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I tried 'woo-woo' tapping therapy, but for me, it worked

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I first came across EFT ("emotional freedom technique") when I was in the throes of a breakup. I’d read all the articles on how to survive heartbreak and had progressed to videos.

In this particular video, a friendly-looking middle-aged man invited the viewer to copy him as he tapped a series of pressure points on his face and body and recited a script.

Yes it sounds out-there.Credit:istock

“Even though I feel broken-hearted,” he began, whilst tapping on the side of his hand, “I choose to love and accept myself anyway.”

It seemed woo woo and unlikely, but I was curious, and had nothing to lose. I followed along.

Now, I’m a deeply cynical person. I don’t believe in star signs, or the healing powers of crystals, or or asking the universe for favours. But this worked. By the end of the five-minute video – which moved through an exploration of the negative feelings associated with heartbreak and ended with positive affirmations – I felt much better.

Since that day, I have used EFT tapping for anxiety, sadness, anger and more, and it never fails to bring relief.

EFT tapping works by combining the articulation of negative thoughts,........

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