT worked for her.
- Emotional Freedom Technique on Wikipedia.
- World Center for EFT
- Emotional Freedom Techniques to relieve stress on SteadyHealth.com.