Marian Fixler, resident Acupuncturist and EFT Practitioner, Shine, Church Street, explains how Emotional Freedom Technique can help ease anxiety and stress.
These techniques can be taught to you via Zoom or Facetime, at a reduced cost or offered freely if you are working for the NHS.
“Tapping targets the root cause of health and wellbeing challenges by interrupting the body’s stress response quickly and effectively. Tapping is a powerful tool for enabling health on multiple-levels: mental, emotional and physical. From depression, anxiety and stress-related disorders to physical pain and a lot, lot more, tapping is producing consistent and compelling results.”
Mark Hyman M.D
I am reaching out not only to my existing and past patients at Shine but also to Shine users as a whole. At this time of enormous challenge that we are all facing, we are having to not only deal with how this situation impacts on our daily lives as we knew it till recently, but we are also having to find inner resources to deal with the unprecedented uncertainty this has brought us. I am already aware in my immediate circle of family and friends and patients that I have spoken to, that levels of fear, anxiety and stress are already being felt.
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is not actually about being ‘free from emotions’ but it offers a really helpful tool to enable us to manage our emotions in a way that doesn’t overwhelm us and doesn’t throw us completely off course.
We need to be able to keep ourselves on an even keel so that we can manage the challenges ahead, not only on a practical level but also with those who are close to us, with whom we will have much closer proximity for extended periods of time. Tapping allows us to process feelings of frustration, anger, fear, panic etc and all the physical consequences of this.
As you will be aware, all these (understandable but) negative feelings also impact on our nervous systems, in particular, the sympathetic nervous system (connected to ‘flight’ and ‘fright’), with the subsequent release of stress hormones and all the uncomfortable physical sensations that come with it.
In recent years there has been a growing pool of research that shows EFT produces real, lasting breakthroughs and significantly improves a wide range of health conditions. Research has shown that the brain’s stress and fear response – which is controlled by a part of your brain called the amygdala – can be lessened by stimulating the meridian points also used in acupuncture. [i]
EFT, literally involves tapping on easily accessible acupuncture points on the upper part of the body at the same time as identifying and voicing problems/issues/negative emotions/pain etc that cause dis-ease in the body. As part of the tapping protocol, we also reinforce positive affirmations to counteract the judgments that we so readily make of ourselves, and that have such a self-limiting effect.
AND FINALLY, at this time, this is something we can do together without being in the same room.
I am offering face-to-face sessions online – using Zoom or Facetime. I am also looking into running some group sessions and am in the process of offering these to fellow colleagues and practitioners who are themselves endeavouring to support their patients and clients.
My usual rates are between £75 – £80 per hour.
I can also offer 45 minute sessions at my usual rate of £65.
Much as I would love to offer you all sessions completely for free right now, I too have bills to cover and food to buy.
HOWEVER, under the current situation, I would like to suggest the following:
If your finances are unaffected you can pay me the usual rate or a proportion, reflecting changes in your own income.
If you are still in receipt of 80% of your income, you pay 80% of the usual cost.
No fee required if:
You have no income coming in.
You are in frontline services (medical staff – nurses etc).
Also I am offering Group sessions which are only £10 per hour.
Email Marian to find out more or you can contact her on 07966 411582
For more information, please visit Marian’s website: japaneseacupuncturelondon.com
[i] Dr.Dawson Church and his team, performed a randomized controlled trial to study how an hour-long tapping session would impact the stress hormone cortisol. They found that the average level of cortisol reduction was 24%, with up to a reduction of almost 50% in some subjects! In comparison, there was no significant cortisol reduction in those who underwent an hour of traditional talk therapy.
Church performed two pilot studies of EFT (for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). They demonstrated highly significant results despite a small sample size, indicating a robust treatment effect. This led to a randomized controlled trial, published in the oldest peer-reviewed psychiatry journal in North America, showing highly significant results. It demonstrated that 86% of veterans with clinical PTSD were sub-clinical after six sessions of EFT and remained so on follow-up. A concurrent study by an independent research team in Britain’s National Health Servic, showed similar findings, indicating that EFT meets the criteria of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 12 Task Force as an empirically validated treatment for PTSD. An independent replication of Church’s PTSD study found similar results. (Please go to Dr. Dawson Church’s website for more information: https://dawsonchurch.com/vitae/