Have you noticed? “Tapping” has been everywhere recently. Your friend mentioned she’s been doing it to manage her anxiety. You saw it on the Today show as a natural remedy for chronic pain. But maybe you're still wondering exactly what is EFT tapping, anyway, and should you give it a shot? So let’s get a few things straight about this holistic trend.
Wait. What is EFT Tapping, Exactly?
Also known as EFT (emotional freedom technique), tapping is a form of alternative therapy that involves touching a variety of acupressure points on the body in a specific pattern in order to calm the mind and body. Proponents of tapping believe the process helps you access the amygdala, the part of the brain that creates the “fight or flight” response. By sending calming signals directly to this portion of the brain, the aim is to reduce the production of cortisol in the body, thereby easing stress, anxiety, depression and possibly even chronic pain.
How Do I Practice EFT Tapping?