Morning gorgeous xx
How are you all today? Good, I hope? If not, I do wish you the very gest and pray that things improve for you very soon xx
Today, I’d like to talk about a process called “Tapping” or EFT Tapping as it may he known. In particular I’d like to detail how it can help people in situations such as mine; to see things a little differently – Not that we don’t see things differently anyway, lol.
What’s this go to do with FeelingTrans and LGBTQ I hear you ask? Well, let me take you back in time a few weeks, as the story of how this post came to be starts back then…
About three months ago I found myself in a very difficult situation and I was face with the prospect of losing my home. I eventually did and have since moved back home to Runcorn to start afresh closer to my family. (The story of how that happened is for a different post, however). But while this was going on my friends down south were doing their very best to keep my life as upbeat as possible. And with only a few days to go before the move, I was invited to a holistic therapy fair in the quaint little city of Ely in Cambridgeshire.
The fair itself is a biannual event and is run by a group of complimentary therapists known as “PositivEly Treated”. The group also run a therapy centre; quaintly nestled in a Grade II listed building right in the heart of the city (Links and contact details to come later). And it was while I was at said fair, that I spotted a small, blue stall ticked in a corner and run by a very lovely woman by the name of Ginnah Sianni.
Ginnah herself is qualified in a number of holistic therapies, but the one of interest today is Emotional Freedom Therapy (EFT); or “Tapping” as mentioned above.
Tapping itself, not that I know a great deal about it yet, is a therapy that involves a process with some similarities to acupuncture; but with a difference. A difference that quite a number of people will like – There’s no needles. Nope, none. Nothing puncturing the skin, nothing to be scared of and you won’t look like a pin-cushion during the treatment. How very reassuring 🙂 …
Let me give you some of the blurb from Ginnah’s website (again, link later), as its a good introduction to the therapy:
What is Tapping?
Emotional Freedom Techniques or EFT Tapping enables the fast release of negative thoughts, behaviours and beliefs. Once the negative emotions or blocks have been cleared a new attitude and a positive outlook gently take the lead. EFT is brilliant as a support to business and personal life giving positive health benefits as well as increased mental well-being.
How does Tapping work?
The amygdala is the part of the brain which helps us to sense threats, its like our personal alarm and triggers the fight or flight response. Our body can’t distinguish between different types of threat. It reacts in the same way if you are just thinking about a traumatic event or if it is actually taking place.
In effect it can’t really tell the difference between a wild animal threatening our life or a work colleague telling us we’ve done something wrong. Today’s stresses could be work, financial, social or family pressures.
When the amygdala is constantly firing the body takes over as our energy gets ready to face the perceived threat. We can’t think clearly or make the best choices. Tapping sends calming signals to the amygdala. The perceived threat disappears, the brain fog lifts and we can think clearly again.
Effect of Tapping on stress and anxiety
As we now know stress is one of the main causes of disease. It disrupts the body systems in many ways and triggers our survival mechanisms, taking the energy away from replacing cells warding off pathogens and generally maintaining health in the body.
The evidence base for the use of Tapping is building, it’s been shown to have an amazing response over a range of conditions. There have been over 100 trials in 10 countries on many aspects of stress…students are finding it very effective for exam anxiety, panic attacks, depression, decreasing phobias, PTSD and even for chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia.
Tapping has the ability to turn off up to 6 genes responsible for stress. It down regulates cortisol and is a simple and safe self-help tool. Scientific research has found it lowers stress levels (cortisol) by 24 – 50% after 60 minutes. Here is a link to the study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22986277
Promising stuff? I thought so. And when I enquired further, I found out that one of the most useful (for me, at least) methods that therapists use when Tapping; is a method known as Matrix Re-Imprinting. MRI as I’ve come to call it, involves heading back deep into your past and looking again at events which happened previously from a new and different persoective. Attempting to interact with the person you were in those memories and give guidance to your old self to help you cone to terms with memory. The expected outcome being that the memory doesn’t keep jumping out of its box in your brain and affecting the present at inopportune moments.
As I got to know Ginnah, it became apparent that the relationship could be mutually beneficial. Me with my knowledge of technology & the Internet and links with the LGBT community offering that help to further her aims. While Ginnah had expertise in a therapy which will be beneficial to me and enable me to look at life from a completely different outlook. Handy…
And it has been. Ginnah has taken me back to a time when I was approximately six years old and has helped me to see those events from a completely new perspective. And in doing so, I have realised that certain issues I face and problems I have, stem from much further back than I have imagined. I’m working through those issues in my head currently, with the altered viewpoint and I can’t believe that I didn’t see these things before; yet my siblings did. If I were to apportion blame in the light of this new information, then it would be at myself for not realising this sooner.
Yet still, I cannot change the events that happened, only accept them for what they are and resolve to ensure that I do not repeat the mistakes that other people made with me – I have the knowledge now that, at that time, they did not and therefore I must use it wisely.
I’ve also come to realise that by Re-Imprinting these memory’s with a fresh perspective. I should be able to come to terms with my past and discover my true self and the true path I must follow in life. Which should, hopefully, lead to a happier, more fulfilling future. Let’s see eh?
Anyway, here’s the links I mentioned previously:
PosiyivEly Treated – https://www.positivelytreated.co.uk/
Ginnah’s website – https://headingforhappy.com/
Tap The Rainbow (Facebook) – https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=696745617738073&ref=content_filter
Go give them a shout. An enquiry coats nothing but a little time and EFT, in particular, can be practised over a video link. So you don’t have to run all the way to the middle of the Fens to get the treatment; which us a Trek, I can tell you. You never know, it might just change your life?…