Because I have treated people with PTSD for over 30 years I was able to recognize my own PTSD symptoms. I also knew that the solution was as close as my fingertips! It is called EFT Tapping. EFT Tapping is a simple acupressure method that involves gentle touching or tapping on only 8 acupressure points, mostly on the face. You can see me demonstrate how to do it on You Tube.
As I focused on my anxiety, the memory of the loud explosions, and my feelings of powerlessness during the unknown early morning danger, I tapped on these points using just the tips of my index and middle fingers:
- Crown of the head
- Beginning of the eyebrow near the nose
- Outside edge of the eye socket
- Under the lower eyelid
- Under the nose
- Under the lower lip
- Under the knob of the collarbone
- On the side of the body 4 inches under the armpit.
I kept gently tapping around and around for only a few minutes until my tension disappeared and I was able to remind myself that I had not been harmed, and my home had not been invaded.
Every one of us has had similar experiences in which we either were present at a terrifying moment or possibly saw something horrific on TV like what happened on 9/11 that traumatized our nation. Most of us were in a safe place nowhere near the tragedy, yet we may have participated in the horror and destruction as if we were. That trauma became embedded in our brains and may be retriggered instantly even years later. Find out more about this in my book, Five Simple Steps to Emotional Healing.
The amazing thing about EFT Tapping is that this technique actually raises a soothing brain chemical called Serotonin. If, as I did, you focus on a scary memory, emotion or belief as you tap, the Serotonin will flood the fear center in your brain. When this happens the fear stops being triggered... permanently!
You will be able to recall the event or emotion without feeling as if it was happening again. It will be like looking at a photograph on your computer. You will be able to talk about it calmly because you know that it is over and you survived.
Take advantage of a free consult with Gloria to find out more about your PTSD.