Tapping your Anxiety Away

Imagine being able to make yourself feel better without taking any drugs…then stop imagining and start using TFT.

I am talking about TFT (Thought Field Therapy) the original “Tapping” therapy. You can simply start tapping some of your troubles away. It works by tapping on the same energy points used in acupuncture, no needles though, and other healing therapies. By tapping on these energy (or meridian) points, the chi energy in the body is released and you feel instant relaxation and an endorphin rush which gives you an incredible sense of wellbeing and peace.

Now I learnt TFT with Dr Roger Callahan American clinical psychologist with over 40 years of experience, the creator of TFT back in 2005 and since then use it with about 90% of my clients, use it myself daily and am lucky enough to also be able to teach people how to use it as I am a qualified Algorithm trainer. The brilliant thing about Dr Roger Callahan is that he has continued to study and progress TFT even further. Others such as EFT have ‘tried’ to emulate it.

What’s the difference between TFT and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)?
Gary Craig, the pioneer of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), learnt TFT from Callahan. Craig then devised his own version of the therapy which he coined EFT. Although many people do find EFT helpful in treating their emotional problems, EFT does not have the same proven success rates as TFT. EFT has continued to use affirmations and they still ‘tap’ all of the points. It has always seemed odd to me that you are supposed to be isolating a ‘thought field’ yet in EFT you are still continually repeating endless affirmations about acceptance etc, which surely leads you away from the ‘thought field’ ; I shall save that for another day though!

When we think of something the mind/brain activity generates an individual
thought field in much the same way as an electrical field is generated around an
item of electrical equipment.

According to Dr. Callahan’s theory, negative emotions are generated by specific
patterns of information contained within in these thought fields. Once activated
these patterns of information instruct the mind and body how to respond. This is
similar to the way in which program information held in the memory of a computer
is activated and run when an icon is clicked on a computer screen.

These information patterns have been found to be the generating power behind
the emotional and physiological signs and symptoms recognised by conventional
medicine. Most existing therapies simply attempt to subdue those symptoms with
varying degrees of success, or teach the patient how to live with their problem.
In TFT, it is recognised that the information patterns must be encoded in order to
be stored efficiently and to recreate the same experience every time. Therefore, in
order to deactivate the information patterns they must be decoded.

Access to the information patterns is achieved by having the trauma victim think
about their troubled emotion. Decoding is then achieved by firm but gentle
pressure on acupuncture points on the upper body and hands, usually by tapping
with the fingers. This tapping procedure is only successful if the acupuncture
points are stimulated in a specific order – in the same way as a combination lock is

Paul McKenna is a true believer in TFT and has been practicing it for several years and includes it in most of his book and also been demonstrating his confidence in TFT by using it with allegedly impossible cases in both of his Sky One TV series “I Can Change Your Life” and “Paul McKenna Will Make You Thin”. He has said of TFT, “….I never cease to be amazed by the powerful effect that it (TFT) has upon people to change their lives for the better.”

TFT offers a drug free, pill free alternative so if you are fed up of the medical models that haven’t worked for you then I suggest you simply give tapping a go.

We need to check where you are before we start tapping and we measure this is through the use of a Subjective Units of Distress(SUD) Scale, where the client is asked to rate their level of distress or discomfort
on a 0 – 10 scale.

It is also important to remember that the number that you represent is how you are feeling at that very moment, when simply thinking about the problem, not how you may have felt in the past not how you think you might feel in the future.
10 = maximum distress or discomfort
0 = no distress or discomfort

When tapping you need to tap firmly enough to get the energy moving. I recommend using the tips of 3 fingers.

Tapping to release Anxiety

Step 1
Tap under the eye. On the bone under eye about 1 inch below your pupil at least 5 times using 3 fingers, firmly enough to get the energy moving.

Step 2
Tap under the arm at least 5 times using 3 fingers, for ladies where your bra strap would be, and guys you know where the bra strap goes too!

Step 3
Tap the collarbone point at least 5 times using 3 fingers.The junction where the sternum (breastbone), collarbone and the first rib meet. To locate it, first place your forefinger on the U-shaped notch at the top of the breastbone (about where a man would knot his tie). From the bottom of the U, move your forefinger down toward the navel 1 inch and then go to the left (or right) 1 inch

Now do the 9 Gamut which is done in the middle of each algorithm, Begin by tapping the Gamut Spot continuously. It is on the back of either hand and is 1/2 inch behind the midpoint between the knuckles at the base of the ring finger and the little finger
Keep tapping while the following 9 actions are done

1. Close the eyes
2. Open the eyes
3. Move the eyes down and to one side
4. Move the eyes down and to the other side
5. Roll the eyes in a circle in one direction
6. Roll the eyes in a circle in the opposite direction
7. Hum a tune (about five notes) out loud
8. Count out loud from one to five
9. Hum a tune again aloud

Now check your SUD rating and repeat the whole cycle again as necessary.

For 80% of people they can get down to 0 just using this simple algorithm.

Sometimes people get stuck and that is normally to do with psychological reversal which we can also treat with TFT, that’s another blog that I will add tomorrow.

Go get tapping you might be surprised at how much better you can feel.


About janishough

I am an Agent of Change. I work with people who want to make changes, people who have had enough of being stuck. Coaching and mentoring individuals and companies to give them opportunity to be the best they can be, easily. I am an NLP Trainer, TFT Trainer, Hypnotherapist, IEMT and PPT Practitioner.
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