EFT (Tapping) for Pelvic Health
Written as a collaboration between Dr. Brianne Grogan, PT, DPT, and Jo Loch, PT and EFT Tapping Practitioner
The Mind-Heart-Pelvic Floor Connection
You've heard of the "Mind-Body Connection," but I like to refer to the "Mind-Heart-Pelvic Floor Connection." Your pelvic floor muscles are impacted by your thoughts (mind) and emotions (heart). Your level of muscular arousal changes based on what you're thinking and feeling!
Likewise, the state of your pelvic floor health impacts your thoughts and emotions. When you have a pelvic health challenge, it can lead to mental and emotional health challenges such as anxiety and even depression.
What is EFT (Tapping)?
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) “tapping” is the practice of a simple sequence using two fingers to tap acupressure points on your own face and body.
While tapping, we focus on the problems we are having and state out loud the reality of what we are dealing with.
Tapping is a rapidly effective stress-relief self-help tool to use in the moment, when feeling triggered or “stressed out.”
EFT Tapping with a practitioner works deeper, to actively dispel deeper negative beliefs, emotions, energy from past experiences that we are carrying and unconscious limitations that we have acquired.
Once negative emotions are released using a few sequences of tapping, it is easier to find a neutral acceptance of the situation, and makes space to reprogram the mind with more helpful and positive statements.
In summary, EFT tapping provides us with a quick and easy method to influence how we feel both physically and mentally!
How can Tapping help our pelvic health?
EFT can be used as a tool to help us overcome our pelvic health challenges in two key ways:
- Stress has a direct effect on our pelvic floor via us unconsciously bracing and "clenching" our muscles. Tapping interrupts that cycle, and instead soothes the nervous system allowing a rest and recovery state in the body. It has also been shown to directly lower cortisol levels, all of which make it a very effective stress management tool to improve quality of life!
- EFT can also lighten the emotional burden on your body, by allowing any unprocessed feelings and beliefs to be released. The reality of living with any kind of physical condition comes with a huge amount of emotional and energetic baggage that we carry... often without even realizing it. From the early days of noticing symptoms, to how it affects your work and home life, interactions with doctors, and so on.
In summary, tapping can be used as a tool to relax AND to help change the unresolved feelings, limiting beliefs, and negative thought patterns that you might have around your pelvic health challenges.
Where are the Tapping Points?
View the diagram below to see the points used in the video at the bottom of this post!
Tapping Script for Acknowledging Our Pelvic Condition
by Jo Loch, Holistic Freedom Method
Note: Before you start tapping, take some deep breaths and tune in to how you are feeling. See if you can rate your emotion/ stress about your Pelvic Condition on a scale of 0-10 with 0 being nothing and 10 being the worst you could imagine feeling.
This gives you something to compare to after the round of tapping.
I hate to even think about what’s happening with my pelvic floor, my vagina and my uterus
To be honest it’s uncomfortable even saying the words
Even though I have these feelings I choose to deeply and completely love and accept myself.
I’m having all these problems with my pelvic parts
Maybe it’s pain, discomfort, maybe it feels like a tampon not sitting right,
But it’s not a tampon, it’s my own body
My body doesn’t feel like it used to, and that brings up a lot of feelings for me
Even though I feel all of this about my body
I’m choosing right now
to accept myself anyway.
I’m starting to realise I have so much emotion involved in this problem
I thought it was just uncomfortable
I thought it was bad enough
That sometimes I might have to change my underwear
But not I can see that perhaps there is a lot of emotion tied up here too
And I am willing and open to start
to accept myself anyway.
All these feelings about my condition
It’s so embarrassing
I don’t really want people to know all of this about me
I would rather pretend it’s all fine
It’s so personal and private
I don’t want to talk about it
I don’t even want to think about it
It’s so embarrassing
What if I wet myself when I’m out
What would I do
I’d feel so ashamed if someone knew
But I don’t suppose I’m the only one that’s ever had this problem,
In fact since I’m here, I know I’m not the only one
Maybe lots of women have problems like this
Maybe lots of us are keeping quiet
Maybe it’s not just me
Maybe I’m not such a freak after all
If it was happening to a friend or loved one
Would I think badly of them?
Or would I offer some support and compassion
And maybe I have been pretending part of myself doesn’t exist
Maybe I have been rejecting my body
Perhaps I’ve been feeling like my body is rejecting me
My body has been letting me down
Is it possible my body is doing its best
Maybe my body has been through a lot
Maybe it needs a little support
Maybe I could forgive my body for what’s been happening
It was doing the best it could
Maybe I could forgive myself too
As I’ve been doing the best I could
Maybe I could start to accept
That this is a part of me
And it needs a little love right now
It’s ok to be me
Just as I am
It’s possible for me
To feel a lot better than this
Maybe if I don’t believe that
I could at least be open to the possibility that maybe it is possible one day
But what I do know is
That right here right now
In this moment
I am safe
All is well
I am safe
Tap with us!
To watch, listen, and follow along, please watch this video:
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