Mind Training: Emotional Freedom Technique

Emotional Freedom Method

Emotional freedom technique  (EFT) is about tapping fingers against your skin at specific points while thinking of a painful issue. This might sound a bit crazy, but there is evidence proving that it works.

MRI scans have shown that stimulating acupuncture points on the skin decreases activity in the areas of the brain responsible for pain. It works in two ways: you can recall a painful problem and use tapping to stop the pain response, or use positive affirmations, such as “I can do this marathon!” while tapping. This re-encodes your experience at the emotional level.

Emotional freedom technique can unblock fear of failure or a belief that you aren’t good enough, and allow you to move forward and compete at a higher level. If you are a nervous competitor, a session of tapping just before an important race may help you to reduce anxiety before taking part.

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.


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