Dr. Darlene Teaches EFT Tapping Technique
Having trouble with the mental/cognitive aspect of weight loss? You are not alone, but science has been providing us with some very encouraging evidence that we can enhance healing by adding evidence-based psychotherapy methods to our tool belt. One such approach called Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, has been gaining in popularity because of the results people are seeing. An article on Examiner.com said EFT was “one of the most successful psychology self-help techniques ever developed.” Developer, Gary Craig, says “EFT isn’t perfect, of course. We don’t get 100%. But it usually works well and the results are sometimes spectacular. It often works where nothing else will. Further, EFT often provides relief for a very wide range of physical symptoms. (1) This, too, is abundantly clear in our case histories, which provide unmistakable evidence of the link between our physical ailments and our emotional issues.” According to a study by EFT Universe of 216 healthcare workers, anxiety and depression dropped by 45% using tapping. Pain dropped by 68%. More than 100 scientific papers about EFT have appeared in peer-reviewed medical and psychology journals. These include dozens of randomized controlled trials, outcome studies, and review articles by investigators from top institutions like Harvard and Stanford. Studies have been published in top medical and psychology journals. They have demonstrated just how effective EFT can be. (2)
EFT combines exposure to the challenge we are facing, cognitive therapy, and acupressure. Adding acupressure with cognitive behavioral techniques usually produces much quicker results than either method alone. It can be especially helpful with the process of weight loss and food addiction. After just 20 minutes of EFT weight loss participants saw their cravings drop by 83%! (1)
Multiple studies have now shown us that the body doesn’t store memories just in our brain, but we also store them in our body. Just as a computer’s central processing unit disperses fragments of information all over the hard drive, the brain spreads pieces of memories all over the body, thus it makes sense to involve the whole body when creating new neural pathways. We know that a huge part of creating lifestyle changes and new relationships with food is a mental process that has to be addressed along with our food choices. Even simple tapping of just the forehead can help curb cravings. Richard Weil, M.Ed. CDE, Director of the Weight Loss Program at Mt Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital in New York City found that having people tap across the forehead blurred the mental image and neutralized the craving. (3)
Employing EFT can make the process even faster. We can use EFT for cravings, combating sabotaging thoughts, overcoming triggers and resetting how we think of food.
It starts with what is called the “set up” phrase. This is where you concentrate on what the problem is and combine that with telling yourself it is ok. For example, “even though I really want to eat this cookie, I’m OK.” Repeat the set-up phrase 3 times while tapping lightly on the outside of the hand, what is commonly referred to as the “karate chop” point. After going through the set-up, start tapping on the acupressure points along the body while saying a reminder phrase such as “wanting this cookie”. Starting with the top of the head, then going to the inner eyebrow, outer eyebrow, under the eye, under the nose, under the mouth, just off the collarbone and last point under the arm, 3-4 inches under the armpit, right at the bra line for women. Tap each spot gently 3-4 times while repeating the reminder phrase.
Check out this video tutorial on how to start using EFT. It only takes a few minutes to learn and is totally worth the investment in your time and practice!
(1) Craig, Gary. EFT for Weight Loss. Energy Psychology Press. 2010
(2) Church, Dawson. Learn EFT tapping. EFTUniverse.com. https://www.eftuniverse.com/tutorial/learn-eft-tapping-the-right-way
(3) Huffpost, 2014. https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/11/05/food-cravings_n_6110636.html