EFT Tapping Acupressure Points for Anxiety (Same Points Used in Acupuncture)!
Did You Know EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Tapping uses Acupuncture Points for Anxiety?
This is Helpful to go along with our AcuPRESSURE sessions (Patients doing the 1-on-1 Free Video Sessions with me during the COVID-19 Pandemic while we Stay-at-Home to help flatten the curve).
These are points you can use at home to help move from Fight-or-Flight back into the Rest and Digest
aka “chilling in a hammock” state of being.
This can help in all types of situations, not only during a scary, stay-at-home-we are in a Pandemic” kind of situation!
For the point of this simple version (and because I do not care for doing the self-talk therapy along with it), we will leave out the affirmation/ self-talking part of the technique.
That is the beauty in most things in life, if ya don’t like part of something or it just doesn’t work for you, you can leave it out. Stick with what works! GET IT? “STICK!” Never mind.
You shouldn’t be sticking yourself with needles anyway-unless you are a licensed acupuncturist like me, of course or a phlebotomist or a nurse (by the way, acupuncture needles are not hollow like a hypodermic used by a nurse because it does not need to carry anything like a vaccine into your body.
That is why some call it “DRY NEEDLING.” It is also why the needles acupuncturists use do not hurt the way the hypodermic needles do-well that and you can fit like 10 acupuncture needles into a hypodermic! They are about 1/10 the diameter or thickness so WAY more comfortable!
So as to not get off track…
EFT Tapping-How to:
To do the EFT Tapping on acupuncture points (OR for you, acuPRESSURE),
Tap Points: Simply tap lightly with a finger on each point. Be gentle. You don’t have to leave a mark to be effective. More pressure is not better, necessarily.
Sequence of Points: I like to go in order of outer hand, below pinky finger (at 2nd crease) aka the “karate chop” point. You know, right where you strike when you karate chop all those wooden boards in your garage (or in your mind if not trained), then top of head, going in downward direction to each point, ending at side of torso/ under the arm.
# of Taps Per Point: Tap each point 5-7 times. Then go on to next point.
How Many Times Should I tap on the sequence of points?
Rinse and Repeat.
You can repeat this as many times as needed until you feel more chill. Let your Highstrung-ometer be your guide to how many times to repeat in one session. Sometimes I like to do this in traffic, like when another driver tries to kill me by cutting me off or driving so close behind that I cannot see the first 1/3 of their car (and cannot move any further than the bumper in front of me). Or-like now during a friggin’ PANDEMIC! Who is NOT Stressed?
Some of us, pendulate back and forth between a healthy state of,
“I’m okay, You’re Okay” to “OMG-When will Life EVER Go Back to some type of NORMAL again?”
I digress. Again. What can I say? I’m a story teller. A close friend recently told me that one of the things her husband really likes about me is my story-telling ability!
Wow, that really FELT GOOD to hear!
Back to it: So like I said, repeat as many times as possible. Some like to talk about what is bugging them while doing this. I am not one of those. I like to keep things As Simple As Possible. Lots of other stuff can’t be simplified. I believe THIS can be simple.
I DO like to work on breathing techniques. This can cause more anxiety, however if you find you start trying to control the breath or the mind starts to ask you, “Are You SURE You’re DOING this RIGHT??!”
Don’t get stuck! Get it? Okay, okay. I’ll stop.
…So, if you find focus on breath is more of a hassle at first, leave it out. Remember, as with most thing, you gotta do what works for you. We have all self-soothed with a healthy tool, only to start going down a dark rabbit hole of over-thinking!…There are a lotta tools in life. Use the best tool that works for you. Lefties don’t like Right-handed scissors for a reason! Do not Overthink it!
Does it Matter Which Side You Do First?
You can do one side, then alternate to the other.
You can do left side a couple times, then right side.
For some points you can choose the side with the most tender spot (under the clavicle or collar bone). This is often tender while feeling anxious.
- Starting with Karate chop point on hand. Then at top of head, progressing down body to last point which is located under arm.
- Tap each point gently about 5-7 times each.
- Repeat sequence as many times as you need.
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Check back next week for some Qi Gong (“Chee Gong”). If you are a patient of mine, it will pair well with our Free Video 1-on-1’s during the COVID-19 stay-at-home time!
Written by Aleesha D Ackerman, LAc
Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.
She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as hot flashes, mood imbalance, low energy and for Cosmetic Acupuncture for wrinkles, crow’s feet, laugh lines and improvement in overall skin tone . Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.
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