Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can be described as a normal response to exposure to an extreme life-threatening situation. Symptoms of PTSD include flash backs, re-experiencing the traumatic situation in nightmares and wanting to avoid things that remind you of the trauma.
When your body/mind senses a threat to your survival it automatically activates your survival mechanism. This includes your
amygdala that controls your emotions and also your hippocampus that stores memories with emotions and body sensations.
The amygdala and hippocampus send information to your autonomic nervous system that controls bodily functions including
heart rate, digestion, respiratory rate, salivation and pupil dilation. The autonomic nervous system has two sub- systems known
as the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) and the sympathetic nervous system (SNS).
Itís the sympathetic nervous system that is responsible for the fight/flight/freeze stress response that is activated when you are experiencing the symptoms of PTSD. Itís important to understand itís your bodyís way of trying to protect you from harm but that this survival mechanism can become a problem when it is repeatedly triggered in day-to-day life.
EFT is a therapy from the new field of energy psychology that combines western talk therapy with tapping on meridian points.
These points are part of your meridian energy system. This system forms the basis of many eastern holistic therapeutic practices
and is based on the understanding that your mind, body and spirit are all connected. Tapping works simultaneously with these aspects
of your being allowing you to safely and naturally release emotional blocks caused by traumatic experiences that are held in the body
and your energy field.
When you experience a traumatic event your subconscious records every detail of it with all your five senses. From that point whenever the subconscious mind recognizes a person, situation or event similar to the traumatic one it will trigger your fight/flight/freeze response and your emotions associated with the event that you suppressed at the time as part of your survival response.
By tapping on a number of meridian points on your face, upper body and hand Emotional Freedom Technique allows you to gently release the emotions triggered by traumatic memories. Scientific research has shown that tapping reduces the blood flow to the amygdala and so calms your fight/flight/freeze response returning you to a relaxed state. This helps you to see the event with a new perspective that allows resolution and acceptance of the past so you can move forward in your life.
Whilst EFT has a high success rate and seems to work for most people most of the time there is no guarantee that what has worked for others will work for you. As an alternative therapy it is always recommended EFT is used in addition to medical advice from your GP or a health professional.