and how does it work?
Around 2,000 years ago the Chinese discovered a complex system of energy circuits in the body, which they named 'meridians'. These are energy channels which transport life energy, also known as 'Qi', throughout the body, a bit like energy circuits, or ‘energy highways’ if you like.
These channels need to be open in order for our energy to flow freely, but sometimes blockages occur, interrupting the energy flow and resulting in dis-ease. If these blockages are left, we can end up feeling unwell, both psychologically and physically.
With EFT we touch the meridian end points which are just under there surface of our skin, avoiding the use of needles.
The amygdala, its name deriving from Greek for ‘almond’, is an almond-shaped set of neurons located in the brain. There are two, one in each brain hemisphere.
The amygdala is part of the limbic system, which is responsible for memory, emotions and survival instincts. The amygdala itself is responsible for the perception of emotions such as anger, fear and sadness and also helps to store memories of events as to be able to recognize similar ones in the future. Its job is to protect us from threats, a little like a smoke alarm, ready to alert and protect us.
When the amygdala is stimulated by stress it triggers the HPA (hypothalmic-pituitary-adrenal) axis and hijacks the rational part of the brain. This happens in thousandths of a second, long before the part of the brain that reasons is able to.