*images from Tournesol Wellness website*
Last week I visited the Tournesol Wellness center in midtown Manhattan and tried an EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique, session. The Emotional Freedom Technique is a clinically proven way to reduce stress, depression, cravings, and negativity to create happiness and health in your life.
Have you ever heard of tapping? I actually heard Iyanla Vanzant talk about it on the OWN Help Desk this past weekend – EFT or tapping is literally the act of tapping on your acupressure points to reduce stress.
In the 1 hour session, it was a combination of talk therapy and tapping – which I totally didn’t expect. To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect when I walked in Tournesol. When I arrived, the owner, Carey Davidson, greeted me and told me more about the center and assured that I was going to love the Emotional Freedom Technique session.
The EFT Therapist, Rochelle Blitz, walked me upstairs to a pristine room that was very clean – but still felt warm. I know that must sound odd, but I feel like the room was extremely bare – but in a way that made you feel that you weren’t taking in anyone else’s energy but your own. You were able to reflect upon your own thoughts and experiences without being distracted.
Before we started, Rochelle explained how an Emotional Freedom Technique session is run. We would start off by discussing whatever was on my mind and any area that I felt I wanted to improve. Coincidentally, I had been battling a headache that was on the verge of becoming a migraine, so we started there.
Rochelle would make statements regarding my headache (or any other issue that I brought up) while she was tapping on the acupressure points, and I would repeat and mimic her tapping motions. After we did one full cycle of the tapping, she would ask me how I felt and ask if anything changed. Throughout the entire session, she encouraged me to speak up and talk about anything else that was on my mind or correct her if her statements did not make sense.
So the crazy thing is that the act of tapping helps stimulate brain activity for you begin to think more clearly and make connections between the stress/pain (my headache) and why my body was reacting in that way. Given my post on Friday – it all made sense to me.
I know this all sounds a bit unclear – so let me give you a more concrete example of how the session would go:
While tapping on the first pressure point (the side of the hand) – you begin talking about the first issue.
“Even though my head is pounding, I love and accept myself…. my head has been hurting all day…. all under my eyes and on my face… I love and accept myself… On a scale of 1 – 10, my headache is a 7… I love and accept myself.”
As you move through the various tapping points (1-8), you continue to talk about how you are feeling in that moment. After each cycle, you reassess, and either repeat, or address something else that came up. The words are not concrete, it’s more about how you feel and accepting/loving yourself in that moment.
In my own session, we went from discussing my headache, to pressures at work, to pressures with friends, and in the end, the pressure I was putting on myself. While my headache wasn’t completely gone by the end of the session, my mind was much more clear.
The Emotional Freedom Technique can be used for everything from weight loss, personal performance, emotional stressors, trauma, addictions, and physical diseases and pain. This technique, along with many other alternative forms of treatment and therapies, are available at Tournesol Wellness.
After my session, Carey gave me a full tour of the facilities that had various treatment rooms for art therapy, group meditation, Reiki, yoga, acupressure and my personal favorite, Vibroacoustic Therapy, which I will be trying later in December. If you are looking for alternative ways to deal with any type of emotional stress or pain, I highly recommend looking at some of the services that Tournesol has to offer.
The older I get, I look forward to finding new ways to combat stress in a natural way that is self-sustaining. With practice, the Emotional Freedom Technique is a great way to de-stress yourself. For more information on therapies and treatments at Tournesol Wellness in midtown NYC, please hop on over to their website.
* I was provided with a free EFT session in exchange for an honest review. All words and opinions are my own.*
Have you ever tried tapping/EFT?